Playwriting

PROFESSIONAL PLAYWRITING EXPERIENCE

Member: DRAMATISTS GUILD INC.

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

A Going Concern (Brooklyn) Drama, 85 Minutes, 2F, 2M
Synopsis
A basement level grocery  store in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn shortly after the events  surrounding the death of a child and the stabbing of an Orthodox Jewish man in  1991. The riots that followed are more than The Orthodox Jewish couple who own  the store can endure and they are now packing up and preparing to leave. Before they go, they  receive a visit from the Korean woman, Soon-Lee Kim who is to be the new owner.  They also meet an African American businessman named Henry. Act II takes place a year later. Soon-Lee has  apparently shot and killed a man who tried to rob her.  Soon is visited by Henry, who turns out  to be the brother of the victim in the shooting. What follows is a cat and mouse game between the two as racial differences and misunderstandings become  the basis for hatred and the lust for revenge.

Production History New Play

Gargoyles Comedy/Drama, 90 Minutes, 3F, 2M
Synopsis
A full-length play in which five people come together on the remote “Island of Unlimited Potential” where they will be subjected to a rigorous program of self-improvement by the resident self-help for success Guru, Marty Martinson. All will find themselves connected by this mysterious place where collective dreaming is common and wish fulfillment is not just a dream.

Production History
Semi-Finalist, Centre Stage New Play Festival, SC 2009
Staged Reading- Icarus Theatre Ensemble, Ithaca, NY, 2007

The Medicine Show (A Play With Music)  Drama, 95 Minutes, 1F, 5M, 5Musicians
Synopsis
Dr. Elmer Boggs and his traveling medicine show caravan weave their way through the early twentieth century Midwest selling snake oil and flimflam to the locals  while his young daughter, deformed by a birthmark on her face, serves as the central attraction and recipient of a miraculous transformation during each show. An updating and refashioning of the famous tale, The Birthmark, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, exploring themes of beauty, desire and betrayal.

Production History
The NYC International Fringe Festival 2007

Home Instruction Drama, 90 Minutes, 1F, 2M
Synopsis
In a time of adolescent unrest, when school personnel are faced with random acts
of violence and an impending sense of fear both for and of the student body, this play takes a personal look at the student/teacher relationship. A month  away from his sixteenth birthday, when his mother can legally sign him out of  school, ELI is kicked out for his risk-taking and violent behavior. To fulfill  his legal requirements and to avoid being sent back to juvenile detention, ELI  is banished to the local library where he has to do time with CABIROY, his home  instructor. Ghosts  from CABIROY’S  past and an angry temper challenge him as he fights for self-control and discovers a way into this troubled boy’s mind by sharing with him some of the troubles in his own.

Production History
Staged Reading – Vital Theatre Company, NYC, 2002
StagedReading- Circle East Theatre Company, NYC, 2001

 When Words Fail… Romantic Fantasy, 90 Minutes, 1F, 1M principles and 6 actors playing multiple roles
Synopsis
Chosen to be a part of the NYC INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL and produced Off-Off-Broadway at the JOHN HOUSEMAN STUDIO THEATRE, this is an experimental piece developed with an ensemble of actors through a workshop process.
Originally conceived as an extended one-act, this piece has now been developed into a completed full-length play and is featured in a newly published anthology, PLAYS AND PLAYWRIGHTS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM, edited by Martin Denton.

Production History
The Ilium Theatre Festival,Ithaca,NY, 2002
John Houseman Studio Theatre, NYC, 1999
The NYC International Fringe Festival, 1998
The Present Company, NYC, 1997

Jesus Saves Drama, 110 Minutes, 1F, 5M
Synopsis
Hank Barnett is a used car salesman in a small town somewhere in the Northeastern part of the U.S. When his business sags, his only salesman, Billy and he desperately look for a way to sell cars. A visit from a pencil selling prophet, the Believer, gives Barnett an idea. He decides to play the controversy angle and sell his cars with the slogan, “JESUS SAVES AND SO CAN YOU.” The free publicity he expects does occur, but he gets more than he bargains for when a powerful local priest, Father Randall Dryer decides to fight back.

