Full Length Plays
Stephen’s Psalm is the journey of a father struggling to reconnect to his estranged son before his son goes off to war. The father journeys back to the source of his own grief—the site where he lost his brother in the Vietnam War when he was just 15—in search of the key to unlock his son’s heart to help keep his son safe during his deployment.
Requirements 2W (50 and late 20s) and 4M (1 50s, 1 60s, 2 20s)
Festivals Fresh Produce Festival of New Work,
Rivendell Ensemble Theatre, 2009
Readings Chicago Dramatists, 2009
After their mother's death, triplets Henry, Molly and Jonathan are shocked by the appearance of their long-estranged father at her funeral. They struggled with the truth—or a new version of the truth—surrounding their birth. The play moves back and forth in time to tell the story of one family's origins and the desperation that surrounds their choice to use in vitro fertilization.
Requirements 2W (40s and mid-20s) and 3M (2 mid-20s, 1 late 40s)
Production Polarity Ensemble Theatre, March-May 2010
Festivals Winner Best of the Fest. Polarity Ensemble Theatre,
Dionysos Cup 2008
Readings Chicago Dramatists, 2008
Great Plains Theatre Conference, Short Play Lab 2007
The Politics of Brie
Celebrating their mother's 65th birthday, a family on opposite sides of the political fence struggle to peacefully coexist after the 2004 presidential election. The occasion marks the return of one sister who is prepared to confront the past she's avoided since the death of her grandmother. How can a family or country survive great divisions? This comedy negotiates the politics of family and country.
Requirements 5F actors (1 60s, 4 30s), 1M actor (30s); unit set
Readings American Theater Company, Chicago, 2007; Chicago Dramatists, 2006
Nick, a hot new novelist, and his sculptor wife Maya are invited to the Catskills cottage retreat belonging to Nick's literary agent Alfred and his wife Hillary. Alfred intends to force Nick to finish his latest novel no matter what it takes; Hillary intends to help make this happen. Maya comes to the mountains seeking nothing but inspiration for her sculpture and instead finds a truth named Charlie. How do people survive tragic events when these events expose the lies of their lives? Exploring making art, making love, and making money in the new world order.
Requirements 3M and 2F actors, 30s to 40s; unit set
Awards Selection, Polarity Ensemble Theatre Dionysos Cup New Plays Festival, 2006
Selection, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre New Play Festival, 2006
Finalist, Seanachai Amarach Festival of New Plays
Readings Chicago Dramatists and American Theater Company (Chicago)
Just the Sweet Stuff
Harriet has played cards with Cookie, Mildred, and Sarah for 22 years. When illness, the other woman, and death enter her life, Harriet realizes they've shared more than just cards. Exploring the bonds of friendship and family and how forgiveness can enrich our lives.
"A funny well-written vehicle for mature actresses." -Wheeling, WV review
Requirements 5 female actors with 4 over the age of 60 and 1 in her 40s to 50s; unit set
Productions Towngate Theatre, West Virginia, 2003
Young at Heart Players, Ohio, 2004
Heartland Stage, Indiana, 2003
Plays-in-Progress Theatre, California, 2002
Selected monologue, Long Island City Arts Project, Springfest, 2001
Awards Winner, 2002 Oglebay Institute Playwriting Contest, Wheeling, WV
Winner, 2001 Streisand Festival of New Jewish Plays, La Jolla, CA
Best Monologues 2000, StagePlays.com
Publication Monologue, Audition Monologs for Young Actors II, Meriwether Publishing, summer 2001 Monologue, Best Plays & Monologues 2000, The Internet Theatre Bookshop, 2001
Under Our Clothes
Six women co-eds meet in college and have little in common except for a shared love of alcohol. How their lives intersect and evolve is the journey of womanhood. Under Our Clothes explores the common physical and emotional transformations that women experience during a lifetime, yet rarely share, to reveal that we're all the same under our clothes.
Requirements 6 female actor(s) [may be produced as a one-woman show], no set required
Productions Chicago Women's Health Center, benefit, various Chicago theaters, 2004
Great Beginnings New Plays Festival, Circle Theatre, Chicago, 2003
Women's Fest 2003, Plays-in-Progress Theatre, California
Readings Women's Projects & Productions, Directors Forum, New York, 2004; American Theatre Company (ATC), Chicago, 2003; Venus Theatre, Washington, DC, 2003; Heartland Stage Theatre, 2002; DownStage Left, Stage Left, Chicago, 2001
Publication "Splendor (?) in the Grass" (one monologue) in Outrider Press anthology, 2001.
Selections from Short Plays
Milk in China
Looking at adoption from a male perspective with interwoven monologues. Running time: 25 minutes.
Requirements 4 (male) actors
Production Vital Theatre's Vital Signs New Works Festival, New York, 2003
Review "Fiendishly crafted. Clever narrative structure."-C. Battersby, Off-Off Broadway Review
A would-be revolutionary awaits the battle cry from a tent on a basketball court in DC days after the 2004 presidential election. Someone in the neighborhood wants to play basketball. Can either of them get into the game?
Requirements 2 (male) actors, 20s
Production Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theater Festival, Chicago, 2005
Sex Before War
Two lovers embrace opposite sides of the same conflict as they struggle to say goodbye. Running time if performed once: 10 minutes; 20 minutes if roles reversed.
Requirements 1 female and 1 male actor
Readings Big Shoulders, American Theater Company, Chicago, 2004
Trapped in a Blast
Life begins in archtypes with Barbie, G.I. Joe, and Ken being whipped into shape by Maude so they can be one of the chosen blastocysts implanted during a woman's IVF cycle. Things seem under control until Blanche DuBois arrives. Will they make it to the land of the living or spend eternity in a freezer?
Requirements 3 (female) actors, 2 (male) actors; no set
Readings Deadline Workshop, Chicago Dramatistss, 2006
Looks can be deceiving. Exploring original sin in a modern office setting. Running time: 15 minutes.
Requirements 1 female (mid-40s) and 1 male (20s) actor; minimal set
Production Curan Repertory Theatre, New York, 2002
Beth and Claire disagree on disclosing another friend's sexual indiscretion. Running time: 10 min.
Requirements 2 (female) actors, any age, minimal set
Production Femme Fatalities Fest, Stockyards Theatre, Chicago, 2000
Producer Lunchtime play reading series, Chicago Cultural Center, 2007
The Playwrights Collective New Plays Festival, Chicago, 2001 and 2002
Chicago Alliance of Playwrights, Celebration of Diversity on Stage, 1999
Affiliations Member, The Dramatists Guild
Resident playwright, Chicago Dramatists
Founder, Vet Art Project, vetartproject.com
Founder, Vet Art Project, vetartproject.com
Founder, The Playwrights Collective
Founding board member, Fernwork Arts Incubator (FAI), 2005-2006
Member, Women's Theatre Alliance
Member, Chicago Alliance for Playwrights (CAP)
Honors Illinois Humanities Council Grant Recipient, Vet Art Project, 2009
Illinois Arts Council, Special Assistance Grant, 2007
Tremaine Fellowship Recipient, 2002