Writer and Actress in Chicago, IL
Caity-Shea Violette's complete list of plays
4F Full-LengthAn estranged family is reunited to spend the mother's final days together before she ends her life on her own terms following a terminal lung cancer diagnosis. Beyond returning to their toxic childhood home, both sisters are in personal moments of transformation, one passionately committed to saving the planet even if she can't save her marriage, the other has only recently found success in substance use treatment and arrives six months pregnant. Reap The Grove is a poignant and darkly funny exploration of partnership, intergenerational trauma, and the anticipated grief of death with dignity.Staged Readings:-Artemisia Theatre (Chicago, IL)Director: Leslie DanzigAwards:National Finalist for Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Playwriting Award
3F / 3M / 4 Gender Neutral Full-Length Play With MusicLana Grace is an emerging Christian artist who hit the airwaves with great succes. But the path to stardom means hiding some personal demons and keeping her toxic marriage in tact to appease the industry. Back in her hometown, Jeremy Henley, is now playing in a gritty country rock band at the local honky-tonk, but finds the bottom of a Budweiser isn’t far enough to escape from the ghosts of his mistakes. From glamorous concerts to trailer park stargazing, NashVegas Grace is a story of forgiveness, second chances and defining faith on your own terms.
Staged Reading:Halcyon Theatre (Chicago, IL)DIrector: Fin CoeDevelopment:Recipient of the 2015 University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Grant
4F / 4M Full-LengthAfter being admitted to an adolescent psych ward, Kendra is trapped in a world of safety scissors and suicide checks until she can overcome her target behavior. Caught between the ward and flashbacks of the events that led to her hospitalization, she is accompanied by her fellow patients and their geeky, but dedicated counselor determined to guide these teenage trauma survivors from break down to break through. Sharp-witted and unafraid to laugh with the darkness, Target Behavior explores blurred boundaries and the silence that turns them deadly.
Productions:-20% Theatre CompanyDirector: Megan Smith- University of Minnesota, DuluthDirector: Tom IsbellStaged Readings:- 2012 ATHE Conference (Washington D.C.)Director: Lee Mikeska GardnerDevelopment:-2012, UNLV Conference (Las Vegas, NV) Sean ClarkeAwards:Winner of the Kennedy Center's National Partners of American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award, National Semi-Finalist for the Kennedy Center's David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award.
15-30 Gender Neutral Full-LengthAfter being transported to an enchanted kingdom held captive under the tyrannical Rat King's rule, a group of orphans team up with the land's former prince-turned-nutcracker and a band of magical creatures to reclaim their home. A feminist, combat-heavy reimagining of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, The Battle for Clockwise Castle explores the power of uniting to fight for what matters most in this epic holiday tale.
Production History:E.D.G.E Youth Theatre (Chicago, IL)Director: Rick Olson
1F / 1M One-ActA woman and her estranged father trace their twisted family roots as they pack up her childhood cabin, following the breadcrumbs her mother left explaining her sudden death.
Productions:-Duluth Underground (Duluth, MN)Director: Derik IversonStaged Readings:-University of Minnesota, DuluthDirector: Derik IversonDevelopment:-Recipient of two UROP development grants University of Minnesota, DuluthAwards:Regional Runner-Up for the John Cauble Outstanding Short Play Award
2F Ten-Minute PlayWhen a tragic accident leaves a young woman brain-dead, her partner and estranged mother must come together to choose life or death for the woman they love most.
Productions:-20% Theatre Company (Chicago, IL)Director: Kristin DavisStaged Readings:- Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (Washington D.C.)Director: Lee Mikeska GardnerAwards:National Finalist for the Kennedy Center's Ten- Minute Play Award.
1F /1 M Ten-Minute Play16 years after losing their daughter, their annual birthday visit and the mystery behind her death was the last secret David and Susan could keep, until a new life is at stake.
Productions:-Stay Awake! Theatre (Denver, CO)Director: Casey MacCaulay-Stage 2 Theatre (Duluth, MN)Director: Joshua StenvickStaged Readings:-Kennedy Center's ACTF Region V (Ames, IA)Director: Erin TownsendAwards/Recognition:National Semi-Finalist for the Kennedy Center's Ten-Minute Play Contest
2F Ten-Minute PlayHours from her wedding, Andrea meets her estranged lover in their park. A tug-of-war between passion and timing, they explore the expiration date of "the one that got away".
Productions:-InspiraTO Festival (Toronto, Canada)Director: Josh DowningStaged Readings:-University of Minnesota, DuluthDirector: Derik IversonDevelopment:-Part of Halcyon Theatre Ceyx Series (Chicago, IL)-Workshop at University of Minnesota, DuluthAwards/Recognition:A winner of the InspiraTO playwriting contest and part of Canada's largest ten-minute play festival. Regional Runner-Up for the Kennedy Center's Ten-Minute Play Contest
1F/1M Ten-Minute PlayTake Care explores the impact an unexplained chronic illness has on a marriage where "in sickness" loses the certainty of "in health."
PRODUCTIONS:- Commission Theatre Co. (Chicago, IL)Director: Rebecca Willingham
Awards/Recognition:2017 Finalist for publication in The Dionysian Magazine.
1F / 3 Gender Neutral Short PlaySummoning Ritual and History to aid in his quest, Boy goes to any lengths necessary to escape being possessed by the spirit of his murderous father, The Shadow King.
Productions:- Commedia Beauregard Theatre (Chicago, IL)Director: Jonathan GoldthwaiteAwards/Recognition:Master Works: The Intuit Plays "Audience Favorite"
1F/1M Ten-Minute PlayJerry and Catherine's relationship is stuck- literally. Alone in a Bolivian jungle, they sort through their whimsically fractured history, they sink deeper into a pit of quicksand.
Productions:- Eden Prairie Players (Eden Prairie, MN)Director: Reed Schulke- Stage 2 Theatre (Duluth, MN)Director: Joshua StenvickAwards/Recognition:2011 Regional Runner-Up for the Kennedy Center's Ten-Minute Play Award.