Eryn Elyse McVay

Eryn Elyse McVay

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Eryn Elyse McVay is a Pacific Northwestern playwright who earned her BA in Theatre from Western Washington University where she concentrated on Playwriting and Acting, and is currently an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Ohio University. 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...
she/her/hers
Eryn Elyse McVay is a Pacific Northwestern playwright who earned her BA in Theatre from Western Washington University where she concentrated on Playwriting and Acting, and is currently an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Ohio University. 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, a semi-finalist for the International Wolfe Prize from UNC's PlayMakers Repertory Theater, and received recognition in Distinguished Achievement from KCACTF for their National Undergraduate Playwriting Award in both 2018 and 2019. Eryn's new full-length "what the Gods gave me" received a staged reading at the 27th Annual Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwright's Festival at Ohio University in Spring 2021.

Plays

  • what the Gods gave me
    FULL-LENGTH (no intermission) WIP: Miles from any civilization, on a barren stretch of cold wilderness, lies Nevermoore Inn, home to Bedelia, her twin daughters, and her niece Victoria. Once a generation, a disposable outsider is brought to the closed family of women in order to ensure their prosperity and survival. But as Victoria grows more restless with her isolated existence, she begins to dream of life...
    FULL-LENGTH (no intermission) WIP: Miles from any civilization, on a barren stretch of cold wilderness, lies Nevermoore Inn, home to Bedelia, her twin daughters, and her niece Victoria. Once a generation, a disposable outsider is brought to the closed family of women in order to ensure their prosperity and survival. But as Victoria grows more restless with her isolated existence, she begins to dream of life beyond Nevermoore’s walls, encouraged by outsider Henrik. As Henrik and Victoria’s fates become intertwined and Bedelia’s way of life is threatened, the family reaches a sticking point between tradition and the promise of the future.

    CW: graphic violence, gaslighting
  • How Sweet The Sound
    FULL-LENGTH
    2019 Eugene O’Neill NPC Semi-Finalist
    2019 PlayMakers Repertory's International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition Semi-Finalist

    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...
    FULL-LENGTH
    2019 Eugene O’Neill NPC Semi-Finalist
    2019 PlayMakers Repertory's International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition Semi-Finalist

    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 destiny.

    CW: emotional, mental, and physical abuse
  • Neat.
    FULL-LENGTH Rowan and Alex 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

    NAMES OF CHARACTERS HAVE ALTERED. PREVIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS MAY NOT REFLECT THE MOST CURRENT DRAFTS' CAST OF CHARACTERS
  • Eight Steps for Total Happiness
    A set of monologues for one actor; two defining moments in a woman's life as she comes of age at 18 and again at 32
  • the weight of it all
    SHORT ONE-ACT: Hannah and Lehi are both ex-members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and in an online friend group for ex-mormons Hannah attempts to confront Lehi about secrets past and present.
  • Jeremiah's Creeping Arm
    SHORT Developed at the inaugural Stait Plays Professional Development Retreat at Lummi Island, WA. Bree and Frankie try to bring a piece of local folklore to life in order to find closure.
  • in a kingdom by the sea
    ONE-ACT 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.