Maureen McGranaghan

Maureen McGranaghan

Maureen McGranaghan is a playwright, fiction writer, and poet. Her plays have been produced by Bricolage Production Company, the Workshop Theater Company, Barrington Stage Company, the Bakerloo Theatre Project, and Jacksonville State University. She won the Southern Playwrights Competition for Blood of the Bear, and her play Sweet Dreams was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National...
Maureen McGranaghan is a playwright, fiction writer, and poet. Her plays have been produced by Bricolage Production Company, the Workshop Theater Company, Barrington Stage Company, the Bakerloo Theatre Project, and Jacksonville State University. She won the Southern Playwrights Competition for Blood of the Bear, and her play Sweet Dreams was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Her chapbook of poetry Attached to Earth was published by Finishing Line Press. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Normal School, The Cincinnati Review, New Ohio Review, Image, and COG, and she is listed in Best American Short Stories 2018. She teaches at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12: A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School.

Plays

  • Goodnight Embryos
    Em and Belle, a lesbian couple, are the happy new parents of a son named Rory. Belle harvested her eggs and carried the baby, with a friend providing the sperm. However, the procedure resulted in six embryos, and the couple must now decide what to do with the remaining five. Belle wants another child, but Em demurs. Do they donate the embryos to another couple or to science, or let them be destroyed? The play...
    Em and Belle, a lesbian couple, are the happy new parents of a son named Rory. Belle harvested her eggs and carried the baby, with a friend providing the sperm. However, the procedure resulted in six embryos, and the couple must now decide what to do with the remaining five. Belle wants another child, but Em demurs. Do they donate the embryos to another couple or to science, or let them be destroyed? The play visits them once a year for a decade, as they grapple with this decision again and again, their relationship at stake each time.
  • 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 is reeling from the loss of her autistic sister, Riley, and grappling with the mysterious circumstances of her death. She is also grieving her latest miscarriage, several months before, while she treats a recovering heroin addict awaiting the birth of her own child. In the meantime, she is estranged from her husband, Joel, and living with her divorced mother, Lena, a renegade female Catholic priest.
  • 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.
  • The Ghost in the Garret
    A teenage William Shakespeare meets and becomes devoted to the Jesuit priest and soon-to-be martyr Edmund Campion in the midst of the swirling political intrigues of Elizabeth’s England. As religion and politics become hopelessly blurred, the mercenary and devout alike pursue power, and Shakespeare risks his life for love and faith.
  • 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.