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The Wayward War: A new Elizabethan History. A prequel to The Wayward Women, The Wayward War tells the story of Penti Celia’s ascension as Duchess of Amosa. Celia’s mother, Penti Marria, reveals before her death that her bastard daughter Nolia has an equal right to the throne of Amosa. Suddenly torn apart by differing ideals, the sisters cannot rule together, nor will either submit to the other’s reign. Allies are set against each other, and friends are forced to watch friends die in a match of freedom against order.

220px-perkin_warbeckThe Pretension of Richard IV, Part 1: A new Elizabethan History. After Henry VII had ousted Richard III, maligning his memory for centuries to come, he settled confidently into his seat of power. It was not long, however, before a new challenger to the throne appeared. Claiming to be the surviving youngest of the Princes in the Tower, a man calling himself Richard IV emerged and began securing alliances around Europe. Margaret of Burgundy, one of the few remnants of the line of York, used the prince to shore up support for the White Rose, sewing discord and uncertainty all over. With unclear information moving swiftly though, it is uncertain who is supporting whom, who has the better claim, or even who this Richard IV really is. Drawing strong inspiration from Richard II, Henry IV part 1, and Henry VI part 2, The Pretension of Richard IV challenges us to commit despite uncertainty, as certainty is never promised.
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The Passion of Boudicca: Queen Boudicca wished to maintain rule over the Iceni (who lived roughly in the Suffolk region) after the death of her husband, King Prasutagus. The Romans felt they were now the rightful owners of the region, and supported this argument by sacking her town, scourging her, and sexually assaulting her daughters. Boudicca countered this point by gathering the local tribes and completely wrecking the Roman army for several years. Taking its inspiration chiefly from Antony & Cleopatra and As You Like It (with a tiny sprinkling of King Lear and Henry VI, and particles of others), The Passion of Boudicca pits Pride against Love, Law against Integrity, and Nature against Individuality.
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The Passion of Boudicca is scheduled to premier with We Three in September, 2017.

cleaver_2Butcher Boggle: A brief allegory about moral relativism. Boggle, a butcher’s assistant left to mind the shop, does not know how to react to his caste system’s revolution, nor the resulting counterrevolution, but soon learns that the one thing zealots hate more than their enemies is someone who refuses to pick a side.

Butcher Boggle debuted as part of Otherworld Theatre’s 2nd Annual PARAGON Play festival at The Public House Theatre, October, 2016.

The Wayward Women (or: Nothing to Do): A new Elizabethan Comedy. Cordelius, a banished lover, and his bondman Julian wash up on a strange land, where women rule and men are the gentler sex. Duchess Penti Celia welcomes them to the Festival of the New Moon, but the celebrations are marred by the hilarious dueling (physical, verbal, and psychological) of the wastrel knights Dame Anu (the virtuous) and Dame Grendela (the flatulent).
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The Wayward Women received its debut performance with We Three in Chicago, IL, 2016.
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A scene from The Wayward Women appeared on Poetry Talk September 13, 2016, in Chicago, IL.

The Wayward Women is scheduled to be remounted in rep with The Passion of Boudicca with We Three in September, 2017.

The Wayward Women will receive its Milwaukee Debut with TheaterRED July, 2017.
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Countess Bathory: A Elizabethan Tragedy. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Richard III and Richard IICountess Bathory takes all of the exaggerated rumors and legends as fact, depicting Elizabeth has a mad tyrant, fighting desperately to control her passions.
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Countess Bathory received a staged reading with The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company in Chicago, IL, 2014.

A Steampunk Christmas Carol, Dec 2014

Steampunk Christmas Carol 2014

Steampunk Christmas Carol 2015

Steampunk Christmas Carol 2015

A Steampunk Christmas Carol: Tinker Tim, Barb Ratchet, and Mad Madam Fizzlewig are just a few of the Tesla-inspired alterations to this retelling of the Dickens classic. Others include a steam-powered narrator, a swash-buckling Ghost of Christmas Present, and a brief homage to Frankenstein.
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A Steampunk Christmas Carol received its debut performance with EDGE Theatre in Chicago, IL, 2014. EDGE now stages the show annually.

