Jim’s Room tells the story of Maddie and Beau, who meet, fall in love, but find themselves unable to consummate their relationship. The play deals with my own notion of reincarnation, something I don’t believe in but think is a very comforting metaphor and literary device. When my daughter (whose middle name is Madeleine) was born, I toyed with the fantasy that she was the reincarnation of her stillborn brother Sam, and that gave rise to the writing of this play. Comedy/Drama, full length, 8 characters. Jim’s Room has never been produced.
My Brother’s Keeper tells the story of Danny, a black kid arrested on a drug deal, and his court-appointed lawyer, Teddy (a woman). Danny is under considerable pressure to cooperate with the authorities, including from his own lawyer, but he resists. This play channels some experiences I had on my day job as a court reporter. My concern when I wrote it, and now, is whether black actors would find the black characters I wrote demeaning. The actors who did the show for me originally didn’t, and one of them staged the play at her own theater in Mt. Vernon.