One Minute To Twenty Minutes
I FEEL GOOD!
Sharon Jones, aged forty, desperately wants to have a singing career but record companies won’t give her a break despite her obvious talent. She is forced to deal with the tough realities of guarding prisoners at Rikers Island. But then, she gets a call.
Was selected as a finalist for the 2020 Downtown Urban Arts Festival, and was scheduled to be produced at The Signature Theatre , June 2020 (cancelled)
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had a staged reading, as part of Itinerant Theatre Louisiana’s “Women Leading: New Play Series”, June 2019.
Was produced as part of The Lock Festival at Polaris North (by invitation only) Sept 2018.
SLICING AN ONION
Pria strives to find peace after surviving a shooting at her Sikh temple, and struggles to forgive , despite having been the target of xenophobic hatred and violence. She can forgive, but at what cost?
Was produced as part of The International Human Rights Art Festival at The Wild Project, December 2019.
Was included in Code Red reading St. John’s Lutheran Church, Christopher St. NYC October 2019.
Was presented as part of Code Red: A Gun Violence Protest Action, a benefit reading for Mom’s Demand Action- Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2019 and as part of Code Red Playwrights #Faith, at Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Eugene, Oregon, April 2019, Mystic Vision Players Theatre Company, Linden NJ, reading 2020 (postponed)
Listen to her play Slicing An Onion read on Oregon NPR radio station KLCC as part of an interview with Rachael Carnes devoted to Code Red Playwrights.
FLUID (reading) Itinerant Theatre, Lake Charles, L.A. The Play’s the Thing: “Life Inspired” Series, 2020
This social satire takes place in a zoom session during the Covid nineteen pandemic. While the biggest challenge facing most participants is boredom, Person Four is desperately trying to survive in their tiny NY walk-up. A dark comedy.
(online reading) Fable Workshop Quaranscenes, UK 2020
Juliette Hampton Morgan struggles to overcome her own fears as she finds a way to transcend the narrow restrictions of her family and Alabama community to become a major Civil Rights Activist. Inspired by this real life heroine.
Workshop performance as part of The Voire Dire Project 1.5 in The Dream Up Festival, at Theater for The New City, September 7-16 2017
Workshop performance as part of The Voire Dire Project 2016, Cap 21 and Westbeth, NYC
Detective Rodney thinks it will be another run-of-the-mill case when he meets Betsey, who takes him to places he’d thought were long dead and buried. An aquatic crime comedy.
Was produced as part of Plays and Prestidigitation at Polaris North (by invitation only) July 2017
Joe has just returned from serving in Afghanistan, and looks forward to a romantic Indian dinner with his wife Diane. Two loud older ladies enter the restaurant and abruptly alter the mood. A black comedy which explores how strangers are often forced to deal with one another in the city.
was produced as part of The New Yorker’s One-Act Festival 2018
was produced as part of The Big Apple Theater Festival, 2017
THE QUIET CAR
Dr. Shmuck tries to inform his patient discreetly about some embarrassing lab results while aboard a New Jersey transit train . He is unprepared for her reaction as well as the conductor’s rigid enforcement of train etiquette. An absurdist comedy which examines the boundaries of what is public and what is private.
was produced as part of Plays and Prestidigitation (by invitation only) at Polaris North March 2017.
RIDE TO THE BRIDGE
When Missy steps into Lou’s cab, she is intent on freeing herself in the only way she can imagine. But Lou has other plans. A black comedy which explores the desperation which drives people in the current economy.
Tanya, a modern teen, enters into a mystical bond with the ghost of Hannah Reynolds, a slave and the only civilian casualty of the Battle of Appomattox.
Written for 365 Women A Year
Had a reading at the Winter 2017 Equity Library Theater Play Festival at the NYPL 53rd Street Branch on January 28th, 2017.
Had a reading as part of HERSTORY NOPlays Festival of 365 Women a Year Project at The Silk Road Art Gallery, New Haven, Ct. April 29-30, 2016.
Had a workshop production (by invitation only) at Polaris North September 2015.
Nancy wants to finally rest in peace, but first she must inspire a young woman to fight the sexism at NASA and enter the space field. She finds Erica, a sullen teenager in Reno, who has no interest in astronomy. Will she be able to pass the mantle on?
THE ICE CREAM CUP
Donna’s in a hurry to drop off her stool sample before the lab closes, when first she runs into a love interest, and then gets hit by a bike. But she finds a way to put that sample to good use in this dark urban comedy.
