Salwa Meghjee

Salwa Meghjee

Salwa Meghjee is a playwright originally from Orlando, Florida. Her plays include U-Haul Mesbians (2023 O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference Semi-Finalist), Ender’s Gay (2024 Fault Line Theater’s Irons in the Fire Finalist), The Conference of the Birds (Mudlark Theater’s That’s How We Grew the World Festival) and, written with her twin sister Samah, The Mysterious Mystery of the Lost Letters (Brooklyn...
Salwa Meghjee is a playwright originally from Orlando, Florida. Her plays include U-Haul Mesbians (2023 O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference Semi-Finalist), Ender’s Gay (2024 Fault Line Theater’s Irons in the Fire Finalist), The Conference of the Birds (Mudlark Theater’s That’s How We Grew the World Festival) and, written with her twin sister Samah, The Mysterious Mystery of the Lost Letters (Brooklyn Publishers). She holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University.

Plays

  • Ender's Gay
    Laiba is a queer teenage Muslim girl who is obsessed with proving that Ender from the 1985 sci-fi novel Ender's Game is gay, despite the author's documented homophobia. She comes to believe she is Ender and must fall in gay love with her classmate Jannat to save the world.
  • U-Haul Mesbians
    When Alaina and Zaamenah reveal to their traditional Muslim families that Alaina's birthday party is actually their lesbian wedding, their families put them on trial for their crimes of lying and homosexuality. A play with music about marrying culture, religion, and the modern world.
  • Word Play
    When the Warden of Words outlaws the creation of new words, the words refuse to print in protest. Haiku poet Paulie and his half-paper friend Ellouie must adventure to convince the words to print again and to repair Ellouie’s paper heart that is ripping apart.
  • Kill the Depression Before It Kills You
    After Kitty undergoes brain surgery to cure her depression, she begins to have visions of her middle school biology teacher, Mrs. Melancholy, who died by suicide drinking frog dissection formaldehyde.
  • Intake: Hawaii
    Desperate for better treatment for her mental illness and a way to pay off her medical debt, Jane joins the cast of "Intake: Hawaii," a reality show that takes place in a psychiatric hospital. The goal of “Intake” is to find the perfect treatment regimen: a combination of medication, therapy, and any other forms of treatment that might be helpful to the contestants. This is achieved through a series...
    Desperate for better treatment for her mental illness and a way to pay off her medical debt, Jane joins the cast of "Intake: Hawaii," a reality show that takes place in a psychiatric hospital. The goal of “Intake” is to find the perfect treatment regimen: a combination of medication, therapy, and any other forms of treatment that might be helpful to the contestants. This is achieved through a series of chaotic and increasingly strange games.