Bottom of the Birdcage

Susan whose father runs a multi-billion dollar hedge fund and whose mother is a Shippan Point socialite should be at in her freshman year at Columbia University with some of her well-heeled friends, but instead she is waiting tables and mopping floors at the Yankee Diner, a rundown diner outside of Stamford Connecticut, with her co-worker Lucy, an immigrant of questionable status. Her story is one of a fall from great heights to the bottom of the bird cage. But, she is far from finished. She and Lucy show that the bottom of the bird cage is a good place for redemption and good place to launch from to new and greater heights.

The Last Prejudice

Break up the big banks! Take back our government! With only two weeks left until the election, young and politically inexperienced Amanda Peters is pulling away in the polls from the entrenched Congressional incumbent, Charles Bonner, a political animal bought and paid for by the financial industry. To be sure, Amanda has traveled an unusual path. After picking up the torch for her candidate husband who was killed in a mysterious and unsolved street mugging, the grieving (and pregnant) is determined to win a seat in the House so she can continue her and Phil’s quest to fulfill their grassroots movement’s mandate for sweeping financial industry regulation and empowerment of the citizenry. Now the crusading young idealist is poised to advance the movement from the streets and coffee shops to the halls of Congress. But everyone has secrets. Even crusading young idealists. Things turn nasty when Amanda’s powerful enemies threaten to reveal her unusual secret, dragging with them unlikely allies. Our crusader must confront the truth about herself, her closest supporters, and the citizenry she has championed. It’s no longer just about a Congressional election; it’s about how we identify with one another as fellow citizens and as human beings. The Last Prejudice has a lot to say about what’s happened to politics in this country.


Homecoming was performed at the Actors' Theatre in Santa Cruz as part of their 8 10s @ 8 festival in January 2018. Directed by Gail Borkowski and featuring Tom Arns, Kye Solomon, and Hannah Eckstein.

The neighborhood is going to hell in a hand basket. Walter Graham knows that at one in the morning anything can happen. So, when confronted by a would-be intruder lurking outside his door Walter is ready—pistol off safety and baseball bat in hand. However, the intruder is a young woman and her baby, both victims of domestic violence. When Walter lets them into his home this young mother and child softened Walter’s hardened heart, and more importantly, they prod the mind—at least momentarily—of his wife Nora, a victim of early onset dementia.

Homecoming was recently featured at the Santos Dantin Studio Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Center, as a part of Playwrights' Round Table's Summer Shorts 2017
Directed by Kate Murray
Walter: Dev Zebra
Celeste: Bre'Anna Janay
Nora: Sally Daykin

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The Wounded Warrior

Ann Smith is throwing a party for her husband who is home on leave from the Army. Excitement is high and nearly everything is ready for the celebration, and then one of Captain Phil Smith’s former reports arrives early and uninvited. Corporal Long has a message for the Smiths that will forever change their lives, and it is a message for us, as well.

Protect Our Defenders

Manus Dei

Relationships can be based upon many things, such as: physical attraction, mutual interest, financial expediency, but, as Manus Dei illustrates, they can also be based upon the flightiest of things.

There's Still Time

Walt Becker will tell you that he has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. To make matters worse, he feels that his seven decades of life have been meaningless. He’s decided he will change that by doing something memorable. What can a seventy-plus year old do that is memorable? Standup comedy, of course. His wife and adult daughter whose lives have both recently taken emotional hits aren’t laughing when he tells them his plan. More stress and disappointment are the last things they need. Nevertheless, they soon come to rally behind him, not only because he is funny as hell, but because his zany new profession reinvigorates their lives, as well.

The Promise

The rest of Mary Becker's life was going to be great. She had earned it. The business Mary and her husband (mostly, she) had worked so hard to build was thriving; her daughters had grown into independent young women, and her marriage of twenty plus years was on solid footing. And then capricious Fate spun her wheel. Mary's husband divorced her to put a trophy wife (formerly his personal trainer) on his arm and in his bed. Naturally, Mary is devastated. It is a tragic story, but unfortunately, one that is not that uncommon. This is where the play begins. THE PROMISE shows us that Fate always has one more spin in her wheel.

Peaks and Valleys

Three struggling waitresses in a struggling East Texas diner learn that humor, tenacity, and loyal friends are what they need to navigate through the valleys of life to get to its peaks.

Broadway World Review

"Peaks And Valleys", by playwright Jeffrey Strausser, is a sassy and tender success. His main characters, three women working in a diner, are fulfilling and dimensional, with lines that are true and zing with humor and honesty. Actors Cheryl Tanner, Malinda L. Beckham, and Autumn Woods inhabit their characters with ease and connection. David Cleveland plays a funny diner cook, and Daniel Ewetuya's character (Frank Thomas) adds an interesting climax to the play. This play was extremely well-directed by Tyrrell Woolbert.

Somewhere Else Dreams

Ashlee Martin, a young waitress at the All American Diner in the town of Jacksonville, located in the heart of east Texas, dreams of finding a better life somewhere else. Yet, fate holds her at the diner just a little longer so the cast of zany characters that include a nursing home escapee, a used lawnmower peddler, a welder who insists on telling corny jokes and a yokel who might have won the lottery can unwittingly create a hilarious chain of events that show Ashlee her "better life" was always right in Jacksonville.

Somewhere Else Dreams was first performed by the Lufkin High School drama department in November 2008. Since the play's debut, high school and middle schools from South Dakota to New York to Alabama have produced the popular comedy. Somewhere Else Dreams is published by Brooklyn Publishers.

Last Stop for the A Train

Al Trainor hates selling cars. The former high school football star can only dream about what might have been – an exciting college football stint filled with glory and girls, and then on to a lucrative professional career. Unfortunately, a fateful knee injury ended his dream. And fate has more cards to play. The man whom Al holds responsible for his life-changing injury, Parker Robinson, his high school football coach, is walking into the dealership. Propelled in large part by Al's gridiron greatness four years ago, Parker Robinson's career has rocketed skyward. Robinson has just signed a multi-year contract to coach the city's professional football team. Now he and his new lady friend are going to spend some of his new wealth. Catalyzed by a cast of unusual characters, the confrontation between player and coach is emotional, action-packed, and unpredictable.

The Decorator

Set in an upscale metropolitan suburb, the play chronicles how Amanda Hartman, a vixen designer, has added a new meaning to "full service interior design." As a way to avenge the hurt from her husband's infidelity, Amanda convinces and cajoles other wives, disgruntled with their own Ward Cleaver-like husbands, to hire her to remodel their lives. Amanda has created the perfect scheme to grow her business, provide her clients their life makeovers, and feed her obsession for revenge.

Family Matters

Nagged by a sense of duty, Katherine, Stephen and Jessica plan to surprise their parents with a fiftieth wedding anniversary party. This burden serves to spotlight the problems coursing through their haphazard lives—big sister Katherine is mired in a floundering marriage; unemployed Stephen is a starving poet (this week); and little sister Jessica, a career minimum wage earner, is drowning in debt as she proudly lives beyond her means. The party starts early, however, when their off-the-wall parents, one of whom is practicing to be a standup comic and the other wants to escape to Paris, unleash a surprise of their own on their directionless children. Adding to this cauldron of bubbling chaos, Katherine's self-absorbed husband and her angst- ridden daughter toss in their issues to blaze a hilarious path to an important life lesson.