A Late Supper is the story of two sisters, Diane and Debbie, who have chosen markedly different life paths. As the play opens, Diane is excitedly preparing a dinner in anticipation of the arrival of her beloved sister, much to the dismay of Diane's husband, Mark. Tensions flare when Debbie arrives with a surprise date – Mark’s high school idol, Greg, an accomplished pro golfer. When a smoldering unresolved conflict between Mark and Debbie becomes uncontainable, dinner ends up on the floor. They order pizza and hope it will arrive before this quartet’s intricate web of lies and betrayals fully unravels.
DIANE SHEFFIELD 30's/40's housewife married to Mark.
MARK SHEFFIELD, 40 year old advertising executive.
DEBBIE STAR, a 30-something rock and roll singer, sister of Diane.
GREG WILCOX, a 40 year old ex-professional golfer.
A Late Supper ran as a limited engagement from November 30th thru December 22nd, 2002, at the Maverick Theatre in New York City. The production was directed by Julie Boyd and starred Karthryn Leask (DIANE), Peter Bradbury (MARK), Cindy Katz (DEBBIE), and Michael McKenzie (GREG).
If Wishes Were Horses takes place in late summer 2006. Tiger Woods is the world’s best golfer, with Phil Mickelson closing the gap until his disastrous loss at the US Open at Winged Foot. Our hero, Doug, is a downsized Human Resources exec who needs a job. His wife Karen has been supporting him – for too long. His father-in-law Bill needs a place to live after the assisted living facility catches fire. Doug really needs a job. Add to this explosive mixture his obsession with Phil Mickelson’s collapse, a remarkable green thumb and a dog who shows him that being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be miraculous. If Wishes Were Horses wonders whether three people can get out of the rough and on with their lives…without killing each other.
KAREN MONROE - High school physical education teacher, forty/fifty year old wife of Doug
DOUG MONROE - Downsized Human Resources executive, fifty year old husband of Karen
BILL STEPHENS - Retired appliance repairman, Sixty/seventy year old Father of Karen
GOLF ANNOUNCER - Man or Woman.
If Wishes Were Horses ran as a limited engagement from June 7th thru June 30th, 2007, at Altered Stages in New York City. The production was directed by Julia Gibson and starred Michael McKenzie (DOUG), Suzanne Grodner (KAREN), Robertson Carricart (BILL).
If Wishes Were Horses received a staged reading in 2016 in NYC, produced by Nomad Theatrical. The play was given significant updates and modifications including the addition of a new character, the Golf Announcer.
Revisiting Wildfire is a funny and moving two character play that tests the friendship of former college roommates Theresa and Pam, who met in the early years of punk and the Reagan Administration. Now 52, both women are facing personal crises: When Theresa loses her job and falls out of touch, Pam leaves Ohio and arrives unannounced at Theresa’s NYC apartment. Theresa has recently discovered spiritual guidance and her new life purpose in a 70’s pop ballad, which Pam finds more than a little insane. But, in a volatile afternoon, Pam makes her own startling revelation and they find their lives are at a crossroads. They each have to answer the question, “How are you, my lifelong friend, going to be a part of my new life?” Is their shared history an obstruction or a guide to their future? To move forward and save their friendship, the two women must find in each other a neglected and vital part of themselves.
THERESA - A Fifty Two year old Woman, urban, stylish, gorgeous after all these years.
PAM - A Fifty Two year old Woman, suburban, funny, taking the aging process in stride.
Revisiting Wildfire ran as a limited engagement from June 1st thru June 24th, 2012, at the Arclight Theatre in New York City. The production was directed by Eve Brandstein and starred Nancy Johnston (PAM) and Lynne Wintersteller (THERESA).
Revisiting Wildfire ran as a workshop production from July 8th thru July 31st, 2011, as a guest artist production at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. The production was directed by Eve Brandstein and starred Denise Crosby (PAM) and Jamie Rose (THERESA).
(co-written with FLORA DOONE)
That Gorgon Girl is the comedic story of two teenage girls in 2018 New York City, one of whom happens to be Medusa, the Gorgon from ancient Greece. She has been restored to her original youth and beauty and sent down by Zeus to help one of her descendants, Phoebe, who is in danger of following in her footsteps. Zeus, believing Medusa has learned her lesson, hopes that she can prevent history from repeating itself. Instead, it backfires.
With the help of Phoebe’s Mom, Medusa poses as an exchange student. She hopes that by spending day and night with Phoebe, she can guide her away from her awful behavior. Zeus stays close by, taking on various disguises to monitor Medusa’s efforts.
Like Medusa was, Phoebe is beautiful with gorgeous flowing curls and is obnoxiously self-centered. Every boy has thrown themselves at her feet except Spiro, the one she wants. This snub has brought out the worst in Phoebe, and threatens to bring out the curse she’s inherited from Medusa.
