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Peter Fenton in 2019

Peter Glen Fenton (1995- ) is an American playwright and screenwriter with three stage plays and one screenplay in his growing body of work. He wrote his first play and saw it through to its world premiere in his hometown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when he was fourteen years old. Fenton graduated from Wheaton College in 2017 and soon after moved to Philadelphia and began an apprenticeship at the Walnut Street Theatre in 2018.

Fenton specializes in writing comedy dialog into stories inspired by fantasy and fairy tales, citing video games from Nintendo and television series such as Arrested Development, Psych, and The Good Place as key inspirations for his work.

Official website: [1]


Works by Peter Fenton with their own pages:

Other Work by Peter Fenton:

  • See Amid the Winter Snow (Stage Play, 2018)
  • Filling In (Co-Writer, Dadley Productions Short Film, 2017)

Work by Peter Fenton includes examples of these tropes:

Acceptable Targets: Groups of people are normally targeted in jest for the duration of a script.

Badass Normal: Sir Galahad, Lady Heron, Kimmi Larkin, Scott Foley, Mitchell Claus, and Daisy Scarlett are all otherwise normal people who become heroic and do badass things.

Better Than a Bare Bulb: Expect a lot of lampshades from the intelligent heroes of the story.

Big Eater: There's at least one character in each script preoccupied with snacking.


Book-Ends: Present in each of Fenton's plays. In Knights, Lady Heron starts the play confessing feelings for Sir Galahad and in the end, he reciprocates. In Rose, the first and last scene take place in the cave of the Thousand-Year Rose. In See Amid, Act One and Act Three each begin at the woodpile and end at Granny's house.

Chekhov's Gag: A good rule of thumb when reading a Peter Fenton play is, there are no throwaway lines

Deadpan Snarker: Almost everyone gets a moment of snark in the script.

Evil Counterpart: Pops up a lot, with a villainous character embodying traits of the protagonist. Sir Krause is one for Sir Galahad, Abigail is one for Kimmi, and Wolf is one for Mitchell.

Just for Pun: Knights and See Amid are both littered with puns, between the country names in the former and the Christmas carol lyrics embedded in dialog in the latter.

Lemony Narrator: The Snowman in See Amid the Winter Snow is a textbook example.

Meaningful Name: No character is ever named by accident in a Peter Fenton story.

Names the Same: Occasionally, Fenton will not bother changing the first name of the character or person referenced. Caleb and Andrea for their role originators in Knights, Vivian for Paper Mario's Vivian in Rose, Ida Lynn for the friend who set Fenton's parents up in See Amid.

No Celebrities Were Harmed: See Amid the Winter Snow goes wild with this trope, making Mrs. Claus into a No Celebrities Were Harmed Hillary Clinton and Ebenezer Whitfield into a male Sarah Palin.

Plot Twist: Somewhere between two-thirds of the way through and the very final scene, something develops in the plot that changes the whole story. The wizard has been sleeping with the princess in Knights, The witch had a pure heart all along in Rose, and the entire complicated story in the first two acts was a preamble to retell Red Riding Hood in See Amid.

Rewatch Bonus: Fenton layers some bonuses in the scripts that pay off only when watching or reading the script a second time, often in light of the plot twist.

Self-Deprecation: In Rose, Abigail takes a shot at Knights of the Square Table, calling it a bad show. In See Amid, Santa Claus dismissively says he "always knew Vivian was nice" when the recent Naughty/Nice report comes out for Ireland.

Take That, Critics!: Fenton is known to word-for-word incorporate criticism and questions from editors, early readers into later drafts of his work.

Walking Spoiler: There's normally a character who is hard to talk about without giving away significant plot points.

Whole Plot Reference: The Thousand-Year Rose is one for Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, See Amid the Winter Snow's third act is one for Little Red Riding Hood.

Write Who You Know: Fenton cites in order to write realistic dialog, he sounds out character voices by imagining the voice of a non-fictional person he knows either in real life or a media figure.


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