Onaje is set in two worlds, one against the backdrop of the burning city of Cambridge during Maryland’s race riots of 1967, and one on the American open road of the 1980s. The story follows an eccentric African American hitchhiker who is picked up by a white couple—a headstrong cowboy and a spirited waitress—only to discover they are all inextricably linked by the past.
My primary noun is writer, and I’ve been weaving stories for as long as I can remember. I tell a span of narrative from historical fiction to local Baltimore and Maryland folklore.
Writing is a mysterious adventure and a tool with which to process this crazy reality, and I began journaling at nine in order to parse out the baffling world. One ancient text equates word to deity; that makes us writers acolytes with a responsibility to serve.
I teach and that experience of teaching writing expands my understanding of the craft and impacts my own voice. Art informs itself; producing, directing, acting all re-shape my voice's song.
Theatre is an multi-disciplinary group endeavor, and I’d like to thank everyone with whom I’ve created theatre, because, as I tell my students, all aspects of the form inform me as a playwright.
I also want to thank the granting institutions.; this portfolio process has helped me collect and consider my oeuvre.
My published work: a ghost folklore novel, Dredging the Choptank; a collection of Hamilton short stories, Something with a Crust; and a play, A Dickens of a Carol, are available online. Over forty of my plays have been produced in Baltimore, New York, Washington D.C., Minneapolis and Armagh, Northern Ireland. I hold an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Design from the University of Baltimore. I'm a member of The Dramatist Guild and Actors Equity of Association.
I teach playwriting, screenwriting, performance monologue, acting, composition, and Irish Culture.
The Last Battle of the American Revolution staged by The Law Theater Project, 2020
Love for Words, Frederick Shakespeare Festival, summer 2020