The Girl Is Chained
Deb maintains the pristine surfaces of her 1990s white suburban life – but when her son is accused of sexual assault, guilt threatens to tear her apart. Dana seems to be holding it together as a queer black woman in Trump’s America, until her past creeps into her already troubled present. Through visual metaphor and dark humor, The Girl is Chained tells the story of two women and the night that both divides and connects them.
Finalist, The Relentless Award
Carlotta Festival of New Plays, Yale School of Drama
The Skinny Killer Inside
Red undergoes weight loss surgery at a clinic that advertises: "find the skinny you inside." That night, an actual skinny woman emerges from Red's body; her name is Eve and she is – unfortunately – a serial killer. A dark comedy about fat rage in the face of the so-called “obesity epidemic.”
Public reading and development via Page 73
My Obsession with Vivian
Maggie is a 40-something queer photographer teetering on the edge of financial ruin, never having achieved the success of her male contemporaries. She invests the last of her savings into a project exploring the (real life) American street photographer, Vivian Maier. Vivian died poor and in obscurity, her photos published posthumously - to acclaim - by the men who bought her collection. Maggie's desperate present weaves through Vivian's imagined past as the former uncovers parallels between their lives.
Summertime. A concrete backyard on a city block surrounded by chain-link fence. Beyond: other yards, other fences. Paz, age 11, is a gifted acrobat-clown. She meets Andy, age 15, a not-so-gifted poet. He pines for Ella, also 15, a realist who used to be a painter. Paz discovers an antique "blind door" in the trash, designed to blend into the wall of some forgotten room, now covered with dirt and peeling wallpaper. She wonders... where does it go?
Penelope and Dex are a modern-day queer couple in love - but their friends worry Dex is a little controlling. Marie is the latest bride of Bluebeard - a 17th century lord with a bad habit of murdering his wives. These tales collide in Bluebeard's Wife, a dark comedy/drama about queer love and death.
Langston Hughes Festival, Yale School of Drama
Dee is caring for her ailing grandmother, Rita, when she hears a strange noise in the abandoned glass factory behind the house. She discovers Valentine, a girl her own age with amnesia - who happens to be 30 feet tall. Dee and Valentine try to uncover the latter's identity while forming a deepening connection to one another.
Winner, Leah Ryan Award
Public readings and development via PlayPenn, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Leah Ryan Fund
Hope Street and Other Lonely Places
Frankie searches libraries for her long-lost love. Jack snaps photos of the city to present as love letters for Megg. Sam tries to help his mother, Jeanette, cope after the death of his older bother. A play about addictions, both physical and emotional, and the intertwined hopes and losses of five Philadelphians.
World Premiere, Azuka Theatre
America, circa 2057. Most children are born through artificial means and careful genetic selection... but an underground clinic offers a special service: wealthy clients can rent a surrogate to impregnate "the old fashioned way." A madcap sci-fi horror comedy exploring the future of sex, desire and eugenics.
Lia, a young card shark, is romantically entangled with Ozzy, a casino manager who longs for the sea. When Lia meets the mysterious Sea Witch selling magic fish at the edge of the boardwalk, she sets forth a chain of events that change her town forever.
Yale Cabaret (with projections by Brittany Bland)
San Francisco Olympians Festival
Outside the Wire
American-occupied Iraq, 2005. Jill witnesses the death of her friend and fellow Marine, Kat, at the hands of a young Iraqi woman whose family was tortured at Abu Ghraib. Sally Cinder, a morning television correspondent, sees an opportunity for a big interview. One Act play for radio.
Shortlist, BBC International Radio Play Competition
In the near future, an old man struggles with the machines at the laundromat and the changing world; a young woman helps him. Ten minute play.
Theater Masters' Take Ten, Volume 2 (Samuel French)