Mora V. Harris

Mora V. Harris

Mora V. Harris writes character-driven comedies under a blanket in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Her alien comedy SPACE GIRL has had dozens of productions in schools, colleges, and community and professional theaters throughout the United States. It is published by Playscripts Inc.,  alongside MIRCALLA, her TYA adaptation of the gothic vampire novel Carmilla, and her contributions to two ten-minute play...
Mora V. Harris writes character-driven comedies under a blanket in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Her alien comedy SPACE GIRL has had dozens of productions in schools, colleges, and community and professional theaters throughout the United States. It is published by Playscripts Inc.,  alongside MIRCALLA, her TYA adaptation of the gothic vampire novel Carmilla, and her contributions to two ten-minute play anthologies for teens. Her work has received development and support through the Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre Company, The Hangar Theatre, Alliance/Kendeda, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Pittsburgh Opera, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council 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 for her plays BOXED IN and ONDINE'S CURSE, and a Second Place winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Script Competition for her screenplay, EGGHEAD GENIUS. 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 screenwriting at La Roche University. She is Pittsburgh's Regional Co-Representative for the Dramatist Guild.  

Mora loves adapting and referencing classic texts, rehearsal rooms full of women, plays that feel like great pop songs, and laughs that sneak up on you. She also can't seem to stop writing about animals and food, but to be honest, hasn't really tried that hard. She occasionally updates her website at www.moravharris.com.

Plays

  • You Are What You
    FULL LENGTH: 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...
    FULL LENGTH: 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
    FULL LENGTH: 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.
  • The Bergerac Simulation
    FULL LENGTH: Burdened with a prodigious nose and useless playwriting degree, Sara (No-H) Bergerac is thrilled to be contracted by a well-funded virtual reality startup to assist in their research into human emotions and the facial expressions that come with them. She finds herself working alongside Kris a gorgeous but socially awkward computer scientist. When Kris confesses that she’s falling for Rocky, the...
    FULL LENGTH: Burdened with a prodigious nose and useless playwriting degree, Sara (No-H) Bergerac is thrilled to be contracted by a well-funded virtual reality startup to assist in their research into human emotions and the facial expressions that come with them. She finds herself working alongside Kris a gorgeous but socially awkward computer scientist. When Kris confesses that she’s falling for Rocky, the handsome actor they’ve hired to make faces, the two women hatch a scheme in which Sara writes the script for Kris’ flirtation. But when Sara’s feelings for Rocky become more reality than virtual, the three find themselves in an emotional uncanny valley; at a glance the romance seems perfect, but deep down there’s a flaw in the code.
  • Mircalla; A Sanguine Comedy
    FULL LENGTH: Forced to live a life of solitude, drinking tea and drying out bat specimens in Upper Styria, nineteen-year-old Laura is thrilled when a mysterious guest, Carmilla, joins her and her father's quiet household. But when her new friend excites in her tumultuous feelings one might even remark upon as pleasurable and nocturnal visits end in sharp sensations at the base of the throat, it becomes...
    FULL LENGTH: Forced to live a life of solitude, drinking tea and drying out bat specimens in Upper Styria, nineteen-year-old Laura is thrilled when a mysterious guest, Carmilla, joins her and her father's quiet household. But when her new friend excites in her tumultuous feelings one might even remark upon as pleasurable and nocturnal visits end in sharp sensations at the base of the throat, it becomes clear that there is more to Carmilla than meets the eye. The question is, is there more to Laura?

    Cheekily adapted from CARMILLA by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.
    This production can be presented both as a live staging or as an audio play.

  • Ghost Walks into a Bar
    FULL LENGTH: 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...
    FULL LENGTH: 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
    30 MINUTE PLAY: 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...
    30 MINUTE PLAY: 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
    30 MINUTE PLAY: 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
    30 MINUTE PLAY: "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...
    30 MINUTE PLAY: "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)
    SHORT CHAMBER OPERA: 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...
    SHORT CHAMBER OPERA: 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
    10 MIN: 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
    10 MIN: 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
    10 MIN: 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.