We Are Wombats!
Megan Chan Meinero
When a primetime anchor position becomes available, two daytime hosts vie for the top spot much to the chagrin of the show’s production assistant.
Megan Chan Meinero is a playwright who’s plays include Art Therapy, Good Fortune and The Pre-Med Math Club. Her work has been produced/developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New Group, Two Headed Rep, PLAYxPLAY and many more. She is a proud member of EST/Youngblood. MFA: Northwestern University. More at www.meganchanmeinero.com
A BIT ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?
My first plays were jukebox musicals that I forced my cousins to perform at family gatherings. I thought I was going to be a performer and studied acting in undergrad. I quickly realized I was a terrible actor, but I knew I needed to still find a way to tell stories. For awhile, I was only interested in writing for film and television. My grad school program required that we also take playwriting courses. I had an amazing teacher who showed me all of the crazy, cool, weird, wonderful things a play could be. I haven’t stopped writing plays since.
2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?
We Are Wombats! was originally written as a Youngblood brunch play. The brunch fell on the same day the Titanic hit the iceberg (which is different from the day the ship actually sank) so the theme of the brunch was “impending disaster.” At the same time, my partner’s mom was really into painting rocks. I just put it all together!
3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?
Will do anything for laughs
4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?
Thomas Bradshaw, Stephen Sondheim, Kylie M. Brown, my family and my French bulldogs
5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?
I was an avid Crossfitter for many years and I can deadlift over 200 lbs!
6. What are some of your favorite plays?
Endlings by Celine Song, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, Hang Man by Stacy Osei-Kuffor, The Motherf*cker with the Hat by Stephen Aldy Guirgis, Our Town by Thornton Wilder
7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?
I’m working on a new play with Nicholas Polonio about “nerdy” Asian boys at Princeton University who hire a playboy pick-up artist coach to run a bootcamp-style workshop that teaches them how to talk to girls. All of the characters are Asian men. I’m really excited to see that demographic represented onstage in a big way!