Madeline Mahrer

Madeline Mahrer

Madeline Mahrer is a playwright currently based in Los Angeles and in her third year at UCLA in the MFA playwriting program. She received her Bachelor's at San Francisco State University for Creative Writing with a minor in Film and studied sketch writing at UCB, New York.

Plays

  • Then Birds
    Struggling to cope with her mother’s suicide and her own depression, Jemma takes a trip with her two best friends, Constance and Frank, to spend the weekend on the foggy and desolate shores of Bodega Bay. After meeting a diver named Sebastian, the four explore the coast’s eerie landscape, the church and school yard from Hitchcock’s The Birds, and dive for oysters in the raucous Pacific while dealing with their...
    Struggling to cope with her mother’s suicide and her own depression, Jemma takes a trip with her two best friends, Constance and Frank, to spend the weekend on the foggy and desolate shores of Bodega Bay. After meeting a diver named Sebastian, the four explore the coast’s eerie landscape, the church and school yard from Hitchcock’s The Birds, and dive for oysters in the raucous Pacific while dealing with their own rocky friendship. While fighting the urge to either let herself sink or swim, Jemma finds herself entangled in a love triangle, haunted by ghosts, and stuck between dreamworld and reality. Jemma’s journey will ask us, is it our choice to stay alive or has the decision already been made for us by our ancestors?

  • Arcade
    After surviving a traumatic experience, high school soccer star Gabriella finds herself in a dilapidated arcade run by two teen sisters. While sharing pizza slices, geometry formulas, and their sweet dance moves, the three bond and create a brief but magical sanctuary from the abuse and injustices tied to womanhood.
  • And the Award Goes to...
    Four friends from college have an "adulting dinner" to celebrate their adultness. Adulting includes: doing taxes, buying houses, eating vegetables, having children, (thinking about but not actually) flossing and most importantly, giving up on their silly dreams to be filmmakers and pursuing real jobs instead like restaurant management, software development and child rearing. But when the two couples...
    Four friends from college have an "adulting dinner" to celebrate their adultness. Adulting includes: doing taxes, buying houses, eating vegetables, having children, (thinking about but not actually) flossing and most importantly, giving up on their silly dreams to be filmmakers and pursuing real jobs instead like restaurant management, software development and child rearing. But when the two couples find out that a former classmate’s film is headed to Sundance, jealousy begins to surface, revealing lies, secrets, and regrets that will make this their biggest adulting hurdle yet.
  • Jenner
    Over a year after their teenage daughter's death, a divorced couple travel to an old vacation spot to spread their daughter's ashes. But when there's a mix-up with the hotel, the couple are forced to share a room for the night where they must confront their past.
  • Loud Louder
    A night spent in regret, working towards breakthrough.
  • Cigarettes May Ruin Your Moment
    When one friend believes another.
  • Last Waltz
    What happens when a moth falls in love.