A Field Guide to the Amazon
FINALIST 2018-19 SCREENCRAFT STAGE PLAY AWARD (winner status TBD)
SEMIFINALIST 2018 LABUTE NEW PLAY FESTIVAL (as shorter one-act iteration ‘Good People’)
An activist-attorney tangoes with a woman claiming sexual assault about filing a sensational lawsuit. The case’s Muslim paralegal tries to navigate a path through the fog of relative morality as her boss’s lonely suicidal daughter quietly forces a forbidden connection.
Goodman Theatre literary manager Jonathan L. Green: “A sharp analysis of contemporary society. Dialogue is snappy and distinctive.”
Yale Repertory Theatre: “Witty [and] fast-paced…characters spar with one another with agility and deftness.”
Woman Descending a Staircase
FINALIST 2017-18 WOODWARD/NEWMAN DRAMA AWARD
As seen in THE BEST WOMEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2019 (SMITH & KRAUS)
Having returned to London as her marriage to philandering fellow poet Ted Hughes implodes, Sylvia Plath debates whether to formally set her divorce in motion. She unpacks her troubles to the exasperated art-historian divorced father and wannabe painter living in the apartment below, a disappointed academic with his own tragic history. Plath is as sensitive about being called crazy as the professor is about his homosexuality, then a jailable offense in the UK, where it is classified as mental illness, and he remains deep in the closet. These are two people living in exile and not coping well as the play toggles back and forth between their mirror-image sitting rooms all the way to the finish line of this poetic whydunnit. Indeed they loathe each other until they discover devastating common ground. A new full-length work in a Surrealist, free-verse style charting Plath's path to self-destruction and an unlikely last friendship.
Woodward/Newman Drama Awards 2017-18: "From hundreds of plays, yours was selected by our committee as being among the best of the best. That's no small feat."
2017 Papatango New Writing Prize committee: "An effective and insightful depiction of a notorious and profoundly sad episode. The script's ambition to collide poetic voices with theatricality is apparent and laudable."
Playwrights Horizons literary director Sarah Lunnie: "A yearning and melancholic drama, rendered in lovely precise language."
O’Neill Conference 2017: “Our readers expressed great admiration for Woman Descending a Staircase.”
SHORT LIST 2016 STANLEY DRAMA AWARD
A writer-roué presents the promise of a more exciting, fulfilling life as he pursues best friends whose dreams have dead-ended. (And his dream has dead-ended, too.) Pan incarnate, his boozy pranks and twisty horndog sexuality will alter the characters' lives forever in this modern-day satyr play. There’s a fair amount of phallic imagery whistling around the stage, between the bottles of booze and dick talk. But go deeper, and Pan is also about the value people assign themselves and others. How brute competition still drives mating, and how the rules of attraction remain engraved in DNA, untouched by feminism. Pan might be the bastard daughter of God of Carnage and Carnal Knowledge.
Playwrights Horizons lit director Sarah Lunnie: “A linguistically rich and endlessly clever comedy of manners.”
Clubbed Thumb associate artistic director: “Park Avenue under the microscope of comedy is refreshing."
Jerilynn Fike, late of Cedar Bluff, Tennessee, is being hazed by prima donna NYC acting coach Diana De Cordova, who warns if she's not careful, the only work she'll get is "the girl face-down in a pool of blood." At her waitress day job, after a bit of casual racism in the workplace aimed at co-worker Lamonica Gates, the pair exact revenge on the manager. Jerilynn finds herself out of a job. A black comedy about ambition/fluidity of identity, drawing on interviews with sex- and fetish-workers in addition to actors. Cast is all-female and an hommage to the work of Maria Irene Fornés and Rainier Werner Fassbinder (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant) -- with a Tabasco shot of Robert O'Hara and Jean Genet.
New Georges new-play advocate: “Great fun.”
(3M) 10 minutes
JFK and Castro throw it down, yo
A little après-death afterlife taekwondo
(2W, 1M) 10 minutes
The Blaneys get some household help. With unintended consequences. Inspired by the Salem witch trials and Miller's The Crucible. An exercise in time and sound developed at the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive.
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