Does Genre Dictate Format?

Recently a friend asked me why I tend to write comedies as plays, and crime drama as novels. There are three interdependent reasons: My development as a writer The fit of form the the fiction Markets ...

Lying in Judgment (novel) coming to life!

It’s coming. The Novel. After ten years of outlining, writing, critiquing, rewriting (even, once, as a play), workshopping, pitching, revising, editing, querying, and waiting for a dying industr...

The Odd Couple at Love St. Playhouse

Neil Simon’s classic comedy, “The Odd Couple,” opens as a group of the guys assembles for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, itR...

How to be a better person in 2016

I really want to be a better person in 2016. Well, anyway, I want to try. For the year, anyway. If it doesn’t work out, I can always revert to being my old asshole self in 2017. To that end, her...

Fertile Ground Plays, Passes, and Programs

It is officially Fertile Ground season. The 2016 Fertile Ground Festival of New Works programs come out today, and will be available at area theaters and other outlets in coming weeks. Passes are on s...

Why I Write

This short selfie video for The Cantilever Project gives you a look under the hood on what keeps my writing engine going....

Family Hardware: Photo Preview

Director Dorinda Toner led a full-cast workshop of Family Hardware, which will enjoy three performances at the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works on January 24, 29, and 31, 2016 at Hipbone Studios. ...

Play write vs. Playwright

Playwright, or play writer? That is the question. For most of us who are engaged in this fascinating, collaborative creative exercise, the answer is the latter. Certainly this is true for me. I write ...

MacBeth: A Dark Retelling

This “dark retelling” of the Bard’s classic is an uncomfortable look into the Macbeth story with a stark examination of domestic abuse and the culture that supports it. In a world no...

Prefacing

Jane has an unconscious verbal tic that drives her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend, Mort, over the edge. Way, way over the edge. Length: 7 pages Cast size: 1M, 1W Production History: “Prefacing” w...

Building Blocks

Abe and Maude have broken up, gotten back together, and now aren’t sure where they stand. Over a game of Jenga, they discover a new way forward. Length: 7 pages Cast size: 1M, 1W Production Hist...

Family Hardware

Finalist, 2019 New Comedy Festival, B Street Theatre, Sacramento, CA Willy is a man of a certain age, who has largely lost interest in sex. His younger wife Katherine’s appetite is as voracious ...

Let’s make Umpqua the last one.

Heartbreaking. Sickening. Twisted. Sad. Another mass shooting – this one, close to home. A shooter has killed at least seven and wounded another 20 or so at Umpqua Community College in southern ...

Pride goeth before the curtain

Tonight I’m attending a read-thru of my new (draft) play for Fertile Ground. It’s the second time in less than a week, and if this one goes like the first, a talented, experienced group of...