CREATIVE PROJECTS

HELLO KITTY MUST DIE, the play

I am currently co-writing this dark solo comedy, adapted from the indie novel by Angela S. Choi. Fiona Yu, a 30 yr old Chinese-American lawyer, appears to be just another Hello Kitty stereotype. She’s anything but. She says, "I hate Hello Kitty. She’s just clawless, fangless, voiceless, with that placid, blank expression topped by a pink ribbon. I want to be able to pay for my Jimmy Choos myself and tell anyone who tries to put a damn bow behind my ear to go to hell." Think "Joy Luck Club" meets "Dexter"

THE UNFORTUNATES

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Based on a true story The Unfortunates, set in Victorian London, follows Mary-Jane Kelly, a down on her luck “unfortunate.” One night she encounters a stranger alone in her local tavern. Will this mysterious gentleman buy her safety for the night or turn out to be Jack the Ripper? The New York Times called it “haunting…engrossing” and TimeOut New York gave it 4 stars and said, "it achieves a rare combination of pathos and humor, breathing fresh life into women we might have otherwise think of only as long-dead prey.”

CHURCHILL, the play

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SoloChicago's inaugural play was a hit in Chicago and in New York. Based on Winston Churchill’s own writings, Ronald Keaton’s one-man show finds the former British prime minister chafing after a shocking loss in the post WWII election. But when President Harry Truman invites him to speak in the U.S., the famed politician, painter, Nobel Prize-winning author and witty raconteur begins to reflect on his life and times with humor, pride and regret. The inspiring leader not only shares his political and military history, but also his fondness for whiskey, cigars and women.

LYSISTRATA JONES

Lysistrata Jones, a critically acclaimed musical comedy about cheerleaders who withhold sex from their boyfriends on the basketball team until the team ends its losing streak, made its Midwest premiere at Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA)(the first to license the show), which wwas staged by award-winning guest director and former Broadway actor Kurt Johns.

THE MISTRESS CYCLE

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The Mistress Cycle, a non-traditional book musical, a 'song cycle' that explores the lives and loves of five notorious mistresses: Tess Walker, a contemporary Manhattan photographer; Anais Nin, the famed sexual adventurer of the early 20th century; Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of King Henri II of 16th century France; Lulu White, a turn-of-the-century New Orleans bordello Madame; and Ching, a 14- year-old concubine in 12th century China.

IOLANTHE

An Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by Sir W.S. Gilbert
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IOLANTHE or The Peer and the Peri is a comic opera in which a group of rowdy fairies meddle with British parliament to ensure that love will conquer all. Justly hailed as the Gilbert & Sullivan connoisseur's favorite, this magical operetta mixes romance, satire and fantasy.

VINCENT IN BRIXTON

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Vincent in Brixton is a coming-of-age play loosely based on VanGogh's early years in London in 1873. A brash young Dutchman, working in London, Vincent rents a room in the house of an English widow. Vincent in Brixton is about the transforming effect of love, sex and artistic adventure on unformed talent. It traces the birth of a genius. Vincent in Brixton won Britain's Olivier Award for best new play, and a Tony Award nomination for best play on Broadway.

 

TALE OF THE ALLERGISTS WIFE

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Marjorie Taub, the wife of a philanthropic allergist, is engulfed in a life crisis in this critically-acclaimed comedy. With her children grown, her beloved therapist recently dead and her mother incessantly needling her, she finds herself in an empty nest without much interest in anything. Her spirits suddenly soar when a fascinating and incredibly worldy friend from her childhood appears on her door step. THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE is a deliciously devious social satire that won the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award in 2000 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.

IRON

An Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by Sir W.S. Gilbert
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A group of rowdy fairies meddle with British parliament to ensure that love will conquer all. Justly hailed as the Gilbert & Sullivan connoisseur's favorite, this magical operetta mixes romance, satire and fantasy.