“Don’t follow us.  Our dust would get into your eyes,  our mud bespatter you,  you’d only be in the way.  You’re a good fellow, Arkady Nikolaevitch.  But you’re a sugary, liberal snob all the same.”

“Don’t follow us.
Our dust would get into your eyes,
our mud bespatter you,
you’d only be in the way.
You’re a good fellow, Arkady Nikolaevitch.
But you’re a sugary, liberal snob all the same.”

B A Z A R O V

Russian epic ▞ 150 min ▞ 4m 2w ▞ A take on Turgenev's 1861 novel, Fathers & Sons. Two prodigal sons traveling through Russia navigate familial obligations, the allure of nihilism, and the disruption of first love in this play about the struggles of belonging in your own generation.


 


“Madame, have you considered preparing  a leaflet educating young African-Americans about  the work your brother has done on their behalf?”

“Madame, have you considered preparing
a leaflet educating young African-Americans about
the work your brother has done on their behalf?”

C U R F E W

Black comedy ▞ 90 min ▞ 2m 2w ▞ A dark comedy about white Christians in Ferguson, MO, a few days after the shooting of Michael Brown, Curfew explores the uses cross-racial casting.


 


“Jeff Stryker’s a porn star.  Annie Sprinkle’s a porn star.  Robyn Bird’s a cable news journalist. Nag Hammadi is where they dug up the Gnostic Gospels.  And Craigslist is where you go to look for, um, apartments.”

“Jeff Stryker’s a porn star.
Annie Sprinkle’s a porn star.
Robyn Bird’s a cable news journalist.
Nag Hammadi is where they dug up the Gnostic Gospels.
And Craigslist is where you go to look for, um, apartments.”

THE RAKES: AN INTRODUCTION

Black comedy ▞ 140 min ▞ 4m 3w ▞ The Rakes Trilogy is a series of plays, inspired by JD Salinger’s Glass family, following a trio of white liberal orphans in New York City through the Obama Administration. The Rake brothers scramble to prepare for the youngest’s whirlwind wedding to the girl he saved a month before in the Virginia Tech massacre in this play about young love and terrible accidents. 


 


“When the world ends,  will it be a tragedy or a mystery?  The answer to that question will determine  what we do in the meantime.”

“When the world ends,
will it be a tragedy or a mystery?
The answer to that question will determine
what we do in the meantime.”

THE RAKES PROGRESS

Dark Comedy ▞ 140 min ▞ 4m 3w ▞ It’s Christmas 2011 and Paul, now a YouTube celebrity, announces a plan to reanimate the family tree. Set amidst Occupy Wall Street, the Fathers' Rights movement, and the crystal meth crisis within the LGBTQ community, The Rakes Progress is a story of addiction, decaying liberal values and crippling devotions to the dead.


 


“You have your reasons, you always do.  And I’m not even angry at you anymore, to be honest.  You saved me.  I owe you my life.  And I really like life.”

“You have your reasons, you always do.
And I’m not even angry at you anymore, to be honest.
You saved me.
I owe you my life.
And I really like life.”

THE RAKES DIE

Dark comedy ▞ 140 min ▞ 4m 3w ▞ Narrated by Andrew Rake, a haunted restauranteur, The Rakes Die sees another mass shooting force the brothers to confront a secret history, question their fraternity, and ultimately face their mortality as the trilogy finally comes to an end.


 


“You have to be honest with yourself  before you can effectively misrepresent yourself to others.  And if you can’t do that,  you look at the truths heaped around you and  pray you’re a goddamn good cherry-picker.  And know what? You were, old pal. You were.”

“You have to be honest with yourself
before you can effectively misrepresent yourself to others.
And if you can’t do that,
you look at the truths heaped around you and
pray you’re a goddamn good cherry-picker.
And know what? You were, old pal. You were.”

V E R I T A S

Tragedy ▞ 150 min ▞ 10m ▞ A secret gay witch hunt tears apart a group of friends at Harvard in 1920. Developed at Classic Stage Company in 2007, Veritas was first presented at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2010 where it became the first show in Fringe history to sell out its entire run before the festival began. An "agonizingly vivid" (NYT) immersive version was presented by The Representatives in October 2015.


 


“Is this script autobiographical?  Not my autobiography, but yes. It’s the life of Elexis Algonquin Endeavor.  Who?”

“Is this script autobiographical?

Not my autobiography, but yes. It’s the life of Elexis Algonquin Endeavor.

Who?”

W H O R M O N E

Black farce ▞ 130 min ▞ 3m 3w ▞ A washed up soap actress is offered a chance to make a TV movie of her life, but the glamour of her past is overtaken by a terror that things may have happened differently than she though in this dark bi-coastal farce of forbidden love and destructive sex in pre-9/11 American.  


