PLAYS WRITTEN AND PRODUCED
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARY JO KOPECHNE
It’s 2:30 A.M, July 19th, 1969, twenty-four hours before astronauts land on the moon. Senator Edward M. Kennedy has driven his car into a pond on Chappaquiddick Island. He manages to escape; his 28-year-old passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, does not. Panicked, he returns to his hotel room, and while waiting for his blood alcohol to fall below the DUI level so he can report the accident and explain what he was doing with a young, unmarried woman en route to the beach at midnight, he is visited by his two dead brothers, JFK and RFK, and his stroke-ridden father, who help him do damage control and attempt to salvage his political career. An hour later, another unexpected guest shows up. Soaking wet.
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles) July-August, 2018
DRAMA QUEENS FROM HELL
Three aging actresses — a former television diva, an African-American Blaxploitation movie star, and a transitioning Transgender woman — all represented by the same bottom-feeding agent — compete to play Norma Desmond in a remake of “Sunset Boulevard.”
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles), August-September, 2017
When a distraught young man walks into a Starbucks populated by a barista, an actress between auditions, a screenwriter trying to write, a realtor closing a deal, a personal wealth consultant gaming the market and a homeless man with delusions of being Anastasia, the lost Romanov Grand Duchess, and threatens to blow the place up with a bomb as a protest against multinational conglomerates, our five self-absorbed characters are obliged to get off their cell phones and pay attention.
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles), September-October, 2016)
THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT
When a woman sets up a dinner between her, her new husband, her ex-husband, and her ex-husband’s present partner, things get weird when she discovers that her ex is now with a cross-dressing male, and that she is strangely attracted to the man who left her eight years ago.
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles), August-September, 2015
THE ASSASSINATION OF LEON TROTSKY: A COMEDY. In a play about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera hosting Leon Trotsky and his wife in Mexico City, one of the actors is hit by a bus, creating the need to do some clever improve to save the show.
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles, July-August) 2014
MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION
When a man drives twenty miles out of his way to take advantage of a discount oil change for his car and accidentally runs into his accountant and a close friend’s wife having a compromising lunch, he is faced with the dilemma of telling his friend, and setting off World War III, or admitting to his wife that he drove all the way to the far reaches of the San Fernando Valley to save twenty bucks.
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles), June-July, 2013
ONLY THE DEAD KNOW BURBANK
A young television writer moves into a new office at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California, and discovers he is sharing the office with William Faulkner, who claims he couldn’t afford to die because he owes Jack Warner too much money.
The Hudson Theatre (Los Angeles), 2004
Drama-Logue Critics Award, 1989, 1996
A young man at the end of his rope calls a sex-fantasy telephone line, and proceeds to take the woman who responds on a trip that is much more erotic than anything she has to offer.
AART (Los Angeles), 1991
The Oldcastle Theatre (Bennington, VT.) 1994, 1998
MCC (New York), 1995
Adapted into a feature film, “Sweet Talk,” Gravitas Ventures, 2013
LA RONDE DE LUNCH
Ten lunches in a trendy Melrose Avenue trattoria, featuring five Los Angeles types doing deals — movies, real estate, drugs — in a circular form borrowed from Arthur Schnitzler’s classic, “La Ronde.”
AART (Los Angeles) 1992, 2000
Skylight Theatre (Los Angeles, 2009)
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