Christian Kiley

Christian Kiley teaches Theatre Arts at Etiwanda High School (Etiwanda, CA).

Christian lives in Rancho Cucamonga with his wife April and three daughters (Ella, Sophia, and Adie). "Distance Learning” is Christian's newest play with Theatrefolk and addresses the challenges, ups, and downs students are facing in virtual learning.

 His play Chemo Girl was the winner of the 2012 Rancho Cucamonga High School One-Act Festival.  He wrote the Chemo Girl collection of plays when he was undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  Christian is now in remission and grateful for the opportunity to continue to write and teach.

Other plays by Christian Kiley include:  The Art of Rejection, Charied, Discovering Rogue, Virtual Family, Butterfly Queen, Red Rover, Waiting Room, The Other Room, Nerd Herd, Wellness Check, and Commence.

In 2008 Christian's play POUND was recognized by the California Educational Theatre Association as Best Ensemble.  The Art of Rejection was the winner of the 2007 Rancho Cucamonga High School One-Act Festival.  Strings Attached was awarded runner-up by the California Educational Theatre Festival.  

Christian addresses issues in his plays that he feels will be challenging and exciting for young actors to perform.  He appreciates the help and support of his students, colleagues, and Theatrefolk for their continued support.

Christian's studies in Theatre Arts earned him an M.F.A. from California State University (Fullerton), and a B.A. from Gonzaga University. Christian completed a Shakespeare academy for educators at the Huntington Library.

"The greatest playground in the world is the stage.  The monkey bars are never the same."

 

Plays by Christian Kiley

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The Art of Rejection

by Christian Kiley

An avant-garde look at the price of popularity.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 1 M + 1 W + 14 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools

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The Art of Rejection: Two One Act Plays

by Christian Kiley

R is the only letter in a sea of numbers. Potential sits in a chair. These two one acts - Art of Rejection and Chaired can be performed separately or together.

  • 1 M + 1 W + 27 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 39 pages

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This collection contains: The Art of Rejection and Chaired
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The Butterfly Queen

by Christian Kiley

A touching ensemble piece where sacrifice is as simple as a pair of wings.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 3 M + 4 W + 12 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 19 pages

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Chaired

by Christian Kiley

Potential sits centre stage in a chair. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is just stand up...

  • About 20 minutes
  • 13 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools

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Chemo Girl

by Christian Kiley

Camille is pulled into the video game world that mirrors her fight against cancer.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 3 W + 13 Any Gender, Doubling Possible, ensemble expandable to 26 or more
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools

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Chemo Girl and Other Plays

by Christian Kiley

A collection of plays that examine the impact of cancer as seen through the eyes of teenagers. Can be performed as a full length or one acts.

  • About 90 minutes
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 70 pages

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This collection contains: Chemo Girl, The Other Room, Red Rover, and Waiting Room
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Commence

by Christian Kiley

A group of students want to regain normalcy and recoup what they’ve lost as seniors: prom, school play, graduation. But nothing is normal.

  • About 15 minutes
  • 1 M + 1 W + 9 Any Gender
  • Online Performance
  • Recommended for High Schools

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Discovering Rogue

by Christian Kiley

Rogue lives in a cardboard box but she doesn’t mind. Others want Rogue to leave but she isn’t budging. It's a showdown of stereotypes and self-identity.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 2 M + 4 W + 6 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 29 pages

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Distance Learning

by Christian Kiley

A play about trying to survive and thrive in a virtual classroom.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 13 Any Gender
  • Virtual Performance
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

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Inanimate

by Christian Kiley

Life is a little different for Ani. She talks to inanimate objects and the object talk back. Is she living in a happy, carefree kids’ show or is it something more serious?

  • About 25 minutes
  • 2 W + 16 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 18 pages

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Nerd Herd

by Christian Kiley

A funny and endearing look at love, dreams, slushes, and the unexpected twists and turns that life takes when you’re saving the universe.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 3 M + 4 W + 1 Any Gender, Extras as needed
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 39 pages

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The Other Room

by Christian Kiley

Dad is recovering from cancer and heavy chemotherapy treatments in the other room. It has become a dark corner of the house, especially for Mary, who rarely goes in there.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 4 M + 3 W
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools

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Passing Period Purgatory

by Christian Kiley

Sometimes the hardest part of school is getting from one class to the next.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 13 Any Gender + 1 Non-Binary
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools

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Red Rover

by Christian Kiley

A young girl is pulled out of her history class to go to the hospital where she discovers she has cancer. She befriends Lucy (who is chemotherapy personified) and she and Lucy prepare to take the disease.

  • About 20 minutes
  • 1 M + 3 W + 12 Any Gender, Doubling Possible
  • Recommended for High Schools

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Virtual Family

by Christian Kiley

A look at a soothing world where complete dependency on technology takes away all ills. But is everything really perfect?

  • About 30 minutes
  • 5 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools
  • 28 pages

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Waiting Room

by Christian Kiley

A group of teenage cancer patients wait to hear about their progress. A bond is created as they discover their similarities and eccentricities.

  • About 25 minutes
  • 4 M + 7 W + 1 Any Gender, Doubling Possible
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools

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Wellness Check

by Christian Kiley

Three characters struggle with wellness in uncertain times.

  • About 15 minutes
  • 3 Any Gender
  • Online Performance
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools

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