Six monologues, filmed at various moments across 2020, reflect on how COVID-19 rippled through our lives. How did this pandemic change our views of science, history, art, government -- and ourselves?

A wife is confronted by secrets revealed in the first days of the pandemic. A public health official gives a farewell message to colleagues after her dismissal. A Zoom class on ancient history veers into parallels with the present day. A health official in Florida recalls the cataclysm of its lack of preparedness. An actor's web audition reflects on art and commerce. And a fitness instructor imagines the world after the pandemic.

All works filmed in a socially-distanced manner, in collaboration with Pandora Machine and Mind the Gap Theatre.

"[A] series of short monologues for YouTube that have captured a world wide following." -- DC Theatre Scene 

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Recent Plays 

An Evening

with Lola Montez


"An Evening With Lola Montez is one of the most fascinating Fringe shows I've seen..." -- Broadway World

World premiere:  

July 2019 at the Capital Fringe Festival 

Three Suitcases


2019 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference

New York 1939: A landscape of political refuges, growing fascism, and attempts to rewrite history. 



"[A] bona-fide hit musical, from the pen of Richard Byrne." - Broadway World

"... a fun romp that effortlessly links ancient themes of imperial deification & the 20th century cult of rock and roll." -  MD Theatre Guide

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Recent Writing 


How the Velvet Revolution - and an American grad student - sparked a classic book by Bohumil Hrabal. 

(The Wilson Quarterly)

How did the streets of Hong Kong become a teeming laboratory for protest in a surveillance state?

(The Wilson Quarterly)

Ivan Sviták,  the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968 -- and the continuing relevance of his thought in a post-truth age. 

(The New Republic)