BRS Playwright in Residence Reading: Brandon McCoy’s TANNER
Join us at Keegan on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm for a special reading as part of the Boiler Room’s Playwright in Residence Series: TANNER by Brandon McCoy, directed by Cate Brewer.
About the Playwright in Residence Series
As part of a new initiative to showcase more works by exciting emerging playwrights, Keegan Theatre’s Boiler Room Series presents the inaugural Playwright in Residence Series. During the world premiere run of WEST BY GOD (playing Sep 27 – Oct 20) on the mainstage, BRS will produce readings of additional new works by local playwright and company member Brandon McCoy. Readings are free and open to all and will be followed by discussions with the playwright.
About the Play
Meet Tanner, the guy that simply cannot get out of his own way. Give him a problem, he’ll overcomplicate it. Ask him a question, he’ll wander off in to an existential quandary. Face him with a decision, and the world might tip over. Brandon McCoy’s comedy Tanner is a fast, funny, punch-to-the-gut comedy that examines the search for peace and happiness, and whether we actually want it in the first place.
From the playwright: “My plays are about human connection. I am interested in exploring those intangible, elusive things that draw us together and keep us apart. I’ve considered the mystery of human connection through a range of contextual [dramatic] lenses: within families, across friendships, among colleagues, and between lovers. I am interested in how and why human beings overcome – or don’t overcome – obstacles to connection, whether those obstacles are external (political, socioeconomic, geographic) or within ourselves (anxiety, self-doubt, prejudice).
My plays have a sense of humor – I believe that in laughter, we are our truest selves. In laughter, we can more easily talk about the things we fear, and the things that divide us. In laughter, we find common ground. Laughter connects us.
And finally, my plays are hopeful. I believe that art should point us toward something better, and I strive to write plays that reveal – even if it’s just the smallest glimpse – the potential for a world of connection.”
About the Playwright
Brandon McCoy is a playwright, actor, director, and educator living in Laurel, MD. His work has been featured at numerous companies, including Round House Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Theatre J, Imagination Stage, Rep Stage, Studio Theatre, Arena Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Theater Alliance, Forum Theatre, and Keegan Theatre, where he is a proud company member. McCoy serves as adjunct theatre faculty for The Catholic University of America, George Washington University, Montgomery College, Howard Community College, and Harford Community College. He has written four full-length plays and one full-length musical: TANNER, OTHER LIFE FORMS, WEST BY GOD, GETTING IN, and A BAND IN SEARCH OF A NAME. OTHER LIFE FORMS was a finalist for the Source full-length play festival, and received a full production at The Keegan Theatre in the summer of 2018. McCoy received a BFA in Acting/Directing from Marshall University in his hometown of Huntington, WV and an MFA in Acting from The Catholic University of America. He is also an accomplished musician and stand-up comedian. www.brandon-mccoy.com
What’s the Boiler Room Series?
The Boiler Room Series at Keegan, named after the old boiler room of the pre-renovation Keegan Theatre, is a bold programming initiative that focuses on the development of new works and the producing of unique performances. The name speaks to the two-part mission: crank up the artistic heat on new works in progress and let loose the creative voices of tomorrow’s theatre. LEARN MORE