Maya Macdonald

Maya Macdonald

Maya Macdonald a Playwrights Realm 2019-2020 Writing Fellow, where she developed her play brunch (Honorable Mention, The Relentless Award, Semi-Finalist, Theatre503’s Playwriting Award in London). Her plays include: Raw Pasta (Finalist, Leah Ryan FEWW, Semi-Finalist, The O’Neill and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), Three Anne Franks (Finalist, Sam French OOB Festival, Finalist, Berkley Rep Underground,...
Maya Macdonald a Playwrights Realm 2019-2020 Writing Fellow, where she developed her play brunch (Honorable Mention, The Relentless Award, Semi-Finalist, Theatre503’s Playwriting Award in London). Her plays include: Raw Pasta (Finalist, Leah Ryan FEWW, Semi-Finalist, The O’Neill and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), Three Anne Franks (Finalist, Sam French OOB Festival, Finalist, Berkley Rep Underground, Finalist, Rattlestick Playwrights Commission), Leave the Balcony Open (Finalist, Princess Grace Award). Maya is a member of the 2020 Project Y Theatre Company’s Playwrights Group. She received her BA, from Bennington College, and an MFA from Hunter College under the guidance of Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Brighde Mullins where she received the Irv Zarkowr Award for Excellence.

Plays

  • brunch
    Beth has a husband and four (count it, four!) new blenders, bangs keeps having sex that hurts but at least she's got great bangs, and Lynn's just on the hunt for a good appendage to spend the night with. As for Clarissa? She just really doesn't want to die alone. In this biting examination of female tropes and the search for "Mr. Right," the love of your life might terrify you, might...
    Beth has a husband and four (count it, four!) new blenders, bangs keeps having sex that hurts but at least she's got great bangs, and Lynn's just on the hunt for a good appendage to spend the night with. As for Clarissa? She just really doesn't want to die alone. In this biting examination of female tropes and the search for "Mr. Right," the love of your life might terrify you, might even kill you, but hey –
    at least he's got great dental.
  • Three Anne Franks
    Three people audition to play Anne Frank in a production that could not obtain the rights to a single word from Anne’s diary. As interpretations vary, we begin to see the difference between who Anne Frank was and who we need her to be. With biting humor, this play explores complications of privacy and authorship, appropriation, race and Jewish identity, and the performance of history.
  • raw pasta
    Five men start a week long intensive entitled "Facing Toxic Masculinity." Day two in the process requires the men to interact with a live woman.
  • press me hard into what i want
    A girl plays Kelly Kapowski at recess. An exploration of the feminine and the values we place on it.
  • Totally Tax Deductible
    A non-profit tele-fundraises through the apocalypse.
  • Don't Walk Home in That Shit, Girl!
    Three women fight to become the one who will be...well, murdered.
  • mind your bee hive
    A drive through burger joint turned underground abortion clinic in Bee Hive, Texas.
  • i like your open space
    Lilly returns home, but really only a few subway stops to her Mom's rent controlled apartment. She meets an actor who plays Peter Pan and things shift.
  • your life choices
    They've evacuated NYC and you're still looking at your smartphone, even though smartphones don't work anymore and yes, you're also at your day job selling stuff to people that they don't need but want.
  • 72 Hours
    72 Hours is the amount of time it takes to go legally insane due to sleep deprivation. It is the amount of time it took Romeo and Juliet to fall in love and end their lives, it is the amount of time George W. Bush has given Saddam Hussein to get out of Iraq before he officially declares war and it is more than likely the amount of time Charlie and Andrea have left in their marriage. In a one-bedroom...
    72 Hours is the amount of time it takes to go legally insane due to sleep deprivation. It is the amount of time it took Romeo and Juliet to fall in love and end their lives, it is the amount of time George W. Bush has given Saddam Hussein to get out of Iraq before he officially declares war and it is more than likely the amount of time Charlie and Andrea have left in their marriage. In a one-bedroom apartment in lower-Manhattan, a family of four fights sleep deprivation and each other.
  • LEAVE THE BALCONY OPEN
    May is standing in the way of control. June is trying to hold out. Jon really wants a hug. Silent Gen is still looking up at that broken window, and everyone knows why, but never says anything. On a rural college campus where there have been so many deaths that 21 has become old-age and proximity to death defines your social status, four soon-to-be-graduates party, scream and learn how to move on.
  • The Really Important People
    Lucie’s blog, ‘Miss Frosty’ is a sex blog for the empowered woman. Lynn, Clarissa, and Connie go out and get and bring it back to Lucie to write about. When Clarissa leaves the blog (may she nest in peace), the ladies put out an add for a new friend. When Abageal, a former sex-columnist arrives, it becomes clear that everyone has a different definition of "empowered."
  • For Charlie (Even if You Wouldn't Have Taken it)
    We gather here today to celebrate Charlie’s 21st Birthday. Unfortunately, he could Um. Not make it to the party. In an attempt to honor him, Bell and Carlee take the sips Charlie cannot.
  • Through the Bars of a Rhyme
    “And all I do is miss you and the way we used to be
    And all I do is keep the beat and bad company
    All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme
    Julie I’d do the stars with you any time.”

    - From “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits
  • MUTT
    An exploration of family, religion and New York City too. Can be done with multiple actors or just one.