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My job as a playwright is to entertain, educate and emotionally challenge the audience. Each work is a call to action, whether it be to storm the barricades, seek acceptance, or merely to love.
Randy Klein and I are so excited to announce that we have been recording the music for our new musical, Black Swan Blues, and hope to complete it this fall (2021). Stay tuned! A big thank-you to our all-star cast: Christian Hoff, Lilli Cooper, Aurelia Williams, Karen Mason, Jerry Dixon, Soara-Joye Ross, Kayla Davion, Carla R. Stewart, James Jackson, Jr., Kwame Michael Remy, Richard Baskin, Jr., Jillian Louis, Bruce Sabath, Celeste Rose, and Jonathan Long.
More exciting news:
On July 1, 2020 I finished writing This Is Serious, a new two-part, four- character COVID-19 play, adaptable for a digital platform in the new world of Zoom. The play explores the stress on family relationships in a time of crisis. Set in New Rochelle, NY, the play revolves around the Granville family (mother, father, college-age son and his Latinx girlfriend), first in early March when New Rochelle is the epicenter of the pandemic, and two and a half months later at the end of May when the Black Lives Matter protests erupt after the killing of George Floyd. Life and death hang in the balance. Part I (Between A Rock and A Hard Place) and Part II (Double Whammy) can be presented individually or together.
On October 8, 2020 Ken Davenport's Theatermakers Studio presented a free Zoom reading of This Is Serious as a benefit for Feeding Westchester. The reading was directed by Nick Corley, and the cast included Emily Skinner, Stephen Bogardus, Ben Fankhauser, and Yarissa Tiara Millan. I am proud to announce that we raised over $10,000.00 for Feeding Westchester to alleviate food insecurity exacerbated by the pandemic, which is addressed in the play. I am also delighted to announce that This Is Serious was nominated as Best Play of the Year and Nick Corley was nominated as Best Director of the Year by Ken Davenport’s Theatremakers Studio for our presentation in October.
On March 13, 2021 almost a year to the day of the date the play begins (March 11, 2020) another free Zoom reading of The Is Serious was presented by The Schoolhouse Theater in North Salem, NY. The play was directed by Bram Lewis, Artistic Director of The Schoolhouse Theater, and the cast included Ginger Grace, Mark Hofmaier, Webb Bankemper, and Yarissa Tiara Millan.
My song, “One Small Box,” with my lyrics and music by Dan Shamir, was nominated as Best Song of the Year by Theatermakers Studio.