Krista Knight



Picking up roughly from where Kafka left off—a loner, squatter, and rebel dares to love.
We follow the anti-morphosis through a series of beat poetry performances as our hero draws nearer to the object of his desire and his undoing.




Krista is a Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow (2016-2018), Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2007), MacDowell Fellow (2008), Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre (2011-2012), Vanderbilt Writer-in-Residence (2020), the Chance Theater Resident Playwright (2020), and winner of the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville (2016). Plays include LIPSTICK LOBOTOMY (2019 Kilroys List, Trap Door Theatre), DON’T STOP ME (musical with Dave Malloy), KIRK AT THE SF AIRPORT HYATT (NYTW’s Summer Residency, Vineyard reading), PRIMAL PLAY (New Georges), SELKIE (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dutch Kills) and 17 plays and musicals for young audiences. Commissions include the script for a ride at Tokyo Disney, The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, The Assembly, Live Girls!, the Steinmetz Lab, and an EST/Sloan Commission (2020). BA: Brown University. MA: Performance Studies from NYU. MFA Playwriting: UCSD. www.KristaKnight.com



1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?


Not until college. I didn’t realize people still wrote plays until I got to college. I fell in love with the idea that anything could happen with nothing.


2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?


Mike Meyers in So I Married an Axe Murderer. But cockroach. And obsessed with the woman who lives in the apartment he scuttles around.


3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?


Subversive, femme, instigator, entertainment, pink


4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?


pop culture, classic narratives, and lady murder


5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?


I have a verbal tic that causes me to scream every 15 minutes or so – but only when I’m alone or around people I’m comfortable with.


6. What are some of your favorite plays?


Chekhov Lizardbrain, Hookman, GOODBAR, The Pillowman, Teenage Dick, Natasha Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, How I Learned to Dive, Christie in Love, The House That Will Not Stand, Far Away


7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?


My website is my psychedelic quarantine experiment – check it out at www.KristaKnight.com