Michael Perrie, Jr.

Michael Perrie, Jr.

Michael is a New York based Actor/Playwright/Musician and graduate of Baltimore’s Towson University, where he earned his degree in Acting with Honors. He has written over 30 plays, 3 musicals, 5 screenplays, and several spec scripts for shows that will likely be cancelled. Currently he works all over the country doing whatever he can artistically, and has a fondness for craft alcohols, magic the gathering, cooking, and pugs.

Plays

  • Big Red Button
    It's World War 3 and two young civilians (Marie, the pessimist and Adam, the optimist) are sent to an underground missile silo to await instructions about launching the last missile. Inspired by the song, "The Temptation of Adam" by Josh Ritter, "Big Red Button" is a funny little play about two very different people learning to connect as human beings during a terrible circumstance....
    It's World War 3 and two young civilians (Marie, the pessimist and Adam, the optimist) are sent to an underground missile silo to await instructions about launching the last missile. Inspired by the song, "The Temptation of Adam" by Josh Ritter, "Big Red Button" is a funny little play about two very different people learning to connect as human beings during a terrible circumstance.

    Full Production, Matrix Theatre Company (Feb. 2 - 26, 2018) Detroit, MI
    Development: Workshop Production, Him & Her Theatre Co. 2016
  • 11 days of bloody, bloody carnage
    A surreal metatheatrical dark comedy about censorship and theatre. "11 days of bloody, bloody carnage." explores the dark and twisted reality of a writer on the verge of a new script, who is barraged by outside forces including an overbearing genocidal government, a renegade actor, and a detective team that feels constantly at odds. A strange look at what it takes to create, this gender blind play...
    A surreal metatheatrical dark comedy about censorship and theatre. "11 days of bloody, bloody carnage." explores the dark and twisted reality of a writer on the verge of a new script, who is barraged by outside forces including an overbearing genocidal government, a renegade actor, and a detective team that feels constantly at odds. A strange look at what it takes to create, this gender blind play explores what it means to create in a world where censorship can be murder.

    This play was developed and presented as a staged reading with Maryland Ensemble Theatre as part of their New Play Festival, in 2017.
  • Paper Flowers
    A weird, slightly odd, wildly funny, slightly dark, immersive ensemble play about weddings, and the culture of American Marriage...is that too many descriptors? Join the reception and watch as a poor couple battles their past, present, and future in an effort to tie the knot - all the while balancing the watchful eyes of a DJ that feels like a lot like some kind of god...
  • How To Be Miserable (and Other Fancy Pastimes)
    The Paulson family is fortunate, if you consider rich adult orphans with odd quirks and secrets fortunate. When Missy and Daisy's brother, Paul, returns from across the country with hardly any notice the two odd family must re-unite and attempt to get along. However with the looming possibility of inheritance on the horizon, Paul is up to something strange, Missy has perpetual drama wrapped in secrets long...
    The Paulson family is fortunate, if you consider rich adult orphans with odd quirks and secrets fortunate. When Missy and Daisy's brother, Paul, returns from across the country with hardly any notice the two odd family must re-unite and attempt to get along. However with the looming possibility of inheritance on the horizon, Paul is up to something strange, Missy has perpetual drama wrapped in secrets long forgotten, and Daisy is just attempting to hold it all together because NOBODY ELSE IS EVEN TRYING! Also Grandpa may be senile, there's a mouse under the bucket, and where is Paul's wife?
  • An Unexpected Thing Happens
    Jazz is having a hard time lately. She works part time as a law secretary, and full time as a depressed comedian. Her best friend, Poppy, is on the verge of curing cancer, getting married, and buying a new brownstone. As Jazz is about to give up, she receives a mysterious gift from the Sea Turtle who lives in her dreams—a notebook with the cure for cancer scribbled inside.
    “An Unexpected Thing Happens”...
    Jazz is having a hard time lately. She works part time as a law secretary, and full time as a depressed comedian. Her best friend, Poppy, is on the verge of curing cancer, getting married, and buying a new brownstone. As Jazz is about to give up, she receives a mysterious gift from the Sea Turtle who lives in her dreams—a notebook with the cure for cancer scribbled inside.
    “An Unexpected Thing Happens” is not a play about Cancer, it’s a comedy about what happens when someone with very little self-worth is given the opportunity to change the world.