Camille, a talented sculptor, wants nothing more than to be released from a psychiatric asylum. She struggles to break free despite the barbarity of French law and the cruelty of her family.
FRIGHT OR FLIGHT
When Nancy first boards her plane, eager to prepare for her court case, her only distraction is Kevin, the needy passenger seated next to her, but she soon discovers that the plane is defective, the pilot’s drunk and the stewardess is a religious fanatic with little concern for the passengers on board. A wild farce that will have you reaching for your call button.
workshop production at Polaris North Lock Festival 2019 (by invitation only)
Staged reading as part of The Women’s Playwriting Festival, Michigan, 2015.
A SIRI-OUS SITUATION
In order to sort out his troubled life, REGGIE turns to SIRI (on his I-Phone), but she only compounds his problems and their bizarre relationship explodes. A mad romp.
Produced at the 9th annual Theatre InspiraTO Festival, Canada’s largest ten minute play festival, Toronto 2014.
PICK AND PRICK
Roberta has recently fled the Apple Store, with acute vertigo as a result of the bright lights and video screens therein. Desperate to get relief from her symptoms, she arrives at Andrew’s acupuncture office. She is in for a rude awakening in this zany comedy as she discovers that Andrew is not quite the healer she had in mind.
Marcy drags her kid sister Nanette along on her shoplifting spree. Beneath the swagger is a vulnerable teenager. Will they be able to pull it off?
THE PET SITTERS
Two teenagers, Esther and Artie are hired to take care of a hamster but they are not quite up to the challenge. A wild and crazy black comedy.
ON THE TURNPIKE
Jerry and Denise are stuck on the New Jersey Turnpike during one of the worst Nor’easters on record. Their relationship is tested as they navigate this difficult terrain to often hilarious results
studio production, (by invitation only) at Polaris North, 2014
THE SAME FREQUENCY
A monologue. Peggy sits at the bar swilling Bourbon, as she fantasizes about her idol arriving and sweeping her off her feet, but will he even show up?
TIT FOR TSA-T
Marsha, a TSA agent at the Detroit Metro Airport thinks it is just another day screening passengers when the over sexed cult member Fifi arrives and takes her on a journey she’ll never forget. A zany comedy which asks the question, “Who is really in control?”
studio production, (by invitation only) at Polaris North, 2013. staged readings, One-Acts and Snacks, Casa Beverly February 2017 and The Lower East Side Festival, 2011.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
Myra desperately wants to bring touch back into her marriage, but her husband Harry has covered their bed with stones. He invites her to get kinky, but her concern with propriety and fears of him getting hurt give her pause.
Yoko is being schooled on how to make a hard sell from her boss, Boris. He’s only too happy to show her how it’s all done but her grasp of the English language comes from a radically different source. A zany adventure in miscommunication.
ZEUS, HERMES, FREDDIE AND BEULAH
Beulah desperately needs to hear that her husband loves and appreciates her despite their poverty, advanced age, and poor health. They’re resigned to life of drudgery until some “weary travelers” arrive and show them what they’re made of. A modern interpretation of the Greek myth of Baucis and Philomen
THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY
Sam and Rita’s marriage is going stale when Rick and his fiance Elise show up to celebrate their engagement. The guests’ aberrant behavior pushes everything to the surface in this steamy romantic entanglement.
A satire. Danny expects it will be smooth sailing when he moves in with his Aunt Risa. They soon discover that neither of their lives will ever be the same!
staged reading The Lower East Side Festival, 2013.
THE TRANSFER STUDENT
Tony is very relieved to find a place to stay when he transfers to an out of state school. Then he arrives at the home of his hostess Helen, who gives him a lot to swallow in this wacky comedy.
staged reading The Lower East Side Festival, 2012
HIGH COLONIC MOUNTAIN
Tessie escapes to a New Age center, desperate to relax by the lake and express herself in the class she’s taking. The people are nuts and she almost drowns, but discovers some inner resources along the way. A satiric social commentary.
staged reading Lower East Side Festival, 2010
THE WORLD TRADE CENTER MEDICAL MORONIC PROGRAM
Joe, a first responder, is desperate to get relief from his World Trade Center related illnesses but finds his doctor to be a far cry from Marcus Welby. A satiric depiction of a government agency which is nothing short of travesty.
staged reading, Lower East Side Festival, 2007.