Mike Moran

Productions - Writing

2016  Before Ever After (10-min play): Theatre Cedar Rapids; Cedar Rapids, IA
2015  The Heartless Giant (musical): commissioned by Kennedy High School; Cedar Rapids, IA
2014  Shatter of Rain (ten-minute musical): Theatre Cedar Rapids; Cedar Rapids, IA
2014  The Woman and the Frog (one-act musical): Theatre Cedar Rapids; Cedar Rapids, IA
2014  Ragged Ascent (one-act musical): Goatsinger Production; Mount Vernon, IA
2013  Fictional Murders (full-length): Dreamwell Theatre; Iowa City, IA
2012  In Hank's Brain (monologue play): Riverside Theatre; Iowa City, IA
2011  Eros Was Seen (ten-minute play): Dreamwell Theatre: Iowa City, IA
2010  Edge of the Pond (ten-minute play): MVLC Theatre; Lisbon, IA
2009  The Heartless Giant (one act): Odyssey Theatre; Mt. Vernon, IA
2002  Story of the Little Man (ten-minute play): City Theater; Wilmington, DE
1997  A Christmas Story (one act adaptation): commissioned by Theatre of Western Springs; Western Springs, IL      


Goatsinger Musicals

“The Woman and the Frog” – A smart-ass, sexy little weirdo of a musical that re-tells “The Frog Prince” for a more Iowa-rural mindset. Music by Moran, Robert Johnson, and a finally-public-domain Irving Berlin tune. And it has a puppet. Twenty’ish minutes and fun as hell. Three performers required.

“Ragged Ascent” – A slapdash, slam-bang, bend-you-over-the-sink, half shut-up-and-learn-something about Orpheus and half rubber-faced clowning type of musical this is a stop-and-consider-what-it-was-like-when-you-lost-someone with jokes and songs. Yep. Forty minutes and seven performers needed.

The Heartless Giant – the Goatsinger’s first full-length musical, this is either a large-scale production, or a lovely readers’ theater piece for the holidays. The Heartless Giant is a Northern European folktale, transplanted to turn-of-the-century rural Iowa. Bouncy and lovely and hitting you in all the right feels for the winter’s solstice  – and it has a wolf in it, too. A cast of twenty, many which should be played by children, and three puppeteers (unless you’re readers-theatering) will do you proud on this one.



Productions - Directing

2015  The Heartless Giant; Cedar Rapids, IA
2013  Rose Red: MVLC Theatre; Mt Vernon, IA
2010  The Fantasticks: MVLC Theatre; Mt Vernon, IA
2007  Spoon River Anthology: MVLC Theatre; Mt Vernon, IA
2005  Kiss Me, Kate: MVLC Theatre; Mt Vernon, IA  
2004  The Adding Machine: Mount Vernon High School, Mt Vernon, IA


2017  Little Village Magazine: "Before Planting"
2016  great weather for MEDIA: "The Deer"
2007  Reflection's Edge E-Zine: "The Nekky-Bird Song"
2007  Slow Trains Journal: "Jacob's Breath"
2007  Reflection's Edge E-Zine: "Cliff's Edge"
2002  No Shame After September 11th (RistEntLtd): "Slicer Guy"
1997  Best Women's Stage Monologues (Smith and Kraus): "Scared of Demons"