Freefalling

Bartender Maureen Bacon finds out her ex-boyfriend—mob boss Bob McMahan—wants to seize custody of their daughter Barbara. In a hail of bullets, Maureen stages a final, desperate fight to free Barbara from McMahan’s clutches forever.

Details

cast: 5, 2F 3M
set: Bar (can be done site-specifically in a real bar)
length: 25 minutes

Memory Motel

Tabitha only wanted to be someone—anyone. Then one late night chance meeting changed her forever. Now she’s locked a priest into a confessional until he’ll help prevent her becoming what she can’t avoid.

Details

cast: 5, 1F 4M
set: Unit set (church confessional, parking lot, motel room)
length: 40 minutes

Le Mot Juste

She awakens in a strange world surrounded by dictionary pages blowing in the wind. She has but one word to say it to express all meaning. What word does she pick?

Details

cast: 3 (2F, 1M)
set: Single set
length: 10 minutes

Productions

Off-Broadway: Shooting Star Theatre, NYC
Regional: NEYT Theater (Brattleboro VT)
International: KIMEP English Language Theatre, Kazakhstan

Scene Analysis for Fun & Profit

A hilarious short piece shows a married couple’s argument about a possible infidelity, as it zooms between a 10,000 foot view and right in your face. This is my very most popular short.

Read it in: Twinges from the Fringe (kindle | paperback) 

Details

cast: 2, 1F 1M
set: Single (Dining room of suburban home)
length: 10 minutes

Productions & Publications

Awards: Finalist, 2003 Heideman Award, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville

Off-Broadway production:
April 2003 Twinges from the Fringe, Shooting Star Theatre (NYC)

Regional production:
Jan 2002 Heartlande Theatre Co (Ann Arbor MI);
May 2002 Sauk Theatre (Jonesville MI)
March 2008 NEYT (Brattleboro, VT)

Published:
Twinges from the Fringe (kindle | paperback)
Also published in: The Best Stage Scenes 2000

Men’s

“I don’t know! This lady just started banging on the door to the men’s room… don’t ask me why!” Two strangers—one spurned, the other widowed— fight, flirt, and finally find each kindness in each other while standing at the door of a restaurant Men’s room. This is my next-most-popular short.

Read it in: Twinges from the Fringe (kindle | paperback

Details

cast 2, 1F 1M
set Single (Men’s room door)
length 10 minutes

Productions & Publication

Off-Broadway: August 2001 Luminous Group (NYC)
October 2002 Shock Troupe (NYC)
July 2003 NYPD: Twinges from the Fringe, Shooting Star Theatre (NYC)
Regional: July 2000 Main Street Arts (Nyack NY)
College: May 2001 St. Andrew’s College (Aurora ON)
Also published in: The Best Stage Scenes 1999

Flick See Gears in the Sparklight

A collection agent (credit professional), trying to do her job collecting on a bad debt, goes through increasingly mad cycles that affect, through time displacement, all parts of her life, crashing headlong to a final point of meeting.

Details

cast: 3; 3F
set: Unit set or bare stage.
length: 10 minutes

Productions

Regional: NEYT Theater mainstage, Vermont 2008

A New Theory of Vision

Lee Krebs, professor of philosophy, specializes in the works of George Berkeley, who proposed that because reality could simply be sensations in the mind, that it wasn’t real. When a bright but socially-awkward young student proposes a simulation project that brings the philosopher back to life, Lee’s ghosts are brought to life with it. A New Theory of Vision asks the question – if life is a dream, are we responsible for its impact? And how are we to do good?

Read on: (Kindle | Paperback)

Details

cast: 6 (2 F, 4M)
set: Unit set
length: 90 min.

Productions:

Off-Broadway: Produced by Sanctuary: Playwrights Theatre (New York, NY)

Reviews:
Village Voice
BackStage
The Brooklyn Rail

The Buffoon Piece

The compromises of art, compromising the artists.
Italy, 1937. For 500 years, kings and tyrants came and went but life’s unchanged in tiny Volpe Nero. Alessandro and his father, of Italy’s last Commedia Dell’Arte troupe, scrape a meager existence from tradition’s crumbs, That’s all about to change. As Mussolini and Hitler forge their tragic alliance, two fugitives from a Fascist prison camp arrive seeking refuge — with Blackshirts and a vengeful clown in hot pursuit. Father and son clash: do what’s safe, or do what’s right?

Read on: (Kindle | Paperback)

Details

cast: 10 (3 F, 7 M)
set: Commedia Dell’Arte stage
length: 130 min.

Productions & Publications

Staged Reading: April 1999 at 78th St. Theatre Lab (NYC)

Published:

subCity

A time-jumping comedy about architecture, sexuality, the priesthood and right livelihood. In a collapsed subway tunnel we find Alex—a busted-down architect, and Wall—a gay tunnel-worker who prefers the dark. Which will get them first… falling concrete blocks… oxygen gone… gas… or their shared past?

Read on: (Kindle | Paperback)

Details

cast: 3 (1 F, 2 M)
set: Unit set (Subway tunnel).
length: 105 min.

Productions

Off-Broadway: Sept 2000 by NY Play Development
Staged Readings:
Apr. 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab (NYC)
Sept 1999 Dramatists Guild (NYC), Dec 1999 FatChance productions (NYC)
July 2000 Abingdon Theatre Co (NYC)

Published:

Hemlock, a Greek Diner Tragedy

As humanity rockets toward Millennium, strange red-garbed men known only as Cardinals complete plans for universal domination by capturing Socrates, Greek philosopher and David Chagall, Bronx diner owner. Can our intrepid men free themselves from the clutches of the mother of all conspiracies…and save the cosmos? HEMLOCK is a black, black, black comic fantasythat skewers end of millennium paranoia, western philosophy, conspiracy theories, time travel, and Catholicism.

Read on: (Kindle | Paperback)

Details

cast: 7; (1 F, 4 M, 2 M/F)
set: Realistic diner
length: 120 min.

Productions & Publications

Regional: Summer 1997 by Extra Virgin PC (Dallas TX)
Staged reading: Oct 1998 at 78th Street Theatre Lab (NYC)
Published:

Reviews:
Dallas Observer
Award: Dallas Observer