Brendan Healy

Brendan Healy

Brendan Healy's plays have been produced in Seattle, Chicago, Miami, Louisville, Minneapolis, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, and Connecticut. His play Picnic (pik'nik'): v.i. received the 2004 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville, and his play The Way it Really, Truly, Almost Was was a finalist for the 2013 award. His play The Secret Recordings of Lenin to His Lost Love Mary...
Brendan Healy's plays have been produced in Seattle, Chicago, Miami, Louisville, Minneapolis, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, and Connecticut. His play Picnic (pik'nik'): v.i. received the 2004 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville, and his play The Way it Really, Truly, Almost Was was a finalist for the 2013 award. His play The Secret Recordings of Lenin to His Lost Love Mary Anne of Topeka, KS was published in the Manifesto v. 2 anthology, and his play Picnic (pik'nik'): v.i. was published by Playscripts, Inc. Some of his other plays include Relatively We…; The Secret Recordings of Lenin to His Lost Love Mary Anne of Topeka, KS; Suffering, Inc.; Taste; City of Presidents, and two children's plays. He was a member of Seattle Repertory Theatre’s a writer-in-residence program (The Writers Group) from 2013 – 2015 and is a current member of 5th Avenue Theatre’s Writers Group. Brendan Healy is also co-Managing Partner of a small theatre ensemble based in Seattle, Pony World Theatre.

Plays

  • Hotdish
    Toby Leggett lives with his sister Kayla and has been unemployed for a year. Discouraged by the job search, he spends all his time dreaming of winning his favorite cooking TV show: Champion Chef. The tension in Kayla’s townhouse intensifies when their mother, Evelyn, loses her condo and has to move in as well. As the family's forced domesticity strains unsteady relationships, Toby escapes into his cooking...
    Toby Leggett lives with his sister Kayla and has been unemployed for a year. Discouraged by the job search, he spends all his time dreaming of winning his favorite cooking TV show: Champion Chef. The tension in Kayla’s townhouse intensifies when their mother, Evelyn, loses her condo and has to move in as well. As the family's forced domesticity strains unsteady relationships, Toby escapes into his cooking fantasies and Kayla seeks comfort in a secret affair with her ex-husband. Throughout the play, the family members are guided by Miranda, a magical manifestation of the Champion Chef host. She takes the form of wait staff, a car mechanics, and bank employees. The family dynamic finally explodes into a cut-throat cooking competition straight out of reality TV. This hotdish keening extravaganza forces them all to address hard truths, taboo topics, and whether or not they can still be a family.
  • City of Presidents
    The Monument Motel is an aging, roadside motel in Rapid City, South Dakota. It's staffed by the owners Brad and Joyce and their two remaining employees Beth and "Mutt". Floating somewhere between resigned and resolute, Beth and Mutt spend their evenings fighting off boredom and trying to make sense of their future. For Brad and Joyce the struggle over the motel's fate is almost as...
    The Monument Motel is an aging, roadside motel in Rapid City, South Dakota. It's staffed by the owners Brad and Joyce and their two remaining employees Beth and "Mutt". Floating somewhere between resigned and resolute, Beth and Mutt spend their evenings fighting off boredom and trying to make sense of their future. For Brad and Joyce the struggle over the motel's fate is almost as desperate as the struggle over their marriage. When Joyce learns Brad passed on an opportunity to sell the motel and land to a large hotel chain, she leaves, going back east to her family. Beth and Mutt's friendship also suffers a break when it's discovered that Mutt has been selling drugs from the motel reception desk. The four characters are overwhelmed by uncertainty and the prospect of failure. They each have to decide what to do with their life and what to do with each other. Throughout the play we also meet several guests and the four Presidents from Mount Rushmore who offer guidance, wisdom, and a demonstration of professional wrestling.
  • The Secret Recordings of Lenin to His Lost Love, Mary Anne of Topeka, KA
    In Elysian Lanes, a suburban subdivision outside Topeka, the Home Owner's Association president, Kathleen Pullings, is obsessed with security and order. She wants nothing more than to keep all the lawns perfectly trimmed and all the children safe, especially her teenage son. Several of the residents grow agitated by her over zealousness. One of the residents, Anne Marie--who may or may not be a...
    In Elysian Lanes, a suburban subdivision outside Topeka, the Home Owner's Association president, Kathleen Pullings, is obsessed with security and order. She wants nothing more than to keep all the lawns perfectly trimmed and all the children safe, especially her teenage son. Several of the residents grow agitated by her over zealousness. One of the residents, Anne Marie--who may or may not be a descendant of both Abraham Lincoln and Vladimir Lenin--tries to oust Kathleen in the next election. Kathleen forges the election results, fracturing the neighborhood. Meanwhile several marriages, including Anne Marie's, are strained. Eventually the entire subdivision dissolves into all out civil war as several relationships are also cleft in two. . The Secret Recordings of Lenin... is a crash course in all things politics and all things romance, especially where disappointment, idealism, treachery, and forgiveness are concerned. The play that is structured like a boxing match--and subtitled "A Revolution in 9 Rounds"--and the audience is guided by a Historian/Referee. Also there to provide some insight are the ghost of Abraham Lincoln and the secret phonograph recordings of Vladimir Lenin to woman he once loved in Kansas.