Mackenzie Raine Kirkman

Mackenzie Raine Kirkman

Raised in North Carolina, Mackenzie got her BA in Theatre and BFA in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. From there she went to Miami University where she earned a Masters of Art in Theatre, Performance, and Practice after creating a theory to adapt violence from narrative fiction to stage. She now lives in Philadelphia. Her work has been staged at the Mid-America Theatre Conference and Miami University.

Plays

  • juice
    Content Note: Physical violence, mild sexual situations, vomit, spitting
    (full length)
    Blue and Green are trapped in a room with no windows or doors. They don't know how they got there and they can't seem to find a way out. As they suffer at the hands of a mysterious figure, "the black stuff," and their own waning humanity, they begin to investigate what made them people in the...
    Content Note: Physical violence, mild sexual situations, vomit, spitting
    (full length)
    Blue and Green are trapped in a room with no windows or doors. They don't know how they got there and they can't seem to find a way out. As they suffer at the hands of a mysterious figure, "the black stuff," and their own waning humanity, they begin to investigate what made them people in the first place and what price they're willing to pay for the chance to feel human again.
  • The Exhibit
    Content Note: Swearing, Mild Sexual Situations, Brief Use of a Weapon
    (full length)
    A Curator acquisitions a new piece. Boss tries to enforce the museum's rules. New Art and Old Art are seemingly alive, striving to have meaning in a world that forces them to compete for limited space despite their similarities. Within the walls of the museum's storage space; they discuss art,...
    Content Note: Swearing, Mild Sexual Situations, Brief Use of a Weapon
    (full length)
    A Curator acquisitions a new piece. Boss tries to enforce the museum's rules. New Art and Old Art are seemingly alive, striving to have meaning in a world that forces them to compete for limited space despite their similarities. Within the walls of the museum's storage space; they discuss art, observation, and the imperialist nature of museums.
  • Man, the Creature
    Content Note: violence, imprisonment/shackled people, state-sanctioned violence and censorship
    (one act)
    Adapted from Dostoevsky's "Notes from a Dead House," "Man, the Creature" follows the story of Alexander Petrovich Goryanchinkov a facade created by Fyodor Dostoevsky to write about his experience as a prisoner in a Siberian katorga. Between moments of trauma and humor...
    Content Note: violence, imprisonment/shackled people, state-sanctioned violence and censorship
    (one act)
    Adapted from Dostoevsky's "Notes from a Dead House," "Man, the Creature" follows the story of Alexander Petrovich Goryanchinkov a facade created by Fyodor Dostoevsky to write about his experience as a prisoner in a Siberian katorga. Between moments of trauma and humor, Dostoevsky begins to realize that humanity is a much more complicated concept than he originally thought and more complicated still for Goryanchinkov; the person he's created to bear his story.
  • Silly and Sad and Serious and Hostile: One Minute Plays from Quarantine
    (an hours worth of one minute plays)
    Written in collaboration with Kelley Feeman (https://kelleyfeeman.weebly.com/), this project chronicles the earlier days of an extended pandemic as we wrote one minute plays back and forth to each other. Inspired by the challenges we personally faced as artists, things we saw while out to get groceries or at work, and the internal challenges quarantine presented us...
    (an hours worth of one minute plays)
    Written in collaboration with Kelley Feeman (https://kelleyfeeman.weebly.com/), this project chronicles the earlier days of an extended pandemic as we wrote one minute plays back and forth to each other. Inspired by the challenges we personally faced as artists, things we saw while out to get groceries or at work, and the internal challenges quarantine presented us with Kelley and I tried to make sense of the world around us the only way we knew how: art.
  • Companion
    (ten minute)
    In the near future, Adrianna shares her home with James; a companion. But as James begins to question his place in Adrianna's life they both start to explore the purpose of their relationship and what it means to be human.
  • They Bumped the Lantern Over Just Before the Play Began
    (ten minute)
    In the 1800s, two teen boys wandered into the Linville Caverns of North Carolina on a whim. When they accidentally broke their lantern they were thrown into total darkness. This is a play about the conversation they might have had in the dark.
  • Weihnachtsfrieden
    (three minute)
    Three spies meet in a park early one winter night for coffee and spycraft. Or at least two of them thought as much.
  • Snap Beans
    (one minute)
    (Selected from Silly and Sad and Serious and Hostile) Are you proud of where you're from? Do you feel welcome there? This is a play about missing a time when the answers to those questions was "yes," and wishing someone warned you when you were young.