Rex McGregor

Rex McGregor is a New Zealand writer specialising in comedy theatre and satirical humour. His short plays have been produced on four continents from New York and London to Sydney and Kuala Lumpur. 

Website: rexmcgregor.com

Plays

Aleema the Boy Girl
10-minute drama  3 F, 2M
Aleema enjoys being a “bacha posh”— an Afghan girl raised as a boy. But with the onset of puberty her freedom won’t last long.
First performed at 8 in 48 Idaho Short Play Festival, Treasure Valley Children’s Theater, Meridian, Idaho, September 26, 2015
Published in Girls on the Brink (YouthPLAYS, 2016) and Brink Time (YouthPLAYS, 2015)
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Almost Immortal
10-minute drama  2 F, 1M
In the distant future the sea level has risen so much that hills have become islands. As the environment is destroyed around her, Zen dreads the thought of living on for centuries.
First performed at Queeroism Play Festival, The Vault, Collaboraction, Chicago, IL, July 8-9, 2016
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A Bride for the Pope
monologue  1 F
A woman presents a list of candidates in her campaign to find a wife for His Holiness Pope Francis.
First performed at Walking the Wire: Classified, Riverside Theatre, Iowa City, Iowa, March 6-15, 2015
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Canary Now
10-minute drama  2 F, 4 M
Young Edgar is thrilled when an eccentric widow takes him to Italy to study singing. Ninety years later Old Edgar recalls the Signora’s mysterious obsession.
First performed at Short + Sweet Sydney, Newtown Theatre, 5 February 2011
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Cobra v Tiger
10-minute comedy  2 F
Claws and fangs clash when a Chinese supermom confronts an Indian matriarch.
First performed at My Asian Mom, Chicago Dramatists, Chicago, 2014
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Cushion
10-minute musical  3 F, 3 M
Trish deals with a predicament in the only way she knows how.
First performed at Short + Sweet Song Auckland, Herald Theatre, 9 September 2014
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Dueling Judges
10-minute comedy  2 F, 1 M
Sparks fly when two domineering judges meet on a blind date.
First performed at Short + Sweet Auckland, Herald Theatre, 22 June 2013
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Feline High-Rise Syndrome
10-minute comedy  2 F, 2 M
Doug is trying to persuade Sandra to move into an inner-city apartment building. She isn’t keen at all.
First performed at Claremorris Fringe Festival, Half a Breakfast Theatre Group, Claremorris, Ireland, March 6, 2015
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Fingers and Toesies
10-minute comedy  2 F, 1 M
The stars move across the sky in an orderly fashion. But every so often the planets stop and go backwards! This doesn’t make sense to a young student, Niclas Kopernik.
First performed at Claremorris Fringe Festival, Town Hall, Claremorris, Ireland, March 19, 2016
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The Girl Who Would Rather Not Grow Up Just Yet
10-minute comedy  2 F, 1 M
Wendy is a spoilt 16-year-old. Like her namesake in Peter Pan she enjoys having a Newfoundland dog for a nanny.
First performed as Lock Up Your Chaperone at Short + Sweet Sydney, King Street Theatre, 22 January 2014
Published in Girls on the Brink (YouthPLAYS, 2016) and Grow Up, Girls (YouthPLAYS, 2015)
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Grow Up, Juliet
10-minute comedy  2 F, 2 M
Grieving Juliet wants to join Romeo in death. But she learns she is the victim of an elaborate hoax. Who is behind it? Surely not Friar Laurence.
First performed at TLW LEXiCON Literary Festival, The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent, UK, 16 March 2014
Published in Girls on the Brink (YouthPLAYS, 2016) and Grow Up, Girls (YouthPLAYS, 2015)
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Her Daughter’s Doll
10-minute play  2 F, 1 M
After experiencing her first Black Lives Matter rally, a young teacher is galvanized to take further political action against racism. But how staunch is she prepared to be?
First performed at 6’10: A Showcase of African American TheaterSmoked Apple Theatre Group, 1619 Flux, Louisville, Kentucky, November 19, 2016
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Higgledy-Trilogy
10-minute comedy  2 F, 4 M
Owing to excessive theatrical ambition beyond our control, three of this evening’s plays will be performed simultaneously. they are – in no particular order (and that’s putting it mildly) – Pseudo-Human Resources, Time Is Money and Chest-Beating for Gentlemen. We sincerely hope you will understand.
First performed at Short + Sweet Sydney, King Street Theatre, 23 January 2013
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Lady Godiva Doesn’t Ride Again
one-act comedy  3 F, 2 M
Lady Godiva’s ride has made her famous and popular. But it has had the unintended consequence of publicly humiliating her husband. When the Earl makes a pathetic attempt at revenge, Godiva must decide how far she is prepared to go to save the marriage.
Second place in the 2012 Playwrights Association of New Zealand One-Act Play Competition
First performed at Oamaru Repertory Theatre, Oamaru, 20 April 2013
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Love Those Cockroaches
10-minute comedy  2 F, 1 M
A dedicated vegan plans to shut down a restaurant that offers “vegan meats.”
First performed at Short+Sweet Theatre, TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre), Auckland, September 10, 2016
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The Mama and the Papa
10-minute comedy  1 F, 1 M
June 25, 1967: the night of the first live international satellite television broadcast. The Beatles have just sung “All You Need is Love” to an audience of 400 million people. Hippie culture is sweeping the globe. Mama Nature celebrates in a San Francisco bar. But someone isn’t happy.
First performed at 6’10 : A Showcase of African American Theater, Smoked Apple Theatre Group, The Vault 1031, Louisville, Kentucky, December 19-20, 2015
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Margaret Thatcher Changes the World
one-act comedy  2 F, 2 M
The 13th Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh four years ago were a disaster. 32 countries stayed away. Now in 1990 the 14th Games in Auckland look set to be a success. Nearly every eligible country is taking part. But that’s not enough for Margaret Thatcher. She wants more.
