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“Antares Awaits” is a full-length comedy about ambition, spirituality and how internet fame can come back to bite you in the- well, you know. The Roial Players at Michigan State University did an incredibly imaginative job of staging the show online. Click here to watch it on Youtube.
“Jack Writes Home” is based on letters my father wrote home during WWII. It was part of St. Dunstan Theatre’s Virtual Short Play Festival. Click here to watch it.
The Bucket List of Booze Club (full-length dramedy) was scheduled to be produced by the Freshwater Theatre in Minneapolis, MN in May of 2020. The pandemic caused it to be rescheduled til the spring of 2021. Stay tuned. I remain hopeful that Bucket List – as well as the Freshwater Theatre and all live theatres – will get back in action.
One act plays
Scene in Black and White (drama)
Cleaning Out the Attic(comedy)
Color Blind (dramedy)
Going Nowhere (dramedy)
It Goes Without Saying (drama)
Mama Rosa’s Cucina (comedy)
Ruin Porn (drama)
Such a Small Word (drama)
The Angel Thief (drama)
The King of Rejections (comedy)
There’s Nothing Wrong with Me (comedy)
Who Goes to Antarctica? (dramedy)
The Bucket List of Booze Club
Four longtime friends gather weekly to work through their problems while working through a list of exotic beverages like absinthe and slivovitz, on the premise that it’s important to try everything once. The serious illness of one of the friends leads to revelations of anger and jealousy and ultimately becomes the catalyst for change – of one kind or another – in all of their lives.
Amy. A 53-year-old woman
Collette. A 53-year-old woman
Jennifer. A 53-year-old woman
Mary Ann. A 53-year-old woman
Ree-Ree. Collette’s daughter, 24 years old
Eric. A 34-year-old man
Barry. A 53-year-old man
Dennis. Early 50s.
Man. Early 50s (One actor can play both Dennis and Man.)
The action takes place in a living room which is center stage, and a table and chairs stage right that represent a restaurant, bar and coffee shop. Present day.
The Bucket List of Booze Club was produced by Barefoot Productions in October 2016. Prior to that, it was selected for the Magenta Giraffe Staged Reading Festival in 2013 in Detroit Michigan and the Renegade Theatre Festival’s Staged Reading event in 2014. It was also a finalist in the Arizona-based Bridge Initiative’s 2015 Playwriting Contest.
One Act Plays:
Two very competitive breasts argue about which one is larger, which one the baby liked best and whether or not implants would be a good thing — until they realize that they’re about to undergo the yearly ritual of being “put in a vice and squeezed.” At that point, they bond together in dread.
A bare stage
Boobs was featured in Detroit Fringe Festival 2015 at the Monster Box Theatre in Waterford, Michigan. It won an Audience Favorite Award for writing.
Cleaning Out the Attic
(a one-act comedy)
Since retiring, Rex has taken up an unusual hobby: wildly improvisational dancing, which he does while pretending to clean out the attic. It’s a secret he enjoys keeping from his wife Fiona, who can’t imagine why he doesn’t seem to be making any progress with the clutter. Rex’s wily, text-abbreviation-talking grandson Colton disrupts Rex’s double life and makes a play that surprises his grandfather into making a tough choice.
Rex: a man in his late 60s
Fiona: his wife, is in her late 60s
Colton, their grandson, is 16 years old.
An attic, present day.
Cleaning Out the Attic premiered during the Rosedale Community Players’ One Act Festival in September, 2013
Color Blind (dramedy)
Two college freshmen find that the baggage they brought to their new dorm room isn’t all in suitcases.
Jacqueline: an 18-year-old black female
Dee Dee: an 18-year-old white
A college dorm room
(one act dramedy)
A couple whose flight is delayed finds that they’re not just stuck in an airport terminal – they’re stuck in a relationship that’s going nowhere. Will they finally move ahead? Or change direction and part ways?
Miriam: a woman, 20s or 30s
Ed: a man, 20s or 30s
Andy: a man, 20s or 30s
Airline Counter Ticket Agent: female, any age
An airport terminal, late at night. There are a few chairs, a counter with a microphone mounted on it.
It Goes Without Saying
(a one-act drama)
A rehearsal of a community theatre play unleashes some surprising feelings, forcing one character to brave his soul and another to consider a life-altering decision.
