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This monologue is a powerful example of madness and obsession carried by either a man or a woman for their ex-lover. The mixed pronouns may be initially distracting, but this piece takes on new twists and general creepiness depending on who is the perpetrator and who is the victim. The suspect weaves romantic and violent language to describe a tragic event and does not convey remorse for the result.
This monologue is loosely based on a newspaper story I read some 20 years ago. Bluff was selected for a staged reading at the Southwest Regional Dramatists Guild of America Friday Night Footlights Series as well as Theatre Artists Studio’s New Summer Shorts Festival, both in June 2008.
Betrayal is a universal theme within the human condition. We all walk away from someone close to us at least once in our lives. One Night is Susan’s story of the price of young love found while another is lost.
Originally written as a short story, this 10-minute monologue was only recently adapted for the stage. One Night was selected for a reading at the Southwest Regional Dramatists Guild of America’s Friday Night Footlights Series in June 2008.
The First After: A Conversation in Five Stages
Every day, relationships are broken; some through tragic events, divorce or death. Others just slip away. We grieve these loses both privately and publicly. The First After demonstrates that though the words may stay the same across time and events, the stage of grief we are in at any given moment changes the entire conversation.
This play was originally structured as a short poem taken from one telephone call. I later developed this piece into a 10-min short containing three expanded conversations with the same dialogue across all three scenes. The play received a staged reading at the Theatre Artists Studio in March 2007. The First After has been used in various acting classes including several with the Improbable Theatre Company.
The Last Morning After
Ryan is a 25 year-old mess. He can’t hold onto a job, a relationship, or a car. His drinking continues to undermine the opportunities and responsibilities in his young life. The Last Morning After tells the story of an alcoholic who, in fact, stops drinking but may not be fortunate enough to hit his bottom.
I considered writing this story as a piece of flash fiction but liked the dramatic effect of watching Ryan’s life implode right before our eyes. The Last Morning After received a staged reading at the Theatre Artists Studio’s New Works Festival: Thirst in May 2007.