Rex McGregor

Rex McGregor

Rex McGregor is a New Zealand playwright. His short comedies have been produced on four continents from New York and London to Sydney and Chennai.

He is the author of Girls on the Brink (YouthPLAYS, 2016), Grow Up, Girls (YouthPLAYS, 2015), Brink Time (YouthPLAYS, 2015), Margaret Thatcher Changes the World (Lazy Bee Scripts, 2015), Laugh with Jesus: the Funniest Comedian of All Time (CreateSpace...
Rex McGregor is a New Zealand playwright. His short comedies have been produced on four continents from New York and London to Sydney and Chennai.

He is the author of Girls on the Brink (YouthPLAYS, 2016), Grow Up, Girls (YouthPLAYS, 2015), Brink Time (YouthPLAYS, 2015), Margaret Thatcher Changes the World (Lazy Bee Scripts, 2015), Laugh with Jesus: the Funniest Comedian of All Time (CreateSpace / Pressed Leaf Press, 2012) and Cuisine for Angels: tantalizing recipes to entice the bringers of happiness into your life (CreateSpace / Pressed Leaf Press, 2012).

Plays

  • Threatened Panda Fights Back
    As the World Wildlife Fund’s poster boy for endangered animals, Ling enjoys a comfortable life full of adulation and all the bamboo he can eat. But when a rival species challenges him for the role, he risks losing everything.
  • I Love an Earthling
    An intergalactic traveler has fallen in love with a human being. The way he plans to show it will literally make the earth move.
  • Ebook Meets Treebook
    When an ebook tablet is left on a park bench, an old-fashioned paperback comes to the rescue.
  • Tickle That Dragon
    Potter Purists is an exclusive club for dedicated Harry Potter addicts. With an encyclopedic knowledge of the books, Riley is an ideal candidate for membership. There’s just one problem.
  • Girls on the Brink : seven female-forward short plays for young adults
    A collection of short plays about coming of age and the dramatic impact of sudden change on young lives. From a new take on Romeo and Juliet to an Afghan girl whose days as a boy are at an end to a futuristic tale of living forever, these seven diverse plays all explore that precarious moment when young people find themselves on the brink of life.

    Includes The Girl Who Would Rather Not Grow Up...
    A collection of short plays about coming of age and the dramatic impact of sudden change on young lives. From a new take on Romeo and Juliet to an Afghan girl whose days as a boy are at an end to a futuristic tale of living forever, these seven diverse plays all explore that precarious moment when young people find themselves on the brink of life.

    Includes The Girl Who Would Rather Not Grow Up Just Yet, Refloat Our Whale, Grow Up, Juliet, Twilight of the Grizzly, Aleema the Boy Girl, Sugar Horror and Almost Immortal​.
  • Flight of the Cows
    Two cows lead an idyllic life. They have a field of succulent grass—and humans to relieve them of their milk. What more could they possibly want?
  • Love Those Cockroaches
    A dedicated vegan plans to shut down a restaurant that offers “vegan meats.”
  • Sunshine in Every Window
    The Unofficial Story of First Houses
    In 1935, on East 3rd Street, Eleanor Roosevelt opened New York’s first public housing project. This is the story of how another woman overcame multiple obstacles to establish First Houses as a prime example of neighborhood revitalization.
  • Lady Godiva Womans Up
    The story of Lady Godiva’s ride has made her famous and popular. But it has had the unintended consequence of publicly humiliating her husband. When the Earl makes a pathetic attempt at revenge, Godiva must decide how far she is prepared to go to save the marriage.
  • Surfing in Munich
    As Paddy says when he meets Sarah at an airport baggage claim carousel, “Tings can happen in the most unlikeliest o’ places”.
  • Trumpettes Anonymous
    Parody of Mom (TV series)
    Five women have formed a support group for recovering Trump voters. At tonight’s meeting one of them makes a surprise announcement.
  • Amazons of Tomorrow
    ​The 1939 New York World’s Fair promises to be a huge commercial success. But Eleanor Roosevelt has some grave concerns.
  • Her Daughter's Doll
    After experiencing her first Black Lives Matter rally, a young teacher is galvanized to take further political action against racism. But how staunch is she prepared to be?
  • Zany Planets
    The stars move across the sky in an orderly fashion. But every so often the planets stop and go backwards! This doesn’t make sense to a young student, Niclas Kopernik.
  • Turn of the Tidier
    Ally loves a minimalist lifestyle. She recently moved in with Ethan and his huge collection of LP records. Something has to give.
  • Girls Rock the Classics
    The Bechdel test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The plays in Girls Rock the Classics go even further. They never mention any males at all.

    ESTELLA EXPECTS A LOT, based on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

    WAR AND PEACE FOR GIRLS, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.

    CATHY HAUNTS...
    The Bechdel test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The plays in Girls Rock the Classics go even further. They never mention any males at all.

    ESTELLA EXPECTS A LOT, based on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

    WAR AND PEACE FOR GIRLS, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.

    CATHY HAUNTS CATHERINE, based on Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

    WHO REMEMBERS ÉPONINE’S SISTER? based on Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.

