Dara O'Brien

Dara O'Brien

I am a playwright and actress based in New York City.

My plays have been presented or developed at The Cherry Lane Theatre, Urban Stages, the Abingdon Theatre Company, Resonance Ensemble, and HB Studio. I received the 2015 Thomas Barbour Playwrights Award for her play “Early Sunday Morning,” which had a staged reading featuring Melissa Errico by The Schoolhouse Theatre, and was a finalist for...
I am a playwright and actress based in New York City.

My plays have been presented or developed at The Cherry Lane Theatre, Urban Stages, the Abingdon Theatre Company, Resonance Ensemble, and HB Studio. I received the 2015 Thomas Barbour Playwrights Award for her play “Early Sunday Morning,” which had a staged reading featuring Melissa Errico by The Schoolhouse Theatre, and was a finalist for Capital Stage’s Playwrights Revolution and featured in the Naked Angels Tuesdays@9 Reading Series. As a founding member of WAC (Writer/Actor Collective), I am a co-creator of the upcoming podcast series, “Bricks and Murder.”

I am also an actress whose work includes the New York premiere of “Gidion’s Knot” by Johnna Adams, directed by Austin Pendleton at 59E59 Theatres, and Lady Capulet in “R&J” for Web Series Shakespeare. Affiliations include Playwrights Gallery, the Ninth Floor Playwrights, The Geese, and League of Professional Theatre Women. Member, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, Dramatists Guild of America. www.daraobrien.com

Plays

  • Early Sunday Morning
    After twenty years of creative and professional struggle, the American painter Edward Hopper reconnects with his old schoolmate, the artist Josephine Nivison. The joining of their lives brings seismic change to both. In the summer of 1923, Edward and Jo, both unrecognized painters in their early forties, become reacquainted at the Gloucester Artists Colony. Jo, the more established of the two, inspires Edward...
    After twenty years of creative and professional struggle, the American painter Edward Hopper reconnects with his old schoolmate, the artist Josephine Nivison. The joining of their lives brings seismic change to both. In the summer of 1923, Edward and Jo, both unrecognized painters in their early forties, become reacquainted at the Gloucester Artists Colony. Jo, the more established of the two, inspires Edward to try watercolor, a medium he does not use. The results are exciting. At summer’s end, they return to New York’s Greenwich Village, now courting as a couple. Jo arranges for Edward to participate in a watercolor show at the Brooklyn Museum, where he wins the show’s purchase prize and sells his first painting in ten years. As their relationship continues, Edward seeks more from Jo, who resists, focusing on her career. He convinces her to marry him, and newfound intimacy escalates their conflict. Jo is caught between her interdependence with Edward and her need to maintain her own identity as an artist. She becomes both his fiercest advocate and a deeply resentful competitor. Within a few months of their marriage, Edward attains long-awaited creative and commercial success. As his reputation skyrockets, Jo’s declines. What is the price of genius, and who pays?
  • Daddy's Little Girl
    A comic take on Euripides’s ELECTRA, with Ivanka Trump as the avenging title character. She has been debased by actions of her stepmother Melania (Clytemnestra), who “killed” King Trump (Agamemnon) by releasing his tax returns, thus destroying him and his family business. As in the Greek tradition, the play uses a mix of meters and rhyme schemes; the Chorus is a member of the press.
  • ReactaCap
    Two young female inventors who are eager to find investors for their new product try their luck at "Investorfest"; think Shark Tank goes speed dating. Have they come to the right place?
  • Serena de Bergerac
    SERENA is a courageous Editor of a weekly local newspaper. At rise, BRET, Serena's Managing Editor, finds her hastily clearing the clutter in her office before a meeting with her new reporter, ROSIE. As Bret knows, Serena is smitten with Rosie, but unwilling to tell her so. Rosie races in with news, but is cryptic in the telling. Serena thinks Rosie might be declaring her affection, but is soon...
    SERENA is a courageous Editor of a weekly local newspaper. At rise, BRET, Serena's Managing Editor, finds her hastily clearing the clutter in her office before a meeting with her new reporter, ROSIE. As Bret knows, Serena is smitten with Rosie, but unwilling to tell her so. Rosie races in with news, but is cryptic in the telling. Serena thinks Rosie might be declaring her affection, but is soon disappointed to learn that that Rosie's news involves TOM DEGUICHE, who works for their State's Governor and is on his way. DeGuiche enters and offers Serena an interim appointment to the US Senate. When Serena insults him and disdainfully declines, DeGuiche exits. Rosie and Bret urge Serena to reconsider. Serena ardently expresses her desire for more out of life than a political career. Rosie is dazzled, and kisses Serena. Serena is stunned. Rosie exits, embarrassed. With a little fancy footwork from Bret, perhaps disaster can be averted.
  • Security
    Annie is a young actress running the gauntlet that is New York City. Her sister, Siobhan, is a successful lawyer and mother of two who lives in an exclusive Connecticut suburb. Lifestyles collide when Annie and Siobhan come together at Annie’s newly leased, exceeding small studio apartment.
  • NeueVista Pointe
    Tom is NeueVista Pointe's newest resident, and he's single. Let the dance begin. Marie is ready and willing to step in, but Tom has another partner in mind. Can he convince Ellie to follow his lead?
  • December
    An elderly man and woman near the close of their lives find themselves together in the moment.
  • I.B. Rich
    Has Frank added creative accounting to his short list of accomplishments? It's Debbie's job to find out.