PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT

KILLING MOM

Stage Play / being adapted into a screenplay

by Megan Smith-Harris

Think of all the times you’ve argued with your mother and thought,

“I could just kill her!”

What  if one day, she asked you to do exactly that?

Marian Wolcott has invited her daughter Cassie, and granddaughter Kat to visit her on Martha’s Vineyard. Ally, a frazzled single mother, is thrilled at the opportunity for a break from the monotony of her life—and from dealing with her sullen, uncommunicative teenager. But Ally soon learns she’s not in for a relaxing seaside vacay when her mother delivers life-shattering news. Marion confesses that she doesn’t have long to live and is counting on Ally (“the Strong One”) to “help her” when the time comes. Complications arise when Ally’s sisters, Beth, a charming thrice-married narcissist, and Joanne a dour mega-church devotee, arrive for a weekend visit. When Marion’s end-of-life bombshell accidentally explodes, the news triggers a drunken sisters evening along with a series of revelations, accusations, and personal consequences. And Kat? With a troubling secret of her own, she’s trying very hard to remain invisible but her grandmother has other plans. Killing Mom is a poignantly funny family drama that touches upon issues that confound us all:  aging, our own mortality, and the eternal quest to be the most favorite child.

JACKPOT

Stage Play / being adapted into a screenplay

by Megan Smith-Harris

We make hundreds of choices every day, but what if one simple decision led to a series of catastrophic events that derailed multiple lives? Dorothy Cabot made such a decision and now she is haunted by her mistake as well as by the ghost of her irreverent son, Jack. The bright and popular high school senior had his whole life ahead of him—until he didn’t. Jack’s loyalty and affection for his grieving mother is cloaked in an acerbic wit channeled directly from the afterlife. His mission: To help Dorothy survive her unspeakable loss as well as the dissolution of her marriage to Jack’s father. Along the way, she overcomes her paralyzing maternal guilt, forges an unlikely friendship with a street-wise teen mom, and ultimately learns that her life cannot and will not be defined by a single tragedy. On the surface Jackpot is about loss, but at its heart, this is a story about a mother’s unbreakable bond with her only son.

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 longtime 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 Cottage Country will never be the same.

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