Kevin is a 30+ man
Brenda is a 30+ woman.
Adam is a 30+ man
A bare stage. The present.
It Goes without Saying was performed in January, 2014 as part of StageLab24 in, Canton, MI. It was diirected by Craig Hane with the following cast:: Adam – Brian Trippel (pictured at left); Brenda – Linda Pellicioni (center); Kevin – Rick Holland (at right).
Mama Rosa’s Cucina
An Italian restaurant owner creates magic and romance with her cooking – but the results aren’t always what she expected. Or wanted.
Topher: A male, 30s to ?
Betty: A female, 30s to ?
Mama Rosa: Middle aged to ?
An Italian restaurant
A tour of Detroit’s “ruin porn” – once-magnificent buildings left to crumble and decay — turns into a confrontation between one of the city’s longtime residents and one of its newer ones. Who is embracing Detroit and who is exploiting its troubles? A discovery reveals the limits of assumptions.
Drew (white 20-something)
Belle (any ethnicity, British accent)
Konrad (any ethnicity, German accent)
Roderick (African-American man, any age
Interior of a crumbling historic building.
Ruin Porn was produced in New York City inn 2014 by the Dirty Blondes theatre company as part of Detroit, NY: The Motor City Speaks for Itself. It was also featured in the Two Muses Women’s Playwriting Festival 2015 in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and included in the Monster Box Theatre’s 2015 One Acts Festival.
Such a Small Word
A woman tries to re-start her life after a terrible mistake, but finds that the past is something that won’t stay…in the past.
Matt, 18 years old
This play had its world premiere at the 2015 Canton One Acts Fest, with Leanne Thomas as Brenda, Evan Phillips as Matt and Betty Berryman as Mom. It won the top prize in the Audience Favorite Awards. It was also featured in the West Coast Players’ One Act Plays Festival 2015 in Clear Lake, Florida. Ruin Porn (one-act drama)
Scene in Black and White
A white couple looks out the window and sees something alarming happening outside their midtown apartment building. A Black man is pointing a gun at a white man; clearly he is robbing him. Or is? Getting involved takes on a whole new meaning when the “good citizens” are confronted about their assumptions. Does fear cause racism? Does racism cause fear?
The Angel Thief
(a one-act drama)
An elderly woman is forced to confront her fears about change when new neighbors make their way into her life.
Lorraine: An elderly white woman
Sharon: An African-American woman in her mid-30s.
Damien: An 11-year-old African-American boy
An old lady’s living room, cluttered with figurines and mementos.
The King of Rejections
Two roommates compete over which one’s dreams are being thwarted the most, until a girlfriend throws a curve that changes the balance of the contest.
Alan: A man in his 20s
Victor: A man in his 20s
There’s Nothing Wrong with Me
(a one-act comedy)
An encounter at a public beach reveals what appears to be a toxic relationship – or is it?
Scott: mid-30s to 40
Kimmy: mid-30s to 40
Gwen: mid-30s to 40
A beach. The present.
There’s Nothing Wrong with Me was featured in Detroit Boxfest 2015 at Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck, Michigan.
Who Goes to Antarctica?
Two couples — longtime friends — are forced to confront the truths about their marriages when a brush with infidelity brings long-simmering frustrations to the surface. Will Liz finally get Steve’s attention? Will Steve let Liz visit his man-cave? Will Mark really go to Russia? Will Marie ever stop talking?
(All four characters are 30-something)
Liz is deeply invested in maintaining a pleasant facade, which finally cracks when she confront her husband over the state of their marriage.
Steve, her husband, uses humor to hide his anxieties.
Mark is self-centered and obtuse, but ultimately, endearingly genuine
Marie, his wife, is rigidly conventional, high maintenance, and unintentionally hilarious.
Liz and Steve’s living room. The present.
This play had its world premiere at the Canton One Acts Festival (Michigan) in January, 2013 in Canton, Michigan, with the following cast: Liz – Leanne Young; Steve – Tim Chanko; Marie – Natalie Barroso; Mark – Patrick Wears. (In photo above, from left to right; Tim Chanko, Leanne Young and Natalie Barroso in “Who Goes to Russia?”)