Need a play that meets your company or school’s highly specific needs? Have an actor whose talents you want to show off but don’t know the role to do it? Interested to be the first to premiere a play?
Finding a script that fits the your company or school’s needs can be a headache – and even when you find a play that’s strong on its own, it may not be right for your ensemble or produce-able within your budget. That is, unless you’re able to influence the play while it’s being conceived and watch it come to life, tailored to your company’s needs!
I'm especially interested in partnering with community theaters and high schools -- I'm licensed to teach K-12 Drama and am an affiliated faculty member at Emerson College, so I've got plenty of lesson plans and workshop ideas in my back pocket, including some focused on college admission, since I have six years of experience in Undergraduate Admission.
“[MJ was] so incredibly open and supportive during the entire process. What a unique, formative experience for my kiddos too. Thank you for your creativity, enthusiasm, and involvement.” – Arlynn Polletta, director of Brute, commissioned by Pingree School
Below are some loose ideas for plays that can be easily adapted. Keep in mind that they’re deliberately vague because they’re waiting for you to shape them.
Discord – A new conductor with an unconventional leadership style inspires their orchestra to voice their own new, contradicting ideas for how the orchestra should be managed, creating a troubling maze of opinions and egos. Ideal for a company or school needing roles for a large cast. (Alternately, the play concerns a string quartet, and thus requires a cast of four.)
Half a Dozen of the Other – A slew of hopeful Sommeliers with, erm, varied ideas of what it means to take wine-drinking seriously come together for their big exam. I imagine this as a series of two-person scenes, ideal for a cast of actors only able to commit to a few rehearsals. Picture a Christopher Guest-style comedy. (Alternately, the play could be crafted as an immersive event. A production could “pair well” with a partnership with a vineyard.)
Patient and Kind -- The parents of the bride and groom have finally arrived at their—I mean their children’s—big day. They bicker, wrestle, and rage about all of the details, only to find that a crucial ingredient is missing: the couple themselves. (The play could also (or alternatively) focus on the members of the wedding party.)
I have plenty more ideas—but I want to know what you’re cooking up and how I can help your vision come to life, so let’s talk! Take a look around and see the type of work I've done.