SAVING ELIJAH - Pilot for a Limited Series TV Show - Teleplay
Part ghost story, part psychological thriller, part family drama. One hour pilot script plus a narrative outline for the 8-hour series. Written with Christopher Carlson (www.christopherccarlson.com), Adapted from my novel, Saving Elijah.
Logline: When her developmentally disabled 6-year old lapses into a coma, a desperate mother makes a Faustian bargain with a shape-shifting demon in order to save him -- surrendering her therapy practice, her family, and her sanity. As the boy begins to recover, he develops astonishing powers of healing and sight that enable him to save her, but everything, ultimately, has a price. A psychological thriller about a mother, and a family, pushed beyond the brink.
THE MULTIPLE / DIE TOTDENKERIN - Screenplay
Psychodrama/thriller, 100 minutes. Feature film script. Written with Christopher Carlson (www.christopherccarlson.com). Adaptation based on my acclaimed novel, "A Reasonable Madness." Translated into ten or so languages, the book became a best seller in Germany under the title Die Totdenkerin, which means "The Death Thinker." and this adaptation was first commissioned by German film Producer, Network Movie, and the German public broadcaster, ZDF. We have reserved the rights for an English language feature film that will not only be riveting but very, very human. We're calling it THE MULTIPLE.
Logline: After a gifted artist and clairvoyant confesses to "psychically" killing her husband’s lover, a dual investigation ensues -- while the police examine evidence to determine who actually did the murder, a psychiatrist probes the confessor’s profoundly fractured psyche to determine if she possesses the frightening power of psychic “death-thoughts" she claims, or if he’s falling prey to the seductive powers of a manipulative, cold-blooded multiple personality prepping him to be her next victim.
FIVE DAYS, FOUR NIGHTS - Stage play
Full length drama - 90-95 minutes, 4 characters
Represented by: Marta Praeger, pRobert Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc., 1501 Broadway, NY, NY 10036 212-840-5766,
Description: Jesse’s long, traditional marriage to a successful doctor in a wealthy Connecticut town is crumbling under the weight of grief after the death of their daughter three years ago. She’s trying to write a novel based on her loss to help herself heal. At a five-day summer writers conference, she meets George, a wry, conflicted professor whose own marriage is also deeply strained as he tries to cope with his jealous, volatile and brilliant wife. George and Jesse each present a cultivated facade, as strangers often do, and after George casually disparages “autobiographical fiction,” Jesse self-protectively lies about the personal source of her novel-in-progress. Free of the burden of her bereavement, Jesse allows herself to engage in a kind of literary flirtation with George that profoundly deepens when she finally reveals the truth about her terrible loss. Employing a unique, dramatic structure of short scenes moving forward through the days and nights of the conference that alternate dramatically with scenes of the two conflicted marriages going backwards through the years, we witness George and Jesse’s growing attraction, desire, and mutual empathy, as well as the devastating marital circumstances that have left them both vulnerable to a potentially life-changing love affair.
A very adult, brutally honest drama about marriage, longing, grief, trauma, mental illness, what attracts people to one another and keeps them together, and what tears them apart.
Upcoming: Staged reading: March 23rd, 2020, 730 PM; Palace Theatre, Stamford, CT
Table Read July 3, 2019 "Athena Reads," Dramatists Guild, New York City https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz_gt_EnUd9/
Staged Reading: January, 2018 - Theatre Artists Workshop, Norwalk, CT
Semi-Finalist: 2018 Garry Marshall New Works Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Reading, August 2018, Silent Echo Theatre Company, Sisters, OR
THE ANGEL OF FORGETTING - Stage play
Full length drama - 100 minutes, two acts, with one intermission, 12 characters (4 are doubled)
Represented by: Marta Praeger, Robert Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc., 1501 Broadway, NY, NY 10036 212-840-5766,
Description: Elderly Russian immigrants Klara and Sasha Grigoriev are loving parents and dogged atheists, still deeply affected by the trauma they experienced as children in Vitebsk, Belarus during World War II. As the play opens, their adult son, Dennis, is doing his “psychic” act “communicating with the dead” in front of a live television audience, and his twin sister, Ava, a school social worker, publicly accuses him of being a fraud. Accusation becomes confrontation at the Grigorievs’ sixtieth anniversary party, but when Ava presents a surprise letter from a long lost relative, it reveals a family secret so shocking that patriarch Sasha has a deadly heart attack,. and a schism opens within this profoundly troubled family that appears irreconcilable. Then an Angel of the Ninth Order of the Third Hierarchy intervenes. A family drama with a psychological and supernatural mystery at its core, “The Angel of Forgetting” explores themes of grief, memory, cultural identity, the consequences of trauma, and the personal nature of spiritual experience.
WINNER: March For Productions Summer Reading Salon Contest, August 1st, 2016, at "The Lambs," NYC, with a talkback moderated by dramaturg, Eric Webb.
TOP TWENTY/SEMI FINALIST, Colonial Players, Annapolis, MD
READING - Lark Theatre, New York City. April 2015
An interview with March Forth Productions about my writing process and my play, "The Angel of Forgetting" can be found here:
(scroll down, or click on the INTERVIEWS tab on this blog, and scroll down to the second headline.)
THE BASEMENT OF EVERYTHING YOU NEED - Stage play
The Basement of Everything You Need," is a twelve minute dystopian drama about a wealthy, long married couple who've engineered their own survival of an unidentified planetary disaster, in a place where all their needs will be taken care of for as long as they live. But confronted with the emotional and ethical toll of surviving and no way out, they're playing out their own deadly psychological game, possibly even going mad. Pictured below, the brilliant actors Allan Zeller and Stephanie Hazard performing as Jodi and Peter in the Theatre Artists Workshop 2017 Playwrights Festival.
THERE YOU ARE - Stage play
Drama - 18 minutes, one act - 2 characters
Description : A short version of the full length play described above, "Five Days, Four Nights." A romantic two-hander about two strangers, a professor and a nurse, both long married, both working on novels, who meet at a summer writer’s conference and are deeply attracted—to each other, to each other's sorrow, and to each others’ fiction. When the professor receives a phone call from his sister about a family emergency, their encounter becomes something much more.
WINNER: - St. Louis Actor's Studio Labute New Theatre Festival, July 24th - August 2nd, 2015. "Delightful and poignant. A real sense of romance." Ladue News.
YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOVER - Stage play
Comedy - 10 minutes, one act - 3 characters.
Description: A clueless wife and her cynical sister try tp determine who among the dinner guests deliberately moved a small sentimental figurine the wife calls "The Bernie."
Theatre Artists Workshop, Norwalk, Connecticut April 28th-30th, 2015
Silent Echo Theatre Company "Now You're Talking" Festival,"Sisters, Oregon, February, 2015
Pictured below left: Veteran actors Wendy Long
and Carolyn Marble take on "The Bernie"
in "You Should Take a Lover"