My queer salon play about my great-grand uncle Paul Swan is Dead & Gone is being produced by the Civilians this spring! Come see us April 26-May 19. Directed by Steve Cosson, choreographed by Dan Safer, with music by Avi Amon. Tony Torn, Robert M. Johanson, Helen Cespedes, and Alexis Scott star!


A workshop of Sophia is being produced at the Alley All New Festival in Houston this January. Directed by Lisa Peterson, with a formidable cast, here is the synopsis:

Before the Nicene Creed in 325AD, before Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, women were preachers and prophetesses for The Way. This is a story about one of them who has a final chance to have her story heard, until it is lost to the annals of History. “Let she who has the ears to hear, listen!” Set in both 2016 and also 216, Sophia tells a new story about an ancient book.”

FALL 2017
Writing on the first season of HBO’s WATCHMEN for the emotional sci-fi master himself Damon Lindelof.

Pilgrims is running at the Gift Theatre in Chicago from June 4 to July 30. Directed by Michael Patrick Thornton & Jessica Thebus. Starring Ed Flynn, Janelle Villas & Brittany Burch.  Here are some nice reviews: 



Writing on the second season of Netflix's THE OA for my longtime artistic crushes Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij

Jeff Augustin, Sarah DeLappe, Ramiz Monsef and I are co-writing The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield, an Actors Theatre of Louisville Commission. The wonderful Eric Hoff is directing and Jessica Reese is our amazing dramaturg, and best of all we get to work with the ultra talented Professional Training Company. It will be performed as part of the Humana Festival March 24 - April 9 in the Bingham Theatre. Tickets available here: https://actorstheatre.org/shows/the-many-deaths-of-nathan-stubblefield-2016-2017/

FALL 2016
Pilgrims was selected to be part of Lark Playwrights Week - reading is Tuesday, October 18th at 3pm. Come!

Developing my play you're nothing to no one to me into a musical (!?) with the wonderful composer Avi Amon in the Musical Theatre Factory Writing Group. 

Very excited to announce that Pilgrims is going up at the Gift Theatre in Chicago June 2 - July 30, 2017. Michael Patrick Thornton and Jessica Thebus are directing. Read about their entire season: here

I was interviewed by the Interval for their 2016 "Women to Watch" feature. 

My play Oh Oh You Will Be Sorry! went up at the Hangar Theatre this summer as part of their 2016 Wedge Series. 

Pilgrims had a Lark Roundtable reading and a EST Bloodworks reading. The play was a finalist for the 2016 O'Neill Theatre Conference and the Leah Ryan Fund.
Lulu Is Hungry went up as part of the 2016 Ars Nova ANT Fest.

Paul Swan is Dead & Gone was part of the Civilians 2015-16 R&D Group FINDINGS series. 

you're nothing to no one to me was presented as part of Judson Church MagicTime Wednesdays

Pleased to announce that I was awarded a 2016 South Coast Rep's Elizabeth George Emerging Writers Commission

a reading of Lulu is Hungry is happening December 18 at 9:30pm at Cloud City in Brooklyn. This will be the culmination of a nine month development process in Fresh Ground Pepper's Playground Playlab

Thrilled to announce two new groups I am joining this fall:  

EST's Obie award-winning writers' group led by grand masters RJ Tolan and Graeme Gillis
We have brunches the first Sunday of every month with ten minute plays, as well as readings later in the spring Stay tuned!

The Civilians R&D Group
I'll be working on a play about my great-great uncle Paul Swan and "bad art"! 
http://www.thecivilians.org/programs/rdgroup.html#Claire Kiechel

My play Pilgrims is having a reading Saturday July 18th at 7:30pm at A.R.T South Oxford Space in Brooklyn (138 South Oxford St). Pipeline Theatre Company is producing, and awesome lady Stefanie Abel Horowitz is directing. We’re not done casting yet, but currently we have the amazing Sarah Willis and Seth Clayton. It’s on a spaceship. You should come. Free tickets can be reserved here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1701853

Synopsis: On a ship to colonize a newly discovered planet, a soldier and a teenage girl find themselves quarantined together in a cabin and are forced to explore their own traumatic pasts and roles in a dying society.

At the end of July, I’m headed to the beautiful Sewanee Writers’ Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar. Paula Vogel and Dan O’Brien are the playwriting mentors, so I really can’t wait to get there.

