McMath's original play is based on the true history of three young women of Loudoun County, Virginia who published a pro-Union newspaper to boost the moral of Union soldiers and helped with the work of the Underground Railroad. McMath's play has been produced several times under changing titles in order to fundraise for Loudoun County preservation groups and projects. These include The Lincoln Preservation Foundation, Lincoln, VA in 2003 (Directed by McMath), The Waterford Foundation's Capital Campaign in 2000 (Directed by Sara Gomez), and the Hillsboro Old Stone School in 1997 (Premiering under the direction of Dolly Stevens and produced by The Growing Stage). The film "Waterford's War" (See McMath screenplay) began as a project to raise funds on behalf of the Clermont Foundation in Berryville, VA, but the film, directed by McMath with cinematography by Peter Buck, is not yet finished.
ARMS & THE HIGHLANDER
"McMath’s adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play “Arms and the Man” is full of exchanges that make a guy nostalgic for a language alive with wit and humor, with deliberation and suggestion, a language rich enough to express the complicated truth about each of us and thereby make it possible for us to know ourselves." - Blue Ridge Leader
This Colonial American adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man begins just after the Battle of Yorktown. As Americans realize they've won the war, they're celebrating in the streets; young Elizabeth Littlebone has just heard the news that her love led the final charge, and with great pride and dreams of a happy future in this brand new America, she blows out the candle in the window and tucks into bed. In the street below, one British Mercenary Soldier is running through the streets to save his life when he spies the open window above. As he climbs the side of the home, Capt. Hay thinks is certain he's made a brave escape, but he's never met a brave, new American lass.
McMath adapted Shaw's play to make the delightful plot - with its biting, contemporary humor - accessible to modern audiences. Its premiere in 2006 at Hillsboro's Old Stone School was produced by Aurora Studio Theatre, Inc.
Review: "McMath’s adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play “Arms and the Man” is full of exchanges that make a guy nostalgic for a language alive with wit and humor, with deliberation and suggestion, a language rich enough to express the complicated truth about each of us and thereby make it possible for us to know ourselves. “Yes, Dear,” Mrs. Littlebone quips, for example, “the Redcoats do have the better uniform, but all the good taste in the world won’t help the British win this war.” And later Captain Hay laments that, “As a soldier, you know you’re alive, but you hope no one else will notice.” - Mark Dewey, The Blue Ridge Leader, 2006
An original contemporary drama written by McMath, written and directed by which premiered at the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C.
MARK TWAIN'S ADAM AND EVE DIARIES, adapted for the stage and directed by Meredith Bean McMath, premiered in 2017 at North Gate Vineyard in Purcellville, VA.
STICKS & STONES
Kate Yuhas as Beth, William Repoley as James in the University of North Carolina
performance in December 2003, directed by Nate Juraschek.
PRIZE-WINNER: A contemporary drama written by McMath which took first prize in the 2003 Source Theatre's Ten-Minute Play Competition in Washington, D.C.. The two person play was directed by Charles Upton and performed by Thomas Sweitzer and Morgan El-Shafey.
SOUTHERN COURAGE Civil War Women of of Loudoun County, Virginia
Written, directed and co-produced by Meredith Bean McMath to support the Virginia Standards of Learning for Civil War and Women's Studies (1999).
WALKING FOR WATER
Walking for Water is a ten minute promotional video written by McMath for the non-profit Wisdom Springs, Inc. Cinematography and Editing by Nate Juraschek (2007).
(Screenplay, Director, Producer). An original work based on the true story of three Quaker women who wrote a pro-Union newspaper from the heart of Confederate Virginia. The film is currently in post-production (2005).
THE DRINKING GOURD: Songs and Stories from the Underground Railroad
Produced at Lincoln Elementary School and Hillsboro Elementary School in February in celebration of Black History Month. Directed by Music Teacher Amy McCafferty (2004).
AN EVENING WITH THE CALDWELLS, 1855
(Playwright, Director, Producer) This 40-minute narrated, interactive living history program re-creates an evening of parlor entertainment in the home of well known New England Abolitionists Josiah and Lucy Caldwell. The fictional conceit: Singing Instructor Josiah Caldwell, his wife and niece have invited a few close friends and favored singing students for an evening of 19th c. dance, parlor games, and entertainment. Performers remain in character throughout the presentation, even as they engage the audience in dance, games and song, and the contemporary narrator interprets their actions for the public. Commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History for the "Within these Walls" exhibit, the program premiered at the Hall of Musical Instruments in 2002.
