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© 2017 by Megan Smith-Harris. All rights reserved.

PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT

KILLING MOM

Stage Play

by Megan Smith-Harris

Marion Wolcott has a secret. She's invited her middle daughter, Cassie, and granddaughter, Kat to visit her on Martha’s Vineyard. Cassie, a frazzled single mother is thrilled at the opportunity to return to her childhood home to get a much-needed break from city-life. But Cassie soon learns that her mother has another agenda. Marion announces that she has a terminal condition and wants her daughter to help her die when “the time comes,” but urges her to tell no one. Complications ensue when siblings, Beth, a thrice-married drama queen, and Joanne a fundamentalist Christian, are invited for a weekend visit. The news that Marion is contemplating assisted suicide inevitably leaks out, which triggers a series of revelations, confessions, and unexpected reconciliations. A humorous and poignant family drama.

BEHIND THE HEDGEROWS

Feature Screenplay

by Megan Smith-Harris

At precisely 9:00 a.m. on the Thursday before Labor Day weekend, Ulla Angstrom, a mysterious and enigmatic woman rings the doorbell of 127 Lilly Pond Lane, East Hampton. This simple act sets into motion a series of events that will rupture many lives—including her own. Swirling about in an insular world of martinis and art openings, extravagant homes, and even more extravagant lives, neighbors Angstrom and Carolyn Foster grapple first with misfortune and then with each other. As the psychological noose begins to tighten, one child dies; another disappears. One family solidifies; another disintegrates. Behind the hedgerows, beneath a patina of wealth and privilege, the suspense is killing us all.

CRYPTIC

Feature Screenplay 

by Megan Smith-Harris & Bill Harris

Life for Claire Spencer, a creator of cryptic crosswords, is bland and predictable. That is until her beloved aunt’s death sends everything spinning desperately out of control. She seeks comfort with a bottle of Jack Daniels at a local bar and soon, motivated by grief, booze, and a great pair of high heels, Claire’s life becomes bizarrely entangled with hotshot political correspondent, Anthony Davis. Within days, Claire loves and loses her man, becomes the prime suspect in his murder and finds herself enmeshed in a high-stakes political scandal. As her world implodes over an action-packed 72-hour period, Claire must use her cryptic skills to solve the biggest puzzle of her life, in order to save it.

Muskoka Dry

Television Series 

by Megan Smith-Harris & Bill Harris

A Jeep bearing New York Vanity plates, “YNK-EES” pulls up next to a broken dockside gas pump at McGregor’s Marina. Owner Hank McGregor watches with a gimlet-eye as Matt Stevens, an American, emerges from the vehicle  followed by his new wife, beloved long time summer resident, Liz Campbell. Add to the mix, WASP matriarch Catherine Campbell with a shopping bag brimming with Bombay Sapphire gin, Spanish olives, and the ashes of her dead husband; Liz’s staunchly anti-American sister Stacy; reclusive former hockey star Guy Lefevre; sleaze-bag Toronto developer “Evil Al”; and an eclectic array of summer renters, and life in Muskoka begins to thrum to a new rhythm. Muskoka Dry is a wry and refreshing romantic comedy that catapults the yin and yang of Canadian/American relations into sharp—and unforgettable—relief. It’s clear that Ontario’s Cottage Country will never be the same.