 


A N D 4 0 N I G H T S

Dark Romance ▞ 45 min ▞ 4m 3w ▞ A humorous and haunting tribute to the perilous adventure of marriage. And 40 Nights is dedicated to Avi & Ellen Mittelman.

HIM.  There were people. There was some dirty love. Not impure, but low quality. Excuse me, I have to stop looking at you so I can put together a thought.  HER.  Those were puddles. This is an ocean. I can’t see the end of this.

HIM. There were people. There was some dirty love. Not impure, but low quality. Excuse me, I have to stop looking at you so I can put together a thought.
HER. Those were puddles. This is an ocean. I can’t see the end of this.


 


D E A D B L A C K T E M P

Tragicomedy ▞ 80 min ▞ 2m 1w ▞ A new play about an old friendship, a young romance, a birthday, a disease, a sublet, a screenplay and the death of Whitney Houston.

“I guess I don’t see the point then, Jake. If revolution isn’t the goal,  I question the effort expended.”

“I guess I don’t see the point then, Jake.
If revolution isn’t the goal,
I question the effort expended.”


 


FLOODED WITH LIGHT

Drama ▞ 90 min ▞ 2m 1w ▞ A biting new play about therapy, zealotry, illicit love and the costs of self-reinvention. Flooded with Light is playwright Stan Richardson's first Theatrical Portrait.

“Maybe it’s not that you have some grand Purpose.  Maybe you just have many small purposes.  So, maybe it’s not that you’ll have one big Comfort,  but many small ones.”

“Maybe it’s not that you have some grand Purpose.
Maybe you just have many small purposes.
So, maybe it’s not that you’ll have one big Comfort,
but many small ones.”


 


THE LOWER LIGHTS

Comedy ▞ 50 min ▞ 2m 2w ▞ A dark comedy set in November 2011 about the effects of Occupy Wall Street and the financial crisis on the erotic lives of two couples.

“But I am a SEXUAL Republican,  cuz what I’m saying is that what we’re doing in Iraq,  we shouldn’t be doing in Iraq.  We should be doing it in our bedrooms.”

“But I am a SEXUAL Republican,
cuz what I’m saying is that what we’re doing in Iraq,
we shouldn’t be doing in Iraq.
We should be doing it in our bedrooms.”


 


O HAPPY HAPPY AZTECS

Black comedy ▞ 80 min ▞ 2m 1w ▞ Two Midwesterners come to New York City with big dreams in this passionate love story of safety and convenience. O Happy Happy Aztecs! is a response to the increasingly powerful grip of advertising, Patti Smith’s Just Kids, the life of Dmitri Shostakovich and the death of gay anti-ageism therapist Bob Bergeron.

“Patti Smith shoplifted.  Books mostly.  Genet was a thief.  Okay, let me get my bag.”

“Patti Smith shoplifted.
Books mostly.
Genet was a thief.
Okay, let me get my bag.”


 


PRIVATE MANNING GOES TO WASHINGTON

Political Drama ▞ 75 min ▞ 2m ▞ A haunting look at the price of activism. Private Manning, which intertwines the lives of army whistleblower Chelsea Manning and the late Internet pioneer and information-hacktivist Aaron Swartz, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2016.

“Everything is crying for help.  The only reason we can be at peace is  because we cannot hear the suffering  of every single bit of life.”

“Everything is crying for help.
The only reason we can be at peace is
because we cannot hear the suffering
of every single bit of life.”


 


TO BE MADE FLESH AGAIN

Ghost story ▞ 80 min ▞ 4m 3w ▞ An ambivalent ghost roams a posh NYC birthday party to select the body in which they will reincarnate.

“You’re seeing a guy—or a lady— at one single moment in their lives.  This is the only moment you can be sure of.  Do you get what I mean?  You will go through that process of which they are the result.  And you do not want to know about that shit in advance.”

“You’re seeing a guy—or a lady—
at one single moment in their lives.
This is the only moment you can be sure of.
Do you get what I mean?
You will go through that process of which they are the result.
And you do not want to know about that shit in advance.”


 


“How else am I supposed to care about something  if it’s not because of who I love?”

“How else am I supposed to care about something
if it’s not because of who I love?”

THE MONTAGUES

Dramatic comedy ▞ 10 min ▞ 2m ▞ A gay American couple try to enjoy Italy during the Gaza War. A commission for Break the Wall Theatre Project.


 


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YOURS WILL BE FIRST

Black comedy ▞ 10 min ▞ 1m 1w ▞ A very difficult phone call.


 
 

Of course there’s more—I’ve been writing plays since I was 13 years old—but let’s get through these ones first, shall we?