    This play was developed and presented at NYC Fresh Grind New Play Festival in 2017.
  • CHINASHOP, MEET BULLS
    Honesty, cruelty, heartbreak and love are some of the many things you can find, when you don’t know what it is you’re searching for. A semi-psychotic and brazenly silly search to find what really matters in life, “Chinashop, Meet Bulls” is a dark-comedy following the antics of best friends/treasure hunters King and Rabbit, as they search ravenously for a mysterious item, in a mysterious place, neither of which...
    Honesty, cruelty, heartbreak and love are some of the many things you can find, when you don’t know what it is you’re searching for. A semi-psychotic and brazenly silly search to find what really matters in life, “Chinashop, Meet Bulls” is a dark-comedy following the antics of best friends/treasure hunters King and Rabbit, as they search ravenously for a mysterious item, in a mysterious place, neither of which they know anything about but have been looking for their entire lives. When it appears they’ll never find the unknown thing, two lovely young sisters (Ace and Sophie) stumble upon their campsite and wreak havoc of their own in an effort to find common ground…but that common ground belongs to King and Rabbit.
  • Full Bottle
    Richard is a Master Sommelier, his husband Jason a singer and heir to a shitty winery. They live in an elegant Upper East Side Penthouse. When Jason invites Richard's estranged half-sister and her ex-NFL husband over for dinner, the room begins to swim with fine wine and food, family quirks, racial and sexual exploration, and quickly becomes a battleground for old feelings and new secrets.
  • The Tribal Women of 82nd Street
    A fucked up, taboo, violent, beautiful, and almost Grecian tale about Upper East Side Mothers, and the dark corruption of power. Motherhood is a legacy... I mean, it's sorta like "Glengarry, Glenn Ross" - but with moms!
  • La Crescita
    There is kind of a communicational divide when it comes to death especially when you’re in a foreign country. After the loss of her husband, Diane decides to fulfill his last wishes by dragging his ashes, and her daughter (Rachel) to Sicily to the Necropolis D’Pantalica. But Rachel is in a complicated place; her book deal is on the rocks, her wedding is a month away, and she’s still not ready to say goodbye to...
    There is kind of a communicational divide when it comes to death especially when you’re in a foreign country. After the loss of her husband, Diane decides to fulfill his last wishes by dragging his ashes, and her daughter (Rachel) to Sicily to the Necropolis D’Pantalica. But Rachel is in a complicated place; her book deal is on the rocks, her wedding is a month away, and she’s still not ready to say goodbye to her father. While these two women do their best to navigate their new relationship in the close quarters of Giacomo and his son Dominic’s failing bed and breakfast, sparks begin to fly, both dangerously and romantically. As the two pairs fight to be honest with themselves and their loved ones, absurdity takes over and miscommunication becomes a tool for truth. Everyone handles loss differently, there is no right way to grieve, no easy way to move on.
  • Professor Baster's Greatest Adventure!
    It’s the early 1920’s and American Non-Doctorate Explorer/Father/Husband Professor Daniel Baster, is having a rough go of it…the artifact finding game is not what it once was, and everyone blames his recent errors on his old age; 47. Faced with retirement, and humiliation from his ex-student/treasure-hunter Claude LaRapiste, Professor Baster is given a second…third- fourth chance for redemption, when an elderly...
    It’s the early 1920’s and American Non-Doctorate Explorer/Father/Husband Professor Daniel Baster, is having a rough go of it…the artifact finding game is not what it once was, and everyone blames his recent errors on his old age; 47. Faced with retirement, and humiliation from his ex-student/treasure-hunter Claude LaRapiste, Professor Baster is given a second…third- fourth chance for redemption, when an elderly rich benefactor, Buicke LaCarre steps out from the shadows with a black market map, and the race of a lifetime! Whoever can find the Golden Palace of Diffikult, Tu-Find (the most dangerous place in the world) and return home first, will receive money, fame and adoration! The trouble is, there’s only one map.
    Nothing is ever what it seems on a great- err, Greatest Adventure, and the unexpected is to be expected… Through this journey Professor Baster finds a chance to prove his worth as a man, a father, and a scholar, and finds that Love is the greatest treasure of them all especially when you’re rich from finding the world’s greatest treasure!
  • the food chain.
    A Lamb, a Shark, a Fox, and a Panda all have very specific places in the food chain. But when Lamb, dreams of changing her place in the chain, Fox steps in to help. However, this change leads to an all out war in the animal kingdom as animals vie for a new place in the food chain; and Shark and Panda are left picking up the pieces. The Food Chain is an absurd and poetic political commentary on financial...
    A Lamb, a Shark, a Fox, and a Panda all have very specific places in the food chain. But when Lamb, dreams of changing her place in the chain, Fox steps in to help. However, this change leads to an all out war in the animal kingdom as animals vie for a new place in the food chain; and Shark and Panda are left picking up the pieces. The Food Chain is an absurd and poetic political commentary on financial displacement, Fame, Sex and The American Dream.
  • The Raven Doesn't Talk
    On a rainy March night in 1842, Edgar Allan Poe has a meeting with the great Charles Dickens in a quiet Philadelphia Bar. That much we know. What we don’t know is; what really happened that night? What did they say to one another? Is the Old Man at the bar insane, or just a drunk? Is the Young Woman who keeps coming through, forgetful or a ghost? Is the Raven talking when we know it doesn’t know how? What’s in...
    On a rainy March night in 1842, Edgar Allan Poe has a meeting with the great Charles Dickens in a quiet Philadelphia Bar. That much we know. What we don’t know is; what really happened that night? What did they say to one another? Is the Old Man at the bar insane, or just a drunk? Is the Young Woman who keeps coming through, forgetful or a ghost? Is the Raven talking when we know it doesn’t know how? What’s in the back room? And, where is the bartender!? One incredible meeting between two literary greats in their prime, slowly becomes a fantastical, dark, and comedic adventure of what’s real and what isn’t, that would change the course of their lives forever.
  • The News, The News, The Terrible News
    Watch as this poor melodramatic southern family handles today's headlines.
  • Honeypie's Magnum Opus
    Ashley, aka Honeypie, is a lovely, pregnant suburbanite, who also happens to be a lifelong high tier drug dealer. But as her impending labor puts pressure on her from the inside, an accusation of her stealing money from Viper, the kingpin, forces pressure on the outside. Between her own psyche, her nosy neighbor, loving husband, and a constant barrage of violent strangers, she must also make the choice to focus on her career or her baby.