Medusa has good intentions – she really tries, really really really tries. But Phoebe brings out the monster in her, rekindling her old jealousies, envy and vanity, which led to her being cursed in the first place. It all comes to a boil when Spiro falls head over heels for Medusa. Phoebe’s rage engages the curse, her skin tone changes, her hair thickens and her dark glare turns Spiro to stone.
Medusa is horrified! Zeus is furious! Phoebe is green! But Medusa won’t let Phoebe fall to the peril of Gorgonhood, the life she had -- and hated. She convinces Phoebe to trust the beauty within, overcome her insecurities and free herself from the curse forever. (approximate running time 60 minutes)
MOM - A forty-something woman, mother of Phoebe.
MEDUSA - A fifteen year old girl.
ZEUS - A fifty/sixty/seventy year old man.
PHOEBE - A fifteen year old girl.
THADDEUS - A fifteen year old boy.
SPIRO - A fifteen year old boy.
(co-written with FLORA DOONE)
Two foster brothers grow together, but ultimately apart in THE PAGE TURNER. Alternating between the past and present (noted by a metronome to signify time), BRANDON and CODY, raised by single mother ELLEN, give you a contrast between better and best. Either boy could have been the best at the piano, but ultimately one is the virtuoso and the other simply the page turner.
The past shows the relationship and bond that develops between the two foster brothers and their relationship with Ellen. The present shows focuses on their differences -- one achieving his rightful place in the world as a classical pianist, the other returning from the war in Iraq only to give into the PTSD that ultimately caused him his benefits.
Eventually the truth about Cody emerges, and the trauma in Brandon's life from abandonment of his own mother and his experiences in Iraq ruins Cody's big debut and sinks Brandon into an abyss that even he doesn't understand. The brothers eventually find a common ground, one off to find the family he never had and the other to "turn the page."
BRANDON MCNEAL - A 23 year old Caucasian man. Physically imposing, secretive, emotionally scarred.
CODY JOHNSON - A 21 year old African American man. Sensitive, disciplined, eager to please.
ELLEN TURNER - A 45 year old Caucasian woman. Caring, stoic, forced to make hard decisions.
The Porch is the story of four desperate souls all looking for a place to stop running. On one not-so-ordinary summer afternoon three guests show up at the same bed & breakfast that the innkeeper eagerly wants to shutter. Just short of being physically coerced into staying open, he allows them to stay while leaving them to their own devices. None of the group, including the innkeeper, is entirely stable, making it only a matter of time before the porch becomes a battleground. Out of the darkness, however, a new day emerges, bringing hope and courage to unlikely allies.
JEAN WALLACE - A stylish Bohemian woman in her forties/early fifties. She quickly jumps to the aid of anyone in need, anything to avoid dealing with her own problems.
ZIAD - A man in his late twenties, a classical dancer. He is sweet and impish, wouldn't hurt a fly...but oh how he loves to stir things up!
LEE STILLMAN - A man in his forties/fifties. Had big plans for himself but couldn't get out of his own way, now he doesn't care to.
RAMONA BORRAZA - A successful Latina woman in her late thirties. She is strong and confident in business, clueless and insecure in love.
The Porch ran as a limited engagement from June 1st thru June 25th , 2006, at Altered Stages in New York City. The production was directed by Michael Berry and starred Lauren Mufson (JEAN), Don Harvey (LEE), Javier Munoz (ZIAD) and Shirley Roeca (RAMONA).
In Voices of Swords, a comedic drama, Alexis, a personal organizer is hired by the son of a woman facing heart surgery to minister to his lonely yet indomitable mother. However the organizer is completely disorganized and her clients turn out to be a veritable force of nature. The strain of balancing the headstrong, prodigal son against his formidable mother forces Alexis to reveal an aching, explosive truth of her own, one that has caused the deadly virtual swordfight in her mind.
ALEXIS - A woman in her forties
OLIVIA - A Caucasian woman in her sixties/seventies.
TEDDY - A man in his sixties/seventies, Alexis' father.
MAVE - A woman in her sixties/seventies, Alexis' mother.
MATTHEW - A man in his forties/fifties, ex-husband of Alexis.
KOSEY - A man of color in his thirties/forties, Olivia's son.
Voices of Swords ran as a limited engagement from August 15th thru September 7, 2014, at Walkerspace in New York City. The production was directed by Eve Brandstein and starred Loni Ackerman (OLIVIA), Bob Ari (TEDDY), Phillip Christian (KOSEY), Gillien Goll (MAVE), Michael Mckenzie (MATTHEW) and Celia Schaefer (ALEXIS).
Voices of Swords (workshop production) ran June 18 - June 22, 2008 at Urban Stages in New York City. The production was directed by Spider Duncan Christopher and starred Rosemary Prinz (OLIVIA),, Lauren Mufson (ALEXIS), Robert M. Jimenez (KOSEY), Michael McKenzie (MATTHEW), Mary Elaine Monti (MAVE) and Gordon Joseph Weiss (TEDDY).