APHRAH-CADABRA - A Full-Length Comedy Drama
NEW and Award-Winning (Honorable Mention, Jewish Plays Project's Playwriting Contest 2022)
Things aren't always what they seem after a Middle Eastern refugee mysteriously appears at the Jacobs' Passover Seder, setting into motion a series of extraordinary events that unleash opposing views about harboring refugees, and the meaning of the Exodus story. As the Jacobs family debates politics, polarity and truth, they discover that assumptions and words must be checked if extreme points of view are ever to be reconciled.
FAIR GAME: Or The Importance of Being Honest - A Musical Satire Based On a True Story About Fake News
Mystery and history collide when lies, ripped from century-old headlines, return to haunt five real-life people who defamed Sarah Winchester, the rifle heiress who built and extraordinary mansion in San Jose, CA. After Winchester's death in 1922, they used the press to escalate baseless rumors that ghosts and insanity had haunted the kindhearted woman. Why? To promote her beloved home as a haunted house, that lures tourists to this very day. "Fair Game" introduces a mysterious figure who challenges these promoters to examine their motives. Will they give up the ghost?
FEEDING THE FURIES - A Biting Satire in Two Acts
Aspirations run amok when Ruthie and Marty Furie set out to live the 1960s American Dream that glorifies upward mobility, domineering husbands, and obedient wives and children. While Ruthie and Marty successfully keep up with the Joneses, their marriage is rife with conflict and they can’t control their counterculture kids. As we eavesdrop on the Furies’ hilarious restaurant conversations it becomes apparent they all hunger for more than what’s on the menu.
Won Third Prize in the 2016 Baltimore Playwrights Festival.
DANCING ON ICE - A Play in One Act
A near-death experience heals deep wounds between a mother and daughter, and teaches them the two most important lessons of their lives. An older version titled "A Very Good Time For Healing" won First Place in the Winter 2016 Helen-Jean Play Contest.)
A CHORUS LINE FOR PLAYWRIGHTS - A Mockumentary in No More than Fifteen and No Fewer than Five Minutes
Three playwrights confess that they will submit to just about anything for their ten/forty-five/one-hundred-fifty-but no-less-than-ninety minutes of exposure.
TAP, CHIP OR STRIP - A Ten-Minute Satire
A cashier dismisses the added security of the chip credit card technology, oblivious to her own role in divulging more personal information about herself than a credit card transaction could ever reveal.
MURDER WITH A TWIST - A Prohibition Era Who-Done-It in One Act
It's January 16, 1919, the evening before the National Prohibition Act goes into effect. Buster the Cop and Temperance the Teetotaler warn Rocco the bartender that they expect him to comply with the new law. But Rocco scoffs at the idea of running a "dry" establishment, insisting the mob has his back. Someone gets bumped off, and of course, there's a "twist" -- after all, the action takes place in a speakeasy. Adaptable as an interactive play in which restaurant or party guests have the opportunity to figure out "who done it” before the actual culprit is revealed.
NOBODY'S FOOL - A Cold-Case Mystery Play
Thirty years after Al Capone is cleared of the notorious hit on Bugs Malone's men, someone finally spills the goods on who really done it.
THE DRAWING LESSON - A Heartwarming Short Play
An excursion to draw a tree blossoms into an illustration of how a grandfather and his granddaughter are bound together through the cycles of life.