©2019 by William Cameron. Proudly created with Wix.com

0022647_violet_sharp_300.jpg

Winner of the Julie Harris Playwriting Prize, 2007

Cast size: 6 men, 7 women (doubling possible)

Based on the true story of the 1932 Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, Violet Sharp is named for the young British maid working at the home of Anne Lindbergh’s mother. In the wake of the historic kidnapping of beloved aviator Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month-old son, Violet raises the suspicion of the police with a contradictory testimony about her whereabouts to police investigator Officer Walsh. Under pressure from her own personal demons as well as the police, Violet’s efforts to clear her name cannot seem to overpower a growing reputation of guilt.

“Looks beyond the sensationalism that surrounded the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's toddler son to focus on one of its other casualties”

- Los Angeles Times

"Like all good police procedurals, at the end of 'Violet Sharp' we’ve come to a new understanding of the mysteries of human behavior through the investigation of a crime...brings us to a deeper understanding of the way in which innocents come to seem guilty when they have private secrets to hide."

- Wendy Arons, The Pittsburgh Tatler

“The play's long interrogation scenes are riveting...with each new factoid, we side with Violet, then Walsh, then back to Violet, for nearly two hours...Smart, emotional, thoroughly researched.”

- Pittsburgh City Paper

Production History:

Theatre 40, Los Angeles (world premiere)

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Terra Nova Theatre Group, Pittsburgh, PA

Reno Little Theatre, Reno, NV

Gallery

 

1/1
Truth Be Told

Cast Size: 2 women

Kathleen Abedon’s teenage son Julian carries an automatic weapon into his workplace and opens fire. When the smoke clears, fourteen people are dead, Julian among them. One year later, when true-crime writer Jo Hunter comes to town to interview Kathleen for a book on the shooting, the grief-stricken mother seeks to convince the skeptical journalist that Julian has been framed for the shooting. At a time in our history when the truth is under attack on a daily basis, Truth Be Told explores the nature of objective truth and the ways in which we manipulate and distort it to serve our own ends.

 

Truth Be Told is a work in progress that received its first public reading in April 2019 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Thespians

Cast size: 5 men, 4 women

Thespians covers a year in the life of the Pinecrest Playmakers, a community theatre troupe.  In act one, a coup is underway at The Odd Couple’s opening night party.  Wally is seeking to have neophyte Eddie kicked out of the show.   Act two starts with Digger in jail for attacking the local drama for his vitriolic review of Digger’s Hamlet. With only 25 minutes until curtain, what deals will have to be struck to get Digger out of the slammer and into his codpiece?  In the final scene, the women’s dressing room on opening night of A Streetcar Named Desire is ablaze with conflict as egos rise and fall, new rivalries simmer, old ones burn out, until all must unite in the face of one last crisis.

“…hilariously over the top…There's something delicious for each actor in this script.” - Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin

 

“Howlingly funny.” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Production History:

Little Lake Theatre Company, Canonsburg, PA

Rochester Civic Theatre, Rochester, MN

Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA

Terra Nova Theatre Group, Pittsburgh, PA

Washington & Jefferson College

2004

 

 

1/1
Cease to Exist

Cast size: flexible, with a minimum of 3 men and 4 women 

Patricia Krenwinkel, convicted for her role in the 1969 Tate and LaBianca murders, has now served 38 years of a life sentence and is up for parole.  As she attempts to convince the parole board of her suitability for release, Krenwinkel is inevitably drawn back into the events of her troubled past—her childhood, her first meeting with Charles Manson, her life with the 'Family'" and, ultimately, her participation in the infamous murders.   Cease to Exist takes us inside the tormented mind of Patricia Krenwinkel as she recounts her crimes and, ultimately, comes face to face with the sister of her most famous victim.  

Production History:

Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region II, Cleveland, OH (staged reading)

Two absurdist comedies...

Not 'Rashomon' but Similar in a Superficial Way

Cast size: 1 man, 2 women

Two sides of the same story.  Who's telling the truth?  Who cares? 

A Disturbing Encounter at the Calhoun Residence Involving Sex, Marriage, and the American Musical Theatre

Cast size: 2 men, 2 women

Inspired by the notion that bad exposition can make for good comedy.

"Extremely witty, fast-paced and fun…could appeal to anyone with NPR as his or her radio preset".  -Brandon Wetherbee, Huffington Post

…and two plays about the Beatles.

The White Album

Cast size: 2 men, 1 woman

It’s the fall of 1969 and Pete and Julia, a college couple, have been invited to Richie’s dorm room to see his Beatles collection and discuss the clues surrounding Paul McCartney’s supposed ‘death.’  When Richie leaves the room to reclaim his missing copy of Abbey Road,Pete inadvertently reveals a troubling secret that may change the future for all three.  

Nine December

Cast size: 2 men

The murder of John Lennon in 1980 becomes a life-changing moment for one young man.