Plays & Films

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Three Suitcases

True story: In 1936, future Beat Generation icon William Burroughs (then 22 years-old) met a German Jewish woman named Ilse Herzfeld Klapper (36 years old) in Dubrovnik. A year later, they were married.

Ilse Burroughs received a visa which allowed her to avoid repatriation to Nazi Germany. Safely in New York , she was hired as a secretary by exiled anti-fascist German writer and activist Ernst Toller. 

 

Three Suitcases imagines enounters between these three travelers in the Mayflower Hotel in 1939. Can a writer change the world with words? Or should the author stand apart from levers of power?

2019 Semifinalist, Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference

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Burn Your Bookes

 

A play about Renaissance alchemy and the power and price of knowledge, Burn Your Bookes retells the magical, strange, and sordid tale of Edward Kelley -- medium and alchemist to Hapsburg Emperor Rudolph II -- and his step-daughter Elizabeth Jane Weston -- one of the few women poets of the 16th Century.  

 

Winner,  2007 Prague Playwriting Contest.

Productions in Prague and Washington, DC. 

Esther Williamson (Jane Dee) and Daniel Flint (Edward Kelley) in the Taffety Punk Theatre Company production of Burn Your Bookes.  Photo by Teresa Castracane. 

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Untangling Ava

 

In 1989, thanks to the generosity of A.E. Hotchner (author, Hemingway biographer, and co-founder of Newman's Own), Washington University in St. Louis founded an award for graduate and undergraduate playwrights at the school. 

 

My first play, Untangling Ava, was the winner of the inaugural A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival and received a full production (directed by Jeffrey Matthews) in the Drama Studio at the university in May 1989.   

Plays Pandemical

 

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

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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An Evening with Lola Montez

Lola Montez was one of the most notorious figuers of her age -- dancer, performer,  lover of geniuses and kings.

 

But when she could no longer endure the physical strain of performing,  Lola wrote and delivered witty, self-penned lectures until her death in 1861 in New York City.
 

This play depicts one of these lectures, given in Brooklyn in 1858. Woven with a clever and engaging mix of truth and fabrication, her lectures were, by all accounts, greeted with intense curiosity and rewarded with rapturous applause.

 

World premiere:  July 2019 at the Capital Fringe Festival 

 

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Nero/Pseudo

 

In Nero/Pseudo, the true story of an ex-slave and lyre player who impersonated the Emperor Nero in 69 AD collides with the world of glam rock. 

The play features 10 songs written with Jon Langford (Mekons) and James Elkington (Tweedy).  

Nero/Pseudo was developed as part of Emerging Artists Theatre's New Works Festival (NYC, 2013) and was produced in 2014 by WSC/Avant Bard in Washington, DC. 

Bradley Foster Smith (Pontus) in WSC/Avant Bard production. Photo by Theresa Wood.