Writing

The Promised Land (Sample Here)

Synopsis: Senator Michael Stewart is a moderate Republican, trying to bridge the partisan divide in Washington. When a corporate lobbyist and a Tea Party challenger threaten his re-election bid, Stewart stands by his principles and votes to regulate Wall Street. In doing so, he reveals a fateful decision that could destroy him.

Workshops/Readings:

Dreamcatcher Rep

Abingdon Theatre Co. (Off-Broadway)  

The Drawing Board (New York)  

Nylon Fusion Theatre Co.

Core Artists Ensemble (@ The Barrow Group)  

Finalist:

Bay Area Playwrights Festival

SohoRep Writer's Lab

New Jersey Playwrights Contest

Capital Rep Next Play Summit


The Bus Test  (Sample Here)

Synopsis: After Michael Mason loses his job on Wall Street, a troubled decision lands him back in Iowa under the care of his distant father, Hal. Michael soon reconnects with an old friend and his ex-girlfriend, and decides to build a new life in Iowa. But then an unexpected phone call and betrayal change everything, putting his newfound beliefs to the test. 

Readings

Platform Group (Off-Broadway)  

The Lark Play Development Center  

Abingdon Theatre Co. (Off-Broadway)  

Finalist: Colonial Players New Play Contest


*Published by Indie Theater Now.



Short Plays (Selected)

The Secret Keeper: Ahmad is the groundskeeper at a cemetery in Afghanistan. When a local mother visits the cemetery, she befriends Ahmad and unearths a troubling secret that unites them both.


*Published by Applause (Best Short Plays, 2014-2015)


Selected Productions/Performances

FUSION Theatre (New Mexico)

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company (Off-Broadway)

Naked Angels

Open Fist Theatre Company

Luna Stage  

Abingdon Theatre Company

Dreamcatcher Rep


Winner: Princeton Center for Spiritual Living Playwriting Award


Hard Truths: When Sally Sue Maple goes back to school shopping with her son Casey, she's forced to confront a truth that could upend their entire family. Produced by The Drawing Board and Nylon Fusion Theatre Co.  


Let You Help You: Dr. Goldfarb is the world’s worst therapist. Or is he? Produced by Nylon Fusion Theatre Co.


Freedom From Thought: Pi Sigma Alpha erupts into chaos when one sorority sister becomes aware of the horrors of the world. Produced by Nylon Fusion Theatre Co.  


Nice Guys: A lovable schlemiel is forced to question his belief that nice guys finish last. Nylon Fusion Theatre Co.  


Best Boss Ever: Instead of firing an intransigent employee, the world's best boss finds a loving way to exact revenge. Written with Matt Jordan. Performed Off-Broadway by the Abingdon Theatre Company in November 2012.



     Full Length Plays



       We Will Not Be Silent   (Sample Here)


"We Will Not Be Silent"‎ tells the true story of Sophie Scholl, a German college student who led the only major act of civil disobedience to the Nazis during the Second World War.

The play is not about the Holocaust - but examines the role that ordinary Germans played in the rise of Hitler, and the moral strength and courage that led a group of German students to risk their lives for a righteous, but hopeless, cause. 

World Premiere: Contemporary American Theater Festival

Summer 2017 (Director: Ed Herendeen)


                                    Reviews:

J. Wynn Rousuck, NPR Baltimore -- Baltimore Sun  


"On the other hand, 'We Will Not Be Silent' raises very important issues and is a much more fully realized drama with fully realized characters."


"There are truly magnetic performances here"


"[Of the six plays,] I would have to recommend 'Everything is Wonderful' and 'We Will Not Be Silent'



BWW: "We Will Not Be Silent at CATF: A Gripping Struggle for Souls"


"The genius of the play is how this ambiguity is handled up until those last three pages."


"This is not just her existential question: It is his as well. It would appear that Grunwald has made the opposite choice. But has he? At the very end of the play, that question is reopened."


"The theatergoer will not resolve these moral and logical dilemmas entirely, but will leave the theater breathless from identifying and working through them as far as he or she can."


 

DC Theatre Scene


"Five Stars" 


"Their rapid-fire arguments are like two heavyweight boxers circling each other, warily, but with murderous intent. When one or the other lands a telling point, you can hear the audience collectively draw its breath."


"Grunwald cries out 'But it is just words! Words mean nothing!' 'Words mean everything,' Sophie replies. John Proctor couldn’t have said it better."


Frederick News-Post


"Bells and whistles aren’t needed, though, when the tale you tell is as powerful as the one here."


“We Will Not Be Silent” forces you to reflect upon your own beliefs and exactly how much you might sacrifice for them."


"'It’s just words, Sophie,' Grunwald advises his prisoner, hoping to save her life. 'They mean nothing.' 'They mean everything,' Sophie snaps. Indeed, they do."



CDN News (former Washington Times critic)


A "gripping," "powerful," "nail-biting," "chilling one-act play" that is "loaded with dramatic and highly emotional moments."


"A psychological thriller," "an intense political and philosophical chess game."


"What lingers long after the final curtain are the wickedly interlocking moral dilemmas."



Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books


"This is the beauty of a script that would otherwise have been cat and mouse."


"Questions of faith, honor and courage are not new ones, and more relevant at this time in history than ever before. Intelligence is never boring, and psychological action is the most powerful ballast in a drama of ideas."  


Broadway World WV


"We Will Not Be Silent at CATF is an extraordinary theatrical experience based on true events."


"We Will Not Be Silent was certainly not the show to remain silent about at the Contemporary American Theater Festival this summer."


The Jewish Press


"The play packs a lot of power into a small space and you’d expect that this show would come to a New York theater in the near future."


"The pulsating questions in your head after seeing this play will be: ....  What am I doing to stand up for what is right in 2017?


You may not have immediate answers, but the fact that the questions are in your head means that theater has done its job."



Readings/Workshops

The Fountain -- Los Angeles (AEA) -- Summer 2017

Kitchen Dog -- Dallas, TX (AEA) -- Summer 2017

Florida Rep (AEA) -- Spring 2017

Questors Theatre - London, UK -- Spring 2017

Mile Square Theatre (AEA) -- Fall 2016

The Jewish Museum -- Spring 2016

Dreamcatcher Rep (AEA) -- Spring 2016

New Jersey Playwright's Contest -- Winter 2016

The Barrow Group -- Fall 2015

Project Y Theatre Company -- Fall 2015

Abingdon Theatre Company -- Summer 2015

Payoment on Cape Cod -- Summer 2015

BROKEN (Sample Here)

Synopsis: Kevin McFadden hasn't spoken to anyone since he killed 17 people at a shopping mall three weeks ago. But when a prison doctor takes an unexpected interest in his case, Kevin decides to meet with him - revealing a troubled past that unites them both.


Workshop  

April 2015 in New York City


Readings

Payoment Center for Performing Arts (Cape Cod)

Project Y Theatre Company (Off-Broadway)

Abingdon Theatre Co. (Off-Broadway)

The Parsnip Ship



*Selected for "Plays and Playwrights 2016" Best of the Year Anthology

*Excerpts published in Best Stage Monologues by Smith and Kraus

F*** Mark Twain

a play (and conversation) about race

Synopsis: When a white professor says the "N Word" out loud during a seminar on race, controvery engulfs a UC college campus.  

As one of the black students tries to get him fired, and another speaks in to his defense, the professor and his students are forced to confront racism in 21st century America -- and whether anyone but African Americans can truly understand it or discuss it.


"F*** Mark Twain" is a play about race, public discourse, and free speech in the age of Donald Trump, Charlottesville, and "post-truth."