Works

Down in Mississippi

Down in Mississippi

A celebration of a movement that gave birth to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965.

Finding Fish

Finding Fish

Part myth, part futuristic science fiction, Finding Fish is a cautionary tale about the sustainability wars between fishermen, scientists and government regulators in the Gulf of Maine fisheries.

Acting Black

Acting Black

Part spoken word, part stand-up comedy, part Ted Talk complete with PowerPoint presentation and inspired by the styles and traditions of the likes of Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and the outrageous Lord Buckley, ACTING BLACK riffs on the roots of American racism and its consequences for all of us.

Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House

Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House

Two iconic characters from life and literature—one real, the other fiction—in a surrealistic interaction where they attempt to understand each other across a chasm of race in the midst of the Civil War.

Are you now or have you ever been…

Are you now or have you ever been…

A fictional account of the demons and dilemmas faced by Langston Hughes while attempting to write a poem on the night before his appearance before the Senate Permanent-Sub-Committee on Investigations on Un-American Activities led by Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Therapy and Resistance

Therapy and Resistance

Set in 1968, Therapy and Resistance tells the story of the Viet Nam War draft resistance movement and the attempts of one draftee to get a deferment as a manic-depressive schizophrenic with paranoid tendencies.

Talking Masks

Talking Masks

An evening of six short plays written for Obie-Award winning actress Louise Smith.  Six plays, six female characters and the masks they wear to conceal their true identities.  The plays are The Human Voice, a mistress saying good-bye to her lover for the last time; Runaway Honeymoon tells the tale of a slave couple where […]

The Fula From America: An African Journey

The Fula From America: An African Journey

Based on Carlyle’s own travels in West Africa, The Fula from America is the story of one African-American’s search for an African Identity. Set in 1981, the traveler sets off on a journey that takes him to Senegal, Mali, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone. From deep in the bush to the corridors of the […]

The Masks of Othello: A Theatrical Essay

The Masks of Othello: A Theatrical Essay

The Masks of Othello: A Theatrical Essay traces the evolution of Shakespeare’s The Moor of Venice from a character portrayed by white actors assuming masks of blackness to a role that has become the exclusive property of the black actor.  In this play, the play The Tragedy of Othello is itself the central character as […]