September 28, 2019

My sister is named after a beloved Great Aunt and our truly wonderful Grandmother.

I'm named after a weed.

"Queen Anne's Lace" -  also known as the  Wild Carrot  - is a white, flowering weed. Common to Europe and North America, it's abundant and edible, so if I'm ever s...

December 5, 2018

Am feeling ill (a persistent cold/sore throat) and stuck (on a script) so I decided to run the numbers for this year. 

While still mostly a nightmare politically, personally, 2018 was fairly productive. To Wit:

ARTIFICE:  6 (Count 'em- 6!)  Full productions

LINEAGE:...

If there is one good thing to come from Trump's running for President  (and by "good" I mean something that isn't completely dispiriting, soul killing, gouge out your eyes depressing), it's the release of the now infamous "Grab 'em by the pussy" tape.  Not only does it...

August 18, 2017

Several years ago,

I won a New Play contest. 

As part of the prize, my nascent, newly hatched play was going to be the premiere production at a weekend long theater festival in the Midwest.  For me, this meant a free flight, free hotel, and since the town was close to...

 Therapist's office.  

New Age-y

(Think  bullshit quotes on  water color posters, gamelon music, probably a little fountain.)   

PATIENT

And I realized it's not my job to fix him, so I told him it's over.

...

May 19, 2017

I’m from the Midwest and we do not lie.

Well, okay, that's a lie, but in truth,

we Midwesterners tend to be straight shooters and find dishonesty morally reprehensible.  Sure, we may tell a little fib to avoid hurting one’s feelings, but lying lying?   Not so much....

March 4, 2017

In honor of Women's History Month.

Part 3 of 3.

JUDGE
Ms. Knight, your rebuttal?


MARGARET
So, that is “Rap?”   Well, then.   Needs must.


She rolls up her sleeves as the Commissioners pound the table, etc. 

MARGARET
OH BOO HOO HOO, PAPER BAG PRINCESS
YOU LIE...

March 4, 2017

In honor of Women's History Month.  Part 2 of 3.

JUDGE
Order!  A sound argument, Ms. Knight, and your evidence is compelling, but that wasn’t really rap.


CHARLES
What does she know?  She’s just a factory girl.


The Commissioners break into “Factory Girl” by the Rolling...

March 4, 2017

In honor of Women's History Month, here's Pt 1 of a short I wrote for the 365 Women Playwrights Project.


Interior; court room of the U.S. Patent Court.  The year is 1871 . Margaret E. Knight (1838-1914) skims through her blueprints as the hearing begins.  


COMMISSIONER...

January 10, 2017

I am increasingly perplexed by the Trumpettes who are still

celebrating their win over the  "Smug Elite."

From what I gather, they equate "elite" with a high income and an advanced education.   As a public school teacher and playwright, I barely have an income at a...

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