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My beloved Vulcan Park and Museum commissioned me to write a play about Southern political activist Virginia Durr. I had to confess I didn't know who Virginia Durr was. But after absorbing her memoir Outside the Magic Circle I couldn't wait to get started. Research turned up hours of interviews with her and countless newspaper stories about her. From all of that it seemed a simple matter to craft the narrative that became Too Many Questions: an Evening with Virginia Durr.

I was inspired along the way by the certain knowledge that the perfect actor for the role was already out there: my friend of many years Ginny Stahlman Crooks. I wrote the script with her in mind and she's been performing it to wide acclaim ever since.

This script is now availabe for production -- contact me.

 

Ginny as Virginia Durr at the
Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College.
Photo by Howard Brayman.

 

One of the most intriguing projects I've ever been asked to work on! I was commissioned by Vulcan Park and Museum to write a one-man show honoring local hero Alvin Vogtle. I had heard of Alvin but did not know the details. But the broad strokes of his story are widely-documented -- and fictionalized in the book and film The Great Escape -- and I was blessed to get to know his granddaughter Katie Baldwin Kirtley, the keeper of the family legacy. 

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So meeting Katie was the first lucky break the show got. The second was that the outstanding and very busy actor Dane Peterson was available to play Alvin in the premiere production. Dane is not only extraordinarily gifted, but practically a physical double for Alvin.

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The world premiere was on a weeknight at an out-of-the-way location, so I feared very few people would attend. How wrong I was!

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The show was a tremendous success and is now touring the southeast with the fine actor James Ward out there as Alvin.

This script is currently exclusive to Vulcan Park and Musuem. Contact me for details about its future availability.

 

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I was commissioned this fall to write a play dramatizing the conflict between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Drawing on these men’s own words, and on stories others told about them, I was able to creative a narrative throughline that gave the two men the opportunity to voice their opinions in open debate with one another. The result is the two-man drama A Matter of Conscience. The opinions they voice are entirely true and fully their own; only the circumstance for their debate is imaginary...

This script is currently exclusive to Vulcan Park and Musuem. Contact me for details about its future availability.

 

An intriguing script challenge. I was commissioned to write a play that was somehow "about" the historic first meeting of the Southern Conference for Human Welfare, held in Birmingham in November 1938. (One famous moment of which was First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's protesting the segregation of the attendees by moving her chair into the "no man's land" of the center aisle, to the frustration of new police chief Bull Connor.) The result was Crossing Lines, a two-person show in which the African American bellman at a segregated hotel comes into conflict with a woman from the North who has come to Birmingham for the Conference. She too is African American but has never encountered segregation before, and is surprised by his acceptance of the situation. This script is now availabe for production -- contact me.

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