In the Womb of the Moon (2007)
This is the story of an old Italian immigrant woman and her newly-minted Ph.D. of a grandson. By force of circumstance he goes to live with her the summer before she is to die. A reticent, reclusive woman, after a series of obstacles, she becomes ready to talk about the family’s secrets, challenges and hopes. Joey, the grandson, is tired of books, scholarly learning, and has lost his passion to be a poet. It is as if the stars are perfectly aligned: she is ready to talk–and he is ready to listen.
The play’s director, Terry Theodore. said that the protagonist (Joey) In the Womb of the Moon is an archetype whose personal quest becomes a symbolic exploration of the American collective unconscious. The character and this play effectively fuse the particular and the universal…The moon, a classic reference in measuring time, is also symbolic of the unconscious.”
The play was workshopped at the Raft Theatre, New York City, Previous iterations resulted in it being a finalist for The David James Ellis Memorial Institute Award, a finalist in the Forest A. Roberts/Shiras Playwriting Institute national competition, and a semi-finalist in the East/West Players competition in Los Angeles. The play started off as a short story and earned a national writing award. In the Womb of the Moon was a production of the Theater Department, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, in 2007. WGA: R22345
Gepetto’s House (2009)
The setting is a costume party on a college campus in 1968–the year America came apart. The main conflict in the story is the confrontation between two best friends: one a black First Lieutenant in Vietnam and the other who went underground to avoid the draft.
The characters in the play must stay in costume and in character until midnight. What happens that night will change their world and the world around them.
Director Richard Davis (Browncoat Pub & Theater owner) said in an interview that “Gepetto’s House challenges the cast and the audience to re-interpret childhood fairy tales and archetypes in a world gone mad. ” (WGA: R22346)