Maggie's love of writing began as a child, when she mostly wrote long-form prose. As such, she has more manuscripts tucked away on various computers and flash drives than a fish has scales (but, like, a fish that lost all but about a dozen of its scales). She wrote her first novel when she was nine years old (yes, really - but it's not nearly as impressive as it sounds. It was about two hundred pages of mermaids and talking seals and submarines and underwater wizards. Oh wait. That actually sounds awesome).
However, once she got to The Boston Conservatory, her love of theater and writing combined and she began to - BAM! - write for the theater! At BoCo, she met her collaborator of 5+ years, Neil Douglas Reilly (music dept Broadway: Porgy & Bess, Rocky, Off-Broadway: Clinton, Stars of David). They had their NYC debut together in December 2014 with an excerpt from their children's musical The Boy, The King, and the Flower performed in the Off-Broadway 47th Street Theater as part of the Theater Now Sound Bites festival. Also in the festival was a selection from another musical of Maggie's, Dust with music by Doug Makuta.
In 2015, the Northeast Children's Theatre Company produced two workshops of The Edelweiss Pirates, a 45-minute piece they commissioned from Herskowitz & Makuta about WWII.
Reilly & Herskowitz's other show, Loch Lomond, had its first presentation in February 2015 and will be further developed this coming summer.
Past projects include:
Figment: A Ghost Story, based on the manuscript of Herskowitz's novel by the same name. Workshopped at the Boston Conservatory in 2011. Music by Neil Douglas Reilly
Fitzwilliam Loves Lizzy, a humorous two-woman modern take on Pride and Prejudice, focusing on the trials and tribulations of Jane and Lizzy Bennet, the latter of which was played by Herskowitz in the
A Golem in Greenwich Village, a gritty, darkly comedic modern retelling of the Jewish golem fable, written for Brooklyn theater company Envelope Ensemble.