I'm Tré Calhoun.
I am an artist — a researcher of language and life through the stage and through technology. I'm an emerging artist who recently graduated from Cornell University and currently resides in Seattle.
I write eccentric social justice tragedies. They're rhythmic, boast a sense of humor, and are sometimes avant-garde.
I believe that our views of social justice are not facts, but arguments—or should be approached as such in art. And an argument necessitates two things: a specific audience and a perspective that considers it with diligence. So I won't lecture those with opposing views; I welcome them with fully-formed plots: great emotional stories. But these narratives are layered with social justice themes and arguments, often with full parallels to the clearest arc. For it to be a piece of social justice, however, the play must end with a clear address of whichever topic is in question (as ignorance/blindness is at the forefront of oppression). Ultimately, viewers experience highly detailed stories with multiple levels of understanding—making the pieces accessible and desirable to a variety of people.
I also act. You can find information on my plays and acting experience on this website.
You can also see my work produced with Parley Productions.
The Other Town
play in two acts
Dec has a unique power: he can swap places with himself 30 years in the future. But as his idealism combats an eerie feeling that his wife is cheating on him, Dec finds himself lost in the ambiguities of present and future society—and lost between his half black/half white ethnicity. Dec must wake up and regain his stability before society cheats him too, in this Our Town-inspired play of tomorrow.
"The Other Town" premiered with a Parley workshop production on August 15, 2017.
play in two acts
Welcome to a quaint little neighborhood called the United States of America. Upscale and working class, where suburban streets wind through packed city blocks, this neighborhood feels like a community - and a powder keg. The collage of stories examines the daily joys and heartaches of being an American today.
"American Archipelago" was the joint writing effort of Holly Arsenault, Kelleen C. Blachard, Tré Calhoun, Vincent Delaney, Brendan Healy, Maggie Lee, Sara Porkalob, and Seayoung Yim. It premiered with Pony World Theatre at 12th Ave Arts from July 12 - August 12, 2017.
The Black Eye Society: A Cycle
semi-musical in one act
Some are lucky enough to find Happily Ever After. For everyone else, there’s THE BLACK EYE SOCIETY. This cycle of short, perilous plays explores the damaged relationships of good-natured people. With bruised eyes, it’s tough to see when others are hurting too.
This cycle contains 4 short plays, narrated with original music. (soundtrack)
Lemonade: For Us By Us
Beyoncé adaptation in ten minutes
Beyoncé's Lemonade visual album is a concept piece about infidelity and being black in America. But is there more to it? How do these two elements intersect?
"Lemonade: For Us By Us" examines a failing amorous relationship and a failing relationship with one's nation—and asks, "How much abuse does it take to realize your union isn't good enough?"
"Lemonade: For Us By Us" premiered in Parley Productions' Short Shorts Festival December 16-17, 2016 at 12th Ave Arts.
Building and Removing Planes
play in ten minutes
Timid Lani wants to start something new with Nick, who is preoccupied with death in his personal life. Will the two ever find real connection, as they interact with one another as avatars in a video game world?
"Building and Removing Planes" premiered at Midnight Sun from October 14 - October 22, 2016 as part of the the IPOP Festival with Theater Artists Olympia. More info here.
Dirt + Dew
A play in one act
College-dropout John masks himself in mud to court Harvard-grad Memory—but no one told him that his new friend is hiding a dark secret… As tales of sasquatches are told and someone exercises nearby, we start to think: what are these Millennials doing in the woods alone? And will they make it out alive?
"Dirt + Dew" premiered at Eclectic Theater from February 26 - March 5, 2016 as part of the Seattle Fringe Festival.
"Dirt + Dew" has been remodeled into a two-act play, titled: "REASON_FEAR." View a sample of the play here.
The Black Eye Society
in ten minutes
Maggie and Marco lyrically bludgeon each other over their marital issues, his sexuality, and her promiscuity, in this Musical Chairs-inspired power struggle.
A staged reading of "The Black Eye Society" took place April 11, 2016 at Seattle Repertory Theatre with the Northwest Playwrights Alliance.
View a sample of the play here.
Please contact me if you are interested in working with me or producing one of my plays.
Select images. For more roles, visit my résumé here.
A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS (AN AMERICAN MUSICAL CELEBRATION) (2017)
Walker Lewis, Frederick Wormley | Taproot Theatre, WA
November 24 - December 30, 2017. More info here.
EVERY FIVE MINUTES (2017)
Harpo | Washington Theatre Ensemble, 12th Ave Arts, WA
More info here.
THE WEDDING GIFT (2016)
Beshrum | Forward Flux Productions, Gay City Arts, WA
More info here.
THE BROTHERS K: PARTS I & II (2016)
Bork / Robbie | Book-It Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre, WA
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (2015)
Leonard Vole | Little Theatre Off Broadway, OH
A PEOPLE (2013)
Daniel / Heschel / Bride | Cornell Schwartz Center, Mainstage, NY
NO EXIT (2011)
Cradeau Doppelganger | Cornell Schwartz Center, Mainstage, NY
THOSE LEARNED LADIES (2011)
Notary | Cornell Schwartz Center, Mainstage, NY