Winner of the Julie Harris Playwriting Prize, 2007
In the wake of the historic kidnapping of beloved aviator Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month-old son, Violet Sharp, a young British maid working at the home of Anne Lindbergh’s mother, raises the suspicion of the police with a contradictory testimony about her whereabouts on the night of the crime. 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
· Theatre 40, Los Angeles (world premiere)
· Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
· Terra Nova Theatre Group, Pittsburgh, PA
· Reno Little Theatre, Reno, NV
Cast size: 6 men, 7 women (doubling possible)
Truth Be Told
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.
“RIVETING! The dialogue crackles, the reversals are brilliantly achieved, the piece is structurally gorgeous.”
-Ian August, playwright
Curious Theatre Company, Denver, CO, January 2024
Winner of the Stanley Drama Award from Wagner College, 2020
Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland, OR, 2020
Winner of the W Keith Hedrick Playwriting Contest, HRC Showcase Theatre
Finalist, Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, 2020, Dayton, Ohio
Cast size: 2 women
Every Livin' Soul
In the darkest days of the Depression, a stranger finds refuge in an Ohio farmhouse. He begs a meal from Hannah, the widowed owner, and the two form a kinship. For Hannah, this handsome young man might be the harbinger of a brighter future. As her husband used to say, “There’s a little bit of good in every livin’ soul.” But when the stranger’s perilous secret is revealed, Hannah finds herself in a struggle for her family’s very existence. Inspired by actual events, Every Livin’ Soul celebrates the resilience of hope in the face of desperation and heartbreak.
Cast size: 2 women, 2 men
Freddy’s in love with Angie and she’s in love with him. The problem? Angie’s married to Spencer, Freddy’s older brother. This sets off a series of comical yet criminal misadventures, putting the whole family in the sights of Detective Lieutenant Alice Ford, who’s got issues of her own. Criminal Mischief takes a humorous look at love and sex, family and forgiveness, crime and punishment.
Cast size: 3 women, 2 men
The Trial of
David Bradford is brought to trial for treason for his role as a rebel leader of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. His lawyer, Daniel Redick, must fight the considerable powers of the United States government to save his client from the gallows.
Commissioned by the Whiskey Rebellion Festival in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Cast size: 8 men, 1 boy
Cease to Exist
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.
Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region II, Cleveland, OH (staged reading)
Cast size: flexible, with a minimum of 3 men and 4 women