Frameworks by Mike McGeever
The Road on Lankershim – THEATRE
5108 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(Street parking or paid lot parking at 5125 Lankershim Blvd)
By Mike McGeever
Directed by Lauren Murphy Yeoman
MARIE – Jennifer Finch
GABE – Tom Musgrave
*Appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
A graduate student in physics revises her notions of space, time, and her own destiny during an encounter with a mysterious stranger on the subway.
No reservations or advance tickets. Admission is by donation ($15 suggested).
MEET YOUR PLAYWRIGHT
MIKE MCGEEVER sensed an untapped market for comedies about accountants, Mike McGeever wrote his first screenplay, SMILERS, which placed in over 30 national writing competitions including 5 first place wins. Mike’s short film, PLANS, was shown on PBS and was an official selection at the No Hu International Film Festival and the Catskill Film Festival. Mike has written several short plays, including INTERVIEW, which have been performed throughout the country. In addition to being a writer, Mike is also a CPA and has a Masters Degree in Computer Science, which has earned him the Triple Crown for Nerdy Professions.
An Interview with Playwright Mike McGeever
1: What is the name of your play?
2: What was your first job in the theatre?
I played the King in a 3rd grade class production of RUMPELSTILSKIN, complete with a blue bathrobe and a paper crown. Years later the critics are still raving about my performance.
3: Do you ever model characters after real life people?
Yes, nearly everything I write is modeled off people I know, much to the chagrin of my friends. FRAMEWORKS was inspired in part by a subway ride to the University of Chicago, where I walked past the Nuclear Energy Statue, Rockefeller Chapel, a group of graduate students discussing string theory, and a couple in line at the theater who were discussing cosmology, which is what passes for first-date small talk at the University of Chicago. Is the Nuclear Energy statue a commemoration of the first controlled nuclear reaction, a tribute to science and human ingenuity, a work of art, or something greater? Existence itself is a matter of perspective. FRAMEWORKS arranges seemingly incongruous elements into a play, which is itself a type of “framework” for those of you who enjoy ironic titles.
4: As an artist, what subjects tend to draw your interest?
I mostly write comedies, although I’ve written thrillers and dramas as well. Most of my work involves characters discovering their duty to something greater than their own self-interest, which is actually much funnier than it sounds.
5: Do you have other passions aside from playwriting?
I love Chicago’s amazing architecture, American history, and computer science, which like playwriting involves creating something elegant, beautiful, and virtual, entirely out of your own imagination.
6: Are you currently working on any new projects?
I just finished writing THE DEAL, a short play about a former KGB agent who works at a Toyota dealership because “I can’t torture people in America. So I sell cars instead.”
7: Here’s a fun question! What is your favorite dessert?
Just asking this question sent me to my fridge… Okay, I’m back. Cheesecake remains my breakfast of champions, I love chocolate chip cookies, and I’ll eat this survey if you put whipped cream and chocolate sauce on it.
8: Any acknowledgements or words of encouragement?
“In the end there are three things that last: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.” Also, “Every island has a Gilligan.” I’ll let you guess which one of these I wrote.
9: Describe your play in 3 words!
Subway + Physics = God