Winner of the Susan Glaspell Award
Three times a day, every day, a group of young women have the opportunity to die for their country. They are Adolph Hitler's food tasters. And what do girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal? Like all girls, throughout time, they gossip and dream, they question and dance. They want to love, laugh, and above all, they want to survive.
Finalist, Woodward/Newman Drama Award
Finalist, Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest
Showcase Finalist, National New Play Network
Best World Premiere Plays, Stage Scene LA
Based on true events. In 1979 students in Tehran took over the American Embassy and held hostages for 444 days. The youngest hostage, a nineteen-year-old Marine was in captivity for about six months when his mother flew from Wisconsin to Tehran in the hope of being allowed to see her son. Incredibly, the students allowed her a short visit. Hostage imagines what happened in that room when mother and son were reunited, and the consequences the mother faced when she returned to the U.S. and was suddenly suspect in her own country. Hostage is a play about patriotism, the political vs. the personal and the ferocity of a mother’s love.
“… captures the natural maternal imperative to protect family with emotionally shattering specificity … tour-de-force … gripping.” - Los Angeles Times
"A gripping, tension-packed Hostage completely captivates"-Broadway World
"Heartfelt and thought-provoking... deftly injects humor throughout the play...powerful theater." -Stage Raw
As riveting as live theater gets … the time could not be riper for ‘Hostage’…"- Stage Scene L.A.
"... a wonderfully written ... play centered on one of the 52 Americans held for 444 days at the U.S. Embassy in Iran. I was there for 66 of those days, covering the crisis for NBC News. This play brought it all back vividly." --George Lewis, former NBC News correspondent
"Hostage" is a masterpiece...we have still not learned that tinkering with other people's countries has consequences....timely, engaging, and enraging, marvelously written and performed. It is A-MUST-SEE. -Sue Obedi, Director, Hollywood Bureau Muslim Public Affairs Council.
Winner of the Riva Shiner Comedy Award, Bloomington Playwright’s Project.
Peg and Irv, two quirky but endearing baby-boomers, bravely venture into the world of modern dating. But when these opposites attract, they discover love isn’t any easier the second time around. Winner of the Riva Shiner Comedy Award, Kalamazoo is a romantic comedy about life’s second act and learning you’re never too old to be young.
"Bouts of riotous laughter...it's hard to imagine a better show"
"A disarming comedy that lets us laugh about growing older while addressing the very real hardships and heartaches that come when one spouse from a life-long marriage is suddenly left alone...the banter in this play is both hilarious and startlingly honest. It just rings true in ways that can be surprising and shocking, but always satisfying."
"A rich story about love at any age."
"An involved and skillful piece of writing."
First comes love, then comes marriage, then your parents move in
Finalist for the Riva Shiner Comedy Award, Bloomington Playwright’s Project.
Diane and Larry have been divorced for about fifteen years. When they lose their second spouses and most of their finances, both of them are forced to move in with their daughter Sidney and her husband Michael, who are trying to start a family of their own. Family Planning explores the comedy and the drama that ensues when family members are packed into the same small space and actually forced to behave like a functional family.
"Michelle Kholos Brooks has crafted a first-rate romantic comedy, firmly anchored in real-life, with a sober undertone beneath the bright and sparkling dialogue."
Second Place: Festival of New American Plays, Firehouse Theatre
After the death of their famous father – a politician who gave more to the public than to his children - Eva, Ritchie and Ronnie gather in his empty apartment to claim the only thing left: his favorite chair. But who is the most deserving? Chair is a high-stakes drama about how you quantify a father’s love and whether what he leaves behind will bring his children closer together, or tear them apart.
Izzy is Sick
Isabelle is sick. Or is she? Her sister, Josephine, must return to her childhood home to find out. Once there, surrounded by her family, Josephine discovers that Isabella’s illness has infected the lives of everyone around her. And the deep memory of family secrets keeps each of them sick in their own particular way.