Ali MacLean has tapped indie-rock stalwart Craig Finn, frontman for The Hold Steady, to pen original music for the new mounting of her play This Will Be Our Year. This grunge rock-n-roll story follows the star-crossed, ten-year love affair between Gen (a struggling New York jewelry designer) and Hugo (a fledgling British rock star). In … More MacLean collaborates with indie rocker Craig Finn
Ali MacLean is in print. Three of her plays are represented in the new book from Applause Books, She Persisted – One Hundred Monologues from Plays by Women over Forty. The anthology was curated and edited by Lawrence Harbison, with a preface from Jacquelyn Reingold and an introduction from veteran playwright Theresa Rebeck. The book … More MacLean’s work published in ‘She Persisted’.
Ali will have monologues from three of her plays (She’s Not There, This Will Be Our Year, and Wolves At The Door) in the theater anthology book She Persisted, published by Applause Books. It is edited by Lawrence Harbison and Honor Roll!, with specific thanks to Cheryl Davis, Suzanne Bradbeer, Lucy Wang, and Jacquelyn Reingold. … More Monologue Anthology Available For Presale!
Ali MacLean’s play This Will Be Our Year, described as a rock-n-roll Greek tragedy, melodramedy, or Normal People meets A Star Is Born, was a rock rollercoaster ride that audience members rode on Saturday at The Zephyr Theater. The play, starring playwright MacLean, Adam Sinclair, Juliet Lopez, and Eric Delgado, chronicles the ten-year-long tumultuous relationship … More This Will Be Our Year debuts at Zephyr Theatre!
This Will Be Our Year, which debuts live at the Zephyr Theater on July 17th, has begun the rehearsal process. Director Jason Weiss, and the cast: Adam Sinclair, Ali MacLean, Juliet Lopez, and Eric Delgado, are working their way through the piece which follows the stormy and passionate ten-year relationship between a British rockstar and … More This Will Be Our Year rehearsals are underway!
Ali’s short film The Point, a gothic tale about four Massachusetts townies partying at Chesterfield Gorge, was presented this past week at the ANDTheatre’s Eclectic Festival. “The Point”Written & Directed by Ali MacLeanWith Nevin Millan as LugoAlison Minick as TeenieAlexander Demas as MurphAaron Lyons as Scanlan A Q&A session was held after, where MacLean explained … More The Point presented at ANDTheatre Festival
Ali took part in a RespectAbility panel on mental health in media as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. MacLean, an advocate for mental health awareness, is the author of the award-winning play She’s Not There, about a woman struggling to contain her depression while beginning a new relationship. RespectAbility is a founding partner in … More MacLean joins Mental Health in Media panel
Ali MacLean appeared on the Centre Stage Podcast, produced by the International Centre for Women Playwrights. During the podcast Ali read excerpts from two of her plays “Sullen Girl” and “This Will Be Our Year”. She then joined Jenni Munday for a conversation about what motivates her playwriting, researching dark subject matter, and what inspires … More Ali on the ICWP Centre Stage Podcast
She’s Not There is going international once again. The play, which deals with how a mental illness can affect a romantic relationship, has been selected by the the Women’s Work Festival as the top plays submitted. It will be workshopped and produced by the Canadian festival this spring. More information about how you can view … More She’s Not There a selection for Canada’s Women’s Work Theatre Festival
After being given and introduction and a prompt, MacLean had overnight to create a monologue for Broadway veteran Kerry Butler. What resulted was this hilarious turn by Butler, performing MacLean’s “Bit’s N’ Pieces.” for the 24 Hour Viral Monologue event. The two were joined by other theater denizens such as Matthew Broderick, Hugh Dancy, Willie … More MacLean paired with Broadway star Kerry Butler for 24 Hour Plays Viral Monologues.