Plays

The Humanist

(full-length)
Cast: 2 men, 2 women
Dayton Playhouse Future Fest
JET Festival of New Plays
Staged Reading at Urban Stages
Staged Reading at North Coast Repertory Theatre

When his old flame becomes his new boss, a classics professor at a public university must fight to keep his job in the face of state budget cuts and profit motives, while defending the humanities as the foundation of democracy, in this comedy about the corporatization of higher education.

The Gods of Great Men

(full-length)
Cast: 4 men, 2 women
Staged Reading at the William Inge Center for the Arts

In the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination, a black Baptist preacher in Mississippi Ku Klux Klan territory struggles to keep hope alive, when the return of his Civil Rights activist daughter and the appearance of an enigmatic white fugitive force him to confront his own troubled past.

The Obliterati

(full-length)
Cast: 6 or 7 men, 2 women
Second Prize Winner in the Julie Harris Playwright Awards Competition
Runner-up, Princess Grace Award

Discovering that his new book may lead to the destruction of his fragile nation, an exiled African writer must grapple with questions about the purpose of art and the meaning of sacrifice.

Body Language

(full-length)
Cast: 3 women, 1 man
Reading at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference
Semi-Finalist, Susan Nims Distinguished Playwriting Award
Semi-Finalist, Dayton Playhouse FutureFest
Reading by theNEST at Judson Memorial Church

When a college linguistics professor is told that he has only a short time to live, the lines between passion, marriage, and power become blurred.

The Silent Exile

(full-length)
Cast: 5 men, 2 women
Finalist, Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition
Finalist, MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition
Staged reading at Repertorio Español
Staged reading at Urban Stages
Staged reading at the WorkShop Theater
Staged reading at Theatre Row
Semi-Finalist, Princess Grace Playwriting Award

A family of Cuban Americans in Miami finds itself in crisis when a daughter’s decision to run for Congress uncovers her parents’ turbulent political past, in this drama of love, betrayal, identity, and exile.

The Man From Brazoria County

(full-length)
Cast: 5 women, 4 men
Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights New Works Lab
Finalist, Range View Productions Playwriting Contest
Semi-Finalist, Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award

In a small Texas suburb, a teenage girl’s grief over the death of her father is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious ex-convict. Is he a dangerous thug or a man in search of redemption? As her relationship with him intensifies, the mounting suspicions of friends and family force a brutal confrontation with tragic consequences.

Shame and Desire

(full-length)
Cast: 2 men, 2 women
Stella Adler Theatre

In the New York publishing world just after the dot-com crash, a struggling alcoholic writer schemes to seduce a beautiful and powerful publicist, only to find that he may be the pawn in a larger game of manipulation and betrayal.

Recommended by the LA Weekly for its “delicious script, chock-full of snappy one-liners and Byzantine plot threads that keep the audience guessing right up to the surprise ending.”

The Bitter End

(full-length)
Cast: 3 women, 2 men

A young man accustomed to cleaning up his best friend’s messes with women ends up becoming part of the mess himself, in this comedy about love, marriage, friendship, and sexual competition.

The New Happy

(10-minute)
Cast: 1 man, 1 woman
Inside a Bear short play showcase

When distant relatives reconnect at a wedding, they are compelled to reexamine their views on happiness and what makes life worthwhile.

Anger

(10-minute)
Cast: 2 women
Elephant Theatre

Two college girls on a backpacking trip through Europe unleash their pent-up aggression after their search for adventure brings heartbreak rather than fulfillment.

The Moving Forward of Souls

(10-minute)
Cast: 2 men, 1 woman
Coronet Theatre

A spat between a husband and wife in front of their best friend, a disillusioned heart surgeon, becomes an existential discussion about the purpose of marriage and the meaning of happiness.

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