Morgan Trant Kinnally is a California-based playwright. Her work has been presented by THML Theatre, Ion Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival, Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Works Studio, Theatre for the New City, For a Better Understanding of Mankind, Midwest Dramatists Conference, and Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. She is a 2018 Eugene O’Neill semifinalist, 2018 Leah Ryan Emerging Women Writers Finalist,, a company member with Ion Theatre, and a Dramatists Guild Member. B.F.A. in Theatre/Acting from SUNY Buffalo, M.Ed, and teaches English 12 and creative writing at Bayfront Charter High School in Chula Vista, CA.
MORNING PEOPLE is set in 2011 when the effects of the 2008 housing market crisis was still obliterating the American Dream of homeownership due to predatory lending practices, a time when The 99 Percenters were still painting their protest signs, and a time when the epic tales of Seal Team 6 – the Bin Laden kill squad – were still the dreams of little boys and little men. And it was also a time when a brand new eHarmony couple traversed the booby traps of married life while nesting in their “cookie-cutter” single-family home on Buttercup Lane in Escondido, California. Luther Martinez, a doomsday prepper by hobby and trade, and Brenda Martinez, a kindergarten teacher and closeted Shakespearean actress, struggle with planning and preparing for the unknown and their first child. But when an unanticipated danger comes knocking, they will need to reexamine their life together after the fallout to try to hold on to their American dream and each other.
FANG is a dystopian, satire set in the near to distant future. The global North and global South have made alliances, and the Southern Alliance’s Prime Minister Zi Sanger has been using her power to finally create equality between the sexes. But local militant groups and the Northern Alliance disapprove of this so-called equality. (Equality dependent upon an out-patient procedure known as the Second Set Initiative which “corrects a biological deficiency” in women and girls.) However, it is not until the Prime Minister’s half sister, Paola, from the Northern Alliance, infiltrates her underground bunker in an attempt to make peace that Zi Sanger’s empire may soon fall. Zi’s secrets are revealed as Paola considers the price of the S.A.’s new found livelihood. To Paola’s surprise her own daughter, Abdalla, has joined Aunty Zi’s national army. She has had her “biological deficiency” corrected with Zi’s Second Set Initiative, and she confronts her mother about her country’s politics and their own distant relationship. Meanwhile, war still looms between the Northern and Southern Alliances as Paola and Zi Sanger come face to face to hash out past and present.
WRESTLING BUFFALO is a dark comedy set in present day Buffalo, New York and examines the baffling process of creating and defining family. When Harold Lewinter dies, one emotionally-estranged family comes face to face with decisions about what it means to be part of a family. Harold’s wife, and matriarch of the family, Robin Lewinter, has not been handling Harold’s death too well. She has plastered pictures of Harold all over her house covering nearly every inch of wall space. When her son, RJ, returns home from his honeymoon with his wife Bobbie to help his mother put the pieces back together, strange family dynamics reveal themselves. RJ and Bobbie (a jiu-jitsu fanatic) struggle to keep their careers and marriage together with the ever- present and overbearing Robin who is both head of household and now CEO of Lewinter Sun Tan Lotion Company. Meanwhile, Jonathan Lewinter, Harold’s younger brother and co-founder of the company, is growing more conflicted with Robin’s domination over the family as well as with his relationship with his girlfriend, Lucy, who wants to take their relationship to the next level. Everyone struggles for happiness in their relationships and chaos ensues at the family sun tan lotion business while life at home becomes impossible.
- Staged Reading of MORNING PEOPLE directed by Jen Thorn with Scripps Ranch New Works Studio this Tuesday, September 27th @ 7PM
- FABUM's Strong Woman 1 Night/ Five Plays finalist http://www.fabum.org/latest-news.html Friday, December 9th