Megan Tabaque

Megan Tabaque

Megan Tabaque is a Filipina-Canadian playwright, actor, and arts educator. Her work has been developed, commissioned, and produced by the Alliance Theater, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Tofte Lake Center, the Workshop Theater, Paper Chairs, and Vanderbilt University among others. She is a James A. Michener Fellow, Kundiman Fiction Fellow, Sewanee Writers’ Conference Scholar, Seattle Public Theater Emerald Prize...
Megan Tabaque is a Filipina-Canadian playwright, actor, and arts educator. Her work has been developed, commissioned, and produced by the Alliance Theater, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Tofte Lake Center, the Workshop Theater, Paper Chairs, and Vanderbilt University among others. She is a James A. Michener Fellow, Kundiman Fiction Fellow, Sewanee Writers’ Conference Scholar, Seattle Public Theater Emerald Prize finalist, Playwrights’ Realm Scratchpad Series semi-finalist, and a 2021 Four Seasons Residency nominee. She is currently developing a brand new play about conspiracy theorists and human trafficking in Asian American communities titled Marry Me, Bruno Mars for Emory University’s Brave New Works festival. Megan earned her MFA in Playwriting and Fiction from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, TX. She currently resides in Atlanta, where she is the 2021-2023 Emory Fellow of Playwriting and also the writers assistant to celebrated playwright and tv writer, Sheila Callaghan.

Plays

  • Marry Me, Bruno Mars
    A massage parlor worker slash Bruno Mars fan becomes an unwitting damsel in distress when a vigilante conspiracy theorist and his son set out on a Pizza Gate-esque rescue mission.
  • Britney Approximately
    A young woman named Brit asks paparazzo, Jason, to free her from her TV host father Creon’s grasping clutches. This pop Greek tragic fever dream bears resemblance to the Medea but with a music video twist.
  • Cycle Play
    Cycle Play: When two strangers meet in an urban boutique cycling studio (um, yeah, like Soul Cycle) their budding friendship ramps up into a smoothie-ridden rampage of revenge. The cult like language of the club empowers them to commit murder, and the fall out of their intense connection reverberates beyond the studio walls. Cycle Play asks us “Is toxic femininity like, a thing? How combustible are those fast...
    Cycle Play: When two strangers meet in an urban boutique cycling studio (um, yeah, like Soul Cycle) their budding friendship ramps up into a smoothie-ridden rampage of revenge. The cult like language of the club empowers them to commit murder, and the fall out of their intense connection reverberates beyond the studio walls. Cycle Play asks us “Is toxic femininity like, a thing? How combustible are those fast female friendshisp we’ve all been swept up in? A comedic thriller for two actors and one wig.
  • Decapitations
    In the Santos home, an alligator stalks, a mother talks to her car, a prodigal daughter binges on cereal, a devoted son raises lizards, and a neighbor's dog vanishes. Funny, surreal and strange, Decapitations is a ghost story exploring multi-racial Filipino identity in the swamps of central Florida.
  • Galactic Orphans
    With no parents, not enough Doritos, and a little too much Vodka in their Sprite, Ri and Ted reunite a year after graduating high school for an all night Archangel 3 video gaming marathon. But, Ted's little sister, Cory, won't let "Guy's Night" happen without a fight. In twenty-four hours, Ri, Cory, and Ted work together to save the war torn Archangel galaxy but may not be able to save each other.
  • Teen Girl FANtasies
    (co-written with Kimberly Belflower)

    Six online friends fine their inner strength when their favorite boy band, Only Reason, experience a near fatal bus crash.

    NOTES from the writers: I/we wrote this play for real girls. The girls in this play are REAL girls, and not caricatures. Teen girls are an age group that is shamed for their enthusiasm, curiosity, soulfulness, extraordinary...
    (co-written with Kimberly Belflower)

    Six online friends fine their inner strength when their favorite boy band, Only Reason, experience a near fatal bus crash.

    NOTES from the writers: I/we wrote this play for real girls. The girls in this play are REAL girls, and not caricatures. Teen girls are an age group that is shamed for their enthusiasm, curiosity, soulfulness, extraordinary emotion, and ability to see, feel, criticize, and affect the world.
    This is the play that I needed when I was a teenage girl growing up in a wold that refused to take hear me or take me seriously. This is the play that teen girls still need, that real teen girls have attested to needing after hearing it in public readings for Texas high schools and undergraduate students. This is a play that gives power to the community that social media provides to age group that suffers chronically from isolation, depression, and anxiety and is subsequently criticized for using the internet as a remedy - in this play the internet is a gift - it is the glue keeping these young women intact, and making them even stronger. This is a play that dares to celebrate joy in a social climate of necessary but exhaustive politics.
  • Lightning Bulb Eggs
    In the span of the strike of a bolt of lightning, Chale recounts the story of her entire life starting from the moment her heart stopped in a lightning storm when she was 12.

    A play that runs on sound, made by a live team of 2 to 4 people.

    The motor of this play are interstitial sounds and stage directions made by a small ensemble. The game of these is that the word “Thunder”...
    In the span of the strike of a bolt of lightning, Chale recounts the story of her entire life starting from the moment her heart stopped in a lightning storm when she was 12.

    A play that runs on sound, made by a live team of 2 to 4 people.

    The motor of this play are interstitial sounds and stage directions made by a small ensemble. The game of these is that the word “Thunder” should be read aloud in a “thunderous” way - rather than creating a sound cue. These words hurtle the play forward, like the click that comes right before a lightning strike opens out into the uncracked sky. They often support jumps forward in time. The stage directions should be read/sung/interpreted by two to four people - like whispers in the back of your head. They are Chale’s consciousness and memory whirring.
  • The Vegetarian and Her Dead Daddy
    Annie has roped her younger brother Denny into helping performing in a dramatic poem at the Burger King but nobody shows up. Annie throws herself into the scummy dumpster and Denny has to literally talk her out of it.
  • And Then I Was In the Shark's Mouth
    A woman contemplates her own mortality at the bottom of the ocean after being bitten in two by a shark.
  • Little Blue Boxes
    Siblings Lex and Shea host a zoom memorial for their late mother, just after the death of her favorite game show celebrity, Alex Trebek.
  • Save Me, Sonja Henie
    An olympic hopeful bleeds out on the ice after a deadly collision with her mortal enemy, Stacey. As her soul leaves her body, early skating legends Ulrich Salchow and Sonja Henie glide through her reality.
  • The Francophiles
    Camille is the most inept server at Red Lobster in Celebration, Florida until she decides to leave the cheddar biscuits behind her to pursue her dream job at Disney World. A mysterious French stranger steals Camille's heart away, and also, subsequently her kidney. The Francophiles is a global adventure about a lost kidney and a lost girl. ​​