Playwriting

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS (click any title to read the first ten pages)

WHY ARE YOU NOWHERE? - When an ambivalent mother visits her parents' cabin in the Maine woods, bringing along her mute daughter and her new teenage ward, an already tense reunion is disrupted by the arrival of two eerie strangers. As a storm rages outside, the group's anxieties flare, tensions erupt, and chaos encroaches, until the most vulnerable among them must choose between the painfully familiar and the tempting unknown. Why Are You Nowhere? was the winner of the Playwright's Award for Staged Reading at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, as well as the Inkslinger Award, and had its premiere production at Southeastern Louisiana University in February 2017.

THE HEALING IN THE AIR - Bridget, a skeptical recent college graduate, travels to the remote Colorado institute of the mysterious scientist Dr. Emilia Oxendine to confront the doctor over unanswered questions in the recent suicide of Bridget’s father. But Bridget is surprised to find herself lured into Oxendine’s inner circle, and over the ensuing decade, she and Oxendine lose themselves in a destructive cycle of emotional and mental gamesmanship, wrestling with the upper hand as Bridget’s sanity frays and Oxendine’s controversial research threatens to destroy her and everything she’s worked for. The Healing in the Air had a developmental staged reading in New York City in December 2017 through The Bechdel Group.

MORNING IN AMERICA - Over the course of nearly a century, one family's obsession with a small corner of the Maine woods comes to encompass America's tangled and violent history and storylines inspired by Shakespearean tragedy.

FAST YOUNG BEAUTIFUL - New to Hollywood, a naive young actor named Dennis is cast the new James Dean film, and though he's at first unimpressed with his idiosyncratic costar, he's soon seduced by Dean's mysterious talent. Dean agrees to mentor Dennis, but as they co-star in two films across the spring and summer of 1955, both find themselves struggling to understand what it means to be a great actor, and a good man, before they lose their chance to be either.

COME AND TAKE IT - When an aging movie star brings his younger novelist lover to visit his sister at her lakeside cabin, he inflames the jealousy of his depressive daughter and the passions of their naive aspiring-actor neighbor. As the web of love and hatred grows and fractures over the years, faith is tested and broken, leading to a shattering conclusion in this gender-flipped free adaptation of Anton Chekov's The Seagull.

ONE-ACT PLAYS (click any title to read the first five pages)

BAG OF NAILS - On the verge of death in the Arizona desert, an escaped convict is picked up by a wandering cowboy who promises exoneration. But as his rescuer’s behavior begins to raise the convict’s suspicions, the balance of power shifts between the men, drawing them towards a brutal confrontation. Bag of Nails was workshopped at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK in June 2017, and had a staged reading at the Shawnee Playhouse in Shawnee-on-Delaware in Shawnee, PA in August 2017.

IN GILDED PALACES - Returning home from his latest stay on a psych ward, Pete is invited for a visit by the widow of his estranged identical twin, but what starts as a cathartic night takes a turn for the eerie and painful. In Gilded Palaces was published in September 2017 by the literary journal Furious Gazelle.

O FORTUNA - Late one spring night in 1969, an older-than-his-years teenager brings an intellectual drifter home to sleep on the couch. Over a whiskey-soaked conversation, the boy tries to convince the drifter to bring him on his travels, as the drifter tries to avoid enlisting the boy’s help with a mysterious mission tied to his deteriorating mental health.

TEN-MINUTE PLAYS (click any title to read the full text)

ODE ON A DONUT SHOP - A late night encounter with a mysterious stranger changes two friends' lives forever. Ode on a Donut Shop was produced at the Stage It! festival in Bonita Springs, FL in February 2017, and subsequently published in the Stage It! 10-Minute play anthology.

LIBERTY'S HONEYMOON - A prodigal daughter returns for a family celebration, provoking her straitlaced brother into a series of long-simmering confrontations and revelations. Liberty's Honeymoon was produced at the Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase in Flagstaff, AZ in September 2017, and at the Rockport New Year's Eve celebration in Rockport, MA in December 2017.

YOU HAVE TWO NEW FOLLOWERS - A young woman's world is turned upside down when two intruders welcome her home with a plan to help improve her life, whether she likes it or not. You Have Two New Followers was conceived and written as part of the 24-hr theater presentation at the 7th Annual Hammond Horror Festival in Hammond, LA.

RESIST THE CRISP - In a last-ditch attempt to get the job she needs to begin her transition into society, a young woman raised off the grid must convince a mentally unstable man to peacefully leave the fast food restaurant that he believes is persecuting him and ruining his good name. Resist the Crisp was produced at the Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase in Flagstaff, AZ in September 2017.

MONOLOGUES

CRAFTYCOLA SIEGEL - A desperate expectant father makes a last-ditch attempt to create better life for his family.  CraftyCola Siegel was performed twice in the monologue workshop presentation at the 2017 Last Frontier Theatre Conferece in Valdez, AK.

WHO WANTS TO COLONIZE MARS? - A frightened young woman makes her pitch to be chosen for a team of ordinary Americans to colonize Mars