Rory McGregor ’17 Directs  ‘No Good Things Dwell in the Flesh’

Lillian Mottern
September 22, 2023

Rory McGregor ’17 is the director of No Good Things Dwell in the Flesh, a new play currently running at The A.R.T./New York Theatres. The production has been named a New York Times Critic's Pick

Written by Guggenheim Award-winning playwright Christina Masciotti, No Good Things focuses on an immigrant Russian master tailor in Queens, who ponders giving her thriving tailoring business to her assistant while confronting her own mortality and the sudden appearance of her mentally unstable ex-boyfriend. 

The New York Times writes, “No Good Things is interested in what it means to lose a business that has quietly woven itself into the fabric of a neighborhood”—and Masciotti’s play literally reflects a lived reality; her play’s main character, Agata, is based on a Russian tailor Masciotti spent six months with during the creation of the play. 

McGregor has previously developed work at New York Theatre Workshop, La Mama E.T.C, and Rattlestick, amongst many others, and served as associate director for artists like Sam Mendes, Julie Taymor, Rupert Goold and Carrie Cracknell.  In an interview with Broadway World, McGregor said of No Good Things, “I love how the play oscillates between the real and the surreal, how the hyper-realistic scenes in the tailor shop are often bookended with more mysterious and strange scenes with the customers. It probes deeply in some uncomfortable and anxiety inducing areas. The timeless questions of how to build a life, and what we leave behind when we go.”

No Good Things Dwell in the Flesh runs September 6-23 at The A.R.T./New York Theatres. Tickets can be purchased here.