Swan Soong Sisters Play
Swan Soong Sisters Play

Plays

Swan Soong

2 Acts Full Length Play
Set in 1940s war torn Shanghai. Act I opens with wafts of opium smoke with the aristocrat, playboy, socialite, dandy and poet chinese Sinmay Zau who is irresistably attracted to american author and pet ape collector Emily Hahn aka Mickey. Mickey meanwhile is irresistably attracted to starting her book on the ruling family elite, the Soong Sisters. Ai-ling married H.H. Kung, the richest man in China in 1940s and May-ling, married Chiang Kai-shek, ardent anti-communist and President of the Republic of China, both sisters via for and against Ching-ling, the widow of Sun Yat-sen, the dead god-like leader of China’s revolution. The three sisters along with their financial wizard brother T.V. seemingly control their husbands and the future of China. However, intrigues and double crossing abound as these one time celebrities stories are woven together to reveal how modern red China emerged.  Read Excerpt

Urania, The Life of Emilie Du Châtelet

Staged reading sponsored by Loyola University Chicago & Sarah Gabel, Director of Theater Department, January 2014
Workshop production produced by Arica Hilton of Hilton Asmus Contemporary, July 2014

2 Acts Full Length Play
Urania plunges us back into 18th-century France, where courtly manners were strict and scientific reasoning was the new vogue. It portrays how, after falling in love with Voltaire, Du Châtelet transformed from a social dilettante into one of Europeʼs leading scientific minds. Considered scandalous by many, she still managed to publish works on physics, mathematics and even the subject of happiness. Her crowning achievement was a translation of Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica with an original commentary. Completed just 6 days prior to her untimely death at age 43, it is still the only complete French translation of Newton available today. Brushed aside by history, Du Châtelet is only recently being recognized as contributing to famous formulas like E=mc2. Unlike the generally more lighthearted dramatic adaptations of her story to date, Urania takes a modern comedic approach that balances her unsung achievements with the nuances of her relationships and the constraints of 18th century attitudes towards women more information and play excerpts at uraniatheplay.com

Fashionably Armed

1 act 10 minute play
Set in a department store as old friends Annie, Vivian and Caprice shop; their politics and fashion sense emerge to reveal how easily conceal and carry can become acceptable when paired with fashionability. Read Excerpt

The Pink Necklace

1 act 10 minute play
Touches on romantic day dreams vs stability that cause a sense of conflict for Alice, a bride to be.  She converses with her best friend and bridesmaid Sam as Sam strings a pearl necklace to be worn down the aisle.  As the wedding music begins playing, she reminisces about her former fiancee and examines what could have been.   Read Excerpt

A Grand Tour

1 act 5 minute play
Our characters meet at a bus stop.  François is nearing 40 and is a frenchman from Paris in town for a conference. Madeleine is a girl in her late 20s, commuting to her fiancees house. They board the bus and the frenchman attempts to open Madeleine’s eyes to her frustrated career as an artist.   Read Excerpt

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