Taking Turns, Three Brothers Theatre, Waukegan, Illinois:
“Your turn, Dad.” Taking Turns starts with a simple action, an adult son telling his elderly father that it’s his turn to speak at the city council meeting. This simple action leads to the unveiling of an incredibly rich story about three generations of the Parson family. Moving back and forth between the present and the past, we see the moments that have defined each of these people as they attempt to find out who’s turn is it?Directed by Doug McDade. April 6th – 28th
Special Needs, Magnetic Theatre, Asheville, North Carolina:
A brilliant, creative teenager with autism and his family are all in the ‘’special needs” trenches, as Pierce, fights to balance his fascinating inner reality with getting over the hurdles of daily life. Directed by Katie Jones, Madelyn Sergel’s inspiring play SPECIAL NEEDS has its North Carolina premiere on September 20.
Summary of Plays & Novels
The Parson family takes turns taking care of each other. Deftly and not-so-deftly the Parsons handle the curve balls life pitches to most families, with love disguised as advice and loyalty veiled behind full volume lectures. Recommended for anyone with parents or kids of any age. Drama/comedy. 3M/3W, simple set.
Set in an upscale country club, Throwing Rice is takes place during the 12 hour period of the wedding day of the "1%." Issues of class, wealth, entitlement, and race are explored amidst the donning of finery, toasts, dancing, and celebration. 6W/3M, single set with two additional flexible playing areas. Reading at Chicago Dramatists February, 2016.
Dogs Are People Too
Cindy is now an empty nester. And boy, is the nest quiet. So, she could shop too much, eat too much, watch too much TV, or bring home a new roommate who behaves very much like a four-legged friend…but has two legs. Yes, Buddy will make a mess. But Buddy will change Cindy’s world. Comedy, one act. 4W/3M. Reading at Skokie Theatre, April, 2016
An Atypical Play about an Atypical Kid
A brilliant, creative teenager with autism and his family are all in the special needs trenches as Pierce fights to balance his fascinating inner reality with getting over the hurdles of daily life.
4W/4M Set is a family living room and dining room. Produced, Clockwise Theatre, 2011. Upcoming production at Magnetic Theatre in North Carolina, September 2018.
Another Piece of Cake
A comedy about life in the "last" lane When Diane visits her great-aunt Clara, Clara realizes Diane is reaching an age at which she can actually begin to see the bigger picture of life. So she starts telling Diane what she really thinks. About humanity. Youth. Life. Aging. Rage. Family. This is not what Diane expected from the afternoon. With the arrival of Edward, the UPS delivery guy, the dialogue and memories shift to marriage, sensuality, passion, sexual violence and desire. The final frontier of life, the distant galaxy of aging, is not for the faint of heart.
6W/1M One location, retirement facility community room. Produced, Citadel Theatre, 2009
The Party in the Kitchen
"Some people say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. I say it's the mouth of the home!" – Lil in The Party in the Kitchen
Beginning on an idyllic early fall day in September 2001, a group of friends gather, unsuspecting of the upheaval to follow. From business tycoon Guy and Ava's tumultuous marriage, just-getting-started Danny and his pregnant wife Mary, and middle management Phil and Lily's happy home, all will be changed by events already launched in faraway lands and the deals made in distant corporate headquarters. 4W/4/M, set is a kitchen in an upscale suburban home. Produced, Clockwise Theatre, 2015
Totally Okay, Right Now
"Between everyone demanding that I know what I am going to do with my entire life right now, parents full of way-too-much loving, supportive and very irritating advice, friends with their own set of problems that somehow keep ending up in my in-box, I have to tell you, it's not exactly easy being a teenage girl these days!"- Lizzie in Totally Okay, Right Now
6W/2M, simple set. Published by YouthPLAYS
As the three couples eat, socialize, play cards, sunbathe and talk, their inner selves reveal the vast difference between what people say and how they act, as opposed to what they really think and truly desire. The costs of ignoring your inner voice or listening too closely to your inner demons are played out against the backdrop of friends enjoying the last weekend of a Midwestern summer. 6W/6M, set is a living room of a summer cabin with four different playing areas. Readings at American Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, Gurnee Theatre Company
Conversations about an Empty Suit
When Abby, a fifty-year-old artistic director of a small professional theatre company in Chicago, discovers the Tony Award-winning department head of her alma mater has died, she is thrown into a tailspin. She seeks out Seth Kennedy, once just another student and now a highly successful Hollywood show runner. Conversations about an Empty Suit explores questions of what defines success, why paths aren't taken, and how factors of advantage, race, age, and class influence choices made and opportunity available. 2W/2M, 1 character either male or female
Walls, Sci-Fi Feature for the Stage
After a Wi-Fi glitch, four teenagers, Sean, Mary, Rudy, and Tiff, find themselves in the same place but a very different time. Awakening to a suburb with no electricity and everyone apparently gone, they discover they have been thrown 150 years into the future. Holing up in a Target, they encounter different groups of teenagers, some friendly, some not so much! As they seek answers, definitions of friendship, strength, and home will be tested. 5-6M/6-7W, plus extra fighters/stage combat participants
Six Fights on a Summer's Night
An exploration of aging, beauty, death, mental illness, and the power of sisterhood. Six women gather one evening on the back porch of their family summer home. As the sun slowly sets, relationships and conflicts are revealed both through dialogue and different forms of stage combat. One act. 6W. Reading, Clockwise Theatre, 2013
Restoring Nora starts at the moment of Nora’s cancer diagnosis and follows her and her husband Grant as specialists are consulted, tests taken, surgery is performed and post-op is survived. In alternating chapters beginning six months post-surgery, Nora and Grant buy and restore a dilapidated cabin. Renovating the cabin and restoring Nora to health become joint ventures, culminating in a scarred but healed Nora celebrating her life, body, marriage and children in the unique and beautiful summer cabin Nora and Grant have restored together. Restoring Nora isn’t a book about getting sick. It’s a book about getting better. From the first pre-op test to the final coat of paint, Restoring Nora is about what you do after they say “Cancer free.”
Three friends. One tarot deck. Monthly readings give more than insight, they become a lifeline for three friends walking very different paths.
A novel for anyone who can't articulate "why" but absolutely must see their friends on a regular basis!