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NEW IN 2012

CONN3Э/tions, or Love Among the Cell Phones
is a play with songs. Each of the 11 scenes is essentially a one-act. The scenes together tell a story beginning with an unexpected divorce, through a period of confused loneliness, and on into a new love.

Click here to download Scene 4 of CONNECTIONS, the scene that starts the romance.

Music downloads


05-I'm Ready for a New Man.mp3
06-I'm Ready to Grab You Now, Man.mp3
07-Get in the Groove, Girl.mp3

14-It's Kind of Confusing.mp3



ADAH!
or
DIRECT FROM ASTOUNDING TRIUMPHS IN LONDON AND PAREE
THE STUNNING ADAH ISAACS MENKEN
PLAYS MAZEPPA IN VIRGINIA CITY, TERRITORY OF NEVADA

A wild ride, based on what may well have been a true-life adventure of one of America 's most amazing women.
Full-length, single ramshackle set, 6 actors, 1 piano player and music similar to that in silent movies.


THE GREAT AMERICAN RAILROAD AND HOTDOG COMPANY

“Zany, satiric spoof of America ”— Variety.
Full-length, single transforming set, 6 actors and piano player.
Barry Street Theater, Chicago , IL.
University of Michigan Invitational Experimental Theater Festival.
WPA Theater , New York , NY.
Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago , IL.
“Cuckoo Concoction Clicks”— The Soho Weekly News.
“One of the six great American plays”—John Bergman, AD, Geese Theatre.
 

HOW TO GROW BEANS…AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Thoreau talks of life at Walden Pond ; extracted from Walden.
One act, about 45 minutes; one actor, no set.
Raven Theater, Chicago , IL .
“Superb adaptation”— Chicago Reader.
Performed frequently in high schools and universities.


THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER

Adaptation of Mark Twain's novella.
Full-length, single environmental set, 14 or more actors.
Barry Street Loft Theater, Chicago , IL .
“How horrible and beautiful”— Chicago Tribune


THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE

Adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel using masks and Civil War songs.
Full-length, single set, 5 actors playing multiple roles and a musician.
Illinois Arts Council $1000 award.
Fountain Valley School , Colorado . (school & community theater version—20 actors)
“Epic and poetic”— Denver Post

SO MUCH REMAINS
The challenging life of Katherine Mansfield interspersed with adaptations of her short stories.
Unit set, 9 or more actors, music.
Illinois College

YELLOW HEAT
Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin in Arles , France , 1888.
Full-length, single set, projections, voiceovers, music, 5 actors.
Next Theatre, Evanston , IL .
“Transcendent”— Chicago Sun-Times .
“Lush intellectual eroticism”— Chicago Reader.
MacMurray College, MacMurray Bagpipe, “Yellow Heat Box Office hit.”
(Original music by Larry Schanker is available.)
(French translation of Yellow Heat by Bernard Da Costa– Chaleur Jaune)

CURRENT PROJECT

In addition to actively writing plays, he co-directs Shakespeare workshops at the Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.

 

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