MARVEL-OUS MONICA; IN WHICH MONICA LEWINSKY IS A SUPERHERO HELL-BENT ON REVENGE
As Monica Lewinsky rehearses for her TED Talk, her PTSD keeps getting in the way, sending her spinning, literally, into an alternate universe where she’s a super-hero hell-bent on revenge. With her Stage Manager fed up, Monica’s TED Talk is in peril, along with her mission to help others. Will Marvel-ous Monica be able to rescue The Pretty Young Coed from the lecherous Professor? Will she learn the secret of Nasty-Woman, the mighty matriarchal superhero? And finally, will Monica be able to give her Talk by making peace with her traumatic past and evolving from victim to survivor?
AWESOME BIG SOMEBODY
AWESOME BIG SOMEBODY is a dark comedy about a mother competing with her daughter for the same celebrity after the latter wins a dinner date with Him. Mother Pam schemes to adopt a baby for Him (since celebrity adoption is all the rage) while teenager Baby aims to bang Him so good, He’ll never want anyone else. In their desperate race to the star, mother and daughter draw unwitting allies to their cause. But when Baby gets pregnant, everyone goes to war. AWESOME BIG SOMEBODY is a domestic satire that updates the absurdist traditions of Albee, Guare, Durang and early Shanley with a voice as contemporary as Jenji Kohan’s. The result is a wild romp through celebrity worship, designer adoption, compulsive shoplifting, lesbian subterfuge, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and the on-going war in the Middle East… in other words, a slice of America.
ONE-ACTS AND SHORT PLAYS
PATTI SMITH, P.I.
PATTI SMITH, P.I. reimagines the “Godmother Of Punk” as a 60-something coffee-drinking private eye interrogating a young whiskey-guzzling Janis Joplin for unspecified crimes. But as Patti grills Janis about her supposed self-destruction, Janis upends Patti’s assumptions, turning the harsh light of interrogation onto Patti’s own personal life. The resulting war of wits deconstructs the myths surrounding the two female rockers who stayed true to themselves while navigating the male-dominated industry of sex & drugs & rock ‘n’ roll. (part of the 365 Women a Year playwriting project)
Adam and Sam pack up a one-room schoolhouse, now in shambles. Or rather, Sam packs up the room while Adam sits back, bullying Sam with his crude boasts about banging chicks. But when Sam sees an apparition of one of the slain Amish girls, he berates Adam, reminding him they’re cleaning up a school shooting. Despite his defensive strategy, Sam remains the underdog until Carlie, Adam’s girlfriend, joins them. As the dark side of this triangle is revealed, Carlie grows to realize that the Amish schoolroom massacre was really a hate crime against girls and part of a larger misogyny. So SHOOT ME…
SOFT ON THE INSIDE
On Valentine’s Day in a posh chocolate boutique, salesclerk Stephanie caters to her clients’ unique needs. Kevin doesn’t want to spend much to keep his booty call happy. Middle-aged Ritchie spends what he must on his teenaged girlfriend, Tara. Cheryl and Joel argue over the family shopping list. And Roxanne has her weekly purge to maintain. But although she indulges her clients, Stephanie is incensed by the homeless woman loitering outside the shop. A love letter to those sweet on chocolate, SOFT ON THE INSIDE is the perfect Valentine.
When a stranger enters her laundromat, Maribeth does not welcome this young homeless man… until she finds out he’s Daniel, a local boy back from the war in Iraq. As Daniel reveals he’s indeed without a home and grieving his best buddy killed in the war, Maribeth takes him home for a shower… and more. And that’s just one way Daniel settles the score with Maribeth’s husband, Pete.
Book & Lyrics
Ambitious but “adorkable” TV Reporter Molly wants a story. Recklessly eager Probationary Firefighter Patrick wants a fire. It's September 10th, 2001 and unfortunately, both their dreams are about to come true. But in the aftermath of September 11th, when Molly shares Patrick’s story with a public hungry for hyperbole, she undermines the firehouse’s attempt to recover, much to the chagrin of Cassidy, the seasoned fireman of the house. Set against the backdrop of the post-9/11 media circus, True Hero juxtaposes a love story set in firehouse culture with comedic satire as evident in songs that include “Go Shopping!” “Ground Zero Hero” and “Ode to Staten Island.” Equal parts PYGMALION, Capra’s MEET JOHN DOE and Stephen Frears’ HERO, TRUE HERO expresses the anguish of the attacks and the destructive impact of the 24-hour news cycle on its survivors.