What I do
The world is a mean place. In response to this meanness, I write dark comedies that are raw, angry, cool, and introspective. While I love a gut-wrenching drama, I am primarily interested in the profundity of comedy and the sophistication of the lowbrow.
Writing is a weapon, and I use it to critique the patriarchy, the fallacy of white supremacy, Christian hypocrisy, and bottomless American consumerism. I can’t destroy the evil in the world, but here and there, I can pull down its pants and display it in all its stupid and terrible and twisted nakedness.
Liz Maestri is a playwright and screenwriter from Washington, DC, who writes introspective, satirical dark comedies that aim to amuse, abuse, & bemuse.
She is an alum of Playwrights' Arena (American Voices New Play Institute), Playwrights Collective (Center Stage), the 24 With 5 Collective at New Dramatists, and earned her M.F.A. in Playwriting in 2018. Most recently, Liz was a finalist for the 2019 SPACE on Ryder Farm Creative Residency for work on her newest (currently untitled) screenplay; and her original television pilot SIGNS + WONDERS was named a Quarterfinalist for the ScreenCraft Pilot Launch and a Semifinalist for the 2019 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship.
Her plays have been developed and presented at Arena Stage, Center Stage, E.M.P. Collective, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Kennedy Center, Old Sound Room, Primary Stages/ESPA, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Theater Alliance, Theater J, and Williamstown Theatre Festival among others. She is the recipient of four DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships, the Tennessee Williams Scholarship, Weissberg Foundation Award, a DCCAH Young Artist Award, and was nominated for the L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award in 2017. Her play SINNER-MAN was a finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Salt Lake Acting Company Davey Foundation Grant, and the Playwright’s Center Core Apprentice Program; it and other projects placed in competition for The Princess Grace Award, B Street Theatre’s New Comedies Play Festival, Unicorn Theatre’s In-Progress New Play Series, Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s PlayFest, and the Austin Film Festival, among others.
Two of Liz's apocalyptic short films are currently in post-production: THE LAUGHING CLUB (dir. Jason Lobe) and NIGHT WAKING (dir. Shoshana Rosenbaum).