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New Plays

REPARATIONS

A recently widowed white book editor invites a younger black writer to her apartment, only to find that a night of tenderness and passion turns into a brutal morning-after when he threatens to reveal a dark secret about her past unless she publishes his debut novel.

Will the young writer succeed in his blackmail attempt and claim his reparations for a life of perceived racial injustice, or will she force his hand and seize her own emotional reparations.

World premiere at the Billie Holiday Theater, Brooklyn, NY, November, 2019. Directed by Tony Award-Nominated Michele Shay.

Staged reading presented at The Dramatists Guild in New York, June, 2018, directed by Myriam Cyr.

THE GRAND ADVENTURE OF TOM & JOHN

1623-- Young Charles Stuart, the Prince of Wales, slips out of fractious Britain and rides in disguise to Madrid, hoping to wed the Princess of Spain, bring peace to Europe and secure a rich dowry for the nearly bankrupt realm of his father, King James.

Beset by court intrigue and personal rivalries, the prince discovers the limits of his own gallant ideals and sets his life on course to become King Charles I, the only monarch in British history to be executed by order of his Parliament.

 

Told as recalled by the crown’s Royal Jester, The Grand Adventure is a rollicking tale of bravery and betrayal that speaks to the adventurer in us all.

Staged reading presented at The Players Club in New York, October, 2016, directed by Stephanie Cunningham.

TOMMERS

A bi-racial theatre troupe in present-day New York sets to rehearsing a play about the first black actor to perform in an all-white American theatre, appearing in the most popular play of the late 19th Century, the stage version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

 

As they delve into the play and its history, the actors and director are forced to confront the differences that wedge them apart and draw them together - differences not only of race but of class, nationality, family history, gender and personal ambition.

 

Tommers, at its heart, is a love story of two young couples struggling to break free from their own prejudices and from the slavery of expectations.

Staged reading presented at The Players Club in New York, November, 2014, directed by Joseph Discher.