    PROUD MARY AND PREJUDICED LYDIA, based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
  • Mother of Chemistry
    Paris, 1794. The Reign of Terror is at its height. Antoine Lavoisier, “The Father of Chemistry,” is facing the guillotine. Marie-Anne, his wife and laboratory partner, desperately tries to save his life.
  • Henry the Seventh (If Shakespeare Was Honest)
    Shakespeare’s portrayal of Richard III as an evil monster is malicious Tudor propaganda. There is no shred of evidence implicating Richard in the murders of his brother George and his nephews, the princes in the Tower. Let’s go back to the day of Richard’s death at the Battle of Bosworth. Prepare to discover the real villain.
  • Gab Irish-Like
    Fed up with all the binge drinking on Saint Patrick’s Day, Siobhan wants to promote the finer aspects of Irish culture. But when a stranger in a leprechaun costume tempts her with a radical idea, she must decide how far she is prepared to go.
  • Prepper's Nightmare
    Keen to be prepared for any global catastrophe, a wealthy American is installing a bunker on remote farmland in New Zealand. He believes this will be the safest place in the world to protect his family—until he meets a local.
  • Izzy Sticks with It
    Long before becoming Irving Berlin the world-famous songwriter, young Israel Baline earns a meager living singing on the streets of New York's Lower East Side. He dreams of a better life. But when he gets a chance to step up in the world, he must make a choice. Accept luxury with strings attached. Or keep his freedom.
  • Female Scientists to the Rescue
    Hypatia, Marie Curie and Marie-Anne Lavoisier use their wits to save the day.

    Scene 1. HYPATIA. 1491. A student’s lodging at the University of Kraków, Poland.
    The stars move across the sky in an orderly fashion. But sometimes the planets stop and go backwards! This doesn’t make sense to young Niclas Kopernik. He seeks help from Hypatia, an astronomer who lived a thousand years earlier....
    Hypatia, Marie Curie and Marie-Anne Lavoisier use their wits to save the day.

    Scene 1. HYPATIA. 1491. A student’s lodging at the University of Kraków, Poland.
    The stars move across the sky in an orderly fashion. But sometimes the planets stop and go backwards! This doesn’t make sense to young Niclas Kopernik. He seeks help from Hypatia, an astronomer who lived a thousand years earlier.

    Scene 2. MARIE CURIE. 1905. Psychological Institute, Paris.
    Marie Curie prides herself in being a rational scientist. Unfortunately, her husband has fallen under the spell of a notorious “medium”. To protect Pierre’s reputation, Marie must expose the fraud.

    Scene 3. MARIE-ANNE LAVOISIER. May 8, 1794. A cell in the Conciergerie Prison, Paris.
    The Reign of Terror is at its height. Antoine Lavoisier, “The Father of Chemistry,” is facing the guillotine. Marie-Anne, his wife and laboratory partner, desperately tries to save his life.
  • Miss Imposter
    For an assignment on helping the disadvantaged, Iris impersonates a teacher at a school in a low socio-economic area. Lian and Bryce join the mission. Meanwhile, Fina, Joseph and Damon prepare a welcome home for Mateo, just back from LA with stars in his eyes.
  • Pacific Caper
    Lani from Nauru meets Sepe from Tuvalu at an environmental conference in Wellington, New Zealand. They both want action on climate change. But Lani describes herself as “a subversive action chick”. It’s best if Sepe doesn’t know about the elaborate scheme she’s hatching.
  • Outfox
    Two rival bloggers finally meet in person. If they can just put their antagonism aside…
  • Next Door Nativity
    Sal and Zeb are staying at an inn in Bethlehem. They managed to get the last available room—unlike the couple in the stable next door.
  • Revenge of the Brain
    ​A girl recovering from surgery feels a new lease of life.
  • Table in the Air
    Marie Curie prides herself in being a rational scientist. Tonight, she confronts the notorious "medium" Eusapia Palladino.
  • Thena and Taz
    A lesbian couple share Valentine’s Day, a tandem bicycle ride and a conception plan.

    Scene 1. A SUPPORTIVE WIFE SUPPORTS HER WIFE
    (Thena, Darren, Taz)
    After an epic Valentine’s Day fail, a ruthless managing editor decides to prove how much she loves her wife.

    Scene 2. BATTLE FOR THE FRONT SEAT
    (Thena, Taz)
    Thena has agreed to get fit by joining Taz on...
    A lesbian couple share Valentine’s Day, a tandem bicycle ride and a conception plan.

    Scene 1. A SUPPORTIVE WIFE SUPPORTS HER WIFE
    (Thena, Darren, Taz)
    After an epic Valentine’s Day fail, a ruthless managing editor decides to prove how much she loves her wife.

    Scene 2. BATTLE FOR THE FRONT SEAT
    (Thena, Taz)
    Thena has agreed to get fit by joining Taz on tandem bicycle rides. But don’t expect her to sit at the back.

    Scene 3. UNSUSPECTING DONOR
    (Luke, Taz, Thena)
    Taz is looking to fill a gap in her life. Has she found “the one”?
  • Geordie Heroine
    After serving a week in London’s Holloway Prison for vandalism, young suffragette Kathleen Brown has come home to a heroine’s welcome in Newcastle. But her former schoolteacher is furious.
  • Queen Takes Emperor
    After defeating Prussia, Napoleon is imposing a harsh treaty that will halve the size of the kingdom. Queen Louise must exert all her charm to plead for clemency.