PLAYS

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Charlotte's Letters (6F/1M)
NEWvember New Plays Festival, Dublin, Ireland, 2017
The Irish Repertory Theatre's New Works Reading Series, New York, NY, 2016
Semifinalist: The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, 2016
Semifinalist: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's (BETC's) Generations Award, 2015

A fresh take on the Brontë sisters, the play intertwines Charlotte Brontë’s two years as a young woman at a school in Brussels—where she became close to her married teacher and employer, Monsieur Heger—with biographer Mrs. Gaskell’s struggle to salvage Charlotte’s posthumous reputation and trailblazing novels. Linking both stories is the mystery of Charlotte’s attraction to Heger, who encouraged her writing ambition while helping inspire scandalous books like Jane Eyre. A vividly theatrical, surprisingly humorous play about love, friendship, and the making of art and identity.


Ellery (5F/1M)
Selected for The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2017 (Smith and Kraus)

Becca's life sucks, or at least that's what she believes. She hates her psychic abilities and is being haunted by her dead but still-critical mother and overly involved grandmother, for reasons none of them understands. When a dead, wet, and possibly murdered teenage girl appears and pleads for help, Becca must confront some difficult truths about her own life. A play about living, embracing one's own gifts, and being different.


Paranormal Love (2F/5M)
Manhattan Theatre Works (MTWorks) NewBorn Festival, New York, NY, 2015
Finalist: NEWvember New Plays Festival, 2015
Wild Rumpus Productions Reading, New York, NY, 2014

Kevin and David were a loving couple, but now Kevin is dead and passing the time eating popcorn and watching the living. When David, a bisexual man, decides to marry a woman, Kevin decides to wrap up unfinished business—making sure David is happy, and reuniting two friends, a male photographer and a female psychic who share a history of conflicted attraction—which Kevin attempts with the aid of a dead drag queen and a young Latino ghost, until things begin to go wrong. A dark comedy about love, loss, and the power of memory.

Juggling with Mr. Fields (1F/3M)
Twilight Theatre Productions Reading, Aurora, KY, 2014
Nominated for The Kilroys List, 2015

World War II is on and 64-year-old, verging-on-alcoholic movie star W. C. Fields—shunned by the Hollywood studios and secretly eager for work--grudgingly hires a young English valet of mysterious origins, while Fields' live-in mistress and rising-actor friend Anthony Quinn vie for his attentions. But new servant Rodney brings a link to the past that will have shattering consequences, in this imaginative look at the hidden side of an iconic film star and poignant drama about longing and belonging.


Quasars (2F/2M/1 female child)
Selected for The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2014 
(Smith and Kraus) and 
Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35 (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books)

When sculptor Josh's wife Karen becomes seriously ill but won't slow down, Josh takes secretive measures to keep her at home. But their nine-year-old daughter witnesses his ploys and mimics them, bringing unwanted scrutiny from an young priest, Father M. As Karen's illness worsens Josh must learn to let go--and try to grow up--with the help of a troubled priest and a strange young woman with piercings. Imagistic, infused with wry humor, Quasars examines our need for human connection and the uncertain comforts of faith and art.


Complex Analysis (3F/3M)


Anthea heads a struggling trauma clinic where she sees Nathan, a math student and survivor of a school massacre; Cooper, a boy whose mother was murdered; and Carl, a lonely middle-aged widower. While her own life falls into crisis Anthea hires Christine, an eager new therapist with a troubled past. As Anthea becomes involved with her patients and her problems, Christine is left to treat Nathan in unsupervised sessions that quickly blur the lines between helping and harming. A timely investigation of the psychological effects of gun violence and our public mental-health system.



SELECTED SHORT PLAYS


The Mysterious Affair at the Christies (1F/1M)
World Premiere: Rover Dramawerks, Plano, TX, 2017

An imaginative glimpse into mystery-writer Agatha Christie's troubled first marriage and the roots of her long career as a novelist. (A ten-minute play)

First Day in Trade (3F/1M)
World Premiere: Rover Dramawerks, Plano, TX, 2016

Published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017 (Smith and Kraus)

At a New York publishing house an impoverished assistant is informed that one of the world's wealthiest women--editor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis--might want to bum cigarettes from her. (A ten-minute play)

The Great Gaffe (1F/2M)
World Premiere: Monster Box Theatre, Waterford, MI, 2016
Published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2016 (Smith and Kraus)

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton gives a tea party for F. Scott Fitzgerald, struggling young author of The Great Gatsby, with disastrous results. (A ten-minute play)


Persephone (3F/1M)
Semifinalist: Little Fish Theatre's Pick of the Vine 2016


A modern riff on the myth of Persephone, forced to live in the underworld. This Persephone returns to give her small child an unusual gift, something she will defy all obstacles to bestow. (A ten-minute play)

Pre-War (2F)
13th Street Repertory Theatre "In Her Name" Reading, New York, NY, 2016

An agoraphobic woman and her elderly Czech neighbor discover they have more in common than they thought. (A ten-minute play)

Admiral Grace Hopper Revisits (1F)

Eighty-five-year-old, former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and computer pioneer Grace Hopper speaks about life, computer compilers, and kicking some ass in this short play about perseverance and passion.