THE SEVERAL SECRETS OF WILL MONROE
Adapted for the stage by McMath from Libbie Harrover Johnson's book, The Several Secrets of Will Monroe; the play was commissioned by The Gray Ghost Theatre Company, Manassas, VA. Premiered as a Staged Reading directed Rick Davis, Artistic Director of Theatre of the First Amendment, George Mason University (2007).
HAVING A BALL: Ballroom Costume, Etiquette & Dance in the Midst of the Rebellion
(Playwright, Director, Producer) Filmed as a living history presentation The National Trust's Oatlands Plantation, "Having a Ball" aired on the "History Showcase" of The History Channel between 1998 and 2000, and Virginia cable stations in Loudoun, Fairfax, Richmond, and Fredericksburg and Frederick, Maryland.
A Musical LITTLE WOMEN
A musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved book LITTLE WOMEN featuring Music composed by Diane El-Shafey, accompaniment by Carma Jones and book by Meredith Bean McMath. Beginning just as the book, budding writer Josephine March, has her sisters act out one of the many of her dramatic tales. Jo's story turns to song as all the stories from her vivid imagination begin to come to life in a grand opening number: here is the evil queen battling with a valiant knight, a prince turned wolf is surrounded by good fairies who free him from the curse, a puppet ballerina's strings are cut and she is suddenly free to dance, etc. Each song in the musical is written to enhance the inner hopes and fears of Jo, her sisters, her mother and all those they love. Written for 26 cast member, the musical includes two full ballroom scenes. A MUSICAL LITTLE WOMEN premiered in 2013 at Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
In 2004, a non-musical stage adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN, written by McMath, was produced by Aurora Studio Theatre, Inc. at Hillsboro's Old Stone School Theatre, Hillsboro, VA. This adaptation formed the basis of the book of the musical version.
ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CAROL
This critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dicken's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, features Music and Lyrics by Diane El-Shafey, Instrumental Accompaniment by Carma Jones, and a book by Meredith Bean McMath. Last produced in 2012 at Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA and first presented at Hillsboro's Old Stone School Theatre in 2010, this unique musical combines original music alongside traditional 19th century music, parties and dances that include 19th c. parlor games and dance forms. Retaining every charming (and frightening) feature of Dicken's short story, this musical extends the story with a full respect for the rich characters and storyline, while keeping the audience on its toes... and always wanting more.
Review: "I... would think that is was ill-advised to try to make musical theater out of A Christmas Carol at all, because the guy in the middle of the story is too bitter to sing. But McMath, who adapted the classic Dickens novel for the stage, and Diane El-Shafey, who wrote the production’s original score, have surrounded Scrooge with all the teeming life that fills London... or anyplace with music — not just jingles that stick to the bottom of your shoe, but beautiful music that matters and makes sense." - Mark Dewey for DC Metro Theatre Arts, 2012
PORCHES at the Mishler Theatre, Altoona, PA
Musical Drama based on the World War II-era civilian history of Altoona, PA; Concept and music by Tom Sweitzer, Book by Meredith Bean McMath, Directed by Tom Sweitzer. April production: Hill Playhouse, Middleburg, VA. October production: The Mishler Regional Theatre in Altoona, PA and again at Middleburg, VA (1999).
NORTON: A Civil War Opera
NORTON: A Civil War Opera
Music composed by David E. Chavéz, concept and libretto by Meredith Bean McMath. Presented in honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, and supported in part by a grant from The Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Norton Opera premiered in 2014 at Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA . The opera was directed by McMath and produced by the Loudoun Lyric Opera Company and featured Michael Forest in the role of MIchael, and Jari Villanuevaperforming Taps.
Review: "... a work of both soaring emotions and intimate poignancy..." - Diane Jackson Schnoor, DC Metro Theatre Arts.For 2 minute trailer, click on image below:
“And even though there are men here who fight for different reasons here then mine. And even though I suspect that God ain’t on their side … either one of us - or both - can catch a bullet on the fly.” - Oliver Willcox Norton
ROMANCE FROM BROADWAY TO LINCOLN CENTER
A light opera written by McMath on behalf of The Loudoun Lyric Opera Company using public domain Broadway and Opera music. The opera had its premiere in August of 2010 at Franklin Park Performing Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.