Interview with Playwright/Director SPENSER DAVIS

Director/Writer SPENSER DAVIS discusses his newest play PLAINCLOTHES which is being premiered at BROKEN NOSE THEATRE, recipient of the 2018 BROADWAY IN CHICAGO EMERGING THEATRE AWARD.

Spenser Davis is a longtime company member of Broken Nose Theatre, where he most recently directed At The Table, named “One of the Best Shows of 2017” by Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, Newcity, and teen critic Ada Grey; it also received four Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Director/Play and Best Production/Play, and three Time Out Chicago Awards. Also at BNT, he has directed From White Plains, A Phase, and several editions of Bechdel Fest. Other credits include directing The Adventures of Spirit Force Five (The Factory Theater), Bachelorette (Level 11), numerous editions of the One Minute Play Festival; assistant directing Pilgrim’s Progress and 3C (A Red Orchid Theatre) and Divine Sister (Hell in a Handbag); as well as work with American Theater Company, Chicago Dramatists, Strawdog, Mary-Arrchie, Oracle, First Floor, Pride Films and Plays, Stage Left, Promethean Theatre and Arc Theatre. As a playwright, he’s a past winner of Scotland’s Solas Festival, a finalist for the Actor Theater of Louisville’s Heideman Award, and his first full-length play Merge, about the rise and fall of the video game company Atari, closed The New Colony’s eighth season. His plays have been produced across the country and in Canada and have been published by Smith & Kraus New York. He’s a member of The Factory Theater’s ensemble. Plainclothes is the first play in The Mag Mile, his play trilogy about working class Chicagoans at moments of intense accountability.


Broken Nose Theatre produces and develops new work that sparks conversation, cultivates empathy, and amplifies underrepresented voices, and they build new and diverse audiences for the arts by letting patrons set their own ticket price. Founded in 2012, the company has collaborated with more than 500 artists to produce 12 full-length plays, develop 5 original full-length scripts through their Paper Trail new play development program, and commission and produce over 50 new women-centric short plays through their annual Bechdel Fest. BNT has sold more than 8,000 PWYC tickets, and shared their work with over 11,000 patrons; been featured on numerous “Best of” lists and in American Theatre Magazine; and received numerous awards and accolades, including 4 Jeff Awards, 1 Black Theatre Alliance Award, an inaugural Rick Bayless Family Foundation grant, and the 2018 Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre Award.”