Family Game Night (full length)
On the third Saturday evening of every month, the Morton family gathers together for their traditional board game night at Mom and Dad's house. Tonight, however, will be a little different than the usual round of Monopoly or Clue. Andrea, unbeknownst to her aging parents, husband Jimmy, teenaged daughter Chloe, or snarky brother Max, has brought along a new game designed to get her repressed family talking about issues they'd rather avoid. It's called "We're All Going to Die (Eventually)!"
What starts out as a mildly irritating board game featuring glitter and Grim Reaper hand puppets suddenly turns darker as three generations of the Morton family struggle with articulating wildly different views about their individual end of life (and afterlife) choices. In poignant flash forwards, we begin to see the endgame of how those choices will eventually play out.
Family Game Night was produced in 2018 in Northampton, MA as a staged reading for Play by Play: A Festival of New Works sponsored by The Northampton Playwrights Lab and The Massachusetts Cultural Council.
In a small desert town in southwestern Colorado, the death of archaeologist Sandy Adelfan is a catalyst for friends and family to begin excavating their own tangled pasts. Greg, Sandy's son and colleague, has come into grisly archaeological knowledge that his father had kept hidden to protect his foundation's relationship with the local Navajo tribes. Becky, Greg's ex-wife, returns to the Southwest for Sandy's funeral and a final reckoning with Greg, who may or may not have left her for dead in the desert years ago. The Skinwalker, a spectral figure that haunts the desert, begins to infiltrate the Adelfan family narrative as reality starts to deteriorate and trusted relationships erode.
Dig was a national semifinalist for Kitchen Dog Theatre of Dallas' New Works Festival in 2016, Landing Theatre of Houston's New American Voices Playwriting Festival in 2015, and Manhattan Theatre Works' National Newborn Festival in 2013. In 2014, Dig was developed in New York City as an Off-Off Broadway staged reading at The Brick by Obligatory Theatre Company and as a lab selection for Sanctuary Playwrights' Theatre.
A Sudden Loss of Altitude (short play)
A one night stand from an online hookup rapidly deteriorates as both participants realize they’ve exposed their vulnerabilities to the wrong person.
"A first-rate example of short drama." Steve Capra, www.newyorktheatreblogspot.com
A Sudden Loss of Altitude was produced Off-Off Broadway as a selection in T. Schreiber Studio and Theatre's 2017 Schreiber's Shorts. In addition, it was also produced Off-Off Broadway as part of the 2016 Act One: One Act Festival at the The Secret Theatre in New York City and as part of RL Productions' Hookups: Volume One in Fort Lauderdale in 2017.
Family Game Night (short play)
A routine board game night turns darker as discussion turns toward what family members want (or don't want) when it comes time to make end of life medical and funerary decisions.
"...This play tackles family communication head on, and surprises with its sincerity and heartfelt performances...Best in Show." (Alina Butt, The Newspaper, The University of Toronto's Independent Paper)
"I loved it. It was definitely my favourite of the six. Well written with natural dialogue...and about a subject that we don’t want to discuss, but should. I was particularly impressed that Kennedy managed to fit a plot twist into a 10 minute play. And the game! If it doesn’t exist, it should." (Sam Mooney, mooneyontheatre.com)
Family Game Night was produced Off-Off Broadway as part of the 2015 Long Island City One-Act Festival at the Secret Theatre in New York City. It was also produced as a winning selection in Theatre Inspirato's National Ten-Minute Play Competition in Toronto, CA, in June of 2016, where it received a People's Choice Award for Best Play. In addition, it was produced as part of Oil Lamp Theater's professional touring production "On The Road" in Glenview, IL during their 2016 season.
Deep Water (short play)
A divorcing couple prepares to move out of the house that is haunted by their past relationship--and possibly by something else.
Deep Water was produced as a 2014 winner of The University of Houston's National Ten-Minute Play Contest and also as a selection in the 2014 Boston Theater Marathon.
Disconnections (short play)
Three voicemails: New York City, Washington, DC, and United Airlines Flight 93. How do you find closure when there's no one on the other end of the line? What do you say when you know your voice is already becoming part of someone's past? Three intersecting monologues reveal the tragedy, humor, and quiet grace of ordinary people confronted with extraordinary events.
Disconnections was produced by Little Fish Theatre in Los Angeles as part of the 2013 Pick of the Vine National Short Playwriting Contest and also as a staged reading as part of City Theatre of Miami's 2013 National Short Playwriting Contest. It was also selected as a national finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award.