Plays

Civilization

Maybe we'd all be happier in simpler times. A family finds out.

Semifinalist: B Street Theatre Comedies, 2020


Charlie Johnson Reads All of Proust


An old man gets a lecture on Proust from his snooty daughter-in- law. Determined to prove he's no dummy, he decides to read it all, and discovers the epic of his own life.

Self-Produced at the Den Theatre, Chicago, 2019

Produced by Midnight Theatre, St. Louis, 2019

On the Continuous Dream podcast

The Death of Captain Hero

When the lead actor of a Saturday morning cartoon show dies a scandalous death, the head writer wants to give him a heroic send-off on the show. But it's against FCC regulation for a character to die on a children's cartoon. O'Neill semifinalist 2013, Princess Grace Award semifinalist 2017. Ninth Place, 88th Annual Writers Digest Writing Contest 2019.

Readings: 3 Brothers Theatre, Waukegan, 2016

Three Cat Productions, Chicago, 2015

Available Light Theatre, Columbus, 2015

Chameleon Theatre Circle, Minnapolis, 2013

Wells and Welles

A rainy night in 1940. Orson Welles and HG Wells happen to be at the same motel in San Antonio. Orson has a favor to ask.

Reading: Chicago Dramatists, 2019

On the Continuous Dream podcast


Metadata

Two psychologists studying human behavior experiment on social media, with frightening consequences.

Reading: Three Cat Productions, Chicago, 2018

Garry Marshall New Works semifinalist 2018

Neukom Award finalist 2019

The Last Sane Man

A shy college student meets a young man with a theory: insanity is caused by a virus that is spreading around the globe.

Readings: Piccolo Theatre, Evanston, 2017

Chicago Dramatists, 2016

Spartan Theatre Company, Chicago, 2016


Leda

A young woman is captured in the Peloponnesian War, made a slave in Athens, and is seduced by a soldier who tells her he's Zeus in disguise.

Self-Produced in Chicago, 2017

Reading: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, 2015

The Morrigan

The ancient legends of Irish hero Cuchulainn.

Produced by Trinity High School, 2019

The Sound

A couple is driven to surreal madness by a sound coming through the walls of their new apartment.

Reading: Coffee and Whisky Productions, 2019

Screenplay optioned, 2017

Semifinalist. Seven Devils Conference, 2017

Poet and Warrior

30 years in the relationship between poet William Butler Yeats and revolutionary Maud Gonne.

Readings: Prop Theatre, Chicago, 2018

Greenhouse Theatre, Chicago, 2014 and 2015

On the Continuous Dream podcast

Locked Ward

When a nurse is apparently murdered in a psych ward, the patients must hold themselves together to solve the mystery.

Readings: Three Cat Productions, Chicago, 2014

Creative Studio Space, 2009

Short Plays:

Crossing Over

American Blues Theatre Ripped Festival 2020


Proofreading

Third place winner, James Stevenson Prize 2019

The Bible

The Artistic Home Cut to the Chase Festival 2019

The Terrible Secret

Stage Left Theatre Drek Fest 2019

Sue

20% Theatre Snapshots Festival 2016

Between Here and Our Destination

Three Cat Productions Holiday Stories 2014

Page Ten

Chameleon Theatre Circle 2014

Fading Away

Women's Theatre Alliance 2013

Projections

Chicago Dramatists Ten Minute Workshop 2011

Sell the House

Second City Level 5 Showcase 2008

New Work, 2019-2020:

The New Deal: a serial killer runs for president. Because everyone loves serial killers.

Fourteen: three high school freshman girls befriend the robot that has joined their class (one act).

The Hamster: the biggest Trump election-night party in 2016--the one at Vladimir Putin's house.

Buddha's Birthday: Pamela's husband wants her on anxiety medication. Her niece becomes enlightened. A raccoon sets fire to the house.

Him: a time-traveling couple kidnaps baby Hitler in order to kill him.