THEATRE

My plays have been produced across North America and in Europe to great acclaim, in places including: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Alaska, Boise, Vancouver, Toronto, Paris, and more.

In many of these venues, I've been the first and only Canadian playwright produced.  Read some press.

With Love and a Major Organ

Comedy. 85- minutes. Cast of 3 (traditional 2F & 1M but gender and age flexible)

Anabel gives her beating heart to a stranger she falls in love with on the subway and he disappears with it. George is on the run but keeps getting distracted by romantic comedies and feelings he's never had before. Mona is seeking online therapy and internet speed-dating to feel more connected to the world.

Then a stranger appears on her doorstep in search of a missing heart. 

 

A funny, poetic, and uniquely resonant story about human connection, having the courage to give your heart away, and what happens when you discover you have one. 

SELECT PRODUCTIONS: 

The Theatre @ Boston Court in Los Angeles (Polly Warfied Award-Winning season, nomination of "Best Production" by the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle) 

Strawdog Theatre in Chicago (Named one of Chicago's Top 5 Productions)

Boise Contemporary Theatre

Mises En Capsules (Paris, French translation)

The Valdez Theatre Conference in Alaska. 

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The 85-minute version is available through The Canadian Play Outlet or by request. It is recommended for professional productions. With Love and a Major Organ has also been produced with a cast of three women, that version is here. 

The original 60-minute version is published by J.G Shillingford Publishing, available here, on Amazon, and book stores and libraries. This version is ideal for schools and festivals, or if you're just looking for a shorter evening. 

With Love and a Major Organ has been adapted into an audio play (premiered 2021) and a feature film (greenly to shoot in 2022), both by Julia Lederer.

“Theater that lets go of realism and embraces the joys of language…. wonderfully weird, piercingly poetic and unexpectedly moving… Isn't that what theater should do?” 

- Crain's Chicago

With Love and a Major Organ in Los Angeles

Photo by Jenny Graham

Photo by John Cole

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U - R - U
(a new play inspired by Karel Čapek's R.U.R.)

Dark Comedy. 105 minutes. Cast: 9 without doubling.  Can be done with less. Most characters can be played by any gender identity.

What happens when the powers of machines exceed those of nature? At what point will A.I. resemble humans enough to deserve human rights? 

First daughter, Helen Spectacular, arrives at the world's biggest robot factory ready to free all the robots from servitude. When the robots don't respond as she'd hoped, she becomes more commited to what she knows is right: granting them equal rights. She quickly becomes involved in both a love triangle and a secret science experiment that might lead to a major robot revolt.

Absurdly comedic 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. It is a modern, feminist take on Capek's groundbreaking but outdated play that coined the term "robot" in 1921.

 

U-R-U was workshopped and produced at Occidental College in Los Angeles and Humber College in Toronto. It has had readings with: Sacred Fools; The Road Theatre Company, the Theatre @ Boston Court (all in LA), and at the Next Stage Theatre Festival in Toronto.  

SCRIPT AVAILABLE HERE

SMALLBOTS

 The world is a dangerous and expensive place to raise kids, and it's only getting worse. Having children is painful and often biologically inaccessible. But, thanks to SmallBots, you can skip the hassles and risks and adopt robot children instead, starting at any age. And they are perfect... or however you'd like them to be.

Soon SmallBots are what every parent wants. It's not long before they're running the student council. What's next? And what happens when real kids can’t compete? When they watch their world become run by machines?

A play inspired by youth activism, our dependence on technology, and actually asking teenagers what kind of world they want.

SMALLBOTS was written for a group of teenagers to do on a stage at the Young Peoples Theatre in 2020. That play exists (contact for script). 

SMALLBOTS was rewritten to happen during a pandemic, but is not about one.

The play does not need to be compromised to fit into Zoom. Instead, it is written to fill it. This version has been performed in several high schools and is nominated for the 2021 Sharon Enkin Play For Young People Award.

You can BUY IT HERE. 

a play for young audiences 

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55 minutes on Zoom or on stage. Cast size for both: 13 roles, can be done with 5 actors, 7 is idea. Male roles: 4; Female roles: 8; Non-Binary roles: 1. Ideal for young actors and students. Gender is flexible with most roles.

reality theatre

A Collection of One-Act Plays to be performed all together or seperately.

"This eccentric, smart play... will have you laughing out loud, but even more importantly, will inspire a conversation for the whole ride home."

- Picture This Post, Chicago.

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"Lederer's plays are full of off-the-wall observations and imagination. REALITY THEATRE is the latest is example... Recommended.

- The Slotkin Letter, Toronto

Comedy. 3-9 Actors (casting is flexible. At least one woman). 60min.   8 short plays, 4 storylines. 
Reality and fantasy blur for a woman playing a spoon in Beauty and the Beast. A troubled man reconsiders a contract signed in blood. The World Wide Web disappears into thin air. A fast-moving collection of interwoven one-act plays about people who are stuck. It explores our anxieties about change, the acceleration of technology, and maintaining human relationships in a world quickly becoming less and less human.  One-act plays can also be performed as individual pieces. It's All in the Timing meets BlackMirror. 
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**Winner of Driftwood Theatre's Jury Prize, developed with the "Beyond the Castle" program. 

Reality Theatre premiered in full at the SummerWorks Performance Festival in Toronto. Read about it here.
Its professional premiere was at Trap Door Theatre in Chicago. The plays within it have been performed at several festivals internationally. The award-winning short-film, SPOONING is adapted by Julia Lederer from the Spoon Plays in the collection. You can watch it here. 
Reality Vision (a play in the collection) is published in One Minute Plays: a Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre (Routledge, 2017). 

The Best Plan for Living Happily

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Comedy/Drama. 80 minutes. 2F, 1M.

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, and the ever expanding hole in her gut, 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 ValdezTheatre Conference PlayLab (Alaska), 2016.

Workshop Production: Birdtown & Swanville and ?! Theatre (Toronto), 2016.

Contact for script.

Graphic Design by Jill Holmberg

Virtually Friends
Comedy. 4F, 1M. 2 hours.

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. Then, when friends arrive everything feels stilted. It's 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 feelings and secrets 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 at the Thousand Islands Playhouse with a Staged Reading at their Sneak Peak Week.

Presented at the Valdez Theatre Conference's PlayLab (Alaska).

Contact for script.

Balloons
Short Plays

FRAME

2F, 1M    Comedic Drama         

Running Time: 18 minutes

“We know exactly how to restore a painting, but we have no idea how to restore a person.”

Mary and Laura are in the back room of a gallery, both drawn to the same piece of art: a large, empty frame. The painting they each see pulls them in, exposes them, and ultimately connects them. Even just for a moment.

Developed with Nightwood Theatre's Write From the Hip program.

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BOXED IN

3F (with gender flexibility)      Comedy

Running Time: 30 Minutes

 

Jackie has moved into a cardboard box on Yonge Street. 

Her friends are confused. She tells them they'll get used to it, stranger things have become "normal". But it's hard to stay friends with someone who lives in a box. And won't come out.

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.

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