- The Saving of Billy B.
A gay lawyer represents a conservative Christian couple suing a religious “reparative therapy” clinic after their gay teenage son commits suicide.
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- Over My Dead Body (co-author: Anthony Fingleton)
Three elderly British mystery writers plot a real murder to vindicate their fading careers, but find the execution more difficult than they bargained on.
Originally produced at the Savoy Theatre, London, starring Donald Sinden and June Whitfield. Available from Dramatists Play Service.
- Looking Glass (co-author: Cynthia Whitcomb)
The fanciful writings of Lewis Carroll interweave with events from his life, including his meeting the real Alice, subsequent scandal, and ultimate rejection of his creative alter-ego.
Original produced off-Broadway at the Entermedia Theater, NYC, starring Jon Vickery. First L.A. production at the Colony Theater; director: Todd Nielsen. Available from Broadway Plays.
In West Hollywood, a failed screenwriter, turned med student, becomes obsessed with a attractive but serially unfaithful waiter. A contemporary gay take on “Of Human Bondage” by W. Somerset Maugham, who was himself gay, and based the character played by Bette Davis in the film version of his autobiographical novel on a male lover.
Two-Act: 1 hr. 45 min. – various fantasy sets
8M: 3 20s, 2 30s, 1 50-60s, 2 60-80s – plus 2-3 non-speaking bit parts
- A Paine in the Arse
On the last day of his life, “Common Sense” author Tom Paine is visited by a priest hired to persuade him to renounce his views on organized religion. Instead, he gets more than he bargained for, as the “conversion” doesn’t go quite as planned.
Two-Act: 1 hr. 30 min. – run-down Greenwich Village, New York City bedroom, 1809
2M: 40s, 72