I write plays that speak to me: sometimes adaptations, classically derived, often personal, featuring my adopted home town of Toronto. For queries about rights and performances, contact subTEXT Dramaturgy or download draft versions at the National New Play Network’s New Play Exchange.
THE UNLAWFUL ABUSIVE PATRIARCHAL POSSESSIVE ENTITLEMENT OF THE MOTOWN SOUND BY WAY OF THE SURROGATE COLLUSION OF THE JACKSON FIVE (OR, I WANT YOU BACK)
2020; Full-length, 2M, 1F; Developed in collaboration with subTEXT Dramaturgy.
Writing partners Sam and Nick have been offered a rare opportunity to pen a viral pop culture article on a short deadline, so they set their sights on the lyrics to a problematic Jackson Five song, only to discover that life has started to imitate art.
ADOR’D ONCE, TOO
2017; 6M, 4F, doubling; Developed in collaboration with subTEXT Dramaturgy.
Sir Andrew Ague-Cheek. One of Shakespeare’s greatest fools: or is he? Ador’d Once, Too follows Andrew long before titles, fortune, and his arrival in lllyria. Through espionage, secrecy, and tragedy, witness the unexpected love that made him who he truly is.
Selected for reading workshop, Pittsburgh Classic Players, 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19)
2016; 2M, 1F; Developed in collaboration with subTEXT Dramaturgy.
Rugged Australian adventurer Alby Baker was named for a tropical cyclone that battered the coast as he was born. He has family, love, and inner peace: so why is he compulsively drawn to pluck and eat his own beard hairs? Having made a choice to live in Toronto – the planet’s direct opposite geographic point from his sleepy Australian beachside hometown – Alby is forced to confront, alongside his wife and best friend, that some storms can only be kept inside for so long.
2017; 12M 5F; Developed in collaboration with subTEXT Dramaturgy
A portrait of life among the down and out in a squatter’s house in Toronto’s edgy Sherbourne and Dundas neighborhood, featuring a multicultural cross-section of personalities who struggle to survive amidst drug addiction, violence, and danger. Into this environment comes Luka, a self-styled “pilgrim,” who offers the denizens of Lower Sherbourne something they need most: hope. A gritty new adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s The Lower Depths.
2012; 9MF; Developed in collaboration with Poorboy Theatre, Scotland
A brand-new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet built on the expedient line-structure of the so-called “Bad Quarto” of 1603 along with the familiar phrasing of the 1623 Folio text, Hamlet (Variorum) represents a fresh, rapid-fire adaptation critics have described as “personal, powerful,” “thrilling” and “downright dangerous.”
First staged as a workshop production at the Glasgow City Free Church, August 15-16 2012, Directed by Sandy Thomson, Poorboy Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.
Re-staged at the Luella Massey Studio Theatre, Toronto, October 4-5, 2012, Directed by Sandy Thomson, Poorboy Theatre.
Fully staged as ‘Hamlet’ by The Driftwood Theatre Group, touring throughout Ontario, July 9-26, 2015, Directed by D. Jeremy Smith.