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's recent projects include THE KNOT (M.F.A. thesis, The Catholic University of America), SINNER-MAN (Finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; Semifinalist, The Princess Grace Award), THAT'S HOW I LIE (Catholic University), VICEHAVEN (Arena Stage/Kogod Cradle Series), and INHERITANCE CANYON (Women’s Voices Theatre Festival). Her work has been commissioned, produced, and developed at Arena Stage, Center Stage, E.M.P. Collective, Field Trip Theatre, Great Plains Theatre Conference, KCACTF, Primary Stages/ESPA, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Taffety Punk, Theater Alliance, and Theater J, among others. Awards include four DCCAH Artist Fellowships, the Tennessee Williams Scholarship, the Weissberg Foundation Award, the DCCAH Young Artist Program Award, as well as finalist recognition for the Playwrights' Center Core Apprentice program, the Larry Neal Writer's Award, and the Salt Lake Acting Company/Davey Foundation Grant.
Liz was a founding core member of The Anthropologists, a physical-theater ensemble in NYC, and her production work experience includes projects at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 78th Street Theater Lab, and The Kennedy Center. She is an alumnus of Playwrights' Arena (New Play Institute) and the Playwrights Collective (Center Stage), and a member of Taffety Punk Theatre Company. Liz studied playwriting with the 24 With 5 Collective at New Dramatists, and received her M.F.A. in Playwriting from The Catholic University of America in 2018.