Scenes


This is a brand new feature:  scenes for teen actors, as well as some for adults, that may be used at no cost for auditions and classroom work.  Here's how it works--please read the instructions carefully:

1.  Email me with your name (first name only is fine if you're under 18; full name if you're over 18), school or theatre/agency affiliation, city, state/country and the scenes(s) you'd like to use, and please let me know whether you will be using the scene for classroom work or an audition. And don't forget that "please" and "thank you" go a long way.

Special Circumstances (Public Performances/Competition):  If you wish to use a scene for competition or in a public setting (scenes night, etc), contact the publisher directly if it's from one of my published plays (contact me about my unpublished work). Usually you will have to purchase a copy of the play from which it comes.

2.  Allow yourself enough time for a response (minimum one week is recommended). If you write the day before you need a scene, I may be traveling or working on a project and unable to respond, in which case you're out of luck. Regrettably, I'm unable to provide specific suggestions: it's up to you to read through the choices and decide what's right for you.

3.  If you'd like to read the entire play from which the scene comes, you can do that. Just follow the link on the scene's page: it will take you to the play's page, where you will find ordering instructions! (Sometimes there is even a direct order link on the scene's page!)

4.  By using one of my scenes, you grant me permission to add you to my newsletter email list. I promise not to email you too often, and I will never share your email with anyone.

5.  If you're a student, please tell your teacher or director about me! If you're a teacher or director, please consider my plays for potential production!

It's that easy.  Please spread the word, and keep checking back for new scenes!



Baking (2m), from Dear Chuck
 
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Recent News
Thicker Premieres at Pasadena International Film Festival!
My short film directing debut, Thicker (which I also wrote), starring Erik Odom and Nick Podany, premiered at the Pasadena International Film Festival as part of the "Truth" bill of shorts in March 2016!
Straight Eye for the Gay Guy wins at California Independent Film Festival!
Straight Eye for the Gay Guy, which I adapted into a short film directed by Mary Lou Belli, won "Best Mini-Short" at the California Indepdendent Film Festival in September! It has since also screened at Palm Springs' Cinema Diverse, presenting the best in LGBT cinema, and the Ojai Film Festival.
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Two New Plays Now Available
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Upcoming Productions
Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
Cambridge-Isanti High School (Cambridge, MN), January 2017
 
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Deep Run High School (Glen Allen, VA), January 2017
 
High School (non) Musical
Bonita Vista High School (Chula Vista, CA), February 2017
 
4 A.M.
The Math Science and Arts Academy (Lake Charles, LA), February 2017
 
4 A.M.
Youth Arts Committee (Dauphin, MB, Canada), March 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Scarborough High School (Gorham, ME), March 2017
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight
Kammerer Middle School (Radcliff, KY), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
North Mecklenburg High School (Huntersville, NC), June 2017
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
The Valley School of Southern Oregon (Medford, OR), June 2017
 
 
(un)Selfie: Through scenes and monologues, an exploration of the selfie: the good, the bad and the ugly.

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