Signal to Noise Wraps Production in L.A.

The giant sculpture stayed at the park. The crazy electronics got returned to the prop house. But I kept the helmet. You never know when I'll need to contact the aliens. Thanks to the cast and crew of Signal to Noise, who braved the ants and the heat to deliver amazing performances on and off screen.

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Adirondack Film Festival selects Locker Room Talk

This fall, Locker Room Talk screens at the Adirondack Film Festival, which runs Oct 18-20 in Glens Falls, New York! I'm particularly excited to attend the festival because it is one of the only festivals in the country that partners with a professional theater company. That should bring an exciting mix of perspectives to the experience. As a playwright, talking to theater people always feels like talking to family. I'm looking forward to sharing the film with everyone there.

Locker Room Talk to Screen at Middle Coast Film Festival

LOCKER ROOM TALK is coming to the Davis Theater in Chicago! Join me at the Middle Coast Film Festival for a screening of this hilarious short film starring Edgar Miguel Sanchez, Kevin McKillip, & Joe Foust. LOCKER ROOM TALK is one of the comedies selected for the "Funny Ha Ha" shorts block on Saturday, September 22 at 4pm. Get your tickets and enjoy our film along side some other amazing shorts from Chicago filmmakers.

Keys of the Kingdom opens Jan 25 in Chicago

Keys of the Kingdom was developed at Stage Left though the Downstage Left Program LeapFest in 2012. In 2014, Portland Center Stage selected the Keys of the Kingdom for its JAW Festival, where it received a 2-week workshop and public reading.

In line with its mission to raise social and political debate, Stage Left offers patrons a Symposium Series for every production. Immediately following each Sunday matinee, Stage Left invites the audience to stay for a discussion centered on a particular question raised by the performance. Admission to the Symposium Series is free, but it is recommended that attendees have seen the production in order to fully appreciate and participate in the discussion. Keys of the Kingdom wrestles with questions of Christianity, faith, sacrifice, and tolerance. Ultimately, the play asks: What must we accept in others? What can we demand from others? Where is God in the midst of this struggle?

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Other Published Articles & Books
Articles for MovieMaker Magazine
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"The Script Doctor is In: How to Triage Script Notes" (Part I of II). Published in MovieMaker Magazine, Summer 2011
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"The Script Doctor is In: Cures for Common Complaints" (Part II of II). Published in MovieMaker Magazine, Winter 2011
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"Look Good in Your Shorts." Published in MovieMaker Magazine, Special Edition: Complete Guide to Making Movies 2012
Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters
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Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters
Great dialogue builds great scripts. This book gives screenwriters and playwrights an easy to use training manual for improving dialogue writing skills It includes step-by-step lessons and over 80 targeted dialogue writing exercises.

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