Grace McLeod

Grace McLeod

Grace McLeod is a queer playwright and screenwriter based in New York City. She was a 2017-2018 Trellis playwright-in-residence at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center, where she developed her play HERLAND, which received a 2018-2019 National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at MOXIE Theatre in San Diego, Redtwist Theatre in Chicago, and Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles. Grace's plays have...
Grace McLeod is a queer playwright and screenwriter based in New York City. She was a 2017-2018 Trellis playwright-in-residence at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center, where she developed her play HERLAND, which received a 2018-2019 National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at MOXIE Theatre in San Diego, Redtwist Theatre in Chicago, and Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles. Grace's plays have been presented, developed, and/or commissioned by Goodman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, First Floor Theater, The New Colony, Commission Theatre, The 24 Hour Plays, and Millikin University, among others. She is a current winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival and a member of the Virtual Realm at the Playwrights Realm. Grace is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she was the recipient of the 2018 Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize for Playwriting.

Plays

  • Herland
    After graduating from high school, Natalie gets a summer internship working for Jean, a recently-divorced woman in her 70s who has no plans to move into a typical retirement home. Natalie helps Jean and her two best friends design an alternative: a DIY utopia where they can live out the next chapter of their lives. They plot the future together inside Jean’s garage, where relics of Jean’s ex-husband (and his...
    After graduating from high school, Natalie gets a summer internship working for Jean, a recently-divorced woman in her 70s who has no plans to move into a typical retirement home. Natalie helps Jean and her two best friends design an alternative: a DIY utopia where they can live out the next chapter of their lives. They plot the future together inside Jean’s garage, where relics of Jean’s ex-husband (and his locally famous Bruce Springsteen cover band) still linger. HERLAND is a play about women growing up, growing old, and rocking out to the beat of their own drums.
  • 2007
    It’s February 2007 and Lucy’s world is falling apart around her. Her mom Eileen has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, high school isn't what she expected, she can’t ignore her growing feelings for her best friend Alison, and her idol -- a certain world-famous, blonde pop star -- is newly bald and undergoing a very public breakdown. 2007 is a queer coming-of-age comedy about mothers and daughters,...
    It’s February 2007 and Lucy’s world is falling apart around her. Her mom Eileen has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, high school isn't what she expected, she can’t ignore her growing feelings for her best friend Alison, and her idol -- a certain world-famous, blonde pop star -- is newly bald and undergoing a very public breakdown. 2007 is a queer coming-of-age comedy about mothers and daughters, what it really means to be a "good" role model, and the crippling pressure to maintain our public selves in times of private crisis.
  • Scare Me
    When Alex gets hired at a Halloween pop-up store in Chicago, she's thrilled to start her gap year with her first real job. As she and her older, jaded co-workers scramble to meet their sales goal and push superhero capes and fake blood on strangers, they each struggle to distinguish the masks they wear from the masks they sell. SCARE ME is a dark comedy about the fear of being yourself, the desire to be...
    When Alex gets hired at a Halloween pop-up store in Chicago, she's thrilled to start her gap year with her first real job. As she and her older, jaded co-workers scramble to meet their sales goal and push superhero capes and fake blood on strangers, they each struggle to distinguish the masks they wear from the masks they sell. SCARE ME is a dark comedy about the fear of being yourself, the desire to be somebody else, and the danger of getting attached to something that was always meant to be temporary.
  • you, too
    Kat and Sam are sisters. Sometimes best friends. Sometimes enemies. Sometimes acquaintances. Always sisters. “you, too” follows them from early childhood in the 70s through adulthood in the present, chronicling the specific frustrations and joys of sisterhood, aging, and navigating the relationship between our younger selves, older selves, and all the selves in the middle.
  • The Communist Revolution: A Ninth-Grade European History Project (There Will Be a Practical Demonstration)
    Parents vs. kids, house vs. tent, capitalism vs. communism: the ultimate showdown ensues in this black comedy about rich white liberals whose desire to be “good” runs up against their own fragility.