Michael John McGoldrick

Michael John McGoldrick

Michael John McGoldrick's play “Wolf and Badger” was produced by the Main Street Players in Miami, FL, in the summer of 2021. His play "Allies" was selected for the 2020 Spring Residency at The New Jersey Play Lab and will also receive a residency at the Paterson Performing Arts Development Council in 2022. His play "The Moment After" was a Finalist in City Theatre’s National Award for...
Michael John McGoldrick's play “Wolf and Badger” was produced by the Main Street Players in Miami, FL, in the summer of 2021. His play "Allies" was selected for the 2020 Spring Residency at The New Jersey Play Lab and will also receive a residency at the Paterson Performing Arts Development Council in 2022. His play "The Moment After" was a Finalist in City Theatre’s National Award for Short Playwriting Contest in 2019. This same play was also a National Finalist in the Gary Garrison MFA Ten-Minute Play Competition sponsored by KCACTF in April 2018 and was also selected for the Theater Masters National Playwriting Festival in 2018. McGoldrick’s play "The New Pasteur" was awarded “Best Overall Play” in Acadia University’s 26th Annual MiniFest. His play "Children of Philadelphia" was a finalist in the 2015 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition sponsored by the Alleyway Theater in Buffalo. His play "By the Shores of Alluvtoomey" was a finalist in Playhouse on the Square’s NewWorks@TheWorks 2nd Annual Playwriting Competition. His 10-minute play "The Chinese Life Force" was a People’s Choice Winner (Black Show) in the 12th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto, Canada. His other plays have received staged readings from The Depot, Clamour Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory Company, Questors’ Theatre (London), Up Theater, Sundog Theater, The Jersey City Theater Center, Permafrost Theater Collective and The Theater Project. He is a member of the American Renaissance Theater Company in Manhattan. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from Arizona State University in May 2018.

Plays

  • Demons
    A group of revolutionaries descend on a small town and conspire to undermine the social order. Adapted from Fyodor Dostoevsky's masterful novel, the play dramatizes the inevitable consequences of the political and moral nihilism that swept through Russia in the late 1800s. It remains relevant today in its tragically accurate portrait of social reformers possessed by ideology.
  • Filthy Monsters
    So it’s the first week of Covid lockdown and Ronnie’s in trouble – he’s three days away from defending his dissertation over Zoom and he's too discombobulated by the pandemic to prepare. Things go from bad to worse when his brother Reggie gets released from jail and moves in to his apartment, thus turning Ronnie's life upside down. "Filthy Monsters" is a raucous comedy about the excesses of...
    So it’s the first week of Covid lockdown and Ronnie’s in trouble – he’s three days away from defending his dissertation over Zoom and he's too discombobulated by the pandemic to prepare. Things go from bad to worse when his brother Reggie gets released from jail and moves in to his apartment, thus turning Ronnie's life upside down. "Filthy Monsters" is a raucous comedy about the excesses of academia, Covid hysteria, and the enduring power of the spiritual instinct.
  • Backstage Fairytale
    A writer meets up with a former lover, now a successful New York actor, to reveal he's written a play about her. A romantic comedy about romantic comedies and the psychic needs that fuel the creative instinct.
  • Allies
    So a Christian, a Liberal, and a Black guy walk into a corporate conference room….what seems like the premise of a joke ends up being much more when a company asks its employees to wear a rainbow-colored badge in support of LGBTQ+ rights. This seemingly innocuous gesture sets off a chain of events that eventually threatens to destroy the company. Allies is a biting, satirical look at the tangled intersection of...
    So a Christian, a Liberal, and a Black guy walk into a corporate conference room….what seems like the premise of a joke ends up being much more when a company asks its employees to wear a rainbow-colored badge in support of LGBTQ+ rights. This seemingly innocuous gesture sets off a chain of events that eventually threatens to destroy the company. Allies is a biting, satirical look at the tangled intersection of religion, progressivism, and capitalism in today’s culture.
  • Wolf and Badger
    Two brothers from an economically deprived town turn their frustrations on one another: one brother is ready to leave, the other resents his escape. Into this combustible mix comes a drug-addicted friend who tells a not-entirely-believable story about how to make some quick cash. A play about shifting alliances and fraternal bonds. Set during the height of our nation's opioid epidemic, this play tells a...
    Two brothers from an economically deprived town turn their frustrations on one another: one brother is ready to leave, the other resents his escape. Into this combustible mix comes a drug-addicted friend who tells a not-entirely-believable story about how to make some quick cash. A play about shifting alliances and fraternal bonds. Set during the height of our nation's opioid epidemic, this play tells a story about a forgotten part of America.
  • Hospital Days
    A young man enters a mental hospital shortly after attempting suicide; he longs to die, but his fellow patients help turn him toward life again. A story about anguish, brokenness, healing and hope.
  • World's End
    Two German idealists move to the Galapagos Islands in search of paradise, only to find their Eden imperiled by an enemy without and an enemy within. Inspired by a true story, "World's End" is a gripping tale of spiritual longing, sex and murder.
  • Children of Philadelphia
    "Children of Philadelphia" examines the strained relationship between three generations of a great American family: aging patriot Benjamin Franklin, his British loyalist son William Franklin, and his illegitimate grandson, William Temple Franklin. Merging family and historical drama, the play investigates the principles of fatherhood, the ideals that gave birth to our nation, and the tortured...
    "Children of Philadelphia" examines the strained relationship between three generations of a great American family: aging patriot Benjamin Franklin, his British loyalist son William Franklin, and his illegitimate grandson, William Temple Franklin. Merging family and historical drama, the play investigates the principles of fatherhood, the ideals that gave birth to our nation, and the tortured interpersonal dynamics of one of its founding families.
  • Fantasy for Two
    The one-act version of my play "Backstage Fairytale." (SYNOPSIS: A writer meets up with a former lover, now a successful New York actor, to reveal he's written a play about her. A romantic comedy about romantic comedies and the psychic needs that fuel the creative instinct.)
  • The New Pasteur
    Questions have been raised about Henry Cotton's leadership of the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital. When Phyllis Greenacre is sent to investigate, she finds more than she expected. Based on a true story.
  • Nothing Else But You
    Two siblings offer their dying father a choice. But is the choice really his?
  • An Encounter
    A devout Catholic encounters a dying pedophiliac priest. A play about the darkness of evil and the possibilities of forgiveness.
  • Some Dislike it Hot
    A highly intelligent woman confronts her philandering ex-husband and reflects on her life choices. A comedy about what it costs to be uncompromising
  • Trick Me!
    Joe just wants to be tricked on Halloween. Is that too much to ask? Even on the day Satan comes to take him to hell?