Charlotte’s Letters (6F/1M)
Winner/Reading: Henley Rose Award (1st Place)
Winner/Reading: NEWvember New Plays Festival Dublin
Reading: Irish Repertory Theatre’s New Works Series
Semifinalist: O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference
Semifinalist: BETC’s Generations Award
Second Rounder: Austin Film Festival Playwriting Competition
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 tutor and employer, Monsieur Heger—with her friend and 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)
Reading: Twilight Theatre Productions
Nominated for The Kilroys List
64-year-old, irreverent and verging-on-alcoholic film star W.C. Fields—shunned by film studios and 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 imagined look at the hidden side of an iconic movie 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 struggling with survivor’s guilt years after a school shooting. While her own life falls into crisis Anthea feels forced to hire Christine, an inexperienced therapist whose sessions with Nathan soon blur the lines between helping and harming. A play about the psychological effects of gun violence and our public mental-health system.
Reading: The Bechdel Group
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 dangerous course that could harm Becca and another living woman. (Play 2 in The Paranormal Trilogy)
Paranormal Love (2F/5M)
Winner/Reading: MTWorks Newborn Festival of New Plays
Reading: Wild Rumpus Productions
Finalist: NEWvember New Plays Festival
Kevin is dead and stuck in a boring afterlife with little to do but eat popcorn and watch the living. When his former, living boyfriend decides to marry a woman, Kevin seizes the chance to wrap up unfinished business, including reuniting a male photographer 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. (Play 1 in The Paranormal Trilogy)
Quasars (2F/2M/1 female child)
When blocked sculptor Josh’s wife Karen becomes ill but won’t slow down, Josh takes secretive measures to keep her at home. But their nine-year-old daughter witnesses his ploys, bringing unwanted scrutiny from an uncertain 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.
Selected Short Plays
World Premiere: Heartland Theatre Company, 2018
Winner: Heartland Theatre’s 10-Minute Play Contest
Selected for 30 New Ten-Minute Plays (Applause Books, 2019)
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.
Emily’s Room (3F/1M)
World Premiere: Rover Dramawerks, 2019
54-year-old recluse Emily Dickinson and her 44-year-old Irish maid reach an unspoken understanding that, unknown to either of them, will alter the course of American literature.
Domestic Service (2F/2M)
World Premiere: White Mouse Theatre Productions (FSU), 2018
When Oscar-nominated, 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)
World Premiere: 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)
World Premiere: Rover Dramawerks, 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. (Inspired by a true incident)
The Great Gaffe (1F/2M)
World Premiere: 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.
Admiral Grace Hopper Revisits (1F)
World Premiere: 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.
Reading: SHE PLAYS/29th Street Playwrights Collective
Reading: 13th Street Repertory Theatre
Selected for Stage It’s 2019 Ten-Minute Play Anthology
Traumatized by a recent loss, Elena finds it hard to leave her NYC apartment, until she meets Clara, her seventy-nine-year-old next-door neighbor, and the two women discover they have more in common than they realized.