maguire wilder

maguire wilder

maguire wilder is an Southern born, who-knows-where based writer and director. her work has been seen at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Playwrights Horizons Downtown, Theaterlab NYC, and digitally at LimeArts Productions' 20x20 Fringe Festival and Little & Fierce Theatre Company. her play, The Things We Pull Up... was a finalist for the Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Series in 2021, and an...
maguire wilder is an Southern born, who-knows-where based writer and director. her work has been seen at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Playwrights Horizons Downtown, Theaterlab NYC, and digitally at LimeArts Productions' 20x20 Fringe Festival and Little & Fierce Theatre Company. her play, The Things We Pull Up... was a finalist for the Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Series in 2021, and an excerpt was published digitally in 'Confluence' in 2020. her flash fiction piece "up to four and back again" was published in Feels Blind Literary Magazine in 2022. she is deeply interested in female driven stories, dreamscapes, deep longing, and dirt. for her, writing is an exercise in community gathering, and she wishes to create worlds for us to dream both dreams and nightmares into. she once had a teacher tell her she should ask more questions. she doesn't think he would say that now. 

maguire received her BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch in May 2021 and is currently working towards a Masters of Studies in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge.

Plays

  • The Things We Pull Up (out of the ground) or at night by the river in the daytime
    15 years ago, things stopped growing. ana and alice danced by the river until alice's sister, abi, fell in.
    today, ana and her daughter, ava, are trying to survive. ava dreams of growing something in the field when a girl walks out of the river. the two of them begin to grow together.
    when the girl from the river turns out to be abi, ana is forced to confront both her past and her daughter...
    15 years ago, things stopped growing. ana and alice danced by the river until alice's sister, abi, fell in.
    today, ana and her daughter, ava, are trying to survive. ava dreams of growing something in the field when a girl walks out of the river. the two of them begin to grow together.
    when the girl from the river turns out to be abi, ana is forced to confront both her past and her daughter for the first time.

    "i don’t know how to tell them that i miss them
    i don’t know how to tell them that it will be okay
    i don’t know how to tell them that even though the air feels different and the sun feels cold that it will all be so, so fine
    and we will all be so, so fine
    because we have to be, right?"
  • 4 girls the first letter e
    4 girls, all first names starting with e, gather in an alley each night in honor of the King. a man in the window watches them and tells us what he saw: a story that is wildly different from what we're actually seeing.

    “i know that not all of us can see him, but the king is real. he is so so real. he is all around us. he is watching us. he is thinking about us. he is in our dreams and we...
    4 girls, all first names starting with e, gather in an alley each night in honor of the King. a man in the window watches them and tells us what he saw: a story that is wildly different from what we're actually seeing.

    “i know that not all of us can see him, but the king is real. he is so so real. he is all around us. he is watching us. he is thinking about us. he is in our dreams and we are in his. he asks things of us and we are not allowed to ask back.”
  • RaTs:SubwaySongsandStories
    rats love to fuck. the MTA loves to kill (and sterilize) them. Rat Princess (our protagonist) and Tabby Cat the Sewer Rat (her new friend) are on a trip to Brooklyn when they get stuck in a trap. Will they get out? Or will they die in there? and will the MTA ever stop sterilizing animals?

    "throw it back, little rat, throw it back"
  • In Company With:a racing ballet
    15 year old Rosie is obsessed with Janet Guthrie, the first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. she dreams of racing cars. her father won't allow it. oscillating between Rosie's reality and her dreams, we understand what it means to want for something + the power a legacy can hold.

    "I've never had sex before but I think if I did it would feel like this."
  • 21,000 secrets that, combined, equal the entirety of our family history
    a list play. 3 siblings mourn the loss of their mother before she is past and attempt to remember her for who she was, while all she can do is forget.

    "you only love animals that are cows. is that enough for me?"
  • this is how a fire spreads
    a three part poem. A relieves moments of joy with the women in her family, women who died in fires. Lucy and Lily find two jars of ashes in their attic. A confronts her daughters. What's left when all that remains is a pile of ashes and a lit match?

    "each time I set someone on fire, I stop to burn a little piece of myself."
  • The Birthday Cake Play, or How to Grow Up, or How to Digest
    every stormy day, 2 girls visit a treehouse. life happens outside. they come here to digest it. the storm gets stronger. girls become girls become girls become women. how do we grow up, how do we cope with coping, how on earth do they eat all of that cake, and what happens when the storm that's always been there knocks on their door?

    "anything can happen here. it's a treehouse. it...
    every stormy day, 2 girls visit a treehouse. life happens outside. they come here to digest it. the storm gets stronger. girls become girls become girls become women. how do we grow up, how do we cope with coping, how on earth do they eat all of that cake, and what happens when the storm that's always been there knocks on their door?

    "anything can happen here. it's a treehouse. it's magic. it's safe. it's a storm. we're hit by lightning but we don't die, look how invincible we are. anything can happen, but look what has."