Michael McGrinder


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Michael McGrinder has enjoyed a busy and varied career Off-off-Broadway as a playwright, director, producer, newsletter publisher/editor and cable television host. He is also a poet, novelist, short-story writer, and essayist.

His poetry collection is available from Amazon in print and Kindle formats http://amzn.to/1KXBGnd and as a Nook Book from Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/1zO9xPB, as well as in other epub versions.

We Hate To See You Go

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One-Act/Dark Comedy 3m 2f

We hate to see you go
We hate to see you go
We hope to hell you never come back
We hate to see you go

An Irish wake.
A reluctant corpse. A few drinks. A few laughs. A few tears.
Some bickering. Some fighting.
An Irish wake.

Seasoned playwright Michael McGrinder is at it again, this time calling on (some would say calling out) his Irish heritage and its peculiar relationship with death and all the contrariness that attends it. 

McGrinder’s exquisite craftsmanship is at play here as he balances the outrageous with the subtle, the laughter with the tears, the hypocrisy with… well, with itself. As always, he offers us delightful entertainment. It’s no wonder We Hate To See You Go continues to be one of his most popular plays.




The Confessions of Isobel Gowdie

The Confessions of Isobel Gowdie

Two-act play
Historical Drama

Fly over the moon, Isobel. Fly on to the sabbat!

Isobel Gowdie has been unjustly labelled “The Witch Queen of Scotland,” largely due to her confessions to witchcraft being a matter of historical record. Isobel’s story is told here on a grand canvas spanning a period of seventeen years. This full-length play is not for the prudish nor is it for the faint-hearted, but neither is it for those without a sense of humor or deep compassion. It is for those who like a good story well-told and for those especially who enjoy a love story. It is definitely for all who appreciate great theatre!

Available as Print and Kindle editions from amazon


The Share


May be performed royalty-free!
One-act monologue.

In the guise of an AA share
performed as an audition piece.
Humorous and heart-wrenching.

Snow Business

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May be performed royalty-free.
A 3-minute play.

As light as a snowflake.
A cranky boss experiences
the miracle of his first snowfall.
A charmer that can be performed
without a set, and the only prop
needed is a flash camera. (The author
won’t mind if that’s mimed.)


The Foreigners

Two people meet at a bus stop, neither able to speak the other’s language or the language of their new country, fall in love and live an enitre life cycle.

Or do they?

Cited by Other Stages as “One of Off-Off’s Best”

One act, 1m, 1f, minimal set

$5.99 paperback

$0.99 Kindle

Heathen Piper

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Historical Drama/Two acts,  6m, 2f

The author writes himself into the “troubles” in 1920s Ireland and is at odds with his own characters, willing to live and even to die, just not on his terms.

Winner of the prestigious Scene Award for Playwrights.

Originally published by The Smith/New Horizon.

Distributed now by The Old Reliable Press.

$10 / limited number of copies available only fro oldreliablepress.com

Published on June 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

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