Michael Higgins is a Chicago writer and playwright whose work has been performed in Chicago, New York and elsewhere. His short play THE CHIP was recently selected to appear in the Smith and Kraus anthology, The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2018.
Michael's full-length comedy LAUNCH DAY (LOVE STORIES FROM THE YEAR 2108) received a staged reading in 2018 at Benchmark Theatre in Denver. In 2017, LAUNCH DAY – about six couples dealing with major life issues 90 years in the future – was read at Capital Stage in Sacramento and at Chicago Dramatists.
Michael's comedy YOU MUST ACT NOW – about a TV infomercial kingpin clawing his way back to the top – received a staged reading in 2019 at Three Cat Productions in Chicago. His sci-fi comedy HORRIBLE WEAPONS OF THE FUTURE – about a young genius forced to build the ultimate weapon – was a finalist for The Navigators' 2017 Lift-Off New Play Series in New York.
Two of Michael's short plays – ENHANCED and TRACY AND HER DREAM GUYS – were performed in 2018 at Otherworld Theatre’s Paragon Play Festival in Chicago. In 2017, three of his short plays – THE CHIP, THE PANDAROO and READY, AIM – were performed at the same festival.
THE CHIP was also produced in 2017 at The Navigators' Lift-Off New Play Series in New York. THE PANDAROO was performed in 2016 at The Artistic Home's Cut To The Chase festival in Chicago.
Michael's short play THE ACTION HERO'S WIFE was produced in 2019 at Phoenix Stage Company's One Act Play Festival in Oakville, CT. His short play WHEN KILLER ANIMALS GO NUTS has been produced at Phoenix Stage and at The Second City Training Center.
A Cleveland-area native, Michael has worked as a garbage collector, sewer cleaner and assistant to the guy who scrapes roadkill off the highway. As an award-winning reporter for the Chicago Tribune, he wrote hundreds of articles about major Chicago trials, legal disputes and political scandals.
See more of Michael's work on his profile page at the National New Play Network's New Play Exchange.