Non-musical projects include:
Project |01 Dog Crazy
A Scene Cycle With Songs for Dog People
Inspired by a real-life stories of dog adoption, this scene cycle contains the trials and tribulations of new and old dog parents alike and begs the question: why do we allow ourselves to be adopted by our furry friends? (Because, let's face it, if you've ever saved a dog you know they saved you too!)
Project |02 Oscar & Other Stories
Short Plays with Puppets
Originally created and presented at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference, Oscar is the story of a real-life naked cockatoo named Oscar and her longing to meet another of her own kind. Exploring the moifs of connection and loneliness, all the stories in this series are inspired by true animal tales including Einstein the Parrot, Lonesome George the Tortoise, and Vishal the Tiger.
Project |03 The Mensch
A one-act play
An alternative reality's distant future. When Adam Schapiro's mother passes away, she leaves Adam with one dying wish any Jewish mother might do: to marry a Jewish girl and have Jewish children... or else he won't inherit a dime. The catch? Adam is now the last Jew in the world-- so how could he possibly find himself a bride? Absurd hilarity ensues as Adam and his ragtag team work to fulfill his mother's impossible final request so Adam can keep running the family businesses the only way they can think of: a Bachelor-style muldimedia extravaganza called The Mensch! This play explores exploring cultural identity, stereotype, and expectations.
Short Plays Inspired by Real Life & Set in Bars
A series of shorts ranging from 5 to 15 minutes, all centered in and around Bars and inspired by real life events and places. Shorts include:
"The Gentleman Gangster" - centering on the possession of a man prepping for his drag show by an Irish gangster, the clash of old and new in Hell's Kitchen NYC
"Sourtoe Cocktail Club" - centering on the loss of a severed toe often that is used for 'sourtoe cocktails'
"Thumb War" - a puppet slam piece about a thumb preparing to mutiny from his owner
"V-Card" - about a woman who carries around a literal 'V-Card' so she doesn't have to explain herself
"I'll Show You Mine" - a play for the dark with misunderstandings and double-entendre)
"Pawternity Leave" - about a brewery that offers paternity leave for new doggy-dads
Project |04 Back in the Day
An Original Musical
A modern-era TV executive named Nancy finds herself displaced-- trapped in 1930s NYC... but not just any 1930s NYC... a 1930s musical! Nancy forced to confront her jaded outlook on life through exposure to, and life within, the 1930s musical paradigm. (The piece also explores the integrated book musical and non-integrated musical forms.)
Digital Media/Film projects include:
Project |01 D!ckless
A TV Series Pilot Script
Based on real life, D!ckless is an irreverent, character-driven comedy following two women who invent a male co-founder in order to be taken seriously in the world of tech startups.
Project |02 Nina and the Ninetails
A TV Series Pilot Script/Treatment
Ever since getting hit in the head while visiting her friend on the set of a children’s TV show, Nina, a crime photographer, can’t stop seeing adorable furry puppet characters everywhere in her daily life. Even worse? They like to meddle.
This comedy-crimesolving show is Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls meets Greg the Bunny.
Project |03 Boys Lost
Based on an original concept by Donna Drake. Story by Donna Drake, Stacey Weingarten.
This action-adventure dramedy explores an alternative origin story of the Lost Boys of Neverland.
Project |04 Life Partners
A TV Series Pilot Script/Treatment
They say being writing partners is like being married, and it is! Inspired by real-life, this series follows the lives of a pair of writing partners and their best friend as they try to establish themselves in showbuiness. Explores everything from the peculiarities in the biz (getting a show written and produced) to self-discovery as a twenty/thirty-something (work/play balance, dating, gender identity, sexuality, dog adoption).
Think Looking, Girls, and Smash meeting somewhere closer to the real world.