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. Other short plays of his have been performed at the Kraine Theater (Trumpets Sounding Over Harrisburg) and received public readings from Core Artist Ensemble (Morningside Heath) and Naked Angels (Fond Pageant, Coming...
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. Other short plays of his have been performed at the Kraine Theater (Trumpets Sounding Over Harrisburg) and received public readings from Core Artist Ensemble (Morningside Heath) and Naked Angels (Fond Pageant, Coming Soon to the Dowling Bookstore). His play The Tragedie of King John Falstaff was named a finalist in the 2019 round of the Shakespeare's New Contemporaries competiton. 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

  • 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.
  • 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...