Nominated for the 2021 Susan Smith Blackburn prize.
Tom and Derrick are depressed, bitter men who can’t get girlfriends. Tom records his manifesto on his vlog, telling tales of fruitless encounters with women, as well as his plan to rid the world of sexuality. Derrick has a YouTube channel in which he teaches other men how to survive in the backwoods and obsesses about the young woman he’s stalking. Pat is a MGTOW (“Men Going Their Own Way”) who teaches incels how to find happiness in a solitary lifestyle. When Tom and Derrick turn violent, can Pat convince them to put down their guns?
- Readings on January 28 (live) and September 16 (digital) at Urban Stages.
- Developed through NJ Play Lab’s comprehensive residency. Read my testimonial.
- Developed through Art House Production‘s INKubator program 2018-2019
- Featured on NJTV’s State of the Arts October 26, 2019:
Maddie is broke and unemployed, with a chronically ill kid who needs surgery. She has one thing going for her: she’s an extraordinary fencer. When she makes the controversial decision to give custody of her son to his deadbeat dad so she can train, Maddie is knocked out of the standings by Donna, a transgender woman. The Fencers is a story of women fighting discrimination, expectations, and the mistakes of their past, so they can do what they love the most: fence.
- UPCOMING READING: October 11, 2021, 6:00 p.m. at Urban Stages, NYC. Stay tuned for details.
- 2019 semi-finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Foundation
- Reading June 2019, ArtHouse Productions and Jersey City Theatre Company
Aides feed strangers, tend to their wounds, and change their diapers. Immigrants leave their children so they can provide. Mothers raise daughters, daughters raise granddaughters, and daughters help mothers die. The Caregivers is a moving and provocative look at two women in a prism of caregiving, making tough decisions in the name of love and mercy.
- Winner of a 2018 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship
- 2018 semi-finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Foundation
- Special Consideration for 2019 Relentless Award, American Playwriting Foundation
The Suspects: A Sustainability Murder Mystery
When a Green Party mayoral candidate is found dead at a campaign meeting in suburban New Jersey, the suspects, trapped by a freak climate change blizzard, are interrogated by the boozy town traffic cop.
The Heiress and the Dancer
Dorothea, a reclusive former ballerina who’s gone blind, meets Theo, a young, gay bon-vivant who helps her realize her dream of dancing again. When she gives her new friend the deed to her gatehouse, Dorothea’s estranged son, Jeremy, swoops in and drives Theo away. Dorothea turns to Theo’s chronically-ill mother, Claire, visiting her in the hospital daily in the hopes that Theo will show up. But what she gets instead is a lesson that she shouldn’t give up on her own son, and she shouldn’t give up on her dream.
Widowed, childless, and diagnosed with early dementia, Cece faces an uncertain future. Her friend Lois convinces her to find a new husband on OK Cupid. Cece finds Sy, who sweeps her off her feet, but turns violently abusive. She slips cyanide into his smoothie and kills him. Cece then finds Karl, who is negligent and insensitive. Time for another cyanide smoothie. Finally she meets Tim, who adores her. When he discovers, however, that Cece had two previous husbands who died mysteriously, he is hurt that she did not tell him. Distraught, Cece pulls out the vile of cyanide one last time–with devastating results.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s Pudding
Ten-minute comedic monologue about the ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt coming back to Earth to do a YouTube cooking demonstration. Was produced in Urban Stages’s “Heroes and Villains” short-play project on ZOOM in February 2021, which won a Telly Award.
Ten-minute comedic monologue by a mouse who yearns to be united with his beloved chunk of cheese. But first, the creature must overcome its fear of the humans who are suddenly in the kitchen 24/7 … as well as the dreaded Mr. Pussy-Woose. Produced and recorded by Hudson Theatre Works and available on YouTube.
Baby’s First Madness
Ten-minute farce in which Honoria, who has gone into labor, is about to lose a 300-million-dollar real estate deal. If she could only get back to the office! In this madcap delivery-room farce, everyone has their own interest–wife, husband, midwife, donut delivery guy, demigod–until the baby cops on to the madness…and makes a surprising maneuver. Produced by Secret Theatre, NYC, 2020.
Phil Rizzuto Gives Parenting Advice
Ten-minute comedy. After a fly ball knocks him unconscious, Vinny meets the ghost of Phil Rizzuto, who gives him some advice on how to connect with his teenage daughter. Produced by Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken NJ 2019.
Ten-minute comedy. Chichi is angry at her boyfriend, Buzz, because he spit out his pizza in front of the music director who was going to give her the gig of her life. So she poisons him with an un-organic carrot.
Judges Choice Award – Acronym Plays Contest 2020 @ Urban Stages, an off-Broadway theatre. On Sid’s first day at college, his Grandpa visits and helps him appreciate his awkward name. Ten-minute comedy.
Mother and Daughter
Ten-minute horrifying contemporary fable about obesity, shaming, and giving up.
Young Men on a Train
Ten-minute absurdist drama about three drunk young men traveling home late at night on New Jersey Transit. One has vomit in his beard and they’re trying to get it out.
A 45-minute play about a love triangle, told in reverse chronological order. But that’s not the only twist.