Mariah MacCarthy


In the custody of a physician as sinister as they are, the Blood Brothers fill their last days feeding on the surreal stories of their fellow inmates. A wedge driven between them by the cunning Doctor Queen, the Brothers wrestle with life in Hospital One.


The execution of the Blood Brothers races closer and their captor, Doctor Queen, has vowed that she will break their minds before she destroys their bodies. So while she's away, that means exposing the boys to some of the ugliest, most rancid stories the hospital has to offer.


Twenty 2-minute monologues exploring the possibility of the Mayan Apocalypse.


Five 10-minute plays that are extremely dark and twisted in nature.


A beautiful paraplegic woman disappears from her lover’s bed. A story of deception, heartbreak…and burlesque.


A playful yet poignant play-within-a-cabaret wherein we learn that love, joy, and awesome know no gender.


A straight couple comes to a lesbian couple’s apartment for dinner, drinks, and a foursome. Things do not go as planned.

MARIAH MACCARTHY is a playwright, producer, curator, storyteller, burlesque dabbler, rapper, birth mother, immersive-party-play-maker, and creatrix-of-all-trades. Work has been developed and presented at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Rattlestick, Primary Stages, Culture Project, New Dramatists, La MaMa, HERE, Dixon Place, The Brick, Atlantic Stage 2, Fringe NYC, various New York apartments, and Paris. Indie Theater Hall of Fame, PoNY nominee. Plays: Honors Students (Youngblood's Unfiltered Festival), Magic Trick (Theatre Row; winner of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award and Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences), Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth-Grade Class of ’93 20-Year Reunion ("a lot of fun " -The New York Times), Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People (EST/Youngblood; viewed over 41,000 times on YouTube), The Foreplay Play (two NYIT Award nominations), Ampersand: A Romeo & Juliet Story (twenty Looking Glass Forum Awards, FringeNYC “Outstanding Performance”), The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret (“f*cking brilliant” -Kate Bornstein). Executive Artistic Director of Caps Lock Theatre, Associate Artistic Director-at-Large of The Brick, writer-in-residence of The Propulsion Lab, Resident Artist of Filling the Well, and a member of Youngblood and Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

More About Mariah MacCarthy

Meet the Playwright: Mariah MacCarthy [April 15, 2012]
Mariah MacCarthy talks about THE FOREPLAY PLAY, why she writes about sex, and much more.

Dixon Place workshop of my new play SAFEWORD [January 22, 2016]
Lisa & Damien have a young son together, but live separately. She’s left their child with a sitter & invited Damien over tonight without telling him why. When she tells him she wants to enact a rape fantasy together, he’s hesitant at first, but soon warms up to the idea. What begins as a kinkier Who’s on First (‘‘Stop!’’ ‘‘Really?’’ ‘‘No, not really!’’) gives way to a night of lust, trust & excavated trauma—with devastating consequences. A workshop directed by Evan Caccioppoli.

MAGIC TRICK at Theatre Row [August 27, 2015]
MAGIC TRICK a story of heartbreak and burlesque by Mariah MacCarthy directed by Christina Roussos Featuring: Kim Gainer* Ethan Hova* Chet Siegel* Stage Kitten: Gina Doherty Lights: Lois Catanzaro Sound: Gerry Marletta Costumes: Allison Dawe Set: Tim McMath Dance: Sidney Erik Wright Fights: Jesse Geguzis Stage Manager: Laura Hirschberg* Production Manager: Tzipora Kaplan ASM: Julia Veeh Producers: Leta Tremblay and Mariah MacCarthy Associate Producers: Sarah Matteucci and Daniel John Kelley Mariah MacCarthy (’s 2012 “Person of the Year”) reunites with director Christina Roussos on their 2012 New York Fringe festival hit Magic Trick (winner of the Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences and the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award). A three-hander as surprising as it is sexy, Magic Trick subverts audience expectations we don’t even know we have. Bana, a beautiful paraplegic who everyone falls in love with, is missing. Eric, her (ex?) boyfriend, can’t find her. Clara, that burlesque dancer they almost had a threesome with, gets naked and won’t leave his apartment. And just when he thinks it might all be over, Eric finally finds Bana…on the burlesque stage. Magic Trick is a nonlinear story of heartbreak and burlesque, jumping time in the tradition of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Last Five Years. With characters that are complicated, funny, and above all human, MacCarthy paints a portrait of people figuring out what it means to be in love while also staying true to oneself.

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