THEATRE UP YOUR ASS
Kenley Smith, playwright
  
BREAKING NEWS
EMPIRES OF ETERNAL VOID will receive staged readings (March 27-30) at Spaghetti Theatre in Nashville.  The play is featured in The GPTC Reader: 2013 MainStage.  Get your copy at Amazon.com!
THIS IS TOKYO was part of the October Ten Minute Haunted Playhouse at Street Theatre Company.  It later became the basis for my kaiju play-in-progress, AKUMA-SHIN.
DEVIL SEDAN was a smash last August at Playhouse Nashville
EMPIRES OF ETERNAL VOID was chosen out of 550 scripts to be one of five MainStage plays at the 2013 Great Plains Theatre Conference

I'm a playwright.

I’m a playwright who doesn’t want to warm your heart or hook you with some toe-tappin’ feel-good song that you can hum as you skip away from the theatre.  Plenty of guys 'n gals can do that.  I’d rather see you stagger out a little bloody, a tad queasy, a bit worse for wear.  I’m fine if you leave with more questions than answers, because the more you question, the more you engage.  You become part of the process.  I don’t even care if you like the process; I just care that perhaps, in my imperfect world, theatre makes some difference in your life.

Want entertainment?  See "The Avengers."  It's not that bad, honestly, and a lot of shit blows up.  Personally, though, I'd rather blow YOU up.  Metaphorically, of course.

It’s odd.  People seem to want the warm and familiar with their theatre.  Known quantities.  Tried-n-true.  Christmas plays.  Arbor Day plays.  Million-dollar musicals based on cartoons.  If I thought that was all theatre could offer, I’d pour my time, tears and energy down some other hole.  But I don’t think that.  I know that theatre can be fresh, provocative, incendiary, seditious, transgressive.  It can be goddamned interesting.  That’s what I aspire to write.  And that’s what I hope to offer an audience, every time.  You may not like it, but you sure as hell won’t forget it.

Enjoy the site.  And hey, go out and see a play one of these days, even if it isn't one of mine.