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Excerpt from an Unwritten Autobiography: First Father Figure

“Mad Jack” was the kindest and most accurate nickname our family could think of for my father. Although circumstances of his death remain slightly shaded in mystery, it did appear he had a stroke, or something similar, in December 2006 … Continue reading

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“Mine”: A Few More Thousand Words

As we lurch towards our last of nine performances at the Chicago Fringe Festival 2016 (4pm on Sunday, September 11), I thought I would share a second collection of stills, all courtesy of my favorite cinematographer, Richard Smith. If you’re … Continue reading

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“Bully”, or How To Write A Play You Don’t Want To Write

“Bully” was the next play I had to write. The problem is I didn’t want to write the damn thing. Life is a series of thousands of experiences; none are disconnected from each other. I’d go so far as to … Continue reading

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An Introduction to “Featherstone”

Location: Dr. Featherstone’s office.   A doctorate certificate hangs on the wall, as does a series of drawings depicting violent acts of nature. Dr. Featherstone, an Englishman, sits behind a large desk, surveying the couple sitting before him.  He looks … Continue reading

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This Is Where I Leave You: The Home Game

I tend not to read often – well, as often as I’d like – because, for whatever reason, I spend an inordinate amount of time mentally mirroring the narration in any given tome. For instance, I just finished a book … Continue reading

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The List of One

As I’m approaching the beginning of the rehearsal process for “Killing Angela”, my sixth full-length play to be produced, I’ve tried to take some time and ruminate over the lessons I’ve learned during previous productions and the goals I have … Continue reading

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Video: 1970 – The First Interview

In the 1960s and 1970s, my parents’ prized possession (or rather, my favorite thing they had) was a rickety old reel-to-reel tape recorder with big, thick, white buttons and a little microphone that plugged in the front.  I recall playing … Continue reading

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