Eryn Elyse McVay

Eryn Elyse McVay

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Eryn Elyse McVay is a PNW based playwright exploring issues of feminism, sexuality, or whatever topic Sufjan Stevens happens to make her think about at the time. McVay earned a BA in Theatre from Western Washington University where she concentrated on Playwriting and Acting. For her work “How Sweet The Sound” Eryn has been honored to be a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill 2019 New...
she/her/hers
Eryn Elyse McVay is a PNW based playwright exploring issues of feminism, sexuality, or whatever topic Sufjan Stevens happens to make her think about at the time. McVay earned a BA in Theatre from Western Washington University where she concentrated on Playwriting and Acting. For her work “How Sweet The Sound” Eryn has been honored to be a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill 2019 New Playwrights Conference, the 2019 National Partners of American Theatre Region 7 Selection for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and received recognition in Distinguished Achievement from KCACTF for their National Undergraduate Playwriting Award in both 2018 and 2019.

Plays

  • How Sweet The Sound
    John runs a neat and orderly plantation home in the Deep South where he lives with his three young wards - Ellie, Felicity, and Grace - and his right hand woman - Martha. The arrival of a newcomer - Benjamin - and Grace's chance encounter with a mysterious stranger - Caleb - propels fate into motion and hurtles the family toward their dark fates.

    CW: emotional, mental, and physical abuse
  • Neat.
    [WORK IN PROGRESS]
    Nora and Gordon come together 8 months post-breakup and rehash old wounds. Where is the line between what feels good and what is good?

    CW: substance abuse, relationship manipulation, suicide
  • in a kingdom by the sea
    Zuri and Bob become neighbors, and fast friends. The two children help each other cope with their various hurts: both internal and external. A story centered on two children for all audiences.

Recommended by Eryn Elyse McVay

  • Smooth, Smooth Jazz
    21 Jun. 2019
    This play showcases everything that makes Teague special as a writer: his undeniable wit and humor, his fearlessness, and his exploration of things we probably shouldn't talk about. Teague offers a question, an argument, but never an answer. He leaves that to his audience, and in that way, makes us as much as part of the play as any of the actors. An exemplary inaugural script.
  • bacon with a side of eggs
    21 Jun. 2019
    Koh sets up the world quickly and efficiently. From the first page I have dread in my stomach that never leaves. There are beautiful human moments throughout, and he leaves room for the actors and director. Beautiful and heartbreaking.
  • My Body
    20 Jun. 2019
    The abortion conversation flipped on its head. To many this play will seem ridiculous, dystopia, but for folks around the world this reality isn't a far cry from their own. Bublitz shows no fear in the face of a "sensitive" topic.
  • when a whale falls
    20 Jun. 2019
    Chavez shows their ability to use poetry and imagery to tell this deeply moving tale of motherhood and grief. As an exciting new playwright, Chavez has a clear voice that shines through in this 10-minute.
  • Megan and the Bear Go Camping (To Solve Their Problems)
    20 Jun. 2019
    Deeply personal and moving, Megan and The Bear is an unapologetic look at mental health; this is a story that has a need to be told. Jovanovich uses playful imagery to help us feel safe before she punches us in the gut. This is what theatre is at its' finest.