Winner: Rising Artist Playwriting Award
Winner: 1st Place Henley Rose Award
Winner: NEWvember Festival Dublin
Staged Reading: Irish Rep’s New Works Reading Series
Semifinalist: O’Neill Playwrights Conference
Top 25 Plays: Pandora’s Box New Works Festival
Second Rounder: Austin Film Festival Playwriting Award
and other honors
A fresh new take on the Brontës, intertwining novelist Charlotte Brontë’s two years as an unpublished young woman at a Belgian school—where she became increasingly close to her married tutor/employer, Monsieur Heger—with her friend and biographer Mrs. Gaskell’s struggle to salvage Charlotte’s posthumous reputation and feminist novels. 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 vividly theatrical play about love, friendship, and the making of art and identity.
Finalist: Southwest Theatre Productions
Staged Reading: Twilight Theatre Productions
In 1940s Hollywood, irreverent, wealthy, nearly-alcoholic movie star W.C. Fields grudgingly hires a young English manservant of uncertain 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 film star, and drama about longing and belonging.
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 eager but inexperienced new therapist whose sessions with Nathan begin to blur the lines between helping and harming. A play about the psychological effects of gun violence and our public mental-health system.