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The Brooklyn Rail

I want to invite potential viewers to Leave the Balcony Open by placing Macdonald alongside Annie Baker, the young master of tongue-tied heartache (in rural Vermont, even). Macdonald’s characters are more playfully self-conscious, running ironic circles around themselves, trying too hard and not trying enough, like their elaborate but makeshift costumes.

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Backstage

I remember being a naive undergraduate, not dissimilar to Macdonald’s rich characters, and her play is a haunting reminder of that period in my life. She has crafted a heartbreakingly real examination of the quarter-life crisis, when escape—through substances, jokes, silence—feels like the only option.

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Serials@TheFlea Interview

I tend to write on pretty dark topics, but I like to approach them with optimism. I like to bring characters to a place of awareness or the possibility for change even if that change does not happen within the course of the play.

NYTheatre.com

The piece’s strength—both in Macdonald’s writing and in the strong performances—is the way it captures the sheer rawness and vulnerability of these characters, often through little details and moments

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Off-Off Broadway: Anna O’Donoghue Joins New Feet Productions’ LEAVE THE BALCONY OPEN

“Set between the lines of realism and a preternatural world, Leave the Balcony Open is a wild theatrical ride through a landscape of loss and resilience,” states director Jessica Bauman. “By offering humor and poetry (and costume parties) in the darkest places, it allows both the characters and the audience to find hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable grief.”

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Off-Off Broadway: New Feet Productions Presents Leave the Balcony Open Plays 2/5-26

May is standing in the way of control. June is trying to hold out. Jon really wants a hug. Silent Gen is still looking up at that broken window, and everyone knows why, but never says anything. On a rural college campus where proximity to death defines your social status, four soon-to-be-graduates party, scream and learn how to move on.

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Off-Off Broadway Photo Flash: Rising Phoenix Rep’s REALLY IMPORTANT PEOPLE

In the middle of its acclaimed Cino Nights series, which runs through April 2012, Rising Phoenix Rep presented a workshop on Sunday, March 27th of Maya Macdonald’s new play The Really Important People, directed by RPR artistic associate Julie Kline.

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Interview with Adam Szymkowicz

Music and comedy are often recreational activities that people go out to see but for the most part audiences at Off-, or Off-Off-Broadway theatre events are theatre artists themselves. Which is wonderful, but I would like to see theatre become something that reaches a wider audience.

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Broadway World

THE NEW YORK ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL and ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER are pleased to announce THE 4TH ANNUAL NEW YORK ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL.

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3LD

3LD announces their season, which includes LEAVE THE BALCONY OPEN!

NY One Minute Play Festival

My one minute play is called DEAD ON THE INSIDE and it’s a comedy.  Seriously.  The 4th Annual NY One Minute Play Festival, 80+ plays. 30+ actors. 7 directors. 1-minute.

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