Megan Smith-Harris

Megan Smith-Harris

Megan Smith-Harris is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. For this former actor and comedy writer, storytelling is in her DNA. After years pursuing her craft as a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and magazine editor, she revisited her theatrical roots and began writing for the stage in 2015. Megan is unabashedly committed to creating compelling and complex roles for women with a distinctive...
Megan Smith-Harris is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. For this former actor and comedy writer, storytelling is in her DNA. After years pursuing her craft as a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and magazine editor, she revisited her theatrical roots and began writing for the stage in 2015. Megan is unabashedly committed to creating compelling and complex roles for women with a distinctive female perspective. When iconic playwright Terrence McNally selected Megan’s play KILLING MOM, as first place winner in a one-act playwriting competition, he encouraged her to further expand the piece, saying, “you must do this—the audience is hungering for more.” She has never looked back.

Megan is the owner of PYEWACKITT PRODUCTIONS, an independent production company based in Connecticut. Her documentary films have aired nationally and around the world. Currently, she is the Festival Director of the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF), a 50/50 gender parity festival listed as one of FilmFreeway’s “Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals.” She is also the newly appointed Program Director of the historic SHU Theater in Fairfield, CT slated to open in January 2021.

ON THE HORIZON: 2020 World Premiere of KILLING MOM at American Theatre of Actors (ATA) in New York; screenplay adaption of KILLING MOM

Plays

  • KILLING MOM
    Think of all the times you’ve argued with your mother and thought, “I could just kill her!” What if one day, she asked you to do exactly that? Marion Wolcott has invited her daughter Ally, and granddaughter Kat, to visit her Martha’s Vineyard home. Ally, a frazzled single mother, is thrilled with the opportunity for a break from the monotony of her life—and from dealing with her sullen, uncommunicative teenager...
    Think of all the times you’ve argued with your mother and thought, “I could just kill her!” What if one day, she asked you to do exactly that? Marion Wolcott has invited her daughter Ally, and granddaughter Kat, to visit her Martha’s Vineyard home. Ally, a frazzled single mother, is thrilled with the opportunity for a break from the monotony of her life—and from dealing with her sullen, uncommunicative teenager. But Ally soon learns she’s not in for a relaxing seaside vacation when her mother delivers life-shattering news.

    Marion has a terminal disease and is counting on Ally (“the Strong One”) to help her die with dignity when the time comes. Complications arise when Ally’s sisters—Beth, a charming thrice-married narcissist, and Joanne a dour mega-church devotee—arrive for a weekend visit. When Marion’s end-of-life bombshell accidentally explodes, the disclosure triggers a drunken evening and a series of revelations, accusations, and unexpected consequences.

    Joanne is furious at Ally for even considering their mother’s request. Her mission is to bring Marion to the Lord before it’s too late—even if it means kidnapping her. Beth, indignant at not being asked to join “the kill team,” is busy doing a furtive inventory of her mother’s personal effects. Ally just wants everyone to get along and to leave her the hell alone. And Kat? Harboring a troubling secret of her own, she is doing her best to remain under the radar. But her grandmother has other plans.

    Killing Mom is a moving and funny family drama that touches upon issues that confound us all: aging, our own mortality, and the eternal quest to be the favorite child.