Comedy, 6 actors (1 female, 5 gender non-specific)
LOG LINE: A ragtag troupe of six staffers from McMurdo Station offer a breakneck pageant covering 100+ years of milestones and mishaps in Antarctic history. Meet the first women to winter-over, a contemplative pair of dogs, the most unheroic explorer of the Heroic Age, and plenty more Antarctic stories you never knew you cared about.
STATUS: The play was commissioned by Flat Earth Theatre, where I developed it with the help of director Noah Simes and dramaturg Dan Ciba. I've also been turning to Ruthie Halberstadt—a PhD candidate in glaciology at UMass Amherst—for some topic-specific help. I'm making some tweaks here and there but the play is structurally where I want it to be. I'm interested to develop a "high school" version of the script for more actors.
LOG LINE: Constance sees a window of opportunity when her grandson Benny pays an unexpected and uncomfortable visit. She tries to heal a deep family wound and help Benny find love—but an uncomfortable coincidence only makes the visit more awkward and threatens to isolate them both from the only family they have left.
STATUS: I've written at least five total overhauls of this story as a stage play, and now I'm piecing it back together as a screenplay. So far it feels like it might actually work this time around; part of that has to do with the flexibility of being able to introduce new characters, wander to new locations, and cut scenes off more quickly. Ironically, I think I may re-conceive it as a play for five actors (3 men and 2 women) by essentially translating the screenplay back into a stage play. I expect to have a full draft of the script done before the end of the summer.
Drama, 9 actors (6 male, 2 female, 1 NB)
LOG LINE: Coach has run Boston's last-remaining queer book store for decades, and prepares to pass management along to the much younger Charlie. While Charlie considers the offer, a turbulent chain reaction of turnover threatens to derail the store's future, and causes its staff to confront difficult questions about the LGBTQ+ "community".
STATUS: I wrote this play as part of my fellowship at the Huntington Theatre Company, in response to a break-out group I was in at the 2017 StageSource Conference. In it, I'm working out some of my own criticisms and questions of white gay men and, largely, their culpability in the racism, sexism, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination experienced by members of the LGBTQ+ community. I have some private table-reads on the docket for this one.