Almost Got Him Sherlock

Almost Got Him Sherlock, October 2014

Almost Got Him Sherlock: A 90-minute adaptation, commissioned by EDGE Community Theatre, Chicago. When five of Holmes’ fiercest adversaries come together, they decide on the ultimate wager: who has the best Almost-got-him Sherlock story?
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Almost Got Him Sherlock received its debut performance with EDGE Theatre in Chicago, IL, 2014.

Almost Got Him Sherlock received its sophomore performance (as “Sherlock Holmes: Almost Got Him“) at the Devonshire Playhouse in Skokie, IL, 2017.

The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe: A 60-minute adaptation for children, commissioned by EDGE Community Theatre, Chicago.

The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe received its debut performance with EDGE Theatre in Chicago, IL, 2014.

The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe, Sep-Oct 2014

The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe, Sep-Oct 2014

The Hobbit: A 60-minute adaptation for young artists.
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The Hobbit received its debut performance with EDGE Theatre in Chicago, IL, 2014.

The Hobbit will receive its sophomore production in the Fall of 2017 with Kettle Morraine High School in Wales, WI.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit

A Thousand Times Goodnight: An Elizabethan-style Comedy based on 1001 Arabian Nights. The play follows Scheherazade, a Persian maiden (one of few left) who volunteers to wed the bloodthirsty Sultan (a tyrant with a broken heart), in the hopes of remolding him to a better king. Featuring plays-within-the-play (Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sinbad), A Thousand Times Goodnight draws its inspiration chiefly from Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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A Thousand Times Goodnight received its debut performance with TheaterRED in Milwaukee, WI, 2013.

A Thousand Times Goodnight was produced in Chicago by the Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company in Chicago, IL, 2015

A Thousand Times Goodnight received a staged reading with the Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company in Chicago, IL, 2013.

King Saul Part I: An Elizabethan-style History play, The First Part of King Saul follows the biblical monarch from his ascension through war, to his fall into madness, and his ambivalent relationship with the legendary giant-slayer, David.
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King Saul Part I received a staged reading with the Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company in Chicago, IL, 2013.

King Saul Part II: An Elizabethan-style History play, The Second Part of King Saul follows the biblical monarch in his march toward death, as well as the power struggles that follow his inevitable fall.
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O Cult: (ten-minute play) A cult’s middle-manager gently disciplines a polite though problematic recruit.

O Cult was first staged as part of the Bring Your Own Play festival at Western Illinois University, 2013. It was premiered in Chicago by Blunt Objects Theatre, 2014.

Private Police: (ten-minute play) A stolen purse results in an unusual arrest.

Private Police was first staged as part of the Bring Your Own Play festival at Western Illinois University, 2013.

Drugged: (ten-minute play) Two old men lament the loss of better times. Inspired by a real e-mail-forward.

Drugged was first staged as part of the Bring Your Own Play festival at Western Illinois University, 2011.

World’s First: (ten-minute play) In an amorphous, timeless cave, three companions live in fear of the unknown outside. World’s First was written in collaboration with Drew Hampton.

World’s First was first staged as part of the Bring Your Own Play festival at Western Illinois University, 2011.

The Fetucidal Fiend: (twenty-minute play) In the wine cellar of a wedding, a pair of one-time paramours deal with the aftermath of their previous tryst.

The Fetucidal Fiend was first staged as part of the Bring Your Own Play festival at Western Illinois University, 2010.

Street Connection: (ten-minute play) An old woman tries to purchase “one marijuana” from a teenaged dealer, but communication quickly becomes a problem.

Street Connection was first staged as part of the Bring Your Own Play festival at Western Illinois University, 2009.

’til Death Again: (ten-minute play) A dream couple are about to wed, when an adorable loser from the bride’s past crashes up the party.

’til Death Again was first staged as part of the Bring Your Own Play festival at Western Illinois University, 2009.

