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Our doubts are traitors,

And make us lose the good we oft might win,

By fearing to attempt.  - William Shakespeare

In this area you'll find script projects I've got tumbling around in my head... like sneakers in the dryer waiting for the buzzer to go off.

(Ka-thunka. Ka-thunka)

Some of them are in rough draft form, some of them are scraps I need to flesh out, some of them I've just been waiting for the right team to coagulate so that I can get off my duff and finish 'em. If you're looking for a project, something spanks your fancy, and you're in a position to initiate a development process, give a holler. Maybe we can help each other out.

That said, I also have a fair amount of experience with doctoring. Most recently I had to rewrite a movie in 6 days after it had already been shot. In addition, I've done a fair amount of polishing for people who want a script sexier or funnier or punchier or weirder. In doing this kind of work, I've discovered that I have a knack for tailoring projects for specific performers... Maybe 'cause I was a schmactor for so long or because I have close relationships with talented working artists, I've got great instincts about people's abilities and how to push their envelopes; I enjoy challenging performers without swamping them. In fact several scripts (psychoPharm, Drawing Monsters, After Ours) were gratefully written with specific talents in mind.

If you're looking for someone to write something and you think we'd be a good creative match, I'm always open to conversation. Though if you in search of  a "co-writer," the first thing I'd ask is why you aren't writing it yourself. Drawing Monsters was only a germ of an idea and a pile of research until I was approached by a producer who was a fan of Trophy Wife. At that point, he was actively shopping for a project for two above-the-title actresses and got me working on it in earnest.

I write fast and excel under deadlines, but have always shied away from TV stuff because I've seen it drain the lifeblood out of folks... That's not to say I won't ever, but it will have to be for the love, not the cash. There's just some-damn-thing about writing for live theatre... which is dorky and anachronistic. But then , what ain't?

Here's a few things I've got brewin'... Check 'em out: Nether Regions,Wreck Room, Ill Will, Stiff Lake, Thin Skin


"The Master in the Art of Living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of Excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."

Zen Buddhist Text


The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

 Walter Bagehot

A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.

Jean Genet


It all began...
When I was living in London, I'd been acting for a bunch of years and was doing The Possibilities at the Lyric Hammersmith directed by Kay Adshead (god bless her!).

A phenomenal man named Richard Sheppard approached me and asked me to write a play... We were so rushed that in order to get the advertising printed in time, I art-directed a photo shoot and wrote a play to fit the publicity stills in the advertising kits... The rest is mein kampf.

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

André Gide

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