PLAYS, ESSAYS, AND MORE

PLAYS

 

Aristophanes’ The Birds

15 actors, any gender

Two movie moguls abandon an increasingly vain and shallow society, making their way into the desert to live among the birds. Seeking the freedom and tranquility that come with bird-living, they must make a case for why they deserve an avian transformation, but all they have to offer are the pieces of civilization they’ve tried to leave behind. THE BIRDS begs the question: Can human beings truly go against their nature? Published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 

 

• Commissioned and originally produced by the University of Scranton Players, September 2016.

Loose Canon

6 actors (or more), any gender

From Molière in IKEA to Chekhov in a Taco Bell, this series of short comedies satirizes the world of the American consumer in the style of canonical playwrights. It’s a walk through history…if history were a strip mall.  Published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

• World Premiere by the Scranton Shakespeare Festival, July 2015

• Presented in the NYC International Fringe Festival, August 2015

• Winner “NYC Fringe Audience Choice Favorite Award”

The Widow

A Translation of Maria Irene Fornes’s La Viuda

3w, 6m, 1 child

A Cuban woman explores a lifetime of written correspondences in an effort preserve her reputation in light of the recent passing of her philandering revolutionist husband.

 

• Workshop at New York Theatre Workshop, December 2019

Mille Miglia

Adapted from the teleplay by Athol Fugard

4m

In 1955 Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson became the first British driving team to win the Mille Miglia. With Moss behind the wheel and Jenkinson his navigator, the two must collaborate in order to survive the treacherous and soon-to-be defunct Italian motorsport endurance race.

The Mad Traveler

Adapted from the essays of Charles Dickens

1 actor, any gender

A restless Londoner wanders the streets of their home city to combat their insomnia.

PUBLICATIONS

 

Contemporary Monologues for Twentysomethings

Compiled bu Jessica Bashline

 

A compilation of monologues for actors ages 15 to 30, incorporating characters from a variety of backgrounds with different stories to tell, giving you the chance to explore those who are close to you and those who may come from someplace else. Includes a monologue from Reno and Weissman's "Peanuts and Crackerjacks." Globe Pequot/Applause Books.
 

ESSAYS

"Changed For Good"

Theatre Design and Technology Portfolio, March 2020

(Volume 56, Issue 2)

An exploration of the style and process of costume and scenic designer Susan Hilferty. 

 

 

 

 

 

"Navigating Long Day's Journey Into Night:

Research and Rehearsal"

Roundabout Theatre Company Blog, March 2016

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