Kirk Lynn is a novelist and playwright living in Austin, TX with his wife, the poet Carrie Fountain, and their children, Olive and Judah. In 2015, Kirk’s debut novel, Rules for Werewolves was published by Melville House. Kirk is at work adapting it for the screen.
Kirk is one of five artistic directors of the Rude Mechs theatre collective. With the Rudes Kirk has written and adapted many plays, including “Lipstick Traces,” “Method Gun,” and “Not Every Mountain,” which will premiere in 2018 at the Guthrie in Minneapolis.
Every other year Kirk fixes one of Shakespeare’s least produced plays by rewriting it in contemporary English including updating the curse words and sexual puns, cutting the characters down to ten and gender screwing them toward parity, then editing the whole thing down to less than an hour and half with no fidelity to the original. So far we gotten to “Fixing King John,” “Fixing Timon of Athens,” and in March of 2018 the Rudes will present “Fixing Troilus and Cressida.”
Kirk is also working on series of plays that require no set, no actors, no theatre and no anything. “The Replacement Tapes,” is currently on tour, which means you get a box with a tape recorder and headphones and after gathering eight friends, you can create a play simply by following the tapes instructions. In Christmas of 2017 the Rudes will premiere “A Karaoke Christmas Carol,” which works by the same principal, audiences follow simple instructions by headphones and invite three ghosts into their presence.
Kirk also has a solo show, “The Cold Record,” which tells the story of a twelve year old boy who tries to set the record for the most days coming home from school with a fever and in the process falls in love with the school nurse and breaks his own heart on the punk rock. “The Cold Record” premieres at Fusebox 2018.
Kirk has also written work for the Foundry Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, who produced “Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra” in 2014 and who commissioned a new piece, “My Heart is a Library, Yours is a Museum,” which is in development now.
Kirk is also currently working on a new commission for Seattle Children’s Theatre entitled, “The Lamp is the Moon,” about a girl who hates naps and wants to be an astronaut now. In 2018 a new play will premiere at UT about Leonard Bernstein, celebrating his centenary, a commission from UT Austin College of Fine Arts, Department of Theatre and Dance and Texas Performing Arts; it is currently titled, “A Plan and Not Quite Enough Time.”
And Kirk is at work on a new novel, The Vow, about man who takes a vow of silence on a whim, without first talking to his wife or employer and as the man finds a greater sense of inner peace, his life falls apart around him.