- a loose sequel to Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder
Hank Saulless was a master builder, but now he's dead. The three women he left behind--Eileen, his wife; Katya, his bookkeeper; and Hildey, a young woman he met many years ago--are all living in his house. They must reconcile their ideas of him, their ideas of each other, and what it means to be a woman in a man's world.
- 90 pages, no intermission
- single location set
- PRODUCTIONS: Aug 2017 - MadLab Theatre; July 2015 - Endstation Theatre
- PRESS: Columbus Underground review; The Burg (News & Advance) review; Living in the Heart of VA interview; Lynchburg Living write-up
"Kirin McCrory’s voice sings throughout. She understands how people talk and the ways we all try not to say what we’re desperate to say. She orchestrates the voices of these characters with harmonies and dissonance and she gives everything a propulsive rhythm without forgetting the static, removed quality of its place."
"Counter/Top is a breath of fresh air from a voice I want more of."
This dark comedy takes place in a greasy spoon, run by foul-mouthed matriarch Miss Betty and frequented by regulars like the kindhearted but totally incoherent Brooks. Two pressed and prim professors, Khent and Izzie, stop in for lunch—but they get more than a bad case of heartburn thanks to Liza and Gunner, a pair of teenaged troublemakers. Part raucous societal commentary, part sinister cat-and-mouse tale, Counter/Top forces us to consider what our own upbringings say about us, and to what lengths we’ll go to hide them.
- PRODUCTIONS: July 2014 - NOLA Project; Aug 2013 - Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Dec 2012 - Matignon High School; Mar 2011- EmStage
- Winner of Emerson's NewFest & Recipient of the 2011 Rod Parker Playwriting Fellowship
- PRESS: DigBoston.com review; Interview about "CHOPS" and Rod Parker; short documentary on the making of "CHOPS"
In a bizarro Victorian reality, a lot of the men are missing. Marg is the prime suspect. She has a servant, a mansion, a history, and a secret...and the women of the town will tolerate it no longer. CHOPS is a dark comedy of manners about the truths we ignore, the lies we accept, and the love we hate.
THE PATRON SAINT OF LIGHTBULBS
- Endstation Theatre's Summer Reading Series (2012-13)
- Warm, encouraging, personal rejection from O'Neill Center
Lots of other great rejection blurbs, like:
“It is so refreshing to read a playwright who is really thinking in an original way about the form. The embrace of the medium and a real zest for toying with it is so welcome.”
“Please encourage this writer. We need her in the field.”
"a smart, creepy, erudite and bravely, stylishly rendered piece of writing"
BRET PARKER RENOUNCES ALL FEAR
- True False Theatre's Polygraph Test Residency
- Performed at CultureFix, February 2013, NYC
Bret Parker is tired of being afraid. But her attempts to be braver in real life only seem to make her nightmares scarier. Navigating a growing fracture line between reality and a dysmorphic unreality, this play explores what everyday courage looks like--or doesn't.
THE STARE'S NEST
A man, his wife, and their three daughters have holed themselves up in their home, safe from the Baddies who roam the war-torn country outside their walls--at least that's what Owen, the patriarch, believes. But when Georgie, the middle child, runs away, the family members must decide what to believe. If Owen's right, the war's still ongoing, and Georgie's as good as dead. But if Owen's wrong, then the only prisoners of war are the women he keeps.
TIED TO THE MAST
- one-act play
- a modern-day reimagining of the Siren myth
A man wakes up in a secluded cabin owned by three young sisters who claim they saved his life. And maybe they did. Maybe.
- THIRTY-SOMETHING CENTS (1W/1M) - Two not-quite-strangers reconnect in a childhood home.
- SITCOM (2W) - Two sitcom characters discuss love, life, and why men think it's their right to commit mass murder.
TV / FILM
- feature-length screenplay
- indie sci-fi/dystopian future
Mo, a young girl, lives in the perfect suburb. But when she stumbles across a secret hidden in the town square gazebo, Mo is forced to confront the price of perfection and question whether her town deserves the happiness it designed.
DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO
- short screenplay
1 in 5 college females report being sexually assaulted on campus. And if college campuses aren't going to do anything about it, then Addie and Reese will--and tonight is one man's comeuppance.
- half-hour comedy
- anthology series
- 2 full episodes; season arc with episode loglines
This TV series explores golden ages of American history, but from the untold (and totally unfounded) perspective of the women behind the scenes. The first season puts us in in the days leading up to the Declaration of Independence. While the Founding Fathers are off in Philly trying to play nice, the Founding Mothers have their hands full battling the witches of Salem who hope to bring the country down before it even begins.
- half-hour dramedy
- pilot episode
Beni's just gotten her dream job: personal assistant to a Hollywood celebrity family. Well, a B-list celebrity family. But this dream job might turn out to be a nightmare.
- Persephone's Watch - Production at Skirball Cultural Center, LA, Nov 2014 & Dec 2015; developed with VanguardRep
- BIG SIR - Performance/installation at FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, May 2014 and Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles, June 2014; developed with American Laboratory
- TOUCH ME IN KANSAS - Performance/installation at Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, April 2013; developed with American Laboratory
- ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY - Production in Williamsburg, Brooklyn April 2012; developed with American Laboratory; photos at Vincent Romaniello’s Art Blog
- If (Or When) - Devised with Rescue Agreement; production at CAP21, NYC, June 2013; work-in-progress showing at 440 Studios, NYC, June 2012
- Electric Eden - Devised with Rescue Agreement; production at the Norwood Club, NYC, November 2011