Eliot suggested that Yeats made it possible for verse drama to be written again. We await a similar figure to make it possible to stage it. Here and there one finds practitioners— Peter Oswald in England has done good stuff—but mostly they are bucking the current. There is no large audience demand for the stuff, or if there might be, most theaters are reluctant to try: one rejection I got from a local small company said, in effect, "We don't have the chops" to attempt verse. It is in this milieu that I have written over twenty verse plays, all comedies except one. (An extreme case of failing to find production is documented in my Introduction to War for Peace, a play which I wrote during the rush to war which preceded the Iraq invasion.) It is my hope to get some excerpts up here in good time.
In the meanwhile, as something of a placeholder, I've put up two of my plays in their entirety to give you a sense of my dramatic style. The first is Sixpence and the Moon, only one of four that derives from—and in this case adapts—a preexisting work: the well-known novel by W. Somerset Maugham. (Another adaptation, or more precisely a retelling, and the only of my plays available in book form, is The Peony Pavilion. Read the introduction here.)
Sixpence and the Moon Act I Act II
The Maugham novel rests in the public domain. Another play, more typical in style, is Drone Zone, written in early February 2013. The theme is topical.
Drone Zone Act I Act II
In either case, both of these plays are available for production—free production if we are talking small community theater or otherwise venue at which admission is not charged—I only ask that proper attribution be made and that you let me know about it (see Contact Page). Plays are copyright the author, and any license presumes that the play's text will not be altered in any way except with prior approval of the author.