Margaret McCarthy comes to playwriting through her fascination with myth, and theatre as the first place we relive our stories. She sees “the hero’s journey” in contemporary, everyday life; in the heroes and heroines of legend she sees the struggles of the average human being. The female characters of mythology are a continuing source of inspiration for her creative work; her plays give them voice to tell...
Margaret McCarthy comes to playwriting through her fascination with myth, and theatre as the first place we relive our stories. She sees “the hero’s journey” in contemporary, everyday life; in the heroes and heroines of legend she sees the struggles of the average human being. The female characters of mythology are a continuing source of inspiration for her creative work; her plays give them voice to tell their own story. Her use of heightened language monologue spices colloquial dialogue. McCarthy understands the stage as the original home for poetry and theatre its natural medium.
McCarthy’s background as a working photographer influences her way of telling stories; her plays
strive to meld the pleasure of the ear and the eye.
The Sacrificial King: A Play for John Lennon was given a New York City production by The World 3 Theatre Company, preceded by staged readings at The English Speaking Union in New York City and Duke University, N.C. In both 2016 and 2009, the young theatre artists of Duxbury High School’s Thespian Troup chose this script (of any) to perform as their entry to The Boston Globe’s Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) Festival. Their productions at Boston’s John Hancock Theatre took festival awards.
Deirdre Retrograde, based on the heroine of Irish myth, resulted from McCarthy’s ongoing involvement with the literature of women in Celtic myth. The play was read at La Mama Theatre, NYC, as part of
its Experiments Reading Series, and recently as part of Dreamcatcher Entertainment’s Talent On Tap Reading Series.
Her poetry collection NOTEBOOKS FROM MYSTERY SCHOOL (Finishing Line Press, 2015) was a New Women’s Voices Award finalist.
Her work has been performed in programs at Poetic Theatre, NYC, The English Speaking Union of New York, The Hudson Valley Writers Association and Irish American Writers and Artists (IAW&A) monthly salons at The Cell Theatre, NYC.
McCarthy's writing has appeared in numerous literary magazines, journals and anthlogies, including: The Pagan Muse:Poems of Ritual and Inspiration, Working Papers in Irish Studies, Home Planet News, Gargoyle Magazine, Shaking Like A Mountain: On line Literature about Contemporary Music, Poetry New Zealand, California State Poetry Society Quarterly, O!!ZONE, Xanadu, Caprice , Matrix, The Poet, Poets and Peace International to name a few. McCarthy has also reviewed for Groundswell Magazine, New Directions for Women and The Chiron Review.
She has been a guest artist in residence at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ragdale Foundation and The Hambidge Center, all of which have awarded her writing fellowships.
She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, PEN America and The Authors Guild.
McCarthy works as a professional photographer in New York City; her landscape photographs and images based on Celtic myth have been widely exhibited. She publishes a broadside designed for the web,
A VISION AND A VERSE (www.avisionandaverse.com) combining her imagery and verse.