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Date & Venue

In person at Playwrights' Center

Monday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 at 12:00 p.m.

Video available online

May 13 - May 19

A pair of pirates, Pegleg and Legup ponder pain, trauma, and the greatest complexities of life while sailing the high seas. Snap to Penny, Pancho, and Morgan, teenagers on the schoolyard switching from being the worst of enemies to the best of friends in an adolescent instant. Penny learns new truths about her family, Morgan prepares for an incalculable loss, and Pancho writes about it all for his dearest friends. Pirates Steal is an irreverent and poignant look into the lives of three teenagers and their moms as they navigate loss, identity, and growing up.

From Peter

I wrote Pirates Steal while I was on a 10-day silent retreat in Texas. I wanted to write something that wasn’t autobiographical. Suddenly, these hilarious pirates, Pegleg and Legup, started talking to me and I fell in love. They made way for another story about two mothers and two daughters and I wrote on not knowing how the stories connected. I love the tonal collision but I need to strength test it to see how the audience experiences the ride.

Peter Gil-Sheridan

The playwright
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based inPoughkeepsie, NY
Peter Gil-Sheridan was recently a writer-in-residence at The New Harmony Project where he developed his new play, This Space Between Us. That same play was given readings at Bloomington Playwright’s Project (BPP) and at Indiana Rep. This Fall, he will collaborate with director Jonathan Michaelsen on a devised piece about the addiction epidemic in America. The play will be produced as part of Indiana University’s Mainstage season in 2020. Peter was a founding member of The Pool, a pop-up theatre company formed with Lynn Rosen and Susan Bernfield that produced his play The Rafa Play in rep with Rosen’s and Bernfield’s work at the Flea Theatre in NYC in November of last year. He is a regular writer-in-residence with the Silverton Theatre Mine in Silverton, CO where he’s generated several new plays. He also wrote a new independent film, Hungry, commissioned by Amar Srivastava that will be released in 2020. He was a contributor to Artbarn in Tacoma, Washington, a site-specific immersive piece about women created in residence at the Warner Gym on the University of Puget Sound under the direction of Jess K. Smith. Peter was a guest at the University of Iowa’s New Play Festival where he also gave a video talk on the art of dramatic writing for Iowa’s renowned International Writing Program’s online course “Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Poetry and Plays” and was a recipient of the Iowa Playmakers Residency.

His play Cockfight was originally written at Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab and was further developed by PlayPenn in Philadelphia. His play Ritu Comes Home, originally commissioned by InterAct in Philadelphia as part of their 20/20 Commission program had its world premiere there in 2015.

Other plays include Courtney and Caroline, a piece devised by and performed in Farmington, NM with Navajo and non-Navajo community members about religious and cultural traditions in the area, What May Fall, commissioned by the Guthrie and performed there. Topsy Turvy Mouse was produced by the Cherry Lane Mentor Project and Borderlands Theatre in Tucson and was the winner of The Smith Prize awarded by the National New Play Network for outstanding political work. Other work developed by the Lark’s Playground, New York Theatre Workshop, and Queens Theatre in the Park.

Residencies include the Jerome Fellowship in Minneapolis, The Sundance Institute, The Millay Colony, The Ucross Foundation, and the Tofte Lake Residency. Peter has also been a member of I73, Page 73’s weekly writing group in New York. He’s performed his solo piece People Tell Me Things at several venues across the U.S. including Ars Nova’s ANTFest, Identity, Inc. in Farmington, NM, at Ucross in Wyoming and on Martha’s Vineyard. He is a proud Affiliated Artist with the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis. Peter currently runs the MFA Playwriting Program at Indiana University MFA: Iowa, BA: Fordham.