A three act story of Jim, a manager at an auto parts store, meeting Jesus. His failing marriage fully dissolves. Jim’s atheistic children and his employees at Turbo Auto Parts remain suspicious of the existence of the son of God even as low-rent miracles appear all around them. Jesus convinces no one of anything, but does have one very good parlor trick.
Scheduled World Premier- March 2018
A Musical. The story of suffragists Alice Paul. Ida B.Wells and Carrie Chapman Catt and the journey to the passage of the 19th Ammendment. I amwriting the music. Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw are writing the book and the lyrics.
Nov 1,2,3 2017 Workshop The Lyceum, Alexandria, VA
This one-act play is based on the real friendship—and tennis rivalry—between two
very different composers of the early 20th century: the respected but severe Arnold
Schoenberg and the much more popular George Gershwin, who sponsored
Schoenberg and his wife when they fled Nazi-era Vienna for the United States. Set in
Los Angeles in 1936–37, the play includes Schoenberg; Gershwin; Schoenberg’s
wife, Gertrud; and Gershwin’s girlfriend at the time, the actress Ginger Rogers. On
the court and over dinner, the four mismatched friends debate the nature of artistic
process and artistic inspiration. Looming over the quartet is the fact, unknown to all
of them but known to the audience, that George is suffering from a brain tumor that
will take his life within a year.
July 2016 Professional Workshop Reading
June 9-18 2017 Full Production/World Premier Crowded Kitchen Players, Bethlehem PA
New version of The Last Days of Cleopatra! Joe Calarco has written a new brilliant book. Charlie has written all new songs and lyrics. We had a “29 hour reading” of it in March. April found Joe and Charlie spending two weeks polishing the show. There was an industry reading in September 2009 in NYC.
In 1963 Cleopatra became the most expensive film ever made, almost bankrupted a studio, turned the public’s appetite for celebrity gossip into an obsession, and launched one of the great love affairs of the twentieth century. The Last Days of Cleopatra dives headfirst into the glamour, excitement, and passion of that time and place and paints a portrait of one of the most fascinating women of our time: Elizabeth Taylor.