Full Plays

FEMMES PARFAITES   Click for PDF
A Play in Two Acts
A playwright named Stuart deals with turning 50, cripplingly writer's block, his mother and five lovers.  Nuff said.
 
WILHELMSTRASSE    Click for PDF
A Drama in Twelve Scenes, Completed August 2011
Structured non-linearly, the play moves out temporally in both directions from Samuel and Ulrilke’s parting lunch after their year-long acquaintance in New York.  She has moved back to Germany and he, remaining in New York, has become an art historian.  An investigative trip to a museum in Austria has brought them together again in Berlin visiting the Nazi sites, exploring their identities, the nature of forgiveness and a seldom discussed issue of the Holocaust: when is it time, if not to forget, to at least move on.
 
SMALL FAVORS    Click for PDF
A Drama in Two Acts, Complete 2009
A forceful and dynamic drama set in present-day suburban New Jersey, Small Favors depicts the irrevocable consequences of a youthful prank gone horribly wrong and its effect on a collection of family, friends and acquaintances years later, and most particularly, on the relationship of two formerly close brothers.
 
A TRIBUTE TO ELI    Click for PDF
A Comedy in Two Acts (neé movie script)
(The movie script was completed in 2005.  I have begun adapting it for the stage). Two best friends cannot get their film made so they invent the life of a young man who died of AIDS, pay an elderly actress to pretend to be his mother and she goes around begging and pleading for the money to get her dead son's film made.  Hilarity ensues.
 
LATE MOVEMENT    Click For PDF
A Drama in Six Scenes, Completed 2007
A bittersweet drama depicting the events revolving around a man meeting his father's baseball hero in bar one lonely rainy day a year after his father has passed away.  The hero, a once giant of the game, has become a recluse and the son's mixed feelings towards the man his distant father truly loved, stirs up the past, the present and the future in unforeseen ways.
 
AND FLY FLY AWAY   Click for PDF
A Comedy in One Act, 2003
On a dark, sad night, I picked up Brooke Shields in a bar.  Yes, that is a true statement.  What, you thought someone like me wouldn't write a play about it?  Narcissism on parade here.  Not one, but two characters named Stuart.  Don't knock it.
 
THE LAST BLOCK LETTER    Click for PDF
A Drama in Four Acts, Completed April 2002
Centered on the three members of the Greer family, The Last Block Letter is a full-length play about two writers, father and son, who have suffered debilitating cases of writer’s block for which their lifelong artistic quests have regressed from one of defining passions to one of inaccessible reaches and thereby ineluctable ordeal.  Stylistically drawn as a naturalistic yet foreboding family drama, the play at times literate and florid, examines the conflicting pull between familial loyalty and personal need, the desire for self-esteem and success, and the depths to which despairing people will sink to realize both.
 
HAL’S LAST STAND   Click for PDF
A Drama in Two Acts, Five Songs, and Poem, Completed June 1999
This two act drama centers on the run-down music hall “The Last Stand,” and its washed-up proprietor Hal Lucas who runs an open mike night every Wednesday with the same collection of luckless, forlorn musicians.  One night a mysterious and mistakenly recognized stranger enters, uncovering each person’s depths of loyalty and the fervent pursuit of “the dream” that underlies all artists and the aesthetic impulse.
 
OF LESS PERFECT MATERIAL    Click for PDF
A Quasi-Play in Ten Monologues, 2001   The goal was to try to tell a story through monolouges only, with a narrative that unfolds with each succeeding monologue.  It's a nice idea, but a bit of a mess so I let it wither and die.  But some of the monologues might work eventually someday and I do think about going back to it from time to time.
 
THE ABC’s OF SELLING    Click for PDF
A Drama in Two Acts, Completed June 1998
This two-act drama is about a “one night stand.”  It takes place first in a turn of the century New York pub and then afterwards in a slovenly apartment around the corner.  The evening unfolds through introductions, flirtations, “familiarity” and finally separation as the play investigates the power of a beautiful woman, the susceptibility of men to them, and how the nature of two damaged souls, their lives shaped by childhood events, will lead them inexorably to a conclusion neither wants, but both are powerless to prevent.