“Tea At The Vortex” (comedy)
Produced January, 2003.
Georgia Mountain Players, Gainesville, Georgia.
Won competition for staged reading: “Dramatic Spectacle III”
Sautee-Nacoochee Arts Festival, July 2001
Staged Reading: ART Station, Stone Mountain, Georgia, 1999
The “Thursday Group”–five women interested in all things metaphysical–is having another weekly
meeting. But this time things are different. Thanks to the eccentric group, hostess Sedona Ware and
her skeptical daughter, Wisteria, strange and funny manifestations begin to occur. Dueling Ouija
Boards, a questionable ghost sighting, and even a Jell-O dessert made to look like an ancient ruin,
reveal previously unspoken truths about the nature of friendship and family. Through humor and
outrageous circumstances, the women ultimately discover acceptance of themselves and each other.
(This play is a sequel to “Blind Hogs and Occasional Acorns,” but can be done as a stand-alone piece.)
Five actors: 5 women
“Blind Hogs and Occasional Acorns” (comedy)
Workshop Production, February 2003.
Peacock Playhouse, Hayesville, North Carolina.
Staged reading: ART Station, Stone Mountain, Georgia. March, 1997
Staged reading: Decatur Arts Festival, May 1997
It is in Stone Mountain, Georgia where Eugenie Talia lives for the Publisher’s Clearinghouse
Sweepstakes, mail order catalogs, and her very large collection of china, knick-knacks, and red wigs.
Ordering the X-rated videos was a mistake, but her estranged New Age zealot daughter, self-named
“Sedona,” is quick to point out this error as yet another example of why Eugenie’s finances have
dwindled. The only fiscal answer left is in the form of a roommate: oral hygiene obsessed, bosom-
enhanced, Wilma Ware. Forced into a societal liaison by the marriage of their children, Eugenie and
Wilma have cultivated a life-long hatred for one another thinly disguised by cultured civility, verbal
swats, and colorful Southernisms. Living together is out of the question as far as they are concerned,
but trying to convince their children Sedona and August, and the housekeeper turned reluctant confidant,
Chloris, of this fact only worsens the strained relationships. Eugenie and Wilma’s confrontations and
perspectives on the world prove a funny and touching connection to the nature of friends, family,
courage, and buried fears that leads, finally, to acceptance of each other.
Five actors: 4 women, 1 man
“Vigil Aunties” (farce)
Staged reading: ART Station, Stone Mountain, Georgia, 2000
Griselda Johnson loves her goat, Emerson; the male nude sculpture in her living room; and most
of the time her widowed, histrionic sister, Lucy Maxwell. What Griselda doesn’t love is succumbing to
the role of victim. After being mugged yet again, she decides to take matters into her own hands by
fighting crime with the weapons most available to her: spatulas, turkey basters, nutcrackers, and
even a melon baller.
But what Griselda doesn’t count on is the notoriety she and Lucy receive for their acts. Dubbed
“The Vigil Aunties,” by the media, they make appearances on radio, game shows, and a daytime talk show
where a surprise warrant for their arrest is produced.
Their estranged nephew, Godfrey Collins, has threatened to put them away for their own good under
the best of circumstances, but now things have become intolerable, so Griselda and Lucy are forced into
house arrest until time for their competency hearing. If Godfrey ‘s bribes work, witnesses such as the
gin-swilling Ethylene Crandall, and French artiste extraordinaire Emil Pinkard will help put the
VigilAunties away forever.
Three actors: 2 women, 1 man who plays multiple roles