Theatre
         
 

APESHIT

Staged Readings:
Berkshire Playwrights Lab

The Lark (NY)

A renowned primate researcher is taken hostage by a crazed animal rights activist, who is determined to liberate the researcher's famous chimpanzee. The chimp herself has a shocking reaction to that, and mayhem leads to murder and an evolutionary leap that even Darwin couldn't have imagined. Who's the murderer? Who's the victim? Who's the Alpha? A comic thriller of jungle instincts and cutting-edge science.

 
   

 

EYES FORWARD
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Awards:

Stanley Drama Award
Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition

Staged Readings:
Tristan Bates Theatre, London
Cleveland Playhouse
Berkshire Playwrights Lab
Amphibian Productions (Ft. Worth)
The Road (Los Angeles),
Actors Studio Playwrights Director Unit (NY)
Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Michigan

A valuable painting looted by the Nazis during WWII is the flash-point for two suspenseful love stories seven decades apart. A young American takes his father back to Germany to claim a portrait of his grandmother, and finds himself drawn to the troubled young woman who now possesses it. To get the painting, he must solve the powerful, surprising mystery of the painting’s creation and its fall into enemy hands. A story of love and reconciliation, and of the healing power of art.

THE LAST LAUGH
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Finalist, O'Neill Playwrights Conference 2011

Reading:

The Lark (NYC)

Georges Feydeau -- the most successful playwright in France, master of the slamming-doors sex farce -- finds himself trapped in frantic circumstances like those in his comedies in a farce inspired by real events.

It's the worst day in Georges' life. Thrown out by his wife, rejected by his mistress, broke, he needs a place to live, a loan -- oh and an idea for a new play, since he begins rehearsal in a week and hasn't written a word. He's also the witness for a double-wedding which is about to crash and burn. The brides and grooms beg Georges to help -- his plays are full of disasters like this that end happily. But Georges has a horrific case of writer's block, and isn't sure that a happy-ending comedian is the right kind of writer to be in a gilded world that is hurtling out of control into a new and dangerous century.


 

THIS ISN'T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
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Workshops:

Telluride Playwrights Festival
Gallery Players (Brooklyn)

A soft-hearted liberal stabs a sexy right-wing pundit-therapist with a carving knife. Why? This combustible comedy takes us on the wild ride of a man forced to question his entire existence when his job is outsourced to Nepal, his wife turns against him, his teenaged son refuses to leave his room, and a curvy conservative talk-show host targets his family. Hilarious and harrowing, the story erupts in today’s nightmarish universe of hate politics, big media consolidation and isolating technology.


 

JUMPING BLIND
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Honorable Mention from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Playwriting Competition.

Workshop:
Gayfest (NYC)

What if you had to choose between love and country? On the eve of D-Day in occupied France, an English resistance fighter and a wounded German are drawn into a furtive, passionate affair, and forced to make choices that will haunt them the rest of their lives. Inspired by a true story of unique heroism sacrifice and lifelong love.


NIGHT
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NY International Fringe Festival

NIGHT explores six people’s joys and fears as they ripple through each other in unexpected, mysterious ways during one night in a big city. As darkness deepens, night illuminates hidden corners of the city and its souls. Time slivers open to admit what seems like the past, and what feels like the future. As the first shaft of daylight daggers through the darkness, all discover they are connected in a funny, tragic, startling, moving tapestry.


THE LAST METRO

(Book for musical based on Francois Truffaut’s movie)

The Colony Theatre (LA)
Musical Theatre Works (NY)


FIDDLER ON THE WEST HOLLYWOOD ROOF
& WEST HOLLYWOOD GYPSY

(Produced with special permissions of original authors to benefit AIDS charities)

Charity Parody Productions
at Freud Playhouse at UCLA
and Harmony Gold Playhouse, Los Angeles