Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

Margaret McCarthy comes to playwriting through her fascination with mythology, 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 myth are a continuing source of inspiration for her creative work; her plays give them voice to tell their own story. Her goals: putting women – younger and older – on the stage in great, meaty roles; creating great female characters who carry women’s wisdom. Her use of heightened language monologue spices colloquial dialogue. McCarthy understands the stage as the original home for poetry and theatre / performance as 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.