Synopsis: Based on the first book of the mystery-trilogy, "The Pittsley County Chronicles," JUCKETS begins after the unsolved disappearance of the little Bradburn girl the day before a blizzard. The main characters, psychology professor Julia and veterinarian Adam, meet and are drawn into the investigation as Adam leads Julia into a world of backwoods life to find both evil and humanity in unexpected ways.
Juckets, the filmscript, fell out of option by
Command Performance Productions, and is
Genre: Feature-length Psychological Mystery
LOG LINE: In 1932 New England, spinster Madeline Abbott believes her only friend has been murdered by a concpiracy of strangers; but in her relentless pursuit of justice, Madeline sets into motion a series of catastrophic events.
SYNOPSIS: In the stone cold heart of a 1932 New England winter, Madeline Abbott visits her oldest and closest friend who resides directly accross the lake, just over the New Hampshire border from Vermont. She finds Celia seriously ill and walled away from reality by several strangers who have won her confidence. At Celia's untimely death, Madeline's instincts cry out Foul Play. Like Hamlet, she vows never to rest until the truth is revealed. But in her zeal, she cannot imagine the series of events she will set into motion--or how drastically they will alter the lives of every person in Celia's house that fateful day of Madeline's visit.
(just completed 6/18)
Police Chief Calderón left a large police force in Tucson, Arizona to be with his daughter while she attends a prestigious art academy on Cape Cod. He is bored in the small two-person police office until his deputy, Regina, tells him that the famous opera star, Da’veeda Sherone, has been killed and eaten…partially eaten, that is…by her pet anaconda. What looks like an accident, Calderón quickly determines is intentional and he now has a murder case to investigate. The investigation, however, leads him to a network of rogue scientists developing a transgenic Feathered Serpent. Why? There is big money to be had in genetically engineered “designer species.” During his investigation, Calderón encounters a enigmatic woman, Tezca, who mystifies him and connects him to his own Toltec ancestors.
TWO HUSBANDS, A SON, A LOVER, A LANDLORD
Full-length play about an African-American family in crisis.
The youngest sister, Tonie is unable/unwilling to confront the tragic realities of her life, while her two older sisters are dealing with their own eventful circumstances. Middle sister, Bella, is about to lose custody of her son to her ex-husband while older sister Sonja’s marriage is failing.
Time: A day and night in the present.
Set (3): NYC: a subsidized apartment living room;
a penthouse bedroom;
a luxury co-op living room.
Cast: 6 with doubling –
3 females, 3 males
SHORT PLAYS (10-15 minutes):
Huma's Loom—Herring Run ArtsFest, Middleboro, MA (Sept. 2002); "Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Peace & Justice Theater Festival" in three venues on Cape Cod [June, 2005]; Theatre Cooperative's ‘Ritalin Readings,' Somerville, MA [Jan. 2006]; the Boston Theater Marathon [May 2006];
Little Silk Worms—Herring Run ArtsFest [Sept. 2003];
Hair Weave—New England Academy of Theatre's NEAT Short Play Festival, New Haven, CT [June, 2005]; "Pubic Reading Series" by The Regroup Theatre, NYC [Mar. 2006];
Oh, Brother—Herring Run ArtsFest [Sept. 2005];
The Fall of Fall Reeve—Middleboro Public Library [June 2004]; Culture*Park's 4th Annual Short Play Marathon, New Bedford, MA [Oct. 2005];
2nd Empress-ions—Ten Grand and a Burger Productions, NYC [Mar. 2006]
The playwright has had play productions in Boston and New York and is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant in Playwriting, an award from the Artists Foundation of Massachusetts, and an American Regional Theatre Award (ARTA).