plays

The Incels

Tom and Derrick are incels, or “involuntary celibates:” 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?

Reading Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 7pm at Urban Stages, NYC

The Fencers

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.

  • 2019 semi-finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Foundation

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More info on the Readings June 15 & 18, 2019 in Jersey City NJ.

The Caregivers

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

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The Heiress and the Dancer

Dorothea Masters is a wealthy, sullen divorcee in her 70s who has been living in isolation for decades. When a friend convinces her to underwrite a new dance troupe, she encounters Theo, a spirited young dancer. Theo befriends Thea and uses her mansion for elaborate performances and decadent parties. Dorothea is happier than ever–she feels young again and full of joy. Then she gifts Theo the carriage house of her estate. Suddenly, her estranged, suspicious son shows up with a surprise visitor designed to foil this new-found friendship.

The Widow

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.

Baby’s First Madness

Honoria has gone into labor but she’s 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. Ten minutes.

Performances on January 26 and February 2, 13 & 21, 2020, at 7pm at Secret Theatre, LIC, Queens

Phil Rizzuto Gives Parenting Advice

After a fly ball knocks him unconscious, Vinny meets the ghost of Phil Rizzuto, who gives him some parenting advice. Ten minutes.

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.

The Lovers

A 45-minute play about a love triangle, told in reverse chronological order. But that’s not the only twist.