Mora V. Harris

Mora V. Harris

Mora V. Harris writes character-driven comedies under a blanket in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Notable productions of her work include The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, The Women’s Theatre Festival, 5th Wall Productions, and Pittsburgh Opera, in addition to multiple productions at high schools and colleges. Her work has received development through City Theatre Company, The Hangar Theatre, Alliance/Kendeda, the...
Mora V. Harris writes character-driven comedies under a blanket in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Notable productions of her work include The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, The Women’s Theatre Festival, 5th Wall Productions, and Pittsburgh Opera, in addition to multiple productions at high schools and colleges. Her work has received development through City Theatre Company, The Hangar Theatre, Alliance/Kendeda, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Kennedy Center’s Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center Fellowship. She was a two-time National Finalist for the Kennedy Center's John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play, and a Second Place winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Script Competition. Her work has been published by Smith & Kraus and Playscripts, Inc. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and Theater from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied with Rob Handel. She works as a teaching artist for City Theatre and teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She is Pittsburgh's Regional Co-Representative for the Dramatist Guild. www.moravharris.com.

Plays

  • You Are What You
    Competitive eater Francie is desperate to find a way to help her younger sister Trisha eat. When celebrity chef Electra Sinclair arrives on their doorstep, she thinks she may have found just the thing to set Trisha on the road to recovery. Yet Trisha's illness worsens as she begins seeing visions of a talking Pot Roast, and Francie becomes distracted by an ex hell-bent on exploiting her in a cogent work of...
    Competitive eater Francie is desperate to find a way to help her younger sister Trisha eat. When celebrity chef Electra Sinclair arrives on their doorstep, she thinks she may have found just the thing to set Trisha on the road to recovery. Yet Trisha's illness worsens as she begins seeing visions of a talking Pot Roast, and Francie becomes distracted by an ex hell-bent on exploiting her in a cogent work of non-fiction. The sisters struggle to take care of each other and nourish themselves in this comedy about learning from the things we crave.
  • Space Girl
    Arugula Suarez just wants to fit in. But it’s not easy when you’re a 16 year old alien from the Planet Zlagdor. Stuck in a world where the only things that make sense are Roller Derby and salad, Arugula and her father, Nancy, must find out what it means to be human before time runs out for Planet Earth.
  • Ghost Walks into a Bar
    Oh, Connor's Bar and Comedy Club is a hub of paranormal activity, especially when it's Ghost Comedy Night, and especially since the shooting. A group of lonesome ghosts puzzles through the tasks they must perform in order to move on, over fancy old school cocktails and depressing stand up routines. In the middle of it all, Ivy, the one breather of the bunch, must make a choice between joining the...
    Oh, Connor's Bar and Comedy Club is a hub of paranormal activity, especially when it's Ghost Comedy Night, and especially since the shooting. A group of lonesome ghosts puzzles through the tasks they must perform in order to move on, over fancy old school cocktails and depressing stand up routines. In the middle of it all, Ivy, the one breather of the bunch, must make a choice between joining the ghosts permanently in the Ghost World or coming back to the land of living. 
  • Boxed In
    Jerry's been responsible for his socially anxious brother, Tyler, ever since their parents died. He keeps a roof over his head, food in his belly, and is even saving money to send him to Greenburg Tech. But when 17-year-old Tyler announces his intention to go to mime college, the car-fixing, beer-swigging Jerry is thrown through a loop. Sexuality, parenthood, and pantomime are explored in comedy about love and acceptance.
  • Ondine's Curse
    In this acerbic twist on Greek mythology and classic fairy tales, nymph Ondine falls in love with the mortal Mort. When Mort chooses his human girlfriend Bertha over her, Ondine lays a powerful curse on him: If he falls asleep he dies. Bertha races against time to save Mort, while Ondine faces the repercussions of her vengeful act in this distinctly non-Disney romance.
  • Classic Portia
    "I do not want this to be another story about a girl who is so obsessed with her boyfriend she turns a blind eye to murder and cuts her thigh open to prove her devotion and then kills herself by swallowing hot coals. I’m just so sick of hearing that story, you know?"

    In this darkly comedic retelling of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, we experience the story from Portia's...
    "I do not want this to be another story about a girl who is so obsessed with her boyfriend she turns a blind eye to murder and cuts her thigh open to prove her devotion and then kills herself by swallowing hot coals. I’m just so sick of hearing that story, you know?"

    In this darkly comedic retelling of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, we experience the story from Portia's perspective...which may or may not be the perspective of a frustrated Showrunner who just wants to take care of the Writer's Room's rat problem before this episode airs.
  • My Opera Nemesis (A Chamber Opera with Music by Evan Neely)
    In this short chamber opera, Sean is giving the performance of his life when a cellphone goes off in the audience. When he stops the show to publicly humiliate the culprit, it turns out to be none other than Milo, his Opera Nemesis and former-duet-partner-slash-friend. The two singers argue over what went wrong in their friendship (Sean is bad at returning emails, Milo gossiped about Sean’s vibrato), the...
    In this short chamber opera, Sean is giving the performance of his life when a cellphone goes off in the audience. When he stops the show to publicly humiliate the culprit, it turns out to be none other than Milo, his Opera Nemesis and former-duet-partner-slash-friend. The two singers argue over what went wrong in their friendship (Sean is bad at returning emails, Milo gossiped about Sean’s vibrato), the jealousy they have for each other (Sean has found success as a singer, Milo has found love), and finally reminisce about the wild summers they spent creating art together. All of this while being constantly interrupted by the Stage Managers who just want to get on with the show. A meditation on success and artistic friendships in the age of cellphones.
  • What You Don't Know
    Ripley and Troxler struggle to identify the species of the flattened carcass they are scraping off the road. When the question of whether or not the animal will be missed arises, they must decide whether it's more harmful to tell the truth or lie to the animal's owner.
  • Gorilla gorilla
    Two male gorillas argue about a female being introduced to their enclosure and attempt to agree on which of them will be her mate, eventually facing the realization that the three of them may be the only gorillas left.

  • Black Lipstick Girl
    Kaylie, who is a good person, decides to extend her friendship to loner Exie in their highschool's parking lot, you know, before Exie goes nuts and does something bad. When the two girls encounter a real threat, they discover they have more in common than they thought.