Maureen McGranaghan

Maureen McGranaghan

Maureen McGranaghan is a playwright, fiction writer, and poet. Her play Dis Place was developed and performed as part of Bricolage Production Company’s In the Raw festival, and her work has been performed by the Workshop Theater Company in New York City, Barrington Stage Company, the Bakerloo Theatre Project, Tennessee Stage Company, and Jacksonville State University. She won the Southern Playwrights...
Maureen McGranaghan is a playwright, fiction writer, and poet. Her play Dis Place was developed and performed as part of Bricolage Production Company’s In the Raw festival, and her work has been performed by the Workshop Theater Company in New York City, Barrington Stage Company, the Bakerloo Theatre Project, Tennessee Stage Company, and Jacksonville State University. She won the Southern Playwrights Competition for her play Blood of the Bear, and her script Sweet Dreams was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. As a fiction writer, she won The Cincinnati Review’s Robert and Adele Schiff Award in Prose and has been a finalist for the Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize, the Iowa Review Awards, the New Ohio Review Contest, and the COG Page to Screen Awards. Her fiction also appears in Image, New Ohio Review, and COG. Her chapbook of poetry Attached to Earth was published by Finishing Line Press. She teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Pittsburgh CAPA: A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School.

Plays

  • Sweet Dreams
    Sweet Dreams follows a Japanese family just after World War II in their village about fifty miles from Hiroshima. Miyuki, 23, and her nephew Eichi, 12, were in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. Eichi's father, Jun, was away fighting. Now, several months later, Miyuki shows troubling signs of radiation sickness, and Sergeant Denis Hayes has arrived in their village, charged with bringing bomb...
    Sweet Dreams follows a Japanese family just after World War II in their village about fifty miles from Hiroshima. Miyuki, 23, and her nephew Eichi, 12, were in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. Eichi's father, Jun, was away fighting. Now, several months later, Miyuki shows troubling signs of radiation sickness, and Sergeant Denis Hayes has arrived in their village, charged with bringing bomb survivors to an American base for evaluation.
  • Misbegotten
    Hailey, a social worker, is grieving the loss of her autistic sister Riley from a hit-and-run car accident and grappling with the mysterious circumstances of her death. Her mother Emma, long divorced from the girls’ father and a renegade Catholic female priest, tries to help. At work, Hailey’s client Allison, a recovering heroin addict, works to stay clean while she awaits the birth of her baby, and Joel, Riley...
    Hailey, a social worker, is grieving the loss of her autistic sister Riley from a hit-and-run car accident and grappling with the mysterious circumstances of her death. Her mother Emma, long divorced from the girls’ father and a renegade Catholic female priest, tries to help. At work, Hailey’s client Allison, a recovering heroin addict, works to stay clean while she awaits the birth of her baby, and Joel, Riley’s caseworker, seeks a relationship with Hailey.
  • Master Orlov's Footman
    Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1891: Georgy Ivanitch Orlov is an indifferent government official and confirmed bachelor. When his mistress Zinaida spontaneously decides to leave her husband and move in with him, it turns his life and household upside down. His irreverent pals mock him; his maid takes to stealing everything she can get her hands on; and his strange and secretive footman, Stepan, develops feelings for...
    Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1891: Georgy Ivanitch Orlov is an indifferent government official and confirmed bachelor. When his mistress Zinaida spontaneously decides to leave her husband and move in with him, it turns his life and household upside down. His irreverent pals mock him; his maid takes to stealing everything she can get her hands on; and his strange and secretive footman, Stepan, develops feelings for Zinaida. Soon Orlov is looking for any excuse to escape his home. Meanwhile, Stepan reveals himself to be a revolutionary in disguise, spying on Orlov but now besotted with his mistress.
  • Blood of the Bear
    Seventeen-year old William Faulkner, future Nobel laureate in literature, embarks on the annual family deer hunt with his drunken, dissolute father, Murry, and overbearing grandfather, John Wesley. When Reelfoot, a decades-old bear that is the subject of much local lore, makes an unexpected appearance, Faulkner decides to hunt this legendary creature in an act that will prove his manhood once and for all....
    Seventeen-year old William Faulkner, future Nobel laureate in literature, embarks on the annual family deer hunt with his drunken, dissolute father, Murry, and overbearing grandfather, John Wesley. When Reelfoot, a decades-old bear that is the subject of much local lore, makes an unexpected appearance, Faulkner decides to hunt this legendary creature in an act that will prove his manhood once and for all.

    But he has also been scribbling verse and, encouraged by his friend Phil Stone, secretly aspires to be a writer, a profession maligned by his grandfather. As the hunt proceeds, Faulkner resists John Wesley's attempts to mold him in the mythical family image and seeks to connect with his father through their mutual love of the wilderness.

    Meanwhile, the family closes in on Reelfoot, and Murry attempts to sabotage the hunt in desperate reverence for the bear. In a final confrontation, Faulkner himself must decide whether or not to sacrifice Reelfoot, whom he's come to see as the spirit of the woods and the symbol of his father's stymied dreams, in order to gain his own freedom.