[McGee has] “a natural way with comedy, especially with physical and slapstick. He understands the specific rhythm… giving them distinct voices.” -Two River Theater Co.
I create funny, loose-limbed, live theatrical performances that aspire to speak to the very survival of the human spirit. My approach to playwriting is informed by my background in acting and clowning, which offers surprising variety and physicality to my story-telling. Many of my pieces are layered within various styles of comedy ranging from farce to dark to slapstick to satire. They are driven by characters whose distinct points of view are challenged by extreme adversity. However, instead of fearless heroes conquering the world, I present fallible fools who attempt to preserve their dignity while desperately struggling to overcome insurmountable circumstances.
Woven within each script are elements of cover-ups, cons, and dual identities. This serves to heighten the humor, raise the stakes, and more importantly, allow for a greater payoff of self-discovery when the characters finally succumb to the vulnerability of their true selves. Whether it’s through the snappy dialogue, the awkward monologue, or the silent slapstick routine, the narrative is anchored by two ironic notions working in tandem. First, that it is our flaws, follies and blunders that unite us rather than divide us. And B) that there are endless possibilities available to us, once we are united, to tear down the structural barriers that have continued to divide us.
My ultimate goal is to offer a dazzling evening of theater where the audience is drawn closer together with a new sense of self-awareness and inspired to create a safer and more balanced society. Then perhaps later at dinner, they might laugh their socks off at zippy lines, debate over the comedic twists with thought-provoking questions, and all the while reflecting to themselves, “That was hysterical. I learned something about myself. Let’s go change the world… Now, where are my socks?”