Screen and Stage Plays

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 SCREENPLAYS

BETWEEN DARKNESS AND LIGHT: Set in the future, when virtual reality affords every person the chance to experience a life of dreams, the story explores the separation between what’s real and what’s fantasy and what happens when love makes those worlds indistinguishable.

9/2016 – Official Selection: Cannes Latitude Film Festival – Since 2002, this film competition has supported the growth of film and TV companies around the world, adhering to their motto of “making things happen” for creative people. This year, the festival will take place in Nova Scotia,  offering great prizes with the chance to get your work optioned by active producers looking for their next project.

10/2015 – Official SelectionArtists Alliance Short Screenplay Competition – A competition that focuses exclusively on shorts, this contest is meant to recognize and reward screenwriters who create an artistic and innovative short screenplay that skillfully exhibits artistry, style, and expression.

6/2015 – Official SelectionScriptmation – This short screenplay contest has a team of screenwriters, story editors, and other production staff from http://href=”http://www.scriptamation.com/2015-semi-finalists.htmlParamount Pictures, Sony, and other companies, judging entries for their short screenplay competition.

3/2015Official Selection: Universe Multicultural Film Festival – This competition seeks “the best classic and contemporary film making from around the world,” focusing on films that showcase the advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works.

2/2015 – 4th place: Vail Film Festival – This competition has drawn Hollywood stars like Harold Ramis and Kevin Smith, as well as premiered films like “Locke” starring Tom Hardy and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” starring Jason Segel.

1/2015 – 7th Place: American Gem Literary Festival – Based in Hollywood, CA, this festival has been holding an annual screenplay competition in conjunction with Write Brothers, Inc., the makers of Academy-Award winning software for writers, for the past 10 years.

7/2014 – Semi-Finalist: Shriekfest – Heralded by the Huffington Post as “America’s Preeminent Celebration of Horror, Shriekfest is the annual, Los Angeles based screenplay competition for horror and sci-fi scripts with over 3,000 submissions and 50 judges.


SMALL TALK: Dinner with strangers isn’t always comfortable—especially when that stranger is a blind date you didn’t know you were being set up for. And although Roger and Madison begin their conversation in discomfort, by the end, they’re having a conversation neither expected to have.

5/2017 – Pre-Production: Beautiful Bird Productions – In collaboration with Michael Gonza, Small Talk begins filming in August 2017.


SUNNY AND THE SEAL: This is the story of two elderly men, one shirtless and in beachwear, the other in a full body seal costume, as they peruse a grocery store at two in the morning, discussing deaf dogs, immortality, and where one can find some darn sunscreen.

10/2017 – Official Selection – Oaxaca Film Festival – This 8-day film festival is an international competition held annually every autumn. On multiple occasions, MovieMaker Magazine has hailed it as one of the top festivals in the world, which has included the works of many high profile artists such as Guillermo Del Toro, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, and Martin Scorsese. For their 2017 competition, out of the 1000s of submissions, only 3% made the cut, my screenplay being one of them. (Unfortunately, though, due to the earthquake in Mexico this year, they had to cancel the official ceremony.)

7/20171st Place – For the last 22 years, the Indie Gathering International Film Festival has advocated for and showcased independent filmmakers and screenwriters, with a full weekend devoted to screenings, awards, lectures, seminars, and more.

5/2017 – Official Selection – Drunken Film Festival – As a relatively new festival, DFF is dedicated to films that explore great conversations, prompting people not to get drunk on booze but “drunk on film.” The festival will be he held across a variety pubs throughout Bradford, West Yorkshire.

2/2017 – Semi-Finalist –  The Omaha Film Festival is one of the most popular and accomplished teaching festivals in the Central USA.  It began in 2005 giving the the Omaha community and independent film makers and screen writers a chance to showcase new films and screenwriters.

4/2016 – 3rd Place – The Las Vegas Screenplay Contest – Judged by experts in the fields of screenwriting and production, The Las Vegas Screenplay Contest attracts the brightest writers from around the globe. Running for over 30 years, this contest continues to provide a visible avenue for the recognition of aspiring screenwriters.

3/2016 Official SelectionSacramento International Film Festival — Supported by the California Film Foundation (a professional organization, since 1993, that has developed Northern CA’s film movement), the SFF is an annual festival which attracts the best filmmakers, distinguished industry guests, and thousands of film enthusiasts from around the world.

