The Manticore has intrigued great minds for thousands of years – Aristotle, Pliny the Elder and Dante have written of this unique beast, as well as others. And what’s not intriguing? The body of a lion, a tail with spikes that are shot like arrows, and the face of a man. That’s a weird-ass beast. 

And now the next great mind to tackle the Manticore, the Dante of her generation: Meghan Kathleen O’Connor. In her piece, she will tackle not only the who, but the why, of the Manticore. How does a widely-feared, man-eating beast live, laugh and love with that spikey tail? O’Connor is determined to get to the bottom of it.

MANTICORE by Meghan Kathleen O’Connor
Directed by Julia Heitner
Staged Reading on November 18, 2021

Meghan Kathleen O’Connor is a writer, comedian and podcast host based in the Bay Area. Her work has been produced in San Francisco, Dublin and St. Petersburg. She is very excited to return to the Olympians Festival as a writer for the seventh(!!) time, because she loves this festival and the community it brings together. Meghan is a writer and director for SF’s premiere sketch comedy company Killing My Lobster, and co-hosts Vicious Cycle, the podcast about periods and the people who get them. In her abundant freetime (LOL), she performs with her opera improv team La Spazzatura, and with fellow comedian Eric Rubin in their band Claptrap.