Haunted by a puzzle of disjointed memories, a backwoods old man battles dementia, his alienated children and the sale of their mountain family farmstead, forcing him to seek redemption for his hollow life, failure as a father, and a horrific childhood tragedy.
Nearing the end of his life, ninety-year-old Jesse Polk exists somewhere between reality and memory; his haunting memories crash into the real world and flow backward and forward in time, creating a fragmented puzzle of his hollow life. Even as he battles dementia and a frail body, Jesse struggles to prevent his alienated daughter and caregiver, Ginny, from selling their North Carolina mountain farmstead to pay back taxes. Unable to face the inevitable, Jesse retreats deeper into memory. On the last night of his life, he has one desperate chance to redeem himself for his role in a tragic childhood accident that set the course for his entire life and holds the key to mending his relationship with Ginny and his estranged son, Jake.
In a small town, an irresistible, pill-popping, twenty-something narcissist manipulates then seduces a gay mechanic and a beautiful bartender, unexpectedly developing real feelings for both; when they reject him, he loses at his own seductive game and his shattered psyche turns love into violence.
Mark relishes the irresistible sexual power he holds over others to get what he wants. To him, it’s a highly practiced game. A game that holds his damaged psyche in check and keeps him detached from real emotion. Stranded in small town Merryville, he skillfully integrates himself into the stagnant lives of gay mechanic Quinn and beautiful bartender Keeley. He seduces them both and they easily fall for him. As Mark’s fascination with their lives grows into obsession, he starts to lose at his own game when he’s forced to grapple with real emotion and intimacy. When Quinn and Keeley discover Mark’s secret, the fallout is severe and the two want nothing more to do with him. Unable to face the real world consequences of his actions, Mark plunges into a tailspin of despair and love turns into violence, leading to a perilous confrontation that threatens to destroy the lives of all three and challenges their notions of what it means to love.
IN THE SHADOW OF THE MIND WAS NAMED AS A QUARTERFINALIST IN THE 2017 ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP IN SCREENWRITING COMPETITION.
Short play. 3 actors. In this comic homage to film noir and classic literature, a southern writer, Arthur MacBride, sits in a lonely Moroccan bar, nursing a drink when Irish beauty, Barbare O’ Brien, breezes into his life. They seem destined to be together, but is Barbare who she claims to be? Is Arthur? Silly twists and turns abound as this farce barrels to its ridiculous, but plausible, conclusion.
Two-Act farce. 3 actors play multiple roles with lightning fast costume changes. One of the nation’s most prestigious regional theatres, Blackbeard’s Cardigan Theatre Company, is about to go under. In return for a five million dollar endowment, the theatre must hire washed-up Broadway director, Svetlana Varushkin to produce her adaptation of MEDEA set in the American Civil War. Svetlana hires a motley crew of dubiously talented actors for the production, including a boozy flamboyant Brit, a movie star action hero and a dizzy starlet fresh from a year long run in a theme park musical review. In the middle of rehearsals, Svetlana abruptly decides to change the piece into a musical with puppets. Newly appointed Artistic Director, Jared Lamort, can do nothing. His hands are tied. He wonders, though, if Svetlana may be having the last laugh. Is she purposely driving the stake further into the heart of Blackbeard’s Cardigan?
Very short play. 1 actor. In 1979, a high school student suffers through a typing class on a manual typewriter when his inner thoughts become part of the drill with comic results.
This is just a sampling of my work. Shoot me an email if you’d like to inquire about what I may be writing now or what I may have stashed away. You might just keep me from procrastinating!