Also I just got back from a few days at the Orchard Project. I have to say I love their new digs in Saratoga and the current Core Company is so inspiring and working on some really exciting projects. I can’t wait to see how they shake up the theater world. This year the OP is also having a lot of public showings (Underbelly! Alan Cumming! Kenny Finkle! Nichole Canuso! Bridget Everett!). Check it out: http://exchangenyc.org/op-presents-2015

MAY 2015
Woot! I am so excited to be joining Fresh Ground Pepper’s 2015 PlayGround PlayGroup. There I’m going to be working on my piece Lulu Is Hungry (with my director crush Phil Gates) which has evolved into an exploration of the figure of the “Girl” across the 20th century (which eventually morphs into what we call the “manic pixie dream girl.” Here’s a quote from Kate Zambreno that I find useful about this figure and the artists obsessed with her: “They fetishized the actress-hysteric, the spastic flapper-girl, the witty mystic, the lovely mental patient, they sucked her bone dry.” Zelda Fitzgerald, Edie Sedgwick, and Taylor Swift will somehow be a part of it. We will do a workshop in the fall and a public showing in December. Stay tuned. 

APRIL 2015
I am thrilled to announce that I have been awarded a residency to the Millay Colony! I will be staying in a barn on the estate of the late great Edna St. Vincent Millay, eating delicious food, and (hopefully) writing many many plays. Or, you know, one.

I will be at Cincinnati Playhouse doing a workshop of my new piece Lulu is Hungry, an adaptation/meditation on Wedekind’s The Lulu Plays. The uber-talented Katie Lupica directs. 

My one minute play “Happy” is part of the 2nd Annual George Sand Invitational One-Minute Play Festival, presented by New Georges and 1MPF at City Center.
Get your tickets here: http://www.nycitycenter.org/tickets/productionNew.aspx?performanceNumber=8867#.VYQ1w2RVikr

My short play is part of the Pipeline Matchstick Series: Anywhere But Here at The Red Room, a newly renovated prohibition era event space on E. 4th St.  The formidable Jaki Bradley directs and amazing actors Carolyn Mignini and Arielle Siegel star.

I am excited to announce that I am part of the 2015 Pipeline Theatre PlayLab. Stay tuned for our evening of shorts plays coming up in January, and public readings of our full length plays in July.

If you’re in Minneapolis, check out the free reading of Whale Song as part of Swandive’s annual Veggie Stock Theatre.

Crashbox commissioned me to write a ten minute play based on a real event. I wrote Passenger. Eddie Prunoske directs and Jody Flader stars in.

Tickets available here:  http://www.crashboxtheater.org/productions/shorts/

JULY 2014
My play Redux is being performed as part of “Play/Date” an interactive theater show about dating that takes place at a LES bar. It’s directed by Michael Counts and co-produced with 3-Legged Dog.

Tickets and info here: http://playdateshow.com/


JUNE 2014
Umma Lappa Soon has been nominated for the Kilroys’ THE LIST! It was one of the women-written plays identified by new play leaders as among the best work they had encountered in the past year.

Read more about it:
The full list of nominees: http://www.thekilroys.org/complete-list-of-nominees/

MAY 3, 2014 at 9 pm

something something at Hearth Gods, directed by Michael Rau.

Jimmy’s 43 E 7th street

OCTOBER 28, 2013 at 8:00pm
Colt Coeur’s Play Hotel series presents staged reading of

Umma Lappa Soon by Claire Kiechel
directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

Cast: Ato Essandoh, Nadia Gan, Julia Jones, Kate Cullen Roberts & Charles Socarides

Bernie B. Jacobs room 234 W. 44th Street, 11th Floor
The readings are free however seating is limited.
RSVP to CCPlayHotel@gmail.com by Thursday, Oct 24th for more details.
For more information go to: www.coltcoeur.org.

JULY 8, 2013 at 3:00pm
Naked Angels presents Umma Lappa Soon by Claire Kiechel

Directed by Nick Leavens
Featuring: Jeb Kreager, Aimée Cucchiaro, Rebecca Lee Lerman, Nedra McClyde, Jacob A. Ware

151 Bank Street
Room 207, 2nd floor
New York, NY

FREE! Space is Limited!

Email info@nakedangels.com for a reservation

MAY, 2013
You can now purchase a copy of Wolf Play published by Samuel French as part of their volume of 2012 Off Off Broadway Festival winners!