2/2016 – Official Selection – NewLife Film Festival and Screenplay Contest – Based out of Los Angeles, this screenplay competition welcomed entries from all over the world and doled out cash prizes to its top recipients

12/2015 – Top Finalist: Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition – Located in California, the international competition looks for feature and short screenplays marketable to the directors and producers in the area.

10/2015 – Official Selection: Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Competition – A competition that focuses exclusively on shorts, this contest is meant to recognize and reward screenwriters who create an artistic and innovative short screenplay that skillfully exhibits artistry, style, and expression.

7/2015 – Official Selection: The Columbia Gorge International Film Festival – An annual festival in its seventh year, this organization seeks to engage the powerful language of film in a dialogue on social issues, cultural exchanges, and current affairs.


TOWARD THE BACK: As an orc, war and bloodshed isn’t always life. And for Glob and Teacup, they would much prefer discussing the colors of their enemies’ uniforms rather than trying to stab them. So what happens between two cowardly orcs at the back of the regiment? Probably more squabbling than you imagined.

9/2016 – Official Selection: Cannes Latitude Film Festival – Since 2002, this film competition has supported the growth of film and TV companies around the world, adhering to their motto of “making things happen” for creative people. This year, the festival will take place in Nova Scotia,  offering great prizes with the chance to get your work optioned by active producers looking for their next project.


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STAGE PLAYS

SONNET 44: Set in World War II, the story places two lovers, Doris back home in the States and Robert off at war, side-by-side on stage as the letters they write to one another connect the truths of their worlds. 

2/2017: Short List: Tomo Suru Players – This is a festival for short plays that takes place in Vancouver, BC, receiving over 250 submissions from authors across nine countries. (This shares a selection with another short play of mine, Small Talk—now in the works of becoming a short film!).

12/2016: The Lama Theater Company is all about asking the question why?–their goal to give artists a platform to create risk taking and thought provoking theater that “inspires the audience to question the world around them.” For their winter theme of “hope,” they selected my one-act Sonnet 44 Staged Reading Lama Theaterplay, Sonnet 44, for a stage reading in December.

5/2014:  Inspired by Shakespeare’s sonnet of the same name, “Sonnet 44” received my first award as a playwright, placing in the top five finalists of the 15th Annual 10 Minute Play Contest held by Theatre Oxford.  Enjoy a stage reading of Sonnet 44 from the festival.


WAITING FOR GEOFFREY: a one-act, thirty minute light comedy about three brothers stuck in a tiny French train station on the final night of their vacation. As they wait for their ride back to the airport, they soon discover that their tickets are lost, that a silent custodian provides little advice, and that patience is an acquired virtue. This comedy explores the struggles of family, the relationship of brothers, and what can happen when an unexpected adventure arises from peculiar and impossible circumstances.

1/2016: Annually, the Drama Committee of the Arts Club of Washington D.C. hosts an international one act play competition, where writers from all over the world are invited to submit their short stage plays. For this year’s competition, they selected my play, “Waiting for Geoffrey as one of the five finalists. The short comedy follows three brothers who, lost in a foreign train station on the final night of their vacation, discover new things about each other as well as an adventure they had never asked to know.

6/2012Every year, Santa Clara University puts on The New Playwright’s Festival, where my 30-minute, one act play was directed, choreographed, and stage read by a group of talented actors. “Waiting for Geoffrey” tells of the final night of three brothers’ vacation as they wait in a tiny French train station–only to discover they have lost their tickets. This comedy explores the struggles of family, the closeness of brothers, and what can happen when you discover a most peculiar adventure in most impossible circumstances.


5/2015: In honor of the ten years that Santa Clara University has been doing The New Playwright’s Festival, the man in charge of the event, Brian Thorstenson, invited myself and a handful of other, past playwrights to submit a 1-minute play. As one of the entries selected, my short, short play, “The Space Between Breaths” is a tale of divorce and how its effects are not too different than the planetary orbits above.

5/2008: In my first debut as a playwright, Central Catholic high school’s, One Act Play Festival, held my 20-minute play, “Dying to Know,” on two separate nights. With a full cast in costume and props to boot, this short comedy follows the inept Detective Jack Daniels as he tries to solve a dinner party murder with a host of guests each more eccentric than the last.

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