with love and a major organ
60 minute & 85 minute versions. Comedy, magic realism.
3 Actors (written as 2F, 1M but can be produced with any gender. Ages also flexible).
Anabel gives her heart to a stranger she falls in love with on the subway and he disappears with it. George is on the run, but he keeps getting distracted by romantic comedies and feelings he's never had before. Mona is speed-dating and seeking online therapy to feel more connected. A stranger appears on her doorstep in search of a missing heart. A modern-day fable about what it costs to give your heart away, and what happens when you discover you actually have one.
Selected Productions: Next Stage Theatre Festival (Toronto, 2013), Strawdog Theatre
(Chicago, 2015), Last Frontier Theatre Conference featured production (Alaska, 2017),
The Theatre @ Boston Court (Los Angeles, nominated for 4 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, including "Best Production", 7 Stage Raw Awards, & Ovation recommended, 2017); Boise Contemporary Theatre (Idaho, 2018, with a cast of 3 women).
(Ideal for high schools and theatre festivals, or as part of a double-bill).
(Recommended for professional productions).
Photo by Jenny Graham. Daisuke Tsuji and Paige Lindsey White. From: With Love and a Major Organ at The Theatre @ Boston Court. Dir: Jessica Kubzansky
inspired by Karel Capek's R.U.R.
2 hours with an intermission. 8- 14 Actors (5F, 3M, gender flexible)
"Here you are. Fully charged. You.
On the edge of your seat, ready and autonomous.
You are machine built by other machines,
An exercise in automized consistency.
A hard drive with no content. Blank.
The world is yours."
What happens when the powers of machines exceed those of nature? At what point will A.I. resemble humans enough to deserve human rights? Absurdly comic and existentially chilling,
U-R-U examines the societal obsession with progress at all costs and the decreasing worth of humanity in this increasingly artificial world.
Development: - Staged reading (Theatre @ Boston Court, 2017)
- Workshop productions at Occidental College (LA) and Humber College (Toronto), 2018.
reality theatre: a COLLECTION
Comedy. 3-9 Actors (casting is flexible. At least one woman). 60min.
Reality and fantasy blur for a woman playing a spoon in Beauty and the Beast. A man reconsiders a contract signed in blood.
The World Wide Web disappears into thin air. A collection of interwoven one-act plays about people who are stuck as the world changes around them in strange ways. 8 plays. 4 storylines. 1 hour.
Reality Theatre is a fast moving collection that explores our anxieties about change, the acceleration of technology, and maintaining human relationships in a world quickly becoming less and less human. It's All in the Timing meets BlackMirror.
One-act plays can also be performed as individual pieces.
**Winner of Driftwood Theatre's Jury Prize, developed with the "Beyond the Castle" program.
Production: Reality Theatre (A Collection) premiered at the 2017 SummerWorks Performance Festival in Toronto. Read about it.
Reality Vision (a play in the collection) is published in One Minute Plays: a Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre (Routledge, 2017).
Comedy/Drama. 2F, 1M. 80min.
Violet’s best friend Linda is getting married. There are tea sommeliers and ribbon colourists and dresses in a specific shade of teal.
But Violet feels a grey hole expanding in her gut she can’t control.
Inspired by Plato’s Cave Allegory and a Caving Society meeting, she foregoes her bridesmaid responsibilities and ventures into a cave in pursuit of concrete wisdom.
But it’s hard being in a cave by yourself. Especially when someone follows you there.
A play that explored how to contend with the dark creatures we feel hiding in our guts and asks: Why are some people alone when others aren't?
History: Staged Reading: The Last Frontier Theatre Conference PlayLab (Alaska), 2016.
Workshop Production: Birdtown & Swanville and ?! Theatre (Toronto), 2016.
the best plan for living happily
Comedy. 4F/1M. 2 hours (with an intermission)
Millie is throwing a Murder Mystery Party to celebrate her 30th birthday. She’s booked an AirBnB in the woods and invited all her oldest friends. Alex, her boyfriend, is planning a surprise proposal, but keeps getting sidetracked by work emails and Millie’s fixation with looking through friends of friends’ Facebook photo albums.
People keep cancelling, the power goes out, and their AirBnB seems like it’s owned by some kind of Wiccan Cult leader.
And when friends arrive everything feels stilted. Like they don’t know how to talk to each other anymore. It’s only when the they take on their Murder Mystery characters that real secrets and feelings begin to emerge.
Just because you can stay in touch with everyone, doesn’t mean you should.
A comedy about growing up, growing apart, and the technology that seems to keep us close at any proximity.
History: Developed in the 2016 Thousand Islands Playhouse's playwrights unit.
Selected and presented in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference's PlayLab (Alaska) 2017.
Staged Reading: Sneak Peak Week (Thousand Islands Playhouse) 2016.
Comedy. 3F. 30 Minutes
Jackie has moved into a cardboard box on Yonge Street.
Her friends are confused. They're getting jobs and applying to schools and Jackie is moving into a box. She tells them they'll get used to it, stranger things have become "normal". But it's hard to stay friends with someone who won't leave
a box. As Jackie becomes more accustomed to her new lifestyle, maintaining relationships and perspective becomes more challenging. Through creating our own limitations, can we avoid disappointment? When something that is considered abnormal or unhealthy provides solace, is always it wrong? A one-act comedy, written for the age of the Quarter-Life Crisis.
History: High school productions at the Etobicoke School of the Arts & Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute as part of the Sears Drama Festival, 2016.
Production: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre: Hysteria Festival (Toronto), 2007.
Production: Seventh Stage Theatre: whaleriders series (Toronto), 2007.
Staged Reading: The SummerWorks Performance Festival (Toronto), 2007