Meghan Mulcahy is an NYC-based actor and director. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Meghan went on to study at the Meisner Studio at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she expanded her artistry in Buenos Aries, Argentina and Barcelona, Spain. She received her BFA in Drama in 2017. Really Really, first mounted in March at Gibney Dance Center, is her first directing project. An enthusiastic collaborator, Meghan strives to produce work that is accountable to the best of storytelling. In a time that is often chaotic and commercial, her work operates from a place of sensitivity, specificity, and clarity of purpose, no matter the scale.
Reilly Johnson is a Chicago-raised, New York-based actor and director who graduated with a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2017. At NYU, Reilly studied at the Meisner Studio where she received the 2017 award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. She studied under incredible faculty (Vicki Hart, Gigi Buffington, Nate Flower, and Lucas Caleb Rooney), who helped her to hone her craft and developed a strong passion for theater, film, and television. Really Really is her first directing project.
Reilly Johnson and Meghan Mulcahy are recent graduates of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As actors-turned-directors, this is their first directing project. They came together with the need to wrestle with theater that is risky, authentic, and immediate. When they encountered Really Really, nearly ten years after its writing, they were struck by its unabashed investigation of both sides of the “Me Too” era’s most vital conversation. It took the incendiary “he said/she said” conflict that we are seeing on national display and told it as a story between people whose motivations and actions never fit neatly into the predator/victim categories. Whatever bias you may walk in with, whoever you believe, this play will make you uncomfortable holding to that. In a time when so much seems black and white, with Really Really it has been our aim to stick our heads in the gray and stay there.
The challenge as actors has been to bring humanity to this group of people, and as directors to shape the story in the most truthful way possible, for all the characters.
Really Really: NY SummerFest, Hudson Theatre, 441 West 26th St. Sept. 21st @ 6:30