Seth McNeill

Seth McNeill

Seth McNeill is a New York City based theatre artist who has worked on both new and very old plays at the Samuel French OOB Festival, Dixon Place, Theatre for a New Audience, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Fresh Ground Pepper, Amios NYC, The Barrow Group, Primary Stages, Up Theater Company, the American Shakespeare Center, TinyRhino, Rule of 7x7, The Amoralists, Exquisite Corpse, The Farm Theater, Downtown...
Seth McNeill is a New York City based theatre artist who has worked on both new and very old plays at the Samuel French OOB Festival, Dixon Place, Theatre for a New Audience, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Fresh Ground Pepper, Amios NYC, The Barrow Group, Primary Stages, Up Theater Company, the American Shakespeare Center, TinyRhino, Rule of 7x7, The Amoralists, Exquisite Corpse, The Farm Theater, Downtown Urban Arts Festival, and Metropolitan Playhouse. He has been commissioned by Amios First Draughts, has received residencies at the Hambidge Center and the Fresh Ground Pepper BRB Retreat, and has been named a semifinalist for the Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries Prize and Primary Stages ESPA Drills, and is a two-time recipient of the Vera Mowry Roberts Fellowship. Member of the Dramatists Guild. Education: Masters from Hunter College; Primary Stages ESPA; Pataphysics @ the Flea.

Plays

  • Natchetoches
    Preparing to share Easter dinner, the Turpin family discusses the day’s mass shooting at a nearby church in Natchetoches, MS. Fred, the patriarch, wonders why the news has to go on and on about how it’s a white guy, and for that matter why they have to go on and on about white guys in general because what does that have to do with it? Quentin, whose head has been filled with Yankee nonsense in the big city and...
    Preparing to share Easter dinner, the Turpin family discusses the day’s mass shooting at a nearby church in Natchetoches, MS. Fred, the patriarch, wonders why the news has to go on and on about how it’s a white guy, and for that matter why they have to go on and on about white guys in general because what does that have to do with it? Quentin, whose head has been filled with Yankee nonsense in the big city and has a wife who apparently wants to convert him to Catholicism even though she’s not Catholic, freaks out over minor things like his sister Candace whipping a pistol out of her purse. Maxine, the matriarch, would prefer to keep the topics of conversation on the lighter side, but when you have a huge live oak on your property affectionately known as the Hangin’ Tree, it tends to cast a shadow.

    Absent is the youngest sibling, Bailey, who is either napping or hanging out with his weird friend who’s named Pete, or Howard, or something like that but definitely not Henry and who probably had a bad childhood. After it becomes clear that Bailey is caught up in the momentous events in town, tragedy strikes, and the family is confronted with questions of how well they know themselves and each other, what it means to be “one of us,” and how to handle history that we’d like to forget.
  • we're all athletes (short version)
    Two sports anchors call each play of an unspecifiable sport whose rules are an utter mystery while field reporter Desiree copes with her own insignificance and passivity. As the clock counts down, each of the characters must reckon with whether they've done enough with their lives, or with Life itself.
  • Bastard
    Two brothers attend the funeral of someone they can only assume is their father ... or mother, whichever. When the sister they don't know if they knew they had arrives, reminiscences of their childhood become a bit tricky.
  • The Victorian
    Owen and Marie live in a Victorian home in upstate New York with ornate wainscoting, large bay windows, and rather grumpy sentient thoughts. Everything is fine between Owen and Marie, barbed jokes and mindless banter to cover up deep wounds are just their way. But when their younger friend comes for a weekend visit and the house becomes more irritable, their settled, acceptably unhappy life is threatened.
  • Sad Lonely People
    It's New Years Eve. Wade and Harriet don't know each other, but they're sort of friends.
  • That Bee Gees Song
    Two guards wait for the Supreme Leader to address the nation, but she's had a bit of a night.
  • The Butterfly & Stuff
    Gretchen and Maura are BFFs, but then Gretchen learns Krav Maga and gets sent to prison for assaulting a guy, escapes from prison, and assaults another guy. Things happen really fast, and little decisions can have a big impact.