On Either Side Of Him: A Stoppard-type treatment of the two thieves that were crucified with Jesus, Ari and Zed wake up in a swiftly shifting desert dreamscape, confronted with philosophical and possible fake memories as they slowly approach their deaths.

On Either Side of Him received its debut performance as part of Black Hills State University’s season in 2007.

Chimera: (one-act play) Irene, an American, is visiting her old college friends in Scandinavia. A cliche romantic comedy is set to play out, until Irene falls off the stage. She spends the rest of the time trying to convince her friends that they are in a play.

Chimera was first staged as part of the Black Hills Arts Festival with Black Hills State University, 2006.

Chimaera: (one-act play) The “director’s cut” of Chimera, this version features a brief ‘intermission’ discussion between Irene and the laconic Alvar.

The Suspicious Slaying of Santa, or Mister Kringle Says Goodnight: A classic who-dun-it featuring Kringle as an abusive lounge singer, Rudolph as an edgy stage manager, and Frosty as a drunken handyman, to name a few.

The Suspicious Slaying of Santa received its debut performance at the Wild West Winners Casino in Deadwood, SD, 2005.

Jaceo: An early attempt at verse, Jaceo follows a wealthy merchant’s son and the would-be inheritors who plot against him.

Feeding the Ducks: (ten-minute play) A pair of socially disconnected children feed the ducks, waiting for their parents and reflecting on their own upbringing.

CURRENTLY WRITING

The Wayward War: A prequel to The Wayward Women. Upon the death of her mother the Duchess, Penti Celia is prepared to share the rule with her bastard sister Penti Nolia. But a deathbed confession shocks them and twists the line of succession. Soon, the two sister are at war over the fate of their nation.

The Pretension of Richard IV, Part II: Richard arrives in Scotland to unite his forces with King James. Having the run of the castle and its wealth, and marrying the most beautiful woman in the country, however, starts to blunt his appetite for war. But the Duchess of Burgundy, Scabby Jane, the bloodthirsty James, and even his wife Catherine compel him to seize his birthright. And always bubbling in the background is that question: is it truly his to seize?

Bellicose: After months of waiting for their brother to return from the sea with his newfound fortune, the Depayser sisters are devastated to see him returned home ruined. Not only that, but he has infuriated a mysterious nobleman, who now demands that one of his sisters be sent to the lord as hostage. The youngest sister volunteers, but soon enough returns home with more surprising news; news that ignites the envy and galvanizes the machinations of the other sisters.

All Fools Day: A new Elizabethan Comedy. Caving to political pressure, the Lord Mayor of a small Suffolk town declares ten days of holiday festivity, which immediately invites opposing political pressure. Old braggarts, young lovers, dodgy clowns, and a snack-deprived standoff in a Gatehouse leaves the Lord Mayor’s Wife in a torrent of confusion that she has to sort out before the holiday begins (or doesn’t) at midnight.

Julian & Maria – A new Elizabethan Romance. Julian, friar nearing middle age, and Maria, a recently re-married widow, find themselves drawn to each other. When each abandons their institutions to be secretly wed, they soon discover that much of what drew them together was an illusion. Too mature for passionate parting, their attempts for a fiery end burn out, and they are left with penurious lives, gotten in exchange for nothing.

The Queen of Hearts Enjoys a Picnic: Four Bourgeois, at home in the pretensions of Wonderland’s Court, are now terrified at the notion of a casual picnic with their sovereign.

The True Promethean Fire: A Christmas-Carol-Frankenstein Mashup, With A Little Shakespeare Thrown In For Good Measure: The title says it all.

Sycorax: An Elizabethan-style tragedy, Sycorax follows the Shakespearean witch from The Tempest, exposing the conflict that led to her banishment onto a mysterious island. When her homeland of Argier (Algeria) faces invasion from the Holy Roman Empire, the sorceress’ former adversaries seek her as an ally, though a distant one.

Thirteenth Night – The Steward Revenged: Fakespeare Fan-Fic.

Much Ashrew About Taming: Fakespeare Fan-Fic.

How Shylock Got His Groove Back: Fakespeare Fan-Fic.

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