Production History
Reading– Pacific Resident Theatre Company,Venice,CA, 2008
Staged Reading – Expanded Arts, NYC, 1998

When You’re Dead, You’re Dead Comedy, 110 Minutes, 1F, 2M principles and 4 actors playing multiple roles
Synopsis
A full-length comedy that follows the possible
last days of Oliver Reese, a compulsive gambler with more than a few loose ends
to tie up in his life. When he wakes up in a hospital room, the very fact of his existence is questioned by the hospital staff. What starts out as an argument about life or death becomes a journey into the nature of his soul.This is a play about second chances and redemption and about what can happen when you push your luck with both.

Production History
StagedReading- Icarus Theatre Ensemble,Ithaca,NY2003

ONE-ACT PLAYS

The Words Upon The Window-Pane Adapt. From Yeats, Drama, 30 Minutes, 7F, 3M
Production History
WellsCollege,Aurora,NY2010

The Blessing Drama, 15 Minutes, 1F, 2M
Production History
RutgersU.Play Festival, New Brunswick, NJ2008

The Catcher In Bed-Stuy Drama, 20 Minutes, 1F, 2M
Production History
Howling Moon Cab Theatre Co., NYC, 2006

TEN-MINUTE PLAYS

Between You and Me Comedy, 10 Minutes, 2M
Production History
Finalist, Curan Rep’s Notes From the Underground Festival, NYC, 2011

Jack and Jill in Christmastown Comedy, 10 Minutes, 1F, 1M
Production History
Endtimes Productions, NYC, 2010
**Short Play Lab, Blackbird Studio, NYC 2010

Bicycle Boy Comedy 10 Minutes, 2M
Production History   
RutgersU.Play Festival, New Brunswick, NJ2009

Rain Drama, 10 Minutes, 1F, 1M
Production History
RutgersU.Play Festival, New Brunswick, NJ2008

An Otherwise Empty Room Comedy/Drama, 10 Minutes1F, 1M
Production History
Expanded Arts, NYC, 1999

ONE-ACT PLAY COLLECTIONS

In Five Boroughs – A Collection of Plays about NYC Comedy/Drama, Five One-Acts, 100 Minutes, Multiple roles
Production History
Expanded Arts, NYC, 1999
StagedReading- Win Atkins Theatre Project,Hoboken,NJ, 1996
StagedReading- Joseph Papp Public Theatre, NYC, 1995

The On Being Series Comedy/Drama, Three One-Acts, 90 Minutes, Multiple roles
Production History
Home For Contemporary Theatre, NYC, 1990 (HERE)

Beauty And Sin (The Hawthorne Plays) Adapt. Short Stories From Hawthorne, Drama, 110 Minutes, Multiple roles
Production History
StagedReading- Inertia Theatre Company, NYC, 2002

RADIO PLAYS

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (A Radio Play) Adapt. from Joseph Giardina after Irving
Radio Comedy/Classic Halloween, 60 Minutes, Multiple roles
Production History
WellsCollege,Aurora,NY2010
Offworld Theatre Co.,Piermont,NY2008
Icarus Theatre Ensemble,Ithaca,NY2001
WCPE Radio,Union County Coll.,NJ, 1999

The Keeper (A Radio Play) Radio Drama, Series of Six 30 Minute Segs., Multiple roles
Production History
Broadcast by WCPE Radio,Union   County Coll.,NJ, 1995
Joseph Papp Public Theatre & WBAI, NYC,1992

Sid Berkeley, Radio Slave (Radio Series) Radio Comedy Series, Two 30 Minute Segments, Multiple roles
Production History
Home For Contemporary Theatre, NYC, 1991 (HERE)

YOUNG AUDIENCES

The Boy Who Lost His Sock Adapt. From Gallagher, Comedy, Children’s Theatre, 60 Minutes,
Production History
The Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY, 1999
The Youth Theatre of NJ, Sparta, NJ, 1994

 

 

 

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