Below is a list of ideas, material, and existing plays I’d like to develop and direct. Please contact me so we can talk about them
BRUISE & THORN
Bruise and Thorn work at a busted up old laundromat in Jamaica, Queens. Bruise dreams of becoming a chef and Thorn of changing the face of Hip Hop with his unabashed Queerness. When finances become strained, they get caught up in illegal activities sending them on a magical ride to make their dreams come true and get the hell out of Jamaica. Bruise & Thorn is an authentic look at a Nuyorican street family, not through bloodline, but rather the social and economic indicators that naturally selects them to one another.
CAST SIZE: 5 / PREMIERE: Currently Unproduced / READ IT: New Play Exchange
RECKONING : FURIES FROM A NEW QUEER NATION
2015: a year when the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on marriage equality coincided with a record number of trans women being murdered. Reckoning: Furies from a New Queer Nation examines the most pressing issues affecting Queer America today: gay white male privilege and the systemic oppression of trans women. Because when a Supreme Court ruling like marriage equality passes, we must ask: what did we accomplish and who did we leave behind?
CAST SIZE: 8 / WORLD PREMIERE: Currently Unproduced / READ IT: Kevin Lee, Geraldine’s Agent
A STRANGE LOOP
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
Usher is a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. Michael R. Jackson’s blistering, momentous new musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons — not least of which, the punishing thoughts in his own head — in an attempt to capture and understand his own strange loop.
CAST SIZE: 7 / WORLD PREMIERE: Playwrights Horizons, New York / READ IT:
a fantastical queering of a traditional Korean folktale.
by Nina Ki
Silver and Richie are siblings without parents. As the two grow up, they cling to one another as each other's family, and help one another navigate their positions as social outsiders - Silver as a genderqueer weirdo, and Richie as a drug dealing gangbanger. In a parallel world, Bear is ousted from his tribe and through a gesture of filial piety, is turned by Hwanung, a gay Korean god, into a human woman. S/he is then coerced into being Hwanung's pregnant beard, and has Hwanung's child. As family bonds begin to disintegrate, and the god-world begins to crumble, Silver and Bear must redefine home for themselves, to find power through the magic of stories.
CAST SIZE: 6-8 / PREMIERE: Currently unproduced / READ IT: New Play Exchange
WOLFCRUSH (A QUEER WEREWOLF PLAY)
WOLFCRUSH is a queer full moon fever dream about cannibalism, werewolves, small-towns, big secrets, first times, sloppy seconds, Mariska Hargitay, and all the lies we tell ourselves to sleep at night.
CAST SIZE: 5 / WORLD PREMIERE: On The Rocks Fringe, Philadelphia / READ IT: New Play Exchange
QUERENCIA: AN IMAGINED AUTOBIOGRAPHY ABOUT FORBIDDEN FRUIT
"q u e r e n c i a" (a Spanish word having to do with the longing to find or return to a place that feels like home) is a magical coming-of-age story about a young boy named Milo’s search for belonging as he grapples with friends, family, and his sexual identity, guided by a mysterious character called La Bruja.
CAST SIZE: 5 / WORLD PREMIERE: Currently Unproduced / READ IT: New Play Exchange
CHEWING GUM DREAMS
Tracey Gordon, the 67 bus, friendship, sex, UK garage, school, music, teachers, friendship, periods, emergency contraceptive, arse and tits, friendship, raves, tampons, white boys, God, money. Friendship. Aaron, Candice, sex and Connor Jones. Chewing Gum Dreams is a one-woman play that recalls those last days of innocence before adulthood.
CAST SIZE: 5 / WORLD PREMIERE: The Yard Theater, London / READ IT: Oberon Books
What happens when a disguise becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are? An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, this is Joan of Arc. Performed by drag king, history’s greatest gender-warrior takes to the stage, dragging up as the men she defies. Packed with guts and heart, JOAN is a fusion of lyrical new writing and cabaret. This is a timely and refreshing look at one of history’s most famous heroines, exploring the salient themes of identity, courage and belief.
CAST SIZE: 1 / WORLD PREMIERE: Milk Presents / READ IT: Oberon Books
by Hansol Jung
A Korean boy is ushered into a new house by his adopted American father. This new house belongs to an American boxer and her wife. American father un-adopts boy by a single signature on a piece of paper. But just before he leaves the new house, ex-father finds out that the new couple to whom he has "re-homed" his ex-son to, is a lesbian couple. American Ex-father spends the rest of the play trying to get the boy back. In his corner is Ryan, the Boxer's coach, and Wife's brother. Ryan doesn't like the new Korean boy who is a bit weird. Wolf Play is a messy funny disturbing theatrical experience grappling with a wolf, a puppet, and a very prickly problem of “what is a family, and what do we need from them, today? Is it very different from the things humans have needed from families before?”
