Makena Metz

Makena Metz

Makena Metz (she/her) is an LA native who writes fantasy, sci-fi, and magical realism for the page, screen, and stage. She is getting her MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Chapman University's dual degree program and is a proud member of DGA, ASCAP, SCBWI, WIA, CMA, and the SCL. Makena is an alum of the Musical Theatre Writer’s Collective Program and New Musical Inc’s CORE Curriculum for...
Makena Metz (she/her) is an LA native who writes fantasy, sci-fi, and magical realism for the page, screen, and stage. She is getting her MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Chapman University's dual degree program and is a proud member of DGA, ASCAP, SCBWI, WIA, CMA, and the SCL. Makena is an alum of the Musical Theatre Writer’s Collective Program and New Musical Inc’s CORE Curriculum for Musical Theatre Writing. Follow her on twitter, instagram, or tiktok @MakenaMetz, FB @makenametzwrites, and find her work on Coverfly or NPX!

Plays

  • Death Bites
    In this 10-minute play, young disease survivor AMY must decide whether dying is worth living, or if living is worth un-dying when a vampire named DRACULA appears to offer her a painless death or eternal life.
  • Pirate's Weekend: Three Nights in a Harbor
    Three sisters go to Catalina Island for an sisterly getaway, not expecting it to be hosting a Pirate's Weekend event! After disguising herself as a man to get into a contest, Jessica tumbles through trials and tribulations to become Pirate King in this farcical comedy of errors.
  • Work/Life Balance
    In a different reality in a different society in the future, two young adult roommates grapple with their relationship to working and leisure.
  • Home for the Holidays
    In this loose adaptation of A Christmas Carol, a Freshman college student returns to her family for the holidays, but not all is as she remembers. After she and her teen brother fight with their parents and ruin the first night of Hanukkah, a ghost appears and kidnaps the kids for a time traveling reckoning. While their parents connect and worry at home, the teens must learn the true meaning of Hanukkah to get...
    In this loose adaptation of A Christmas Carol, a Freshman college student returns to her family for the holidays, but not all is as she remembers. After she and her teen brother fight with their parents and ruin the first night of Hanukkah, a ghost appears and kidnaps the kids for a time traveling reckoning. While their parents connect and worry at home, the teens must learn the true meaning of Hanukkah to get out of time and back to their family.
  • Magic Little Pill
    Four factory workers that package an "instant weight loss pill" in a dystopian future grapple with body image in this full length, science fiction play.
  • Falling Apart While Learning To Cook (A Recipe for an Empty Nest)
    After Susan finds out that her final daughter to leave for college is moving all the way to London, she uses her empty nest nervous breakdown and midlife crisis to quit her job and enroll in culinary school. However, trial by literal fire isn’t what she expected, and Susan has to figure out who she wants to be – as a chef, spouse, and mother.
  • Plastic Ocean
    Isabel Martinez, to the scientific community, or IZZY to her friends, if she had any, has a PHD in marine biology. She’s spent most of her 20s at Cal State Monterey Bay, and finally graduates, excited to get to work cleaning up the ocean. After Izzy fails to get a 50,000-dollar grant, she decides to man her own research vessel, putting forward a hypothesis that she can mutate a fish to eat plastic, which she...
    Isabel Martinez, to the scientific community, or IZZY to her friends, if she had any, has a PHD in marine biology. She’s spent most of her 20s at Cal State Monterey Bay, and finally graduates, excited to get to work cleaning up the ocean. After Izzy fails to get a 50,000-dollar grant, she decides to man her own research vessel, putting forward a hypothesis that she can mutate a fish to eat plastic, which she hopes will get her published and win her awards.

    However, Izzy’s never led a team before, and it doesn’t help that she looks like a 14-year-old or has been in school most of her life. Izzy and her team of research scientists must work together, using the scientific method to journey through science fiction and into science fact. Will Izzy learn to lead and clean up the ocean? Or will her experiment fail?

    This musical is a call to action that we need to clean up our own oceans and become passionate about solving human made ecological problems. It’d a female driven, TYA narrative that will not only entertain, but inform. This musical is family friendly.
  • Heavy Heart
    Ida, a Los Angeles-based burlesque performer, must choose between heart valve replacement surgery and advancement in the burlesque world — losing her partner, and potentially, her life in the process.

    Book by Hannah C. Langley
    Music and Lyrics by Angela Parrish and Makena Metz
  • Slightly Composed
    Olivia, a struggling post grad composer who suffers from chronic panic attacks, clashes with a music producer to rewrite and revise her jingle for a cat food commercial.

    By Makena Metz and Melissa Axel and Jeff Hoepner
  • Blurrred: A Modern Fairy Tale
    Nearby a magical forest, Red Riding Hood fights with her younger sister Blue about selling muffins to wolves. After Red’s wolf related PTSD explodes, Blue storms off into the woods. Realizing her sister is in danger, Red conscripts her Grandma, and a passing through Witch, to go in search of Blue before she’s thrown to the wolves. However, not all is as it seems and Red’s prejudices are exposed as they journey deeper into the forest.
  • A Family Portrait
    In this 15-minute musical, estranged siblings Elizabeth and Todd have to come together after their parent's deaths to find the portrait they left behind. However, not everything is as it seems, and the siblings have to reconcile their feelings about their parents, their spouses, and each other.