The Incels

Nominated for the 2021 Susan Smith Blackburn prize.

From his lonely urban hovel, Tom records his vlog, immortalizing his fruitless encounters with women. From his hunter’s den in the hinterlands, Derrick streams his survivalist YouTube channel, losing followers as he bemoans his hopeless love life. Pat’s MGTOW (“Men Going Their Own Way”) Facebook show seems like the perfect answer for these “incels,” but the more involved they become in each other’s lives, the further they are driven to despair. Will they be able to truly connect before crossing the line into violence? The Incels asks us to look beyond the chat rooms and forums to the humanity that lurks within.

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.

  • Reading October 11, 2021, at Urban Stages, NYC.
  • 2019 semi-finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Foundation
  • Reading June 2019, ArtHouse Productions and Jersey City Theatre Company

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

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 Mischief Maker

A Catholic school girl in Virginia in 1981 rebels against her widowed, frazzled mother. When she is seduced by an older man, her mother shows up with a crowbar, showing her what real love is all about.

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.

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.

– select shorts –

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Pudding

Ten-minute comedic monologue about the ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt coming back to Earth to do a YouTube cooking demonstration.

Sorry Creature

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.

  • Premiered November 2020 on Hudson Theatre Works’ YouTube channel 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.

  • Premiered January 2020, at Secret Theatre, NYC.

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.

  • Premiered May 2019 at Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken NJ.