Winner, Rising Artist Playwriting Award
Winner, 1st Place Henley Rose Award
Winner, NEWvember Festival Dublin
Selected for The Irish Rep’s New Works Reading Series
Semifinalist, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference
Included in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2022 and other honors
A fresh, theatrical take on the Brontës, the play intertwines novelist Charlotte Brontë’s two years as an unpublished young woman at a Belgian school—where she became increasingly close to her married tutor/employer, Monsieur Heger—with biographer Mrs. Gaskell’s struggle to salvage Charlotte’s posthumous reputation and feminist novels. In Victorian England, the novels of recently deceased author Charlotte Brontë’ are now widely banned for being too passionate. Gaskell intends to prove that Charlotte was innocent and her reclusive life, blameless–but when an alarming letter arrives from Brussels, Mrs. Gaskell feels forced to investigate just how much of Charlotte’s novels–including the bestselling but scandalous Jane Eyre–was based on her own life. A play about love, friendship, and the making–and unmaking–of art and identity.
Finalist, Southwest Theatre Productions New Play Contest
Staged Reading: Twilight Theatre Productions
In 1940s Hollywood wealthy, irreverent, aging and nearly-alcoholic movie star W.C. Fields–shunned by film studios and eager for work–grudgingly hires a young English manservant to help get his life in order, while Fields’ live-in girlfriend Carlotta and rising-actor friend Anthony Quinn vie for his attentions. But new servant Rodney brings a secret, unwanted link to the past, in this imagined look at the hidden side of an iconic film star, and poignant drama about longing and belonging.
Bechdel Group Shortlist
Joanna is a struggling poet and single parent working part-time in a funeral home–an odd choice, considering that Joanna can see dead people. When a dead teenage boy follows her home and ensconces himself in her attic, Joanna and her teenage daughter Miranda must learn some hard truths about living and dying. (Play 3 in The Ghost Trilogy of standalone plays)