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"One of downtown's most bracing talents." - NYT

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Crystal is an award winning playwright, fictional podcast writer, and comic book author who creates darkly funny, high-concept work with heart and edge. 


She is author of the acclaimed NYTimes Critics' Pick play OPEN. Recently announced in Playbill, OPEN will receive its first international tour in Italy this fall in a co-production with The Tank and The Flying Theatre Company. Originally produced at The Tank with All for One, the play streamed to raves in last year's Edinburgh Fringe, receiving an Offie Nomination. Other theatrical pieces include: THE ROCKET MEN (New Play Commission), RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD (Jermyn Street Theatre World Premiere, 2018 Earth Matters on Stage Prize), MARY AND MAX with Bobby Cronin  (Landestheater Linz, Theatre Calgary, 2021 Broadway World Award Winner, 2018 MUT Award Critics Prize), THIS SHOW IS MONEY with Gaby Alter (The Civilians R&D Lab), KING KIRBY (The Brick, Audio Drama out from Broadway Podcast Network), PULP VÉRITÉ (2019 Kilroys List, Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Prize), GEEK (Vampire Cowboys) and CUT (Theatre Under St. Marks). Crystal is a core member of the Playwrights’ Center. Her work has been seen and developed at Women’s Project, MCC Theater, The Atlantic, The Civilians, Soho Rep, and Ensemble Studio Theater. Comic book/animation writing credits include work for Marvel, WebToon Studios, “Adventure Time”, and the new series COSMIC CRITTERS. Crystal’s work as a fictional podcast writer includes work for GIRL TALES, STORIES PODCAST (Wondery Kids), and the upcoming MAGICIAN’S MAGICIAN (2021 Austin Film Festival Top 20 Percent, 2021 The Gotham Market Selection, 2021 The Orchard Project Audio Lab, sold to Boom Integrated).




NOVEMBER 14th-24th 2022 OPEN TOURS ITALY as part of the Kairos Italy Theater’s Onstage Festival this fall! Co-Produced by The Tank and The Flying Carpet Theatre Company. Free #HealMeToo performance on 11/14 at The Tank! Click HERE


RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD GEARS UP FOR THE US! Fresh off the first out of town try out of the play at Jermyn Street in London earlier this year, I emerged with a new draft of this special play. Happy to announce, there will be an upcoming developmental workshop of this revised version in Spring 2023 with Drew and Dane Productions as we prepare for our US premiere. And this March 3rd- 5th the play receives its first licensed production at Webster University in St. Louis! I chat Cl-Fi with author Amy Brady about the power of this coming of age environmental play HERE

APRIL 13th-16th 2023 MEET THE ROCKET MEN! THE ROCKET MEN, a new play commission from Alabama Center for the Arts, has its first showing at Athens State University directed by Hugh Long

JUNE 12th-14th 2023 at PLAYWRIGHTS' CENTER THE ROCKET MEN gets a Playwrights' Lab Workshop as a Playwrights' Center Core Member. 

PROFESSOR SKILLMAN IS BACKThis fall Crystal is honored to be teaching a new Playwriting course at Athens State University as well as a new theater course called The Scene, jointly with Sanjit De Silva at The New School.