Full-Length Plays

4F Full-Length
An estranged family is reunited to spend the mother's final days together before she ends her life on her own terms following a terminal lung cancer diagnosis. Beyond returning to their toxic childhood home, both sisters are in personal moments of transformation, one passionately committed to saving the planet even if she can't save her marriage, the other has only recently found success in substance use treatment and arrives six months pregnant. Reap The Grove is a poignant and darkly funny exploration of partnership, intergenerational trauma, and the anticipated grief of death with dignity.

Staged Readings:
-Artemisia Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Director: Leslie Danzig
Awards:
National Finalist for Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Playwriting Award

3F / 3M / 4 Gender Neutral Full-Length Play With Music
Lana Grace is an emerging Christian artist who hit the airwaves with great succes. But the path to stardom means hiding some personal demons and keeping her toxic marriage in tact to appease the industry. Back in her hometown, Jeremy Henley, is now playing in a gritty country rock band at the local honky-tonk, but finds the bottom of a Budweiser isn’t far enough to escape from the ghosts of his mistakes. From glamorous concerts to trailer park stargazing, NashVegas Grace is a story of forgiveness, second chances and defining faith on your own terms.

Staged Reading:
Halcyon Theatre (Chicago, IL)
DIrector: Fin Coe
Development:
Recipient of the 2015 University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Grant

4F / 4M Full-Length
After being admitted to an adolescent psych ward, Kendra is trapped in a world of safety scissors and suicide checks until she can overcome her target behavior. Caught between the ward and flashbacks of the events that led to her hospitalization, she is accompanied by her fellow patients and their geeky, but dedicated counselor determined to guide these teenage trauma survivors from break down to break through. Sharp-witted and unafraid to laugh with the darkness, Target Behavior explores blurred boundaries and the silence that turns them deadly.

Productions:
-20% Theatre Company
Director: Megan Smith
- University of Minnesota, Duluth
Director: Tom Isbell
Staged Readings:
- 2012 ATHE Conference (Washington D.C.)
Director: Lee Mikeska Gardner
Development:
-2012, UNLV Conference (Las Vegas, NV)
 Sean Clarke
Awards:
Winner of the Kennedy Center's National Partners of American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award, National Semi-Finalist for the Kennedy Center's David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award.

15-30 Gender Neutral Full-Length
After being transported to an enchanted kingdom held captive under the tyrannical Rat King's rule, a group of orphans team up with the land's former prince-turned-nutcracker and a band of magical creatures to reclaim their home. A feminist, combat-heavy reimagining of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, The Battle for Clockwise Castle explores the power of uniting to fight for what matters most in this epic holiday tale.

Production History:
E.D.G.E Youth Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Director: Rick Olson

 

One Acts / Short Plays

1F / 1M One-Act
A woman and her estranged father trace their twisted family roots as they pack up her childhood cabin, following the breadcrumbs her mother left explaining her sudden death. 

Productions:
-Duluth Underground (Duluth, MN)
Director: Derik Iverson
Staged Readings:
-University of Minnesota, Duluth
Director: Derik Iverson
Development:
-Recipient of two UROP development grants
 University of Minnesota, Duluth
Awards:
Regional Runner-Up for the John Cauble Outstanding Short Play Award

2F Ten-Minute Play
When a tragic accident leaves a young woman brain-dead, her partner and estranged mother must come together to choose life or death for the woman they love most.


Productions:
-20% Theatre Company (Chicago, IL)
Director: Kristin Davis
Staged Readings:
- Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (Washington D.C.)
Director: Lee Mikeska Gardner
Awards:
National Finalist for the Kennedy Center's Ten- Minute Play Award.

1F /1 M Ten-Minute Play
16 years after losing their daughter, their annual birthday visit and the mystery behind her death was the last secret David and Susan could keep, until a new life is at stake.

Productions:
-Stay Awake! Theatre (Denver, CO)
Director: Casey MacCaulay
-Stage 2 Theatre (Duluth, MN)
Director: Joshua Stenvick
Staged Readings:
-Kennedy Center's ACTF Region V (Ames, IA)
Director: Erin Townsend
Awards/Recognition:
National Semi-Finalist for the Kennedy Center's Ten-Minute Play Contest

2F Ten-Minute Play
Hours from her wedding, Andrea meets her estranged lover in their park. A tug-of-war between passion and timing, they explore the expiration date of "the one that got away".

Productions:
-InspiraTO Festival (Toronto, Canada)
Director: Josh Downing
Staged Readings:
-University of Minnesota, Duluth
Director: Derik Iverson
Development:
-Part of Halcyon Theatre Ceyx Series (Chicago, IL)
-Workshop at University of Minnesota, Duluth
Awards/Recognition:
A winner of the InspiraTO playwriting contest and part of Canada's largest ten-minute play festival. Regional Runner-Up for the Kennedy Center's Ten-Minute Play Contest

1F/1M Ten-Minute Play
Take Care explores the impact an unexplained chronic illness has on a marriage where "in sickness" loses the certainty of "in health."

PRODUCTIONS:
- Commission Theatre Co. (Chicago, IL)
Director: Rebecca Willingham

Awards/Recognition:
2017 Finalist for publication in The Dionysian Magazine.

1F / 3 Gender Neutral Short Play
Summoning Ritual and History to aid in his quest, Boy goes to any lengths necessary to escape being possessed by the spirit of his murderous father, The Shadow King.

Productions:
- Commedia Beauregard Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Director: Jonathan Goldthwaite
Awards/Recognition:
Master Works: The Intuit Plays "Audience Favorite"
 

1F/1M Ten-Minute Play
Jerry and Catherine's relationship is stuck- literally. Alone in a Bolivian jungle, they sort through their whimsically fractured history, they sink deeper into a pit of quicksand.

Productions:
- Eden Prairie Players (Eden Prairie, MN)
Director: Reed Schulke
- Stage 2 Theatre  (Duluth, MN)
Director: Joshua Stenvick
Awards/Recognition:
2011 Regional Runner-Up for the Kennedy Center's Ten-Minute Play Award.