WHO ARE WE?

Morgan Gould & Friends is a group of performers (Lucy DeVito, Christopher Geary, Tommy Heleringer, Megan Hill, Anna O'Donoghue, Tom Pecinka, Zack Segel, Nicole Spiezio, Nate Trinrud, and Amir Wachterman) and  designers (Chris Barlow, Barbara Samuels, and Ryan Seelig) who work together under the direction of writer/ director Morgan Gould.

 WHAT DO WE DO?

"It is my belief that the theater must acknowledge that it is no longer a place for kitchen sink realism. In a world where realism is as easy as turning on your DVR, as theater artists, it's our responsibility to challenge and push our form to a place where it serves its own purpose. What can theater do that TV can't? TV is a place for perfection, fantasy, and aspirational thinking. In my theater, it's a place for gays, fatties, freaks, dorks, weirdos. It's our place and we should use it to explore what it's like to inhabit those fantasies we will never get to touch in traditional storytelling. A gay bear can play Hedda Gabler. A straight man can play Juliet. By combining the absurd with our secret freak desires, we can find our own theatrical realism that doesn't mimic TV and movies, but explodes them. I hope that through this pursuit, two things will become clear: 1. Theater as it is now must push itself to be more--we must transcend cliché and familiarity and wrestle with our identity in deeper ways than the realistic plays of the canon. 2. Those of you other freaks that go to the theater and feel outside: you are not alone. We made this for you, and we are redefining "realism" to include you."

- Morgan Gould, Writer/ Creator/ Artistic Director

INSPIRATIONS:

Scandal

The Real Housewives of Orange County/ New York/ Beverly Hills NOT Atlanta or New Jersey

Abby Lee Miller

Playwrights Horizons

Teen Mom 1, 2, 3

Musicals but only the good ones

Amir Wachterman

Drag

The movies Center Stage and She's All That

Dawson's Creek

 DOG EAT DOG, Ars Nova 2013

DOG EAT DOG, Ars Nova 2013

 WHERE DO WE DO IT?

Our work has been seen at Ars Nova, The Culture Project, The New Ohio, Astoria Performing Arts Center, The Fringe Festival, The Brooklyn Lyceum, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, CAP21, Dixon Place, New Georges and more. In the fall of 2012 we were in residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange in Park Slope as part of the Space Grant Program.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

FULL LENGTHS

Losing Tom Pecinka / Ice Factory Festival, New Ohio, July 2015

HELIX, HELIX: The Science of You, Me, Us and Them (A Sloan Commission) / HERE Arts Center,  February 2014

Nurse Nora Menorah Saves Christmas / New Georges at the New Ohio Theatre, December 2013

DOG EAT DOG / HERE Arts Center, August 2013

DOG EAT DOG / Ars Nova, June 2013

Losing Tom Pecinka / HERE Arts Center, July 2012

 

SHORT

JURASSIC PARK / Fresh Ground Pepper, August 2014

I Never Thought of That, Thanks for the Tip! / Little Theater @ Dixon Place, May 2014

The Girl with the Honey Bee Eyes/ Dixon Place, August 2014 

Pee Pee Poo Poo Pa Pa Face (Text by Young Jean Lee)/ Little Theater @ Dixon Place, May 2013

Never Forget / Pipeline Theatre Company/ CAP21, November 2013

THIS BODY // MY BODY/ Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), December 2012

The Weight of the World/ Ugly Rhino Productions, May 2012

Shrek: An Adaptation/ WCS: Culture Project/ Living Theater, March 2012

 LOSING TOM PECINKA, HERE Art Center, 2012

LOSING TOM PECINKA, HERE Art Center, 2012