First performed at British Theatre Challenge, Sky Blue Theatre Company, Lost Theatre, London, October 23, 2015
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Margaret Thatcher Hits New Zealand
one-act comedy  2 F, 2 M
The 13th Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh four years ago were a disaster. 32 countries stayed away. Now in 1990 the 14th Games in Auckland look set to be a success. Nearly every eligible country is taking part. But that’s not enough for Margaret Thatcher. She wants more.
Third place in the 2014 Playwrights Association of New Zealand One-Act Play Competition
Available in the trilogy Fun Expected
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Phenomenals Anonymous
10-minute comedy  2 F, 2 M
Treeza, alias Empathy Woman, runs a support group for dysfunctional superhumans. Her annoying superpower lets her feel what others feel. She agrees with you in finding this premise only mildly intriguing. And she shares your cynical hope that the play will be a whole lot better than the synopsis.
First performed at Take Ten Festival, Roy Arias Studios, Stage II, New York City, 8 April 2014
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Played for a Sap 
10-minute drama 2 F, 2 M
A woman persuades a private eye to blackmail her husband. But things don’t go as planned. Or do they?
Short+Sweet Theatre Dubai, The Junction, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 18, 2017
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Proud Mary and Prejudiced Lydia
10-minute comedy  3 F
To teach her insolent youngest sister a lesson, Mary Bennet has challenged Lydia to a duel with pistols. She only intends to wound her slightly. But this is still too much for their anxious sister Kitty.
Take Ten Festival 2017, Between Us Productions, Jewel Box Theater, New York, NY, April 5, 7 & 8, 2017
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Roasting Death
10-minute comedy  2 F, 1 M
An elegant couple will entertain us on the subject of death—if our recently bereaved pianist doesn’t put a damper on the proceedings.
First performed at the Manawatu Festival of New Arts, Globe Theatre, Palmerston North, 10 October 2010, under the title Death for Sophisticates.
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Sugar Horror
10-minute comedy  2 F, 2 M
In the near future, although technology has made huge strides, some traditions like Halloween remain the same. But on this particular night a young grl and her brother are in for an unexpected treat.
First performed at Pint-Size Plays, Remarkable Theatre, Gin and Raspberry, Wanaka, New Zealand, March 1, 2015
Published in Girls on the Brink (YouthPLAYS, 2016) and Brink Time (YouthPLAYS, 2015)
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A Supportive Wife Supports Her Wife
10-minute comedy  2 F, 1 M
After an epic Valentine’s Day fail a ruthless managing editor decides to prove how much she loves her wife.
First performed at Spring One Acts, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, New York, NY, March 18-21, 2015
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Sunshine in Every Window
30-minute drama 3 F, 3 M
In 1935, on East 3rd Street, Eleanor Roosevelt opened New York’s first public housing project. This is the story of how another woman overcame multiple obstacles to establish First Houses as a prime example of neighborhood revitalization.
East Side Stories, Metropolitan Playhouse, New York, NY, April 6, 8, 12, 15, 21, 23, 2017
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Surfing in Munich
10-minute comedy  1 F, 1 M
As Paddy says when he meets Sarah at an airport baggage claim carousel, “Tings can happen in the most unlikeliest o’ places”.
Short+Sweet Brisbane 2015, Powerhouse, Brisbane, Australia, July 9-11, 2015
Published in Stage Journeys: 10 short plays from New Zealand, 2016
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Taking the Plunge
10-minute comedy  3 F, 3 M
This should be the happiest day of Lara’s life. Her Father has spent a fortune on a marquee and Bruce’s parents have arrived from Perth. How can she back out now?
First performed at Short + Sweet Auckland, Herald Theatre, 16 July 2011
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This Particular Crevasse
10-minute play  1 F, 1 M
A New York couple are on an adventure holiday in the South Island of New Zealand. While hiking in a restricted area on a glacier, they come across a deep crevasse. Holly wants to jump across. But Nick considers it too dangerous.
First performed at 10-Minute Play Festival, Lakeshore Players Theatre, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, June 4-14, 2015
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Threatened Panda Fights Back
10-minute comedy  2 F, 2M
As the World Wildlife Fund’s poster boy for endangered animals, Ling enjoys a comfortable life full of adulation and all the bamboo he can eat. But when a rival species challenges him for the role, he risks losing everything.
First performed at King’s Shorts Festival of 10-Minute Plays, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 12-14, 2015
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Three Weird Mornings at the Library
one-act comedy  2 F, 2 M
A public library is supposed to be a peaceful, quiet place. You’d think an insomniac librarian could get some sleep, a homeless scholar could study and a shellshocked refugee could relax.
Highly Commended in the 2014 Playwrights Association of New Zealand One-Act Play Competition
First performed at Sterts Theatre One-Act Play Competition, Liskeard, Cornwall, UK, December 5, 2015
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Wayward Seniors
10-minute comedy  3 F, 2 M
Alma is playing up again. Her grandson, Doug, expects the rest home to take better care of her. But he’s in for the shock of his life when he learns how far they’re prepared to go.
First performed at The Big reTHiNK, Q Theatre, Auckland, 3 October 2012
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Welcome to Belarus
10-minute comedy  1 F, 1 M
Miles is a tour guide leading a coachload of passengers through Eastern Europe. At least, that’s the plan.
First performed at Belarusian Dream Theater, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Vilnius & Pasadena CA, 25 March 2014
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Agent: Playmarket