Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan

When comedian MEGAN GOGERTY is informed that she can’t play Lady Macbeth - because Lady Macbeth is a tragic figure of powerful darkness, and Megan is the human equivalent of a golden retriever - she sets out to prove them all wrong, only to discover that not only must she reevaluate her preconceptions of Lady Macbeth, she must reconsider herself as both a woman and as a standup comedian. Silly, theatrical, and...
When comedian MEGAN GOGERTY is informed that she can’t play Lady Macbeth - because Lady Macbeth is a tragic figure of powerful darkness, and Megan is the human equivalent of a golden retriever - she sets out to prove them all wrong, only to discover that not only must she reevaluate her preconceptions of Lady Macbeth, she must reconsider herself as both a woman and as a standup comedian. Silly, theatrical, and complex, Megan attempts to answer the question, “What’s it like to be a woman comedian?”

Spoiler: it’s murder.
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Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan

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  • Ky Weeks:
    6 Jul. 2021
    In this fun, biting, one person show, Gogerty lays out the difficult landscape created by the language used to describe people on stage, as well as the ambition it takes to be seen on it. The varied lives that stories hold within us and how those stories are malleable but nevertheless impactful on the ones who read them, are presented in a creative and personal way.
  • Charles Green:
    18 Sep. 2020
    A stupendous exploration of the limits of the self and the canon, exploring the boundaries and roles set for the human in the world and carving out potential alternatives. Gogerty draws us in with humor and plunges the knife in when we least expect it.
  • Toby Malone:
    25 Aug. 2020
    A beautifully intimate, fearless one-person show which acts as autobiography, confessional, and bucket list checker all at the same time. What better way for Megan to work her way through her ambition of playing Lady Macbeth than to explain all the reasons why she shouldn't - which winds up being the exact reason why there are elements to that play that are perfect for her - even beyond the femme fatale? This is honest, raw, hilarious, and totally accessible. Terrific stuff.

Character Information

  • Megan
    40,
    White
    ,
    Female
    A cornfed Golden Retriever of a person. Not like Lady Macbeth at all.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Hollins Playwrights Lab
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    LA Writers Center
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Company 11
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    Shrewd Productions
    ,
    2019
  • University
    ,
    Southeastern Theatre Conference
    ,
    2018
  • University
    ,
    Radford University
    ,
    2018
  • University
    ,
    Miami University
    ,
    2018
  • University
    ,
    Vanderbilt University Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    StageWest Theatre Co
    ,
    2017
  • Professional
    ,
    Grinnell Council of the Arts
    ,
    2017
  • University
    ,
    Hollins University
    ,
    2017
  • Fringe
    ,
    Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival
    ,
    2017
  • University
    ,
    Coe College
    ,
    2017
  • Professional
    ,
    The Loft Theatre, Grinnell Arts Council
    ,
    2017
  • Professional
    ,
    Iowa Shakespeare Experience
    ,
    2017
  • Fringe
    ,
    Edinburgh Fringe Festival
    ,
    2017

Awards

Winner
,
Outstanding Artistic Achievement
,
The Greater Des Moines Cloris Leachman Excellence in Theatre Arts Award
,
2017