Playwright- one who "wroughts" words, themes, and other elements into a dramatic form.
In my work as a playwright I strive to illuminate the lives of the characters and their situations in order to deepen our connection with others and enliven our experience of ourselves in the hopes of enabling us to be more fully human and to use that humanity to build a more just, caring, and enlightened society.
I'm inspired by the work of many playwrights including: Sam Sheppard, Edward Albee, Martin McDonagh, Tony Kushner, Paula Vogel and Christopher Durang among others.
I ascribe to Lerner Motti's idea that a playwright can be "an activist in reflecting the problems in the world in order to incite change and transform the society."
I hope that in my plays I'm able to do this in an honest, humorous, and entertaining way.
Broadway Bound Theatre Festival NYC. Opening soon- The Brothers Khan, An American Story
Rehearsals have begun with a stellar cast ( Rachel Halper, Malka Wallick, Max Beckman, and Almir Kurtic) and a exceptionally talented director, Katrin Hilbe. We had an opportunity to put one of the scenes in front of a live audience at the Dramatist Guild Conference in Manhattan and their reaction was everything one would hoped for. It gave me great hope that "We have a play here, we just might have a very good play here." The dates of the performances of The Brothers Khan are Wednesday August 15th at 8:30, Friday August 17th at 8:30, and Saturday August 18th at 5:00.
The play is the story of two immigrant Muslim brothers, one of whom is driven to become Americanized and the other who drops out and eventually becomes radicalized and the ensuing conflict that arises between them. It is in some ways a retelling of the story of Cain (Dzhabrail) and Able ( Rustam). Rustam, the radicalized brother, comes to believe that in order to be welcomed into paradise he must find out if his brother has indeed become a traitor to Islam and if so he must act.
This is a fully realized production with an amazing crew which includes: Colleen Shea (Lighting & Scenic); Maggie Whitaker (Costumes); Andy Evan Cohen (Sound); Michael Hagins (Fight Choreographer); Laura Lundy (Dramaturge); Emily Hewitt (Photography); and Lisa Stafford* (Stage Manager).
*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity