Con Chapman

Con Chapman

Playwright, Author


Con Chapman is a Boston-area writer and playwright. He is the author of The Year of the Gerbil, a history of the 1978 Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees pennant race; two novels; and thirty plays, ten published, which have been performed in New York, Boston, and New Haven, among other places.

His articles and humor have appeared in national magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor and Barron’s, and newspapers including The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald. He is currently working on a biography of Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington’s alto sax player, for Oxford University Press.

His plays have received the following honors:

The Undertakers Club was a finalist in the 2003 Jackie White Memorial National Children’s Play Writing Contest.

The 5:05 was a semi-finalist in the 2002 Nantucket Short Play Competition.

The Picket Line received an honorable mention at 10th Annual Festival of New Works of Stage 3 Theatre (Sonora, California) in 2006, and received a workshop production as part of the Thespis Theater Festival in New York in 2012.

The Ten-Minute Workshop is a ten-minute play about ten-minute plays. It was performed at the Hovey Players 2003 Summer Shorts Festival and was the favorite comedy of “The Theater Mirror: New England’s Live Theatre Guide.” It was also performed as part of the 2004 “Buffalo Quickies Festival” at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, New York.

The Hat Trick, a full-length play, has received staged readings by The New Play House in Frederick, Maryland, in December of 2004, and by Holland Productions in Boston in May of 2011. It was a finalist in the 5th Annual Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest of the Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre in 2011.

The Uncle Binky Show was a finalist in the Third Annual Vitality Playwriting Contest of the Speaking Ring Theatre Company, Chicago, in May of 2005, and was performed as part of the 2010 Fall Playwrights’ Festival at the Provincetown Theater.

Shows by Con Chapman


The Little Theatre follows four students and their coach as they prepare for a speech and debate tournament. Three of the students are genuinely interested in the activity, but a fourth—Chris—is a former jock—is only involve... read more

The Undertakers Club follows five students and the faculty advisor of their somewhat unusual club for future funeral directors. The students’ attitudes towards death range from the flippant to the professionally serious, but... read more


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