List of Produced Plays In Order of First Production With Plot Descriptions
THE GERMANS IN PARIS: Based on actual events, this comedy-drama, set in 1840s Paris, tells the story of the friendship of two émigré writers. One is Heinrich Heine, the leading German romantic poet of the era. The other is an unknown radical author named Karl Marx. The two men experience duels and love affairs. In the process, Heine comes to an unwelcome realization about the character and ideas of his young friend.
THE CATERERS: Loosely inspired by an actual event of the 1970s, this four-character hostage drama presents the deadly consequences of the meeting of an Islamist, a British playwright and a young married couple who prepare meals for movie premieres.
SEXUAL HEALING: This fictionalized version of the life and loves of Masters and Johnson investigates the questions that arise from sex therapy. What effect does it have on those who undertake it and what is the morality of the work itself? How will the heroine be "educated" by her research?
DECONSTRUCTION: Based on the actual relationship between famed novelist Mary McCarthy and the Belgian-American academic Paul de Man, this three character drama looks at the moral implications of post-modern philosophy and the questionable actions of one of its most famous and notorious proponents.
BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES: This dark comedy is composed of two scenes of continuous action involving six young New Yorkers, sometime friends. One scene takes place two weeks before 9/11. The second happens on the evening of 9/11. The play is a suspenseful look at whether people are really changed by outside events and in what measure their claims of a superior character and morality should be regarded.
THE $18 BILLION PRIZE: Co-written with Phelim McAleer. This work of documentary theater is taken from the actual transcripts of a lawsuit undertaken by oil giant Chevron against New York attorney Steven Donziger. The play deals with the $18 billion judgment rendered in Ecuador against Chevron for damage to the country's rainforest. The trial led to the revelation of an international conspiracy involving blackmail, money-laundering, pandering and bribery, along with Donziger's eventual disbarment.
THE FIGHT: Loosely based on the lives and the bitter conflict that emerged between two of America's most famous feminists, THE FIGHT asks us what we mean by the term feminism and what the purpose of a woman's life is and ought to be.
PUSHKIN: Based on actual events, this romantic tragedy tells the story of the last years of the short life of Russia's greatest poet: his love affairs, his battle for the freedom of the country's serfs, the slanders he faced over his part-African ancestry and his death in a duel over his wife's honor.