Mariah MacCarthy

Mariah MacCarthy

Mariah MacCarthy is a creatrix-of-all-trades. Work developed/presented at: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Rattlestick, Primary Stages, Culture Project, New Dramatists, Theatre Row, La MaMa, HERE, Dixon Place, The Brick, Atlantic Stage 2, Fringe NYC, various New York apartments, and Paris. Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences, Indie Theater Hall of Fame, PoNY...
Mariah MacCarthy is a creatrix-of-all-trades. Work developed/presented at: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Rattlestick, Primary Stages, Culture Project, New Dramatists, Theatre Row, La MaMa, HERE, Dixon Place, The Brick, Atlantic Stage 2, Fringe NYC, various New York apartments, and Paris. Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences, Indie Theater Hall of Fame, PoNY nominee. Plays: Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth-Grade Class of ’93 20-Year Reunion ("a lot of fun " -The New York Times), Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People (Ensemble Studio Theatre, viewed over 41,000 times on YouTube), The Foreplay Play (two NYIT Award nominations), Ampersand: A Romeo & Juliet Story (twenty Looking Glass Forum Awards, FringeNYC “Outstanding Performance”), The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret (“f*cking brilliant” -Kate Bornstein). Executive Artistic Director of Caps Lock Theatre, Associate Artistic Director-at-Large of The Brick, writer-in-residence of The Propulsion Lab, member of Youngblood and Lather/Rinse/Repeat.

Plays

  • Honors Students
    Kora and Minnie are best friends. And honors students. And are plotting something involving a lot of money and a little blood. When their volatile relationship is threatened by Minnie’s friendship with awkward YouTube sensation Megan, all bets are off. In the tradition ofHeathers and The Virgin Suicides, Honors Students asks one question: Who will survive?
  • Magic Trick
    Bana, a beautiful paraplegic who everyone falls in love with, is missing. Eric, her (ex?) boyfriend, can’t find her. Clara, that burlesque dancer they almost had a threesome with, gets naked and won’t leave his apartment. And just when he thinks it might all be over, Eric finally finds Bana…on the burlesque stage. Magic Trick is a nonlinear story of heartbreak and burlesque, jumping time in the tradition of...
    Bana, a beautiful paraplegic who everyone falls in love with, is missing. Eric, her (ex?) boyfriend, can’t find her. Clara, that burlesque dancer they almost had a threesome with, gets naked and won’t leave his apartment. And just when he thinks it might all be over, Eric finally finds Bana…on the burlesque stage. Magic Trick is a nonlinear story of heartbreak and burlesque, jumping time in the tradition of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Last Five Years. With characters that are complicated, funny, and above all human, this is a portrait of people figuring out what it means to be in love while also staying true to oneself.
  • Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People
    Baby Mama tracks one birth mother's true adoption journey, from conception to placement with the gay couple of her dreams--while still living her life, dating, and attending the occasional orgy. From adoption agencies to (ahem) discharge, from burlesque to good-byes, this up-close-and-personal night of storytelling is everything about those ten months you ever wanted to know (and probably plenty that you didn't). Bring hankies.
  • The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret
    Eight characters’ sexy and surprising journeys from stereotypes to Human Beings, facilitated by an androgynous MC intent on their redemption. Hearts are broken, Pomeranians are purchased, the Pussies of America make their stand, and we discover that in a polarized world of pink versus blue, everyone deserves Technicolor.
  • The Foreplay Play
    A straight couple comes to a lesbian couple's apartment for dinner, drinks, and a foursome. Things do not go as planned.
  • Safeword
    Lisa and Damien have a young son together, but live separately. She’s left their child with a sitter and invited Damien over tonight without telling him why. When she tells him she wants to enact a rape fantasy together, he’s hesitant at first, but soon warms up to the idea. What begins as a kinkier “Who’s on First” (“Stop!” “Really?” “No, not really!”) gives way to a night of lust, trust, and excavated trauma—...
    Lisa and Damien have a young son together, but live separately. She’s left their child with a sitter and invited Damien over tonight without telling him why. When she tells him she wants to enact a rape fantasy together, he’s hesitant at first, but soon warms up to the idea. What begins as a kinkier “Who’s on First” (“Stop!” “Really?” “No, not really!”) gives way to a night of lust, trust, and excavated trauma—with devastating consequences.