Abigail Bauer, a New Orleans native and resident, must confront the clash between the life she has created with her long-term girlfriend and her career as a devoted teacher in a backwards school. As she struggles to reconcile the two, Abigail receives pressure from the school's shape-shifting, personified public address system and guidance from the figures of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Roosevelt's devoted friend and lover, Lorena Hickok.
CAST SIZE: 7 / WORLD PREMIERE: INTAR, New York / READ IT: Katie Gamelli, Christina’s agent
EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
by Dan Gillespie Sells, Tom MacRae, Jonathan Butterell
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield.
Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.
Jamie is terrified about the future.
Jamie is going to be a sensation.
Supported by his brilliant, loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies, and steps out of the darkness into the spotlight.
Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.
CAST SIZE: 18 / WORLD PREMIERE: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield / READ IT: Samuel French
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
by Jack Thorne
Based on the Swedish Novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Oskar is a bullied lonely teenage boy living with his mother on a housing estate at the edge of town, when a spate of sinister killings rock the neighbourhood. Eli is the young girl who has just moved in next door. She doesn’t go to school and never leaves the flat by day. Sensing in each other a kindred spirit, the two become devoted friends. What Oskar doesn’t know is that Eli has been a teenager for a very long time…
CAST SIZE: 9 / WORLD PREMIERE: National Theatre Scotland/Royal Court Theatre, London / READ IT: Samuel French
Book by Todd Almond, Music and Lyrics by Matthew Sweet
Set in Nebraska in the ’90s, Will, a bit of a social outcast, and Mike, the popular football player, figure out that there is more to life than what high school has taught them. Days after graduation they explore their relationship and begin to ask themselves where their lives begin. Based on the album by Matthew Sweet, Girlfriend is a pop/rock musical for everyone who’s lived in a small town and feels for their first love.
CAST SIZE: 2 / WORLD PREMIERE: Berkeley Rep, California / READ IT: Samuel French
SWIMMING WHILE DROWNING
When teenager Angelo Mendez decides to leave his home out of fear of further disappointing his homophobic father, he encounters a world he was not prepared for at an LGBT homeless shelter in Los Angeles. There he meets a fellow homeless teen who gives him a voice and unexpectedly introduces him to love. Angelo ultimately learns that all relationships, no matter how powerful, have an unfortunate time cap which he must cope with through his writing. A dark romantic comedy set in a homeless shelter. A story that is simultaneously gritty, sweet, funny, heartbreaking and real.
CAST SIZE: 2 / WORLD PREMIERE: Milagro / READ IT: New Play Exchange
Amidst the cluttered shelves of a family-owned general store in a small Black town that doesn't appear on any map, four lost souls reunite. Partnerships dissolve, alliances shift, and romances ignite as a tragic accident unleashes the town's mysterious history. Blurring the line between body and spirit, Good Goods is an otherworldly love story of the (dis)possessed.
CAST SIZE: 6 / WORLD PREMIERE: Yale Rep / READ IT: Amazon
A Novel by Kheryn Callender
Twelve-year-old Caroline is a Hurricane Child, born on Water Island during a storm. Coming into this world during a hurricane is unlucky, and Caroline has had her share of bad luck already. She's hated by everyone in her small school, she can see things that no one else can see, and -- worst of all -- her mother left home one day and never came back. With no friends and days filled with heartache, Caroline is determined to find her mother. When a new student, Kalinda, arrives, Caroline's luck begins to turn around. Kalinda, a solemn girl from Barbados with a special smile for everyone, seems to see the things Caroline sees, too. Joined by their common gift, Kalinda agrees to help Caroline look for her mother, starting with a mysterious lady dressed in black. Soon, they discover the healing power of a close friendship between girls.
***This is a book I would like to adapt into a play. I have not been granted the rights at this time.
PUTTING MAKEUP ON THE FAT BOY***
A Novel by Bil Wright
Carlos Duarte knows that he’s fabulous. He’s got a better sense of style than half the fashionistas in New York City, and he can definitely apply makeup like nobody’s business. He may only be in high school, but when he lands the job of his dreams—makeup artist at the FeatureFace counter in Macy’s—he's sure that he’s finally on his way to great things. But the makeup artist world is competitive and cutthroat, and for Carlos to reach his dreams, he'll have to believe in himself more than ever.
***This is a book I would like to adapt into a musical. I have not been granted the rights at this time.
UNTITLED QUEER DANCE PARTY PLAY
Conceived by Richard A Mosqueda
Loosely based on the structure of Lanford Wilson’s A Balm in Gilead. Tonight there will be a celebration of queerness at a fabulous bar. Please ignore the rumblings on the outside—because tonight we are dancing to forget and be together. I’ve heard that this bar is becoming less queer by the day…
This is a devised movement piece with music and dialogue. Currently an idea that I would like to develop.