Women hear it all the time. “You’re overreacting.” “Why are you so emotional?” “She’s crazy.” While the diagnosis of “female hysteria” has shrunk from medical lexicons, the gendered myth continues as a pervasive meme in modern American culture. TRAPPER by Meghan E. Jones challenges the notion of “crazy” through the microcosm of Jillian Little. A two-week stay at a New York City mental hospital has provided Jillian a welcome escape from her job writing at the celebrity gossip website Trapper. While in the hospital, she develops a close friendship with her roommate, the troubled starlet Jackie Batiste—who checked into the hospital incognito. In the office of Trapper, it won’t be long before such prime tabloid fodder is sniffed out and Jillian will be faced with some painful choices: loyalty or career, substance or smear. Ultimately, she’ll be forced to choose between sanity and what passes for it in a world where pop scandals and cruel obsessions are the order of the day.
Take a tour through the art, and craft, of playwriting. Featuring performances of scenes by Shelter actors, followed by discussions with the writers of those scenes, Writer’s Night provides insight into the alchemy that goes into building a play from the experts who make it look easy.
Commemorate the plays that The Shelter has made, and the plays that have made The Shelter. Watch actors perform scenes and ten minute plays from across Shelter history. Relive your favorite productions or discover new shows, with a fascinating romp through ten incredible years of Shelter.
Watch an excerpt of Morgan’s play THE RED ROOM.
Witness the talents of Shelter artists on the big, small, and smartphone screen. The Shelter Film Fest presents curated evening of short films, web series episodes, trailers, and music videos featuring the work of Shelter actors, directors and writers as well their collaborators.
Film we be presented in two programs (7pm and 9pm). Tickets are free and are for both programs. Concessions available (cash only).
See Morgan in CAMP WEDDING, TAKERS, UNBELIEVERS, AND TERRIBLE SISTERS.
(You can also see her art direction skills in INFECTED)
Some writers, some actors, some directors, a prompt and, voila, original ten minute plays! That simple recipe is how The Shelter began. Now, ten years later, the Shelter honors its origins by creating something entirely new. Six new plays written by Shelter artists for Shelter artists and fully produced on the stage that started it all.
Mia's wedding party is not too keen on transforming a dilapidated summer camp into the wedding venue of her dreams--when people begin disappearing in the night, that doesn't help either...
Join QWFF9 on Friday, March 22 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Camp Wedding will begin screening at 8:00pm in the Bartos theatre and see Morgan as Paulette.
Watch Morgan as Bel in…
By Gus Schulenberg
When Benita is promoted to CEO of Code Breakers, she’s greeted by two immediate challenges. The first: to address a controversy over rejecting a white student’s application to the program. The second: managing the retirement of Stephen, her mentor and Code Breakers’ charismatic founder. When Jake, an old college friend turned conservative journalist, contacts her for a story, she views the offer as a chance to seize back the narrative. But when Bel, a new Code Breakers employee, accuses Stephen of sexual misconduct, the narrative spins out of her control. One way through the crisis may live in Dani, Benita’s former student and the audience’s intermediary and co-investigator of the difficult truths embedded in the code of the play.
Operating Systems wrestles with how internalized oppression often makes us reinforce oppressive systems even as we work toward justice. In a tokenizing system that often positions oppressed peoples against each other, can the relationships at the heart of the play survive? Is it better to leverage the resources of these systems in service of justice, or to burn the whole thing down?
Watch Morgan as “Big” in
The Bright Edges of the World - A full length play reading
by Shelley Fort
Directed by Kevin R. Free
On a road-trip across America, Little and Big are tasked with one thing; they need to spread their mother’s ashes. Along the way, they encounter family and friends, conjure memories and spirits. The play is full of wishes that will never come true. “The Bright Edges of the World” is an act of letting go.
After a racially motivated hate crime occurs on a modern college campus a group of students is forced to confront themselves as well as each other. As they stage sit in in the Dean's office, pressure mounts, tensions rise, and their protest begins to cost more than just their reputations. Is it always time to do right? [6W,5M]
See Morgan as Little in a reading of Shelley Fort's
The Bright Edges of the World
At Quick Silver Theatre Company's POC Summit
It’s the anniversary of his wife’s passing and every year he holds a memorial. On the eve of the service, Father falls unexpectedly ill and his daughter returns home.Secrets are revealed as she sorts through a collection of childhood memories, artifacts, and stories. With the help of his daughters and friends, Father is forced to confront the past in order to prepare for the future. 'The Bright Edges of the World' explores the power of resilience in the face of tragedy.
See Morgan in a reading of The Invisible Net by Michael Kingsbaker.
Outside of a bar at the crossroads of This Way and That Way, a man known to us as The Fella wrestles with his past, his hopes, and his fears as he decides which direction go. THE INVISIBLE NET by Michael Kingsbaker is a modern allegory exploring the things that hold us back, the things that hold us up, and the long scary journey from one's head to one's heart. and the leaps that must be made along the way.
Cherry Lane Theatre’s Tongues Reading Series presents
A new play by Craig MuMs Grant
In a near distant future. People have issues. Cell phones have fused into our palms and social standing is survival.
Directed by Courtney Wetzel
Featuring: Shari Albert, David Anzuelo, Maki Borden, Jake Cannavale, Nate Dobson, Morgan McGuire, Meridith Nicholaev, Jaime Lincoln Smith, Rocky Vega, Jennie West, Sidney Williams
Come to a reading of Morgan's latest play tselem produced by The Shelter in partnership with the Cherry Lane.