Charlotte’s Letters (6F/1M)
Winner: Henley Rose Award (1st Place)
Winner: NEWvember New Plays Festival Dublin
Second Rounder: Austin Film Festival Playwriting Competition
Selected for the Irish Repertory Theatre’s New Works Reading Series
Semifinalist: O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference
Semifinalist: BETC’s Generations Award
A fresh take on the Brontës, the play intertwines Charlotte Brontë’s two years 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.
Juggling with Mr. Fields (1F/3M)
Staged Reading: Twilight Theatre Productions
Nominated for The Kilroys List
In 1940s Hollywood 64-year-old, verging-on-alcoholic movie star W. C. Fields—shunned by the major studios and secretly eager for work–grudgingly hires a young English valet of uncertain origins, while Fields’ live-in mistress Carlotta and rising-actor friend Anthony Quinn vie for his attention. 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.
Complex Analysis (3F/3M)
Anthea heads a struggling trauma clinic where she sees Nathan, a gifted but failing math student and survivor of a classroom shooting; Cooper, a boy whose mother was murdered; and Carl, a middle-aged widower. While her own life falls into crisis Anthea hires Christine, an eager new therapist with a troubled past, whose sessions with Nathan begin to blur the lines between helping and harming. A taut, suspenseful exploration of the psychological effects of gun violence and our public mental-health system.
Selected for The Bechdel Group’s Reading Series (scheduled for April 1, 2019)
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 young woman appears and pleads for help, Becca turns away–but unwittingly gives her best friend the chance to pursue a very dangerous course that could harm Becca and another living woman. A play about embracing one’s own gifts and being different.
Paranormal Love (2F/5M)
Winner: MTWorks NEWborn Festival of New Plays
Staged Reading: Wild Rumpus Productions
Finalist: NEWvember Festival
Kevin is dead and stuck in a boring afterlife with little to do but eat popcorn and watch the living. When his former boyfriend David decides to marry a woman, Kevin seizes the chance to wrap up unfinished business—making sure David is happy, and reuniting two friends, a male photogapher and a female psychic who share a history of conflicted attraction—which Kevin attempts with the aid of two dead friends, until things begin to go wrong. A dark comedy about love, loss, and the power of memory.
Quasars (2F/2M/1 female child)
When blocked sculptor Josh’s wife becomes seriously ill but won’t slow down, Josh takes secretive measures to keep Karen at home. But their nine-year-old daughter witnesses his ploys, bringing unwanted scrutiny from a young Catholic priest. As Karen’s illness worsens Josh must learn to let go, and try to grow up, with help from 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.
Selected Short Plays
Production: Heatland Theatre Company, 2018
Winner: Heartland Theatre’s 10-Minute Play Contest
Selected for The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2018 (Smith and Kraus)
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 wil defy all obstacles to bestow.
Admiral Grace Hopper Revisits (1F)
Production: Rover Dramawerks, 2018
Former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and computer pioneer Grace Hopper speaks about life, computer compilers, and kicking some ass in this short solo play about perseverance and passion.
Domestic Service (2F/2M)
Production: White Mouse Theatre Productions, 2018
When African-American film actress Louise Beavers is cast as yet another maid in another Hollywood movie, but this has one a very shocking twist, she finds herself forced to make a difficult decision.
The Mysterious Affair at the Christies (1F/1M)
Production: Rover Dramawerks, 2017
An imagined glimpse into mystery writer Agatha Christie’s troubled first marriage and the roots of her long career as a novelist.
First Day in Trade (3F/1M)
Production: Rover Dramwerks, 2016
Published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017 (Smith and Kraus)
At a New York publishing house an impoverished assistant has just been informed that one of the world’s wealthiest women–editor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis–might want to bum cigarettes from her.
The Great Gaffe (1F/2M)
Production: Monster Box Theatre, 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.