"A playwright of growing downtown renown, Ms. Skillman seems to be acquiring something suspiciously Midtown: polish." -- Andy Webster, NYTimes
"Besides its intrinsic worth, “Open” should bring more attention to a pair of downtown’s most bracing talents ... If anything, “Open” reminds us that making an audience believe is a trick writers and actors can master, too."
-- Elisabeth Vincentelli, NYTimes
Award Winning Playwright. A four time NYTimes Critics' Pick author, Crystal's titles published with Samuel French include GEEK!, CUT, BIRTHDAY and NOBODY. Other new titles include KING KIRBY (about the comic book artist Jack Kirby co-written with Fred Van Lente), RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD (2018 EMOS New Play Competition Winner), PULP VÉRITÉ (2019 Kilroys List, Honorable Mention), and OPEN which opened to rave reviews this summer in its premiere with All for One and The Tank theater. Crystal is the book writer of the musicals MARY AND MAX (with composer Bobby Cronin) and POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN (with composer Lynne Shankel). Selected Awards/Residencies: 2018 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat; 2018 Pace New Musicals; 2018 MUT Award (Critics’ Prize), Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, NY Innovative Theatre Award. TV/Comics work includes “ADVENTURE TIME”, and EAT FIGHTER, published on Webtoon.