Kate Cortesi is a Brooklyn-based playwright from Washington, D.C. Her plays include One More Less, A Patron of the Arts, Great Kills and Is Edward Snowden Single?. Her very first play Telephone, a Sarah Jones rip-off of juxtaposed monologues, was praised by Kate's father as "juvenile but promising." Her subsequent work is far more mature and has been developed or produced at South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Colt Coeur, Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre, terraNOVA Collective, The Lark, New Dramatists, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Premiere Stages at Kean University. Awards and honors include: O'Neill Playwrights Conference Finalist (2017), NYFA award (2016), Princess Grace Fellowship (2014-2015), Columbia University's Karen Brownstein Award, and Kilroy's List (2016). Kate is a resident playwright at Colt Coeur (artistic director Adrienne Campbell-Holt) and at New Dramatists (2016-2023). For professional inquiries, contact Ben Izzo at Abrams Artists Agency.

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Plays

One more less

Mother is mean. Little Brother is shy. Big Sister is cocky. And the guy in the police uniform doesn't know what the hell he's doing in this play. ONE MORE LESS uses everything from Super Soakers to Ferris Bueller to delve deep into our American psyche formed and deformed by police brutality.

2017 O'Neill Playwrights Conference Finalist.

Playwrights Horizons, Superlab, 2017.

Winning submission for the 2016 NYFA Playwriting/Screenwriting Fellowship. 

 

A Patron of the Arts

When a high school drug dealer does a drop off at a new address, he is unexpectedly reunited with the father of his childhood best friend. The recently laid off father is holed up to re-start the arts career of his youth; this young entrepreneur wants to help. So they come to an unusual mercantile arrangement. 

South Coast Rep's New SCRipts Series, October 2016, directed by Robin Larsen, featuring Jeffrey Nordling, Liam Springthorpe, and Christopher Rivas.

Colt Coeur's 2016 Parity Fest at HERE Arts Center, NYC. Directed by Amy Ashton, featuring Nicholas Ashe, Michael Lawrence, and Sam Heldt.

Finalist in the 2015 Trustus New Play Festival.

 

Great Kills

A high school achiever’s college application reveals a family secret and sends her Staten Island family into a tailspin. Is this ambitious young woman traumatized by violence, as her essay claims, or by a culture of achievement that has trained her to market herself at any cost? 

Winning script for 2014 Princess Grace Fellowship. 

1st runner up in the 2015 Premiere Stages New Play Festival.

Honorable Mention on the 2016 Kilroy's List. 

Featured in terraNOVA Collective’s GROUNDWORKS: 2013 New Play Series directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman.

 

Love and Happiness

A unhappily in love woman waits by the phone for her married lover to call while her family pays a visit.  

Official Selection of The Underbelly venue at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Winner of Columbia University’s Karen Brownstein Award

The playwright believes this was the last play in America whose premise was made possible by the main character not having a cell phone.

 

 Telephone

Six lonely people talk on the phone. We only hear their one side, until we hear the other side.

Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall (1999)

Craig Eisendrath’s staged reading at the Philadelphia Ethical Society (2000)

Aired as a radio play in the Philadelphia area (2000).