The common wisdom in Hollywood is that a failed spec script has only two potential uses: as a writing sample (albeit with a remarkably brief shelf-life), or as a doorstop. I never bought into that thinking. For me--a frustrated storyteller with a background in the visual arts--spec scripts were the perfect vehicle for visualizing and telling the stories that compelled me to be a writer in the first place. The screenplay format—this peculiar, 120-page, 3-act haiku—served me well as the armature for assembling and shaping my own very particular vision of the world. And, the constant pressure to produce a steady stream of fresh spec scripts in order to get meetings and assignments provided the structure and the motivation to keep writing.
“The Algiers Motel” received staged readings at The Theatre of the Open Eye and at the Double Image Theatre, both in New York City, as well as the South Bend Civic Theatre, the Stage Left Ensemble Theatre, and Chicago Dramatists. The play was also a semi-finalist in the Pittsburgh New Play Festival. “The Brotherhood of Man” was a finalist for the Humana Theatre Festival’s prestigious Heideman award in 2004.