Megan Gogerty

Megan Gogerty

Comedian, solo performer and playwright, Megan Gogerty lives in Iowa City. Her play BAD PANDA (Theatre Without Borders, Beijing; Iron Crow Theatre Co.; WordBRIDGE Boomerang Playwright honoree; Syzygy Theatre/LA Writers Center series) is published by Original Works Publishing. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution listed her solo show HILLARY CLINTON GOT ME PREGNANT in their yearly Top Ten Best Plays. Megan’s musical...
Comedian, solo performer and playwright, Megan Gogerty lives in Iowa City. Her play BAD PANDA (Theatre Without Borders, Beijing; Iron Crow Theatre Co.; WordBRIDGE Boomerang Playwright honoree; Syzygy Theatre/LA Writers Center series) is published by Original Works Publishing. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution listed her solo show HILLARY CLINTON GOT ME PREGNANT in their yearly Top Ten Best Plays. Megan’s musical drama LOVE JERRY was produced in the New York Musical Theatre Festival where it won three Talkin’ Broadway Citations and four NYMF Excellence Awards including Excellence in Writing (Book). Her ten-minute play RUMPLE SCHMUMPLE (Dramatic Pub.) was a Kennedy Center/National ACTF honoree. Other plays include: FEET FIRST IN THE WATER WITH A BABY IN MY TEETH (Riverside Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre; named among Best Plays in Atlanta by Creative Loafing); SIG GOTTA DO (Synchronicity's SheWRITES Festival, Pasadena Playhouse Hothouse Series). Her musical tribute album to the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer is widely available online. Megan was a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, a WordBRIDGE alum, and she earned her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently teaches playwriting at the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and is a regularly returning visiting faculty for the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University.

Plays

  • Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan
    Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan uses Shakespeare’s tragedy to examine one woman’s fraught relationship with standup comedy. Part personal narrative and part textual analysis, comedian and monologist Megan Gogerty (Hillary Clinton Got Me Pregnant; Save Me, Dolly Parton) asks the question, what if, instead of being just a corn-fed, Midwestern standup comic with a penchant for Star Trek, Megan was actually Lady...
    Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan uses Shakespeare’s tragedy to examine one woman’s fraught relationship with standup comedy. Part personal narrative and part textual analysis, comedian and monologist Megan Gogerty (Hillary Clinton Got Me Pregnant; Save Me, Dolly Parton) asks the question, what if, instead of being just a corn-fed, Midwestern standup comic with a penchant for Star Trek, Megan was actually Lady Macbeth? Hasn’t every woman, at one point or another, wanted to commit regicide? Funny, subversive, engaging with cultures both pop- and high-, Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan parses the difference between empowerment fantasies and actual empowerment.
  • My Beautiful Deadbeat Dad
    How do you love an addict? When Marigold announces her engagement, her charming, quasi-derelict, alcoholic father attempts to squirm back into her life. This serio-comedy takes a frank and funny look at alcoholic family dysfunction. Along the way apartments are broken into, trips to Mexico are planned and canceled, crimes may or may not be committed, thrift shop empires rise and fall, and everyone struggles...
    How do you love an addict? When Marigold announces her engagement, her charming, quasi-derelict, alcoholic father attempts to squirm back into her life. This serio-comedy takes a frank and funny look at alcoholic family dysfunction. Along the way apartments are broken into, trips to Mexico are planned and canceled, crimes may or may not be committed, thrift shop empires rise and fall, and everyone struggles with the idea that loving someone and leaving them can sometimes be the same thing.
  • Rumple Schmumple
    Imagine – you’re the queen in a fairy tale, and some little man whose name you can’t seem to guess is demanding your first-born child. What do you do? Why, pass off the kid and free yourself from the shackles of unplanned motherhood, of course! In this comic send-up of the Rumplestiltskin story, the politics of feminism and reproductive rights are vigorously debated as the queen and the little man go rounds...
    Imagine – you’re the queen in a fairy tale, and some little man whose name you can’t seem to guess is demanding your first-born child. What do you do? Why, pass off the kid and free yourself from the shackles of unplanned motherhood, of course! In this comic send-up of the Rumplestiltskin story, the politics of feminism and reproductive rights are vigorously debated as the queen and the little man go rounds over motherhood, the tyranny of biological clocks, and who gets dibs on the little dumpling. Available from Dramatic Publishing: http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p1295/Rumple-Schmumple/product_info.html
  • Bad Panda
    They’re the last two pandas on earth. It’s mating season. One of them falls in love with a crocodile. Who is gay. And then the baby comes. In this sweet celebration of non-traditional families, Gwo Gwo the panda must balance his newfound desire for Chester the crocodile with his obligations to his prescribed panda mate, Marion. The animals eat, mate, splash around in identity politics, meditate on their...
    They’re the last two pandas on earth. It’s mating season. One of them falls in love with a crocodile. Who is gay. And then the baby comes. In this sweet celebration of non-traditional families, Gwo Gwo the panda must balance his newfound desire for Chester the crocodile with his obligations to his prescribed panda mate, Marion. The animals eat, mate, splash around in identity politics, meditate on their impending extinction, and love one another as only families can. Available from Original Works Publishing: https://www.originalworksonline.com/BAD-PANDA-by-Megan-Gogerty_p_13.html "Bad Panda offers nonstop hilarity and sweet introspection...Playwright Megan Gogerty’s smart, witty script and dedicated character development are to be lauded." - Broadwayworld.com "No school field trip to the zoo was ever this entertaining or self-discovering and this show will touch your heart on a warm and fuzzy level…" - DC Metro Theatre Arts "[Bad Panda] is fresh, cute, expertly-acted, well-directed, and despite the charaters being animals, very human." - Maryland Theatre Guide
  • Super Hot Raven & Raven II: The Ravening
    A sexy, silly spoof of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven, Super Hot Raven and Raven II: The Ravening are two ten-minute plays reimagining the famous poem as a hot lesbian love story between a poet and a mysterious plumber in a Baltimore Ravens jersey. They were written for Iron Crow Theatre Co.'s The Homo Poe Show, produced in Baltimore 2014.
  • Jacked
    Abigail remembers Paris, and sexy cowboys, and roses, and a jar of eyeballs. What she doesn't remember is what happened to her.