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(The plays are presented alphabetically. The most recent articles and reviews are listed first.)

Erik Champney (L) with Wendy Hammond and Steven Koernig during a rehearsal for his play, If You Don’t Care. NYU Tisch Asia, Singapore.

THE ADVENTURES OF SCAMP

The Shreveport Times: Review | Scamp Howls with Enthusiasm (“It was written by 16-year-old Erik Champney, who serves notice that he’s a budding young playwright to watch.”)

The Shreveport Times: 16-year-olds write, star in Peter Pan Players’ season opener (“When I was a kid, I didn’t want toys, I wanted books. Dad remembers one day when he spent about 12 hours reading to me.”)

BLANKETS AND BEDTIME: 3 RESTLESS PLAYS

Broadway World: Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Announces 2016 Award Winners (Outstanding Overall Production of an Evening of One-Acts; Outstanding Direction of a One-Act; Outstanding Lead Actor in a One-Act)

Oggi Magazine: Italian article by Mario Fratti

TheaterScene: Review (“Compelling and very well performed…a talented and imaginative playwright.”)

Theater in the Now: Review | Dangerous Games (“An evening of danger through the lens of sex and lust…an evening of intrigue.”)

Broadway World: Blankets and Bedtime Begins 6/15 at Planet Connections (“Erik Champney looks at the extremes people will go to in the name of self-preservation.”)

CRAB ON ITS BACK

Broadway World: PTP/NYC's After Dark Series Begins Tonight with CRAB ON ITS BACK

DEAD BRAINS

Broadway World: Planet Connections Announce Award Winners (Outstanding Overall Production of a New Play; Outstanding Playwriting)

Arts Independent: Review | Masterpiece (“Once finished with the show…you’re speechless, you’re in utter awe, and you’re even starstruck.”)

Outer-Stage: Review | Head Games (“It helps you to understand abuse in a way I have not seen before.”)

Showtones: Review | STALKING DEAD: DEAD BRAINS (“This play is ripe for HBO.”)

Outer-Stage: #TENTHPLANET: ERIK CHAMPNEY (“I hope audiences will leave Dead Brains with a new understanding of how to look at art for art’s sake…even when its creation is a violent, painful, pulverizing process.“)

Review Fix: Erik Champney Talks ‘Dead Brains’ (“I believe this kind of diversity is possible due to my openness to the characters and a careful understanding that I didn’t choose them – they chose me.”)

Arts Independent: ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: BROADWAY PRODUCER, JIM KIERSTEAD (“Theatre does not need to be glamorous or extremely expensive…it only needs to be top quality.”)

Review Fix: Jim Kierstead Talks ‘Dead Brains (“I expect that Dead Brains will have the audience sitting on the edge of their seats…Oh…did I mention it’s extremely sexy?”)

Broadway World: BROADWAY PRODUCER JIM KIERSTEAD INVITES YOU TO AN EROTIC GAME OF CAT & MOUSE

Time Out: Planet Connections Theatre Festivity “Erik Champney’s sexual thriller Dead Brains.”

The Kennedy Center: National AIDS Fund/CFDA-Vogue Initiative Award for Playwriting
on themes that deal with HIV/AIDS

FIEVEL DRIDGE, THE GREAT ORATOR OF FISHINGSTILL

Broadway World: DARK PLANET: Not Your Mother's Valentine's Day Comes to the 14th Street Y Theatre

LEGACY

La MaMa: La MaMa Umbria Playwright Retreat Alumni Readings

OH NO! OR HOW MY SCIENCE PROJECT DESTROYED THE WORLD

Bossier Creates: ARTBREAK CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF THE ARTS IN CADDO AND BOSSIER SCHOOLS

OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE

Mail Tribune: ANPF selects four works for fall festival (Finalist)

La MaMa: Experiments 17: Omen Road to Starrville

PANGAEA

Above the Stag Theatre: website information about their production of Pangaea.

UK Theatre Web: archived documentation of Above the Stag Theatre’s rehearsed reading of Pangaea.

Broadway World: Chazz Palminteri, Sachi Parker, Misha Osherovich and More Win 2017 Planet Connections Awards (Outstanding Playwriting)

Broadway World: PANGAEA to Open Planet Connections Staged Reading Series ("Erik's writing exposes the anxiety and defense people experience when they are desperate for connection.")

Planet Connections: PANGAEA PRESENTED BY PIXIE THEORY PRODUCTIONS

Shreveport Times: Double Duty: Centenary student has dual roles in Marjorie Lyons production

The Forum: Premiere: ‘Pangaea’ makes its debut (“When I got out of my own way, or pretty much got over myself, I realized that I’m having the opportunity to walk around in this world I created.”)

Shreveport Blog: Premier of Pangaea, drama written by Erik Champney, to be directed by Ryan Williams at MLP: opens Sept 24 (“Pangaea…explores the perils of depending on another person for individual identity and the terrifying journey back to who we really are.”)

SAITAMA

TheaterScene: Review (Saitama in Blankets and Bedtime: 3 Restless Plays“Champney’s precise, detailed and effective writing finely renders this historical subject matter.”)

Theater in the Now: Review | Dangerous Games (Saitama in Blankets and Bedtime: 3 Restless Plays“It’s a mesmerizing story that seldom gets a place on the stage.”)

THE SCREENS

Theater in the Now: Review | Dangerous Games (The Screens in Blankets and Bedtime: 3 Restless Plays “A heartbreaking tale with tinges of surrealism…poetic text…fascinating.”)

TheaterScene: Review (The Screens in Blankets in Bedtime: 3 Restless Plays“It recalls Tennessee Williams’ later work.”)

Colorado Springs Independent: Review | Funky Little Theater fest focuses on all families  (”Erik Champney’s The Screens is a tragic love story told in exquisite detail.”)

Broadway World: Funky Little Theater Company to Present [spectrum: lgbt new play festival]

The Three Leaches: 2014 Fundraiser (featuring The Screens)

My Edmonds News: Artfully Edmonds: Driftwood’s ‘Festival of Shorts’ premieres this weekend

Centenary College of Louisiana: Centenary alumnus produces Off Broadway play (“Years after his time at Centenary and in the midst of much accomplishment, Champney still insists, ‘Centenary will always be fundamental to my writing. Always.’”)

The Columbus Dispatch: Review | ‘Theatre Roulette’: MadLab’s picks are all winners (“Surprisingly touching…”)

Broadway World: Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at MadLab's THEATRE ROULETTE 2014

Broadway World: MadLab Theatre to Kick Off THEATRE ROULETTE 2014, 5/8

SNAKE

T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre: Online Program

SPARKLER

Broadway World: Wake Up With BWW 3/28: BEETLEJUICE Begins Previews & More!

Broadway.com: Odds & Ends: Billy Porter to Direct World Premiere Play in Boston & More

Playbill: Alan Cumming, Garrett Clayton, Erich Bergen, Christy Altomare to Lead Reading of New Play Sparkler

Theater Mania: Alan Cumming, Christy Altomare, and More Set for Reading of Sparkler

Broadway World: Alan Cumming, Christy Altomare, and More to Star in Industry Reading of SPARKLER

TheaterScene: Review (Sparkler in Blankets and Bedtime: 3 Restless Plays“Outstanding… Exceptional….”)

Theater in the Now: Review | Dangerous Games (Sparkler in Blankets and Bedtime: 3 Restless Plays — Sparkler is triumphant.”)