Michael C. O'Day

Michael C. O'Day

Michael C. O’Day is a theatre artist based in New York City. He made his playwriting debut with Dragon’s Breath, which was produced as part of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. His work has been presented at the Valdez Theatre Festival, John Drew Theatre, Core Artist Ensemble, Boston University Stage Troupe, Kraine Theater, and Naked Angels. He is a two-time finalist in the Shakespeare's...
Michael C. O’Day is a theatre artist based in New York City. He made his playwriting debut with Dragon’s Breath, which was produced as part of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. His work has been presented at the Valdez Theatre Festival, John Drew Theatre, Core Artist Ensemble, Boston University Stage Troupe, Kraine Theater, and Naked Angels. He is a two-time finalist in the Shakespeare's New Contemporaries competiton (American Shakespeare Center). Also an actor, he was a company member of the Obie award-winning Classical Theatre of Harlem, appearing in eight of their productions as well as their installment of Suzan Lori-Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays at the Public Theater. Since September of 2019, he has served as co-Creative Director of Naked Angels' Tuesdays at NIne reading series. A graduate of Colgate University, he currently resides in Brooklyn.

Plays

  • An Arctic Confederate Christmas
    It's Christmas Eve in Barrow, Alaska, a hundred years from now; thanks to climate disaster, a handful of fascist white ethnostates ringing the Arctic Circle is all that remains of humanity. The home of water executive Bob Whitaker is buzzing with anticipation of the return of Bob's long-lost brother Jeff - but Jeff has brought secrets with him, too dangerous for the Arctic Confederacy to allow to be...
    It's Christmas Eve in Barrow, Alaska, a hundred years from now; thanks to climate disaster, a handful of fascist white ethnostates ringing the Arctic Circle is all that remains of humanity. The home of water executive Bob Whitaker is buzzing with anticipation of the return of Bob's long-lost brother Jeff - but Jeff has brought secrets with him, too dangerous for the Arctic Confederacy to allow to be made public. Now the Whitaker family must protect Jeff even as they confront ghosts from their own past - all while trying to have the Best Christmas Ever.
  • The Tragedie of King John Falstaff
    Defeated at Harlech by the English forces, the Welsh sorcerer Owen Glendower uses his magic to throw England into a terrifying alternate timeline. Now, Henry V is a meager footnote, and Sir John Falstaff - fat, cowardly, corrupt, irrepressible Falstaff - sits on the throne of England. Is he fated to destroy the nation, or can he possibly put things right? And if he can't - or won't - then is there anybody who can?
  • Ascension Monday
    It's Monday, December 21, 2020, and the senior executives of Marrisware Software have been invited to a mysterious 5pm Zoom meeting. As they contend with mysterious packages, Starbucks lines, astrological conjunctions, and Russian troll farms, they discover there's more you can do on Zoom than simply discuss new product launches. Much, much more.
  • Basic Cable Method Acting
    In a grimy rehearsal studio, somewhere in the mid 1980s, three young actors are auditioning to play a mostly mute henchman in a crappy post-apocalyptic science fiction movie. One of them has done some particularly intensive audition prep, but will that be enough to get him the part? Or, for that matter, to save the country?
  • Coming Soon to the Dowling Bookstore
    Chet and Dusty meet late one night in the parking lot of a Long Island 7-Eleven. One is a successful assistant bank manger, the other is a burnt-out high school drop out. But when one makes a remarkable proposal to the other, it becomes clear which of the two is really an adult.
  • Fond Pageant
    Timothy Luke Peterson is a troubled young boy, whose Sunday School teacher may have found a way to reach him and unlock his potential. Unfortunately, this is going to lead to a decidedly atypical Christmas pageant...
  • For the Benefit of Jimmy Mangiaroli
    An angry young man riding the Staten Island Ferry receives a video call from his mother, terrified that he's been roped into some sort of criminal activity. And indeed, the drug-dealing, sordid local legend Jimmy Mangiaroli has asked him to run a special errand. It may not be illegal, but with New York in the grip of the covid pandemic it might be even more dangerous.
  • Gun Safe
    It's Parent-Teacher night in a school district which has voted to arm its teachers. When the parent of the class troublemaker turns out to be a mercenary soldier, one fourth-grade teacher receives a very different sort of education in gun safety.
  • Morningside Heath
    Decades from now, with society in ruins, New York City is a dangerous wasteland. In a long-forgotten basement beneath what was once Columbia University, survivors race to find a very special artifact - and the future of humanity may depend on what they do with it.
  • Trivial
    Cooped up in their apartments during the Covid-19 quarantine, three friends pass the time at an online trivia event. When their zoom meeting is accidentally crashed by a distraught young woman trying to reach a suicide prevention hotline, they need to find a way to talk her down, and apply their pop culture knowledge and skills to a decidedly less trivial subject.
  • Trumpets Sounding Over Harrisburg
    On March 30, 1979, the Civil Defense Alarm sounds in Harrisburg, PA during the meltdown at Three Mile Island. During the confusion, two women discover that once the sirens start shrieking, it's hard to think clearly - hard, in fact, to do anything at all...