|Mac Rogers is a Brooklyn-based playwright known for zany comedies and twisted dramas. --photo by Ben Vanderboom|
|Rogers in action.|
He got his start in the NYC indie theater scene by starting the theater company Gideon Productions with two of his colleagues shortly after moving here. Rogers then went on to join Manhattan Theatre Source, a nonprofit arts production agency that links contacts and resources within the theater community. Up until last January, Manhattan Theatre Source had a West Village performance space which helped shape Rogers’ career.
|Rogers with his ensemble during a reading|
|Rogers likes to hang out in the Dumbo area of Brooklyn.--by kaitlin. marie via Flickr|
Rogers' favorite part is his collaborations with the other artists. "I just can’t believe it, I get drunk with the level of talent and insight I get to interact with at every rehearsal, every reading, every show. I used to regard playwriting as a highly private act, but I’ve 180’d on that because of the directors, performers, and designers I get to work with."
As for his next delightfully dark drama, Rogers has an upcoming piece called Frankenstein Upstairs, which is a sci-fi/horror thriller about a Brooklyn couple running a social media business out of their home. "Their upstairs neighbor is a lonely, socially awkward woman named Frankenstein, he said. "Whatever she’s up to upstairs, it keeps making the power go out." At first the couple is annoyed by the woman, but gradually befriend her. "And then all of a sudden they need her specific services very badly, at which point things begin to go south," he continued. "It’s pretty messed up. It should be a good time.”
Rogers may appear to be offbeat, but he likes to write about things that worry him, or those he's afraid of. He strives to share the questions he can't answer. He aims to explore those complex, unexplainable human sides. "I find it so distressing that what we mean to do, what we intend to do, is so often meaningless in the face of what we actually end up doing."
|Rogers' most recent work, Sovereign--photo by Deborah Alexander|
Make no mistake though, first and foremost Rogers thinks of himself as an entertainer. "I make the creation of a satisfying evening my top priority. I think playwrights go through periods of being sympatico with the audience, and periods of falling out of step with them. It’s an ongoing struggle."