MacLeod’s most recent play Basta! was commissioned by The National Theater of Genoa and was done in Italy this fall. Her comedy The Laugh Track, about Lucille Ball’s head writer, is slated to be produced by ACT in Seattle. Women in Jeopardy! premiered at GEVA, directed by Sean Daniels, and has since been done around the country, most recently at Arizona Theater Company. Her three-hander Slow Food, premiered at Merrimack Repertory Theater and has had many subsequent productions.
Her other plays include Sin and Schoolgirl Figure, which both premiered at The Goodman; Juvenilia and The Water Children, which both premiered at Playwrights Horizons; and Things Being What They Are, which premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre and had an extended run at Steppenwolf in Chicago.
The House of Yes became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey, and was produced by The Magic Theater, Soho Rep, The Washington Shakespeare Company, The Maxim Gorki Theater (Berlin), and The Gate Theater (London).
She recently did the screenplay adaptation for The Shallow End, a short film directed by Cynthia Silver.
A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael Playwright-in-Residence at Kenyon College. Her plays are available through Dramatists Play Service and at Playscripts.com.
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THE LAUGH TRACK
Inspired by the story of Lucille Ball’s head writer, a young woman tries to be taken seriously in the early days of television comedy. Sparks fly between Maddie and Bob, the writing partner who lets her do the typing while taking credit for her jokes. As the two get closer, Lucy and Desi come apart; the show’s singular success takes its toll on them all.
In stories that cut across centuries, three families struggle with the loss of children, fiancés, brothers, and sons—looking to photography for solace. Do the photographs supplant treasured memories? Are images from 9/11 or Civil War battlefields documenting history or violating the dead?