Gordon Dahlquist

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Gordon Dahlquist is an American playwright and novelist. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dahlquist has lived and worked in New York City since 1988. His plays, which include Messalina and Delirium Palace (both Garland Playwriting Award winners), have been performed in New York and Los Angeles. Graduate of Reed College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts.[1] He is an alumnus of New Dramatists.[2]

Dahlquist's debut novel The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, a hybrid of fantasy and science fiction set in a period similar to the Victorian era, was published on August 1, 2006, to notable critical acclaim. Dahlquist was reportedly paid an advance of $2,000,000 for The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, the first of a two-book deal.[3] Its sales were disappointing and it is estimated to have lost its publisher, Bantam, approximately $851,500.[4] The sequel to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, The Dark Volume, was published in the UK by Penguin on May 1, 2008, and March 24, 2009 in the United States. A third volume, The Chemickal Marriage was published in July 2012.[5] A young adult novel, The Different Girl was published in 2013. In 2015 he received the James Tait Black Prize for his play Tomorrow Come Today.[6]


  • Babylon 55 (with Mark Worthington), premiere Sumus Theatre, Portland, OR, 1984
  • Reticence, premiere Horace Mann Theatre NYC
  • Severity's Mistress, premiere Walker Space NYC, 1995
  • Mission Byzantium, premiere The American Globe Theater NYC, 1995
  • Island of Dogs, premiere 4th Street Theater NYC, 1998
  • Vortex du Plaisir, premiere Ohio Theater NYC, 1999
  • The Secret Machine, premiere Walker Space NYC, 1999
  • Delirium Palace, premiere Evidence Room LA CA, 2001
  • Messalina, premiere Evidence Room LA CA, 2003
  • Babylon is Everywhere: A Court Masque, premiere NYC 2004
  • Venice Saved: A Seminar (with David Levine), premiere PS122 NYC, 2009
  • Tea Party, workshop premiere Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, 2012
  • Tomorrow Comes Today, premiere Undermain Theatre, Dallas, 2014
  • Red Chariot, premiere Undermain Theatre, Dallas, 2019[7]


Bibliography, Plays[edit]

  • Vortex du Plaisir, Playscripts Inc.
  • Delirium Palace, Breaking Ground, Stage & Screen, 2002
  • Babylon is Everywhere, Theater Magazine, Vol 34 #2, 2004

Bibliography, Novels[edit]

  • The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Bantam 2006
  • The Dark Volume, Bantam 2009
  • The Chemickal Marriage, Penguin 2012
  • The Different Girl, Dutton Juvenile, 2013


  1. ^ Playscripts Author page
  2. ^ "New Dramatists Website". Archived from the original on 2019-03-30. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  3. ^ Publishers Weekly
  4. ^ Have We Reached the End of Publishing as We Know it?
  5. ^ Dahlquist, G. W. (2012). The Chemickal Marriage. ISBN 978-0670921638.
  6. ^ "Gordon Dahlquist Wins James Tait Black Prize". 26 August 2015.
  7. ^ Webster, Stephen (24 September 2019). "Undermain Theatre's Red Chariot, a Mind-Bending Metaphor, Shows Us Science Fiction at Its Best". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2019-10-06.

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