Playwright

My recent playwriting history including awards, productions and reviews! Click on the thumbnails to see production photos!  

My work is viewable on my New Play Exchange profile!


 

 

Stand and Wait

Winner: Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Playwriting Competition, 2018
Winner: Seymour Brick Memorial Prize in Playwriting, 2018
Semifinalist: Eugene O'Neill Playwright's Conference, 2018
Staged Reading: The Fire This Time Festival, 2018
Distinguished Achievement: KCACTF Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, 2018

(Full Length: 2M, 3W) Inspired by Paula Deen's comments dreaming of an Antebellum South themed wedding, Stand and Wait follows a seasoned black actress and a naïve white actress who make friends in an audition waiting room, only to be handed a script that caters to America's worst racial instincts.

 


Stiletto Envy

Finalist: Heideman Award at Actor's Theater Louisville, 2018
Production: Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, 2017
Production: The Fire This Time Festival selection, 2017
Production: TDF's Performeteria, 2017

(10 min, 1M, 1F)  Melanie and Shaun are old friends, but when a secret meeting takes an unexpected turn, she’s forced to reconcile the fact that her upbringing might be at odds with her heart. 

“Stiletto Envy” by powerhouse Eliana Pipes, explores sexuality and its branches in a humorous, yet realistic way. We couldn’t help but root for these characters, until at the end, we had to see their resolution. The fact that the audience could easily see both perspectives and equally stand behind them speaks of Pipes’s talent as a writer."
- Manhattan With a Twist

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Isadora del Sol

National Winner: KCACTF John Cauble Short Play Award, 2018
Staged Reading: Lewis-Clark State University, 2018 

(One Act: 1M, 4W) When she finds out she’s been accepted to every college she applied to, Isadora must decide whether she will attend a community college that her family can afford, or the private university where she can’t receive financial aid because of her immigration status.

 


 

A Brief History of the United States

Commission: YoungArts Awareness Day, 2016
Production: Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, 2016

(Full Length: 3M, 2F) A retrospective of American History through the lens of the arts told by a musician, a vocalist, a dancer, a visual artist, and an actor. 

View the full performance here!

 


 

To Serve Butter

Production: One Act Festival, EST LA, 2016
Staged Reading: Winterfest, EST LA, 2015

(One-Act: 1M, 2W) Stand and Wait follows a seasoned black actress and a naïve white actress who make friends in an audition waiting room, only to be handed a script that casts them as master and slave.


Eliana Pipes’ “To Serve Butter” was easily the most crowd-pleasing piece, a funny study of two actresses on an audition that caters to America’s worst racially skewed instincts.
- Los Angeles Times

Snow Gray  

Winner: Young Playwright's Inc. Competition, 2015
Production: Cherry Lane Theater, New York NY, 2015

(One-Act: 10M, 6F)  A mixed-race woman in the waiting room of a job interview finds her confidence stunted when racial stereotypes appear and try to convince her not to take the job. 


From Another House

Winner: Seymour Brick Memorial Prize, 2016
Winner: California Playwright’s Project Competition, 2014
Production: Old Globe Theater, San Diego, 2014

(One-Act, 2M, 3F)  A young woman’s first meeting with the father she’d never met and his family forces them all to confront secrets new and old as they discover that what you don’t know really can hurt you. 

"Eliana Pipes’ “From Another House” builds a vivid sense of intricate family dynamics, as a series of startling revelations manage to transform the characters’ relationships before our eyes. The piece ripples with crisp and sophisticated dialogue."  

- San Diego Union Tribune



Mom, Put Your Flask Away

Winner: The Blank Theater's Young Playwright's Festival, 2013
Production: Stella Adler Theater, Hollywood CA, 2013

(One-Act: 1M, 3F) When Leslie and Dan take her raucous  mother Rhonda on a trip - little does Rhonda know they're headed to an old folk's home, and planning to check her in.