Changing Lanes

by Maggie Kearnan and Taylor Buehler

directed by Elizabeth Ross

Sam, a young drama teacher at a Catholic high school is grappling with student/teacher boundaries in his new position, when personal tragedy brings his world to a halt, and he turns to his students and mentors to reassess and recover.

About the Playwrights

Maggie Kearnan is a local playwright, director, performer, designer, educator, and scenic painter. In recent seasons, she has painted and designed for many local companies and schools including Boston College, Company One, Boston Lyric Opera, Central Square Theatre, Also Known as Theater, and Boston Theater Company. Her 10-minute plays have appeared at the Boston Theater Marathon, Boston College’s New Voices series, the Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival, and the Open Theater Project's Slam. Her full length play Idawalley was included in Fresh Ink’s Ink Spot Series in the fall of 2018 and will be produced at Boston College in February 2021. Maggie studied Theater Arts and English at Boston College, where she graduated in 2014, and is currently a member of the playwrights’ group Writers at Play.

Taylor Buehler is a long-time barista, amateur banjo player, and forever dog lover. He earned a joint Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard College in 2014 in the Comparative Study of Religion and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. In 2017, he earned a Masters of Theological Studies in Studies of Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion from Harvard Divinity School. He currently works at Panorama Education as a Product Support Manager. Along with rock climbing, Spartan races, and spending time with family, Taylor finds time to act as an assistant director and dramaturg for high school theatre. Taylor lives in Medford with his dog Skutch (formerly known as Faber). Changing Lanes is his first full-length play.

Maggie and Taylor have been friends since high school drama club and AP classes. They have been a directing team for high school theatre since 2016. Changing Lanes is their first complete collaborative writing project together.


ONE NIGHT ONLY! Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 8pm, with a talkback session immediately following the show.


FirstWorks: Changing Lanes was presented as an ONLINE PERFORMANCE.





Luke, Hunter




Miles Taylor

Hannah Baker

Sarah Brinks

John Olson

Kris Kim

Caroline Hubbard

Robert Thorpe II

Production Team

Workshop Director

FirstWorks Program Director

Elizabeth Ross

Andrea Humez