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plays

I am taking the Charles Mee route and putting all of my plays online to read for free. I'm doing this because as a playwright, I find it difficult to get my stuff read, and publishing is a hassle in and of itself. I hope someday to have these published but even then I'd like to keep them available to be read. So if you like what you're reading, please remember that I put a lot of time and effort into creating these, and if you'd like to donate a $2 or $5 or $10 bucks towards my Starving Artist fund, I would be tremendously grateful.

If you want to produce one of my works, please email me so we can deal with pricing and all that wonderful stuff.


full lengths

Peace [2m, 2w]
A play about a family dealing with the father's sudden surgery, and two siblings trying to find direction in their aimless lives.
The Messiah of Main St [2m, 5w]
A play about a normal man learning he is the next Christ, and how he destroys himself trying to save others.
one acts

They're History [3m]
Two bumbling thieves travel back in time to secure IBM stock, except they go to the wrong year and get in some hijinks.
Thank You Fifteen [3m, 1w]
Three guys get ready for a play, and along the way one of them finds out the other slept with his soon-to-be ex-wife. HIJINKS ENSUE!
Save vs Nerd [3m, 1w]
Two nerds convince their now-cool friend to play one last Dungeons and Dragons game. He doesn't want to, but his new "girlfriend" does. HIJINKS!
The Anarchist and the Carpenter [2m]
A somewhat philosophical play about two men from opposite spectrums who have to work together in order to survive. Not as many hijinks in this one, sorry guys.
The Night Llewellyn Died [2w] (coming soon)
In the midst of a drunken one night stand, Patty is left alone when her lover Llewellyn goes off to a nearby convenience store to buy condoms. As she waits for him to return, she is forced to deal with his 13-year-old daughter, Bridget.
Inspiration [3m, 1w] (link coming when I finish next draft)
Wes breaks up his band and then breaks up with his girlfriend so he can feel depressed like he was when he wrote his hit album. As you might expect, everyone isn't too happy about that.
shorter plays

Delusions of Grandeur [1m, 2w]
A nerdy comic book store employee wastes time waiting for his "dream girl," but when she actually enters the store, he has difficulty dealing with her.
Fear of Fears [2m, 1w]
A weird little play about people with fears -- Danny is afraid of knowledge, his sister Marcia is afraid of confrontation, and her boyfriend Charlie is afraid of being afraid. And they are all stuck in the Library of Congress.
The Circle of Love [1m, 1w]
A cute little play about a guy helping his girlfriend get over her fear of heights -- with a twist at the end.
The Man from Spermacide-9 [2m, 1w]
Alien gets transported to a man's home. His race is dying. He needs one thing to survive. You get to guess what it is.
Bad Mothers [2m, 1w]
Two bad dudes are about to do a bad thing, when a pregnant lady enters and well it's a play so of course she has to give birth, right?
[This is one of the first plays I wrote in college. It's weird how, at the time, I thought it was pretty good -- it was even read at the regional Kennedy Center Theatre Festival that year -- and yet now I look at it and I'm like, "This is terrible." But it has some good parts to it. Maybe I'll revise it someday, who knows.]
Bus Trip [2w]
A woman and her sister on a bus ride. Really short script.
Chauncey [1m]
A monologue from a 16 year old boy who thinks women smell good.
The Old Man and the Toaster [1m]
A long monologue about an old man about to take his own life with his favorite toaster.

verse


Five-Syllable Sonnets
2007 - 2014
This was a long term project that sort of fizzled out in 2014, but I think it had a good run. Fourteen lines, five syllables each line. Wrote them at home, at work, at school, on planes, right before I slept and right after I woke up.
2003
ample time for death
fuzzy dice and fins
mornings.

2004
mother fucking
surly sundered robot

2007
a cut up of george saunders
at a countertop
doubt
for ashley
madeline
once upon a time
people
songs about women
the canal
the end

2008
funeral
how i got drunk and loved the bomb
i want
i'm watching people do things alone
new blood
perpetually
pinned
rambling at an airport
the mystery of winter
the sloth of epiphany
with bated breath

2013
doldrums
let it go
life has inertia
the questions
the slow descent
wonder

2014
So, I just want to acknowledge to you, dear reader, that 2014 was a really shitty year for me, to the extent that something broke emotionally inside of me from about May to September. It's hard to explain, but if you've ever been depressed before you probably get it. A couple of these poems reference that, and they're very raw and kind of freaky to read (they are to me at least), but I share them anyway because I don't want to hide behind my depression, and because I like them as poems. I'm a lot better now, for the record, and reading this old stuff is kind of surreal and alien in some ways, and very cathartic in others. Anyway.

To avoid triggering people, particularly disturbing poems have an asterisk * beside them.

ceiling paved with stars
facsimile
moments of clarity
mot juste
* orders of magnitude
other side
people exercise 1
* the aftermath
the lie
* the painful pallor of dead skin
the problem is i tumble
things she did
top ramen chicken flavor packet

2015
for meg


prose

Serials:

When I was younger I used to write a lot. A LOT. Most of my time was spent writing serialized fiction that I would post online somewhere for people to read. None of it is finished, and will probably never be finished. But they are here to read if you wish.

Milo Leningrad Athens
Milo Athens is a young man with an interesting life and interesting friends who is dealing with his breakup with the love of his life. It all takes places in short stories and serials that are written in a non-linear fashion.
The Quake Saga
The Quake Saga deals with two brothers in a not-so-distant alternate future where the government has been destroyed thanks to an anti-video game act. The brothers discover that their father has created a server world called Serrum, and that real people are living inside it. This story is about their adventures in real life and online, trying to figure out what their father was up to.
The Titan Revolution
Part One: The Mediocre Adventures of Mike
Mike is a young man who gets entangled with the mythological Titans, who have been incarcerated on the wrong side of Utopia for millions of years by the Gods. He and other chosen "Children of Gaia" begin their journey to free the Titans from their prison and reclaim Utopia for their own.
Timekeeper
Timekeeper is set in a world where the future has become just another distance, as time traveling becomes commonplace. People live in different times. Seth is a government employee who ends up getting involved with the Palestinians, who, along with the Israelis following a messy religious war, have created a stop in time following the explosion of a nuclear bomb infused with time travel crystals.
Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves
VZW is a serial about what it says it's about. Sam is a werewolf, Delia is a vampire, and they used to be high school sweethearts.
Awakenings
Awakenings takes place in the Zealot Galaxy, and was a role playing serial I wrote about thirteen years ago. This was on AOL, mind you. I'm keeping it up here for posterity and so fellow Zealots can read it if they so wish.
Short Stories:

95
About a fatal meeting in a subway.
Cavernous
Two brothers stranded in the desert, exploring some caves.
Friendship
A short story about people I wrote for a college course.
TheRoom
An old story about a guy and a girl stuck in a room.