This play has three characters (Bernice age 70, her daughter Carol age 47 and son Evan age 28) and a simple single set -- the back porch of Bernice's home. A fast-paced comedy about internal wiring, family relationships, and acceptance. The play has won awards and had readings in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas.
Winner of the Streisand Festival of New Jewish Plays, this play had its premiere production in Louisville (KY) at the Jewish Community Center's CenterStage Theatre. Jews in Paducah, Kentucky, must flee on 24 hours notice when General Ulysses S. Grant banishes all Jews from his military district on December 17, 1862. There are 3 female characters and 9 males in this Civil War drama.
A romantic comedy about a quirky Jewish family (3F, 1M). Marge, who's been a widow 3 years, has decided to pursue her own interests since she can't convince her children to do what she wants (graduate, marry, procreate). The play's premiere production took place under the director of Kathi E.B. Ellis at Louisville's Bard's Town Theatre. Two reviewers compared this award-winning play to Neil Simon's work.
This play comedy was written as part of "Kentucky Voices" at the Public Theatre of Kentucky where it had its first public reading in 2017 and later was a finalist for the Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Series. The wedding dress has been worn four times -- twice by Opal's mother and twice by her sister, so of course, Opal will wear it tomorrow even though the dress doesn't fit, she met the groom online, and just decided to marry him a few hours ago. From the left in the photo are Liz Fentress, who coordinated Kentucky Voices; Darlene Gooch "(Karen"); Tanner McGuire Gallacher ("Opal"), Meaghan Ritchie ("Nicole"); and myself. Khaos Company Theatre will produce the play in Indianapolis in 2019.
A romantic comedy about a man who begins wearing cargo shorts and seeks legal advice about growing fruit on another continent after he's downsized out of a job. It's about new chapters, new experiences, chai, lingerie, garden rakes, and dreams of Costa Rica. Two female characters and two males are needed for this fast-paced story full of twists and turns. The play was a Finalist for the NEWvember Festival and a Runner Up for the Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence.
A play about a troubled teen inspired by my work as an attorney in the 1990s. The teen has an unusual journey of self-discovery when he is ordered to spend time with a police officer he injured -- despite the fact that the officer is in a coma. Liz Fentress directed the premiere production of this play at Horse Cave Theatre in Horse Cave, Kentucky. The play is included in MotesBooks' World Premieres from Horse Cave Theatre.
This play is inspired by the life of the first African American to command whites in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. Born in 1919 in rural Kentucky and raised by a grandmother who could neither read nor write, Anna Mac Clarke fought for racial justice in the military and seemed to be defying all the odds — until death took her at age 24. At the 2017 Comparative Drama Conference in Orlando where the play was chosen for a reading, actors included (seated L to R) Janna Segal, Malcolm T. Sanford, Philann Williams) and standing, Baron Kelly and Caisey Cole. Actors Warehouse in Gainesville, Florida, has included the play in its 2018-2019 season.
Looking for Lilith Theatre Company commissioned and produced this play at its 15th anniversary festival called UNHEARD [outloud] in Louisville. I chose Mary Walker Edwards as my subject to honor Lilith's mission of uncovering unheard voices. Dr. Walker received her medical degree in 1855, served as a surgeon for the Union during the Civil War, and remains the only woman to have been awarded the Medal of Honor. She lectured on both sides of the Atlantic on topics including dress reform (she was often arrested for wearing trousers), suffrage, and women's rights. A revised version of the play was given a staged reading by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative.