Selected full-length plays


THE HOLIEST PLACE IN THE WORLD (IN PROGRESS)

A commissioned new play about archaeology and the Arab-Israeli conflict over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

  • New Play Commission, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project, 2017


HOBOKEN 1953 (IN PROGRESS)

(3W, 4M) A romantic comedy-drama about immigrants and their children—and cultural clash—in 1950s America. The sequel to my acclaimed one-act play How My Grandparents Fell in Love.

  • Reading, EST/Youngblood's 2017 Bloodworks series, NYC, May 2017 (dir. Colette Robert)


THE SHABBOS GOY

(3W, 2M) Angie Mastrantoni has a lot going for her. A job at a hip Chelsea art gallery. A new one-bedroom on the Upper West Side. And, despite her concerned Nonna’s wishes, not much time or hope for relationships. But then her neighbor Seth knocks on her door. He’s a 32-year-old, divorced Orthodox Jew with a knish store on the Lower East Side. And he needs some help turning on his AC. He needs a Shabbos goy, a non-Jew to help him with little tasks forbidden to Jews on the Sabbath. Could it be love? The Shabbos Goy is a contemporary romantic comedy with an old-fashioned heart—about the loneliness of big-city life, the surprise of encountering another culture, and the possibility of finding love next door.

  • Reading, EST Memberfest, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC, August 2017 (dir. Colette Robert)


AFTER DAD

(3W, 2M) What do you do when your dad suddenly dies? If you're Jewish, you go home for shiva—seven days of ritual mourning. So Cammy's back from New York City and living in Jersey for a week. And her mom, her childhood BFF, her high school crush, and the rabbi are all there waiting for her. Not to mention the sexy Jersey Bro invading her dreams. Will she make it out alive? After Dad is a raw, raunchy comedy about grief, coming home, and figuring out how to live your life after you lose the person you loved most.

  • Workshop, West of 10th theater company (in conjunction with the Dramatists Guild Fund), NYC, July 2017 (dir. Colette Robert)
  • Reading, "Homesick: Two Plays About Home by Brett Epstein & Cary Gitter," New Perspectives Theatre, NYC, December 2016 (dir. Michael Leibenluft)


MENORAH

(3W, 2M) The world’s in turmoil, Israel's at war with Palestine—and in tiny River Hill, NJ, super-Jewish Georgia is just trying to get a big Hanukkah menorah placed next to the town Christmas tree. But with her angry son in love with a Palestinian-American girl, and a seductive Christian mayor in office, Georgia has no idea all hell's about to break loose. MENORAH is a dark comedy about a clash of identities in a small American town.

  • Finalist, 2017 Creative Residency, SPACE on Ryder Farm
  • Semifinalist, O'Neill Center's 2017 National Playwrights Conference
  • Top-10 finalist, Jewish Playwriting Project's 2017 Jewish Playwriting Contest
  • Reading, West of 10th theater company, NYC, October 2016 (dir. Michael Leibenluft)


YOUTH GROUP

(2W, 3M) A Sunday night in January. A snowstorm has hit New Jersey. But the River Hill Youth Group, a forum for teenage "real talk," is still meeting at the local Presbyterian church. And only four high schoolers have shown up tonight. YOUTH GROUP is a bittersweet comedy about a few misfit teens and their oddball adult advisor, who gather on a snowy night to form an accidental community.

  • Reading, Wordsmyth Theater Company, Houston, TX, September 2017
  • Reading, EST/Youngblood's 2016 Bloodworks series, NYC, May 2016 (dir. Molly Clifford)


THE SMELLY GIRL

(2W, 2M) It's the start of freshman year for Will: the time when high school reputations get made. And there's an unconventional new girl named Sara in town, with thrift-store clothes, artistic talent, and a love of '60s music. But when Will befriends her, he finds himself caught between his outcast new friend and the social life he craves. THE SMELLY GIRL is about growing up and making hard choices.

  • Finalist, NYU Steinhardt's 2016 New Plays for Young Audiences
  • Reading (Winner, Theater for Youth), Chameleon Theatre Circle's New Play Contest, Burnsville, MN, November 2015 (dir. Ben Layne)
  • Reading, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, January 2015 (dir. Mark Lutwak)

 

selected short plays


HOW MY GRANDPARENTS FELL IN LOVE

(1W, 1M) In 1933, Charlie, a Polish Jew who has immigrated to America, returns to the Old Country in search of a wife—and then he meets Chava in a hat shop.

  • Production, New Jersey Repertory Company's Theatre Brut Festival, Long Branch, NJ, October 2017
  • Production, Ensemble Studio Theatre's 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays, NYC, May-June 2017 (New York Times Critic's Pick) (dir. Colette Robert)
  • Production, EST/Youngblood's "Yearning to Brunch Free," NYC, April 2017 (dir. Linsay Firman)


MOLLY FINN R.I.P. WE LOVE YOU

(1W, 2M)

  • Published in Volume 1, Issue 1 of Baphash Literary & Arts Quarterly, September 2016
  • Production (Finalist), 33rd Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, NYC, July 2008 (dir. Dan Winerman)
  • Production, NYU Department of Dramatic Writing's Festival of New Works, NYC, May 2008 (dir. Dan Winerman)

 

Read Cary's work on the New Play Exchange and view his full playwriting resume.