Cardinal (2 women, 4 men)
An unlikely power couple, Lydia and Jeff, convince their struggling city to take a colorful leap toward rejuvenation. The radical transformation works better for some than others. This play was commissioned and produced by Second Stage Theater, directed by Kate Whoriskey. Tickets and info is available here.

Her Requiem (4 women, 2 men)
In chilly northern Vermont, a mother and father's divergent reactions to their daughter Caitlin's ambitious project change everything. This play was commissioned and produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, LCT3. It was directed by Kate Whoriskey.

Slowgirl (1 man, 1 woman)
A teenager flees to her reclusive uncle's retreat in the Costa Rican jungle to escape the aftermath of a horrific accident. This was the inaugural play of Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater (LCT3). It starred Željko Ivanek and Sarah Steele, and was directed by Anne Kauffman. It was then produced by Hyde Park Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, and the Geffen Playhouse among others. Development: The New Group, Naked Angels, LCT3. Excerpts published in New England Review.
Published and licensed by Dramatists Play Service

The Landing (3 men, 1 woman)
Three original, thematically-linked musicals (Andra, The Brick, and The Landing). John Kander wrote the music, I wrote the book and lyrics. Premiered at the Vineyard Theatre, directed by Walter Bobbie, starring David Hyde Pierce, Julia Murney, Paul Anthony Stewart, and Frankie Seratch.
Published and licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
Recording available soon from Jay Records

Kid Victory (4 women, 5 men)
This is an original musical I wrote with John Kander. Seventeen-year-old Luke Browst returns to his parents' home to a small town in Kansas after having vanished for almost a year. Profoundly changed, Luke will only confide in Emily, the owner of a local lawn/garden store, about his bewildering experiences. This was co-produced by Signature Theatre, VA and Vineyard Theater. It was directed by Liesl Tommy. The soundtrack is available from Broadway Records.

Fellow Travelers
This is an opera adaptation of Thomas Mallon's novel about two men's attempt to find love during the "lavender scare" of the McCarthy era. I wrote the libretto, Gregory Spears wrote the music, Kevin Newbury is directing, and G. Sterling Zinsmeyer is producing. It premiered at Cincinnati Opera and will soon appear at PROTOTYPE festival in NYC, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Minnesota Opera. The recording is available from Cincinnati Fanfare.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Toru Okada goes on a surreal journey to find missing wife, Kumiko. It starts at the bottom of an empty well. This is a multimedia stage adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel. It premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival, and went on to play the Singapore Arts Festival. The script is co-written with director Stephen Earnhart. It is published by Dramatist Play Service.

The Quarry (2 men, 2 women, 1 pianist)
After a series of unsettling discoveries in a marble-quarry town in Vermont, antisocial widow Jean McClain decides to conduct her own investigation. This is a surreal detective story with a haunting, original score by Randal Pierce. The actors play many roles. This play was commissioned and produced by Vermont Stage Company in Burlington, VT.

The Bad Astronauts
The lineup of this group changed over the years, but we did six full-length shows in various venues in downtown New York and Chicago, including The Red Room, The Present Company, The Duplex, The St. Mark's Theater, Collective Unconscious, The Chicago Sketch Fest, Galapagos, and others.

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Plays represented by:

Scott Chaloff
William Morris Endeavor
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