Margot Connolly

Margot Connolly

Margot Connolly is playwright originally from Pleasantville, NY. Her plays include Belfast Kind (Winner, Jewish Plays Project's Jewish Playwriting Contest), Quiz Out (Princess Grace Finalist), Tough, and Lingering. Her work has been produced and developed through Primary Stages, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Playwrights Center, the Drama League, the Jewish Plays...
Margot Connolly is playwright originally from Pleasantville, NY. Her plays include Belfast Kind (Winner, Jewish Plays Project's Jewish Playwriting Contest), Quiz Out (Princess Grace Finalist), Tough, and Lingering. Her work has been produced and developed through Primary Stages, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Playwrights Center, the Drama League, the Jewish Plays Project, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, Ugly Rhino's Tiny Rhino, and the 2015 Frigid Fringe Festival, among others. She was a 2010-2011 Core Apprentice at the Playwrights Center and a 24 Hour Plays: Nationals 2015 company member. She received her BA from Bennington College, her MFA from the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop, and is currently a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights’ Program fellow at Juilliard.

Plays

  • Quiz Out
    Harper's moved back to her aunts house for her junior year of high school and her aunt thinks she should pick everything up where she left off - school, youth ministry, her best friend Hannah. But her relationship with Hannah has changed, and Hannah seems to feel it too. As they join their church Bible Quiz team and spend more and more time together, they learn more about themselves and the Bible than they ever thought they would.
  • Tough
    The troubled teen boot camp, Crosswinds, sells itself to parents as a behavior modification program that will help their daughters straighten out. The girls who have been sent here, however, learn it is a place of ever changing rules, harsh punishments, and ever-increasing desperation. When they hear a rumor that the program will be shut down if a camper dies, the girls plan their escape - by whatever means necessary.

  • Linger
    A year after the mysterious death of Petra, her twin sister Dash convinces the scattered and estranged members of her Scout troop to re-form in order to return to Exploration Expedition, the site of her sisters passing. Though the troop have all been dealing with the loss of their defacto leader in different ways, their arrival at Expedition forces them to gather to find closure, and confront the fallout of...
    A year after the mysterious death of Petra, her twin sister Dash convinces the scattered and estranged members of her Scout troop to re-form in order to return to Exploration Expedition, the site of her sisters passing. Though the troop have all been dealing with the loss of their defacto leader in different ways, their arrival at Expedition forces them to gather to find closure, and confront the fallout of Petra's death on their friendships.

  • Found
    Tensions rise between sisters Tabitha and Diana when Diana, a young true crime podcaster, decides to take on the unsolved case of their middle sister, who disappeared during a childhood game fifteen years ago. Tabitha, a cadaver dog handler, is unmoored by Diana's search from the start. As uncovering the past digs up hard truths and emotional traumas, the two sisters must work together to find closure.
  • Belfast Kind
    Being thirteen is tough. Being thirteen in Belfast during the Troubles is tougher. Being thirteen in Belfast during the Troubles and preparing for your bat mitzvah? Practically impossible. Struggling with her friends, her parents, and her Hebrew, Zippy tries to find her place to belong as the Troubles loom ever larger in the background. Can she find a way to fit in with her friends without denying her family and her heritage?
  • 1 John 4:20
    'If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?'

    William is dying so his sons come home - but they all want different things. Can they come to terms with the past and make peace in the present before it's too late?
  • Keys
    Struggling with her father's death and her mother's re-entry into the dating scene, Thea seeks comfort in her hero, Harry Houdini. When unexpected events trap Thea in Houdini's world, she must focus all of her energy and escape - with history's greatest escapist on her side, why is that so difficult?
  • Cross Examined
    "Cross-Examined" is a play about the successful effort by African American mothers to fight school segregation in Keokuk, Iowa. The play is based on research by University of Iowa Professor Leslie Schwalm and commissioned by Iowa Arts Share