Grant MacDermott

Grant MacDermott

Grant is a playwright and actor located in New York City. He got his start playwrighting in Boston, MA with the Interim Writers' Writing Accomplice where he was in residence for 18 months. He was also a writer-in-residence with the Project Y writing group in New York City. He is now a fellow with Athena Writes for the year of 2018.

Plays

  • An Independent Study on Race and the Brain
    Norman Spectre is a New England professor who lives with his wife Annie, who is slowly slipping into the grips of dementia. As Spectre deals with that there are allegations of his use of a racial slur in class. His best friend, and the new president of the college, a black man named Mr. Donoghue is forced to investigate the situation. To further complicate his life, Spectre also begins an affair with a black...
    Norman Spectre is a New England professor who lives with his wife Annie, who is slowly slipping into the grips of dementia. As Spectre deals with that there are allegations of his use of a racial slur in class. His best friend, and the new president of the college, a black man named Mr. Donoghue is forced to investigate the situation. To further complicate his life, Spectre also begins an affair with a black doctoral student, Latasha, oddly at the behest of his wife. Hurt by some of his behavior in their relationship and his complete unwillingness to help her find a job after graduation, Latasha, on the eve of Spectre’s hearing about the racial slur incident, accuses Spectre of calling her a "nigger," in hopes that his departure will create a new space for someone more appealing, someone more like herself. To make sure that happens she begins to casually see Mr. Donoghue as well. Spectre is put on leave while the matter is deliberated. After being confronted with her actions by the unassuming yet incredibly clever friend of Spectre, McGully, Latasha is forced to drop her allegations and drop her pursuit of her dream job. Annie has died and Latasha is finding she perhaps loved Spectre. Spectre is found not guilty and may return to work in the fall. However he decides not to. Latasha is left without prospects, being infamous for what she has done and is definitely not welcome at her alma mater as a teacher. To add insult to injury Spectre admits he did in fact call those students that name. They are left wondering if they could or should still love each other and if they can get past the violence they’ve done to one another and the world. We are left to fill in the blank.

  • Jasper
    Drew and Andrea have a son: Jasper. Jasper is disabled. Severely disabled. Every year he gets worse. After a particularly trying visit to the hospital and some bad news from the doctor, Drew meets a woman named Shayla on his way to work. Shayla has a very healthy young son named Tyler. Drew begins to see Shayla socially so he can have the father/son experience he's never had with his son. Drew is honest...
    Drew and Andrea have a son: Jasper. Jasper is disabled. Severely disabled. Every year he gets worse. After a particularly trying visit to the hospital and some bad news from the doctor, Drew meets a woman named Shayla on his way to work. Shayla has a very healthy young son named Tyler. Drew begins to see Shayla socially so he can have the father/son experience he's never had with his son. Drew is honest about having a wife but when Shayla asks if he has children, he says no. As he sees Shayla and Tyler more Shayla is clearly falling in love with Drew. Andrea is getting suspicious and goes through Drew's phone and confronts him. Just then Jasper has a near fatal episode. This brings them to the hospital and eventually brings Shayla face to face with Andrea.

    This play asks: how far will a father go to feel the love of a child even if it's not his own?
  • The Play About The Head Transplant
    Ingrid is an old Hollywood star. She wants a new body. Angelo is a disgraced Italian scientist. He agrees to do the procedure. If he goes through with it, his wife, a very religious (and ill) doctor named Meg, will leave him. He does. So she does. Meanwhile Angelo finds someone to practice on before he does a high profile case like Ingrid. He finds Mike. Mike gets a new body. His wife Sam doesn't know how...
    Ingrid is an old Hollywood star. She wants a new body. Angelo is a disgraced Italian scientist. He agrees to do the procedure. If he goes through with it, his wife, a very religious (and ill) doctor named Meg, will leave him. He does. So she does. Meanwhile Angelo finds someone to practice on before he does a high profile case like Ingrid. He finds Mike. Mike gets a new body. His wife Sam doesn't know how to deal with this new, not sick body. They enlist Charlotte, the widow of the body Mike received, to help them facilitate a physical relationship. But Mike and Charlotte begin to see each other. Meg tries to shut Angelo down. Angelo tries to convince her to let him fix her. She refuses. Mike begins to be violent. Ingrid's surgery is a success. We are left wondering the real cost of our deep desire to be "healthy" and to prolong our lives.
  • Like a Queen or Whatever
    Liz wants to be president of Saxon Boarding school. But Mary gets it. Liz hits Mary. Mary moves to have Liz expelled. Liz protest by becoming a pauper to show how tyrannical Mary is. Mary becomes a Queen to best Liz. The school becomes a monarchy. People speak in iambic pentameter. And British accents. Liz steals the throne because she is gentle and kind. And if you don't agree you're in trouble.
  • without you but also with you too as well
    Sisters Pretty and Schmidty just found out from their mother Claire that they were actually adopted when they were babies. But is it true? Claire is sick with Disease, as is Pretty. But is that a genetic connection or just coincidence? With friends, birth mothers, anthropomorphized illness, and boy band sing-a-longs, this play explores what it means to be family.
  • Sit Down, Daisy
    Daisy gets coffee. Then gets more than she bargained for.

    Nylon Fusion Theater Company - Production 2014
  • A Departure
    Connie is leaving for a week. It's the longest she's ever been away from her husband, Conrad. She is about to head out the door when she finally says something that has been on her mind for a very long time.
  • Dinner
    Man and Wife are at dinner. Then all of a sudden wife feels it. Oh man, now she has cancer. So they plan for the ends of their lives together.
  • Kings Richard
    Two men, Richard, and Dick, meet by chance on a baseball field and watch their sons play a game of baseball that gives them more than they bargained for.
  • 10 Reasons Why Hamlet is Totally Gay
    Three students have an interesting take on Hamlet that helps their teacher deal with who he really is. Like Shakespeare says: to thine own self be true.
  • What Men Do Alone on Islands
    Two men are stranded alone on an island. We've all got needs. And the needs of Dave and Francis are creeping up, and they may just have to suck it up and use each other.
  • Our Child is the Best
    Two parents talk about their son's teacher, who has just been accused of having an affair with a fellow student. They just have one question: why not their kid? Isn't he good enough?