My plays are rituals for the stage, tragedies that are an excavation of the American consciousness, and an examination of our civilization in decline. They are not political. Rather, they are explorations of human pain, and a ritualized purging of that pain. They are characters pushing beyond the limits of socialization and morals, and in this spiritual act they find a sense of Self, and they force their will on those around them in the process of becoming. Tragedy as a form of performance is a banishing of evil spirits from the public sphere and an encouragement for the individual to understand their personal power and the manifestation of their will in the world, and these plays function as such.
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SALOME'S MOUTH (2018)
This play is about love in the midst of social upheaval. In Judea, Tetrarch Herod Antipas has to lead a society of many cultures and keep the region harmonious for the Roman Empire. Jokanaan, an itinerant Jewish agitator, has been captured by Herod to be used as political blackmail. Herod's stepdaughter Salome has other ideas for Jokanaan. This play is a re-imagining of the story of Salome and John the Baptist. It is about desire and how desire is the enemy of both the state and all ideology.
THE SUNRISE (2015)
This play is about a soldier returning to America after his tour of duty in an unnamed desert country. In this desert, he witnessed and took part in several atrocities. Unable to be near his wife and child, he moves to Los Angeles, a city in another desert, in an attempt to change his life. There, he meets a failed actress and brings her to his room for a night of role-playing and personal confession.
Michael and Sarah, after being married for eight years, question their relationship and confront the conflicting emotions that they have in regards to their identity and their place in a world that has grown increasingly devoid of meaning. A third party, a young photographer named Caroline, enters and disrupts their lives. She shows Michael and Sarah how their bodies and minds are manipulated by the false reality in which they reside and the delusional concepts in which they believe.
“Vivian” is an examination of what it means to be American Aristocracy. Who decides the hierarchical order? Who is born into a life where one can influence culture? Vivian Garrison has led a life of daring and decadence, and has returned to her hometown city for a life of bourgeois comfort. However, her shadow dream-world and her fantastic past invades to shatter her newfound reality.
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THE KNIFE OF THE LAW 2019
This is a love story between a working class man and a young Yaqui woman in Tucson Arizona, and a meditation on violence. Different aspects of the Indigenous Yaqui mysticism are explored in this unique drama about failed love.
EVERYONE LIKE US 2019 (A TV PILOT)
This is an intimate drama set in Los Angeles. Jessica is a woman in her mid thirties who has just gone through a personal tragedy that disrupts her life. As she recovers and tries to find her place in her new life, she finds out what she is capable of and the true feelings of those around her.
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