My writing is a cocktail of clashing elements. It combines menace and lightheartedness, science and mysticism, sophistication and childishness. A mentor described my plays as an opulent mansion with a wild animal running loose inside – an kinetic mixture of the elegant and the feral. I write about dark side of innovation, about who washes out and who gets left behind. I’m interested in stories about striking it rich and striking out, about changing communities, about wanting to change the world but failing to change human nature. I write with burning political conviction, but with no interest in advancing a political agenda. I want to delight and surprise, and I want the audience to feel deep empathy with the people we are often poised to hate.
Candlestick | 4M, 3W
It is the fall of 2013 and a dedicated group of San Francisco Bayview residents are 49ers fans are tailgating during the team’s final season at Candlestick Park. As they relish the last few games in the parking lot, the struggle to hold onto something permanent in the face of change becomes all the more desperate. An ensemble comedy about family, football, the changing face of the Bay Area, and what happens when we are about to lose the things we love.
Damascus | 2M, 1W
Hassan is a Somali-American airport shuttle driver in Minneapolis, struggling to make ends meet as more and more of his customers switch to Uber and Lyft. So when a stranded teenager at the airport pays Hassan to take him to Chicago, it seems like it’s worth the risk. Until it isn't. A claustrophobic thriller about privilege, paranoia, and the assumptions we make about one another.
Borealis | 3M, 3W, Flexible Casting.
When a cryptic but ominous letter arrives from her brother on the oil fields, thirteen-year-old Cozbi sets off for Valdez, Alaska to find him. Armed with a book of corporate strategies and an axe, Cozbi battles her way through an Arctic wilderness in pursuit of her missing brother, squaring off against a host of monstrous Ass-Hats on each rung of the corporate ladder. Part mythic journey, part workplace satire, the play is a darkly comic adventure about family obligation, career aspiration, and what we leave behind to make our way to the top.
Don't Be Evil | 3M, 1W
In this dark comedy about interrogation and innovation, a computer programmer is arrested after the search engine he designs answers “yes” to the question “is the government of the United States evil?” Desperate, he strikes a deal with his captors, agreeing to resign the software in exchange for his freedom. As they work to understand the search engine’s answer and how to change it, both the programmer and his persecutors begin to question their faith, their ability, and whether it is possible to do something good in the service of something evil.
Campo Maldito | 2M
Angry ghosts are disrupting business at a tech startup in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. When the young CEO hires a Santeria priest to purify the office, he gets a lot more than what he bargained for. Campo Maldito is a darkly comic fable about the cost of gentrification, the casualties of capitalism, and the price you pay when you piss off the dead.