SCREENPLAY (Action / Adventure / Drama / Historical / Suspense)
Molly is an epic war drama based on the true story of a woman who follows her husband into the Revolutionary War. When he is killed, Molly is sent home. Molly goes back to fight dressed as a teenage boy but is found out. This time, she takes drastic measures to stay and fight.
Molly is an epic war drama based on a true story. Molly Pitcher is a fearless woman who wants to fight in the Revolutionary War. Unfortunately, she lives in a society where women are homemakers. But Molly’s story doesn’t start at home; it opens on a battlefield.
When a cannon fires, Molly runs and pours, letting the water sizzle over the smoking barrel. A soldier calls her name, “Molly Pitcher!” Another calls. She opens her mouth to scream but no sound comes out.
As the smoke clears, the screen reads “One Year Earlier.” Molly wiggles uncomfortably in a wedding dress. Her father has arranged her marriage to William, whom she has never met. She’s restless in her new life until she goes hunting with William and begs him to teach her to shoot.
When the Revolutionary War breaks out, Molly is laughed at when she tries to sign up. With the help of the recruiter, Capt. McCauley, Molly convinces William to let her go to cool the cannons. The town prostitute Delilah also follows the small band of soldiers from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. When Molly meets Delilah they like each other but William forbids his wife to associate with the whore.
Molly still wants to fight and argues with William. Sadly, William is killed. Without a husband, Molly must go home. When wounded Capt. McCauley returns from the Battle of Bunker Hill, he mistakenly believes Molly was killed along with William.
Molly returns home to her parents farm to find her father dead. When Molly finds a Rebel hanging from a tree, she decides to cut her hair and dress as a teenage boy. Molly joins her former camp as William Hayes. When she meets with Capt. McCauley, the chemistry between the young soldier and Capt. McCauley is undeniable but Molly can’t reveal her true identity.
Capt. McCauley makes Molly the artilleryman. The other soldiers tease the new boy about the way he struts like he has something to prove. They pay Delilah to sneak into the boy’s tent and crawl into bed with him. When she does, Delilah learns Molly’s secret. Molly convinces Delilah to keep her secret. Delilah also tells Molly about her unique relationship with William. When they later ask, Delilah gestures to the soldiers that the new boy has a large cock. Still suspicious, Capt. McCauley cruelly forces Molly’s secret from Delilah. When Molly returns to camp, the colonel orders her to leave. But she refuses and storms out.
Capt. McCauley chases Molly who offers him a deal. If he marries her, she will take care of him after the war. Capt. McCauley, sick, tired and lonely, agrees. After they’re married, Molly realizes Capt. McCauley is sick in his mind as well as his body.
After a soldier in their scouting party disappears, Molly must act quickly before her husband kills again. She climbs a tree as they are out scouting and secretly shoots Capt. McCauley. At camp, Molly convinces the colonel to let her stay and shoot the cannon. She tells him she will find someone to cool the cannon.
At the Battle of Monmouth on June 28, 1778, Molly Pitcher fired a cannon. Delilah was right beside her pouring the water to cool it.
Click to read an excerpt.The Art of Deceit
SCREENPLAY (Action / Suspense)
As Abby Mendez works to prove her mother’s death was no accident, the dangerous discovery that she was an FBI agent makes Abby the hunted instead of the hunter. Rather than kill Abby, her enemy uses another method to silence her and puts Abby where no one will hear or listen.
In the thriller, The Art of Deceit, Abby Mendez won’t believe what everyone tells her - that her mother, Selina, was killed during a random convenience store robbery. Although she’s consumed by her convictions, Abby can’t get anyone to agree with her, not the police, not her roommate, no one.
Despondent, Abby leaves the funeral luncheon to sit alone in a diner. It’s there she sees Selina standing outside the window bleeding from her head wound. When Abby runs out, she’s gone. Abby, convinced her mother is trying to tell her something, starts digging into Selina’s’ death and learns her mother wasn’t a secretary at the FBI, she was a secret agent.
Abby, obsessed in her investigation, gets fired from her boring bank-teller job. Her roommate, Sue, and her mother’s best friend, Congresswoman Baldwin, worry about Abby’s mental health. They try to convince Abby that she needs sleep, a shower and maybe a date.
But Abby is relentless. She’s even desperate enough to visit Celeste, a psychic who turns over the devil tarot card. The devil’s card marks deceit, the psychic tells her.
Abby visits Selena’s former FBI partner Anthony and learns they were tracking a deadly terrorist. Abby finds the picture of the man the FBI was after, Isaiah Mustafa.
Abby begins following Mustafa. Mustafa turns the tables and threatens her. She runs desperately to Celeste for help but finds her hanging dead from the ceiling of her living room.
With nowhere to turn, Abby goes home where her roommate convinces her to pull herself together. Abby listens to her roommate’s advice. Feeling better, Abby decides to surprise Sue with dinner.
Unfortunately, some criminals visit Abby’s apartment while she’s out buying groceries. Much to her surprise, the police break in on the dinner and arrest Abby after they find 25 grams of heroin under her mattress. Frightened and frustrated, Abby calls Congresswoman Baldwin, her mother’s best friend, for help. The Congresswoman convinces the judge to send Abby for a mental evaluation instead of giving her the hefty mandatory prison sentence for heroin distribution.
At first, Abby is uncooperative at the mental institution so they decide to keep her longer than 30 days. After a while, Abby finally tells the doctor that the heroin was hers and becomes the ideal patient. Well, at least that’s what everyone thinks - except the one person who faces retribution.
Click to read an excerpt.The Doll House
SCREENPLAY (Buddy / Comedy / Drama / Teleplay (TV script) / Web series)
When Frank, a Mormon, opens a diva club, his traditional family struggles to accept his new, non-traditional, family. In the series premiere, Thou Shalt Not Judge, Frank learns his son feels rejected, and that everyone must practice understanding. Unfortunately, Frank’s son makes a move that could tear apart both worlds .
An award-winning television pilot I'd like to see turned into a web series. It's perfect for HBO or Netflix.
In the series premiere, Thou Shalt Not Judge, Frank believes his son is narrow-minded when he won’t play in the Utah Mormon Church father/son baseball game, calling him a deviant because Frank opened The Doll House. Frank learns that his son feels rejected because of his new diva family, and that everyone will need to practice understanding in these two families, one traditional and one non-traditional. Unfortunately, Frank’s son makes a move that could tear apart both worlds .
I wrote The Doll House because I wanted a format that was both fun and could tackle some social issues like gay marriage, the never-ending debate on religion and the idea of family. The one hour show explores those topics and opens a door for so much more, like entrepreneurship - for example.
There’s a wealth of wiggle room in a series about a secret cross-dressing Mormon who finally gives up his boring IRS job to open a Diva Club. The characters who surround him are his traditional Mormon family, his son studies theology at Bringham Young University, and his new Doll House family of a gay diva, a bi-sexual diva, and a straight diva just trying to break into show business. The broad spectrum of characters deal with many of the problems we all face making the show relatable in one way or another to everyone.
Click to read an excerpt.Birdwatch
SCREENPLAY (Action / Adventure / Animation / Buddy / Comedy / Drama / Family / Suspense)
In the animated adventure, Birdwatch, after know-it-all Rob's oak-tree bird airport, designed to keep birds from flying into human airplane engines, is sabotaged by an evil pigeon, he must swallow his pride to enlist the help of a wise old owl and a strong, speedy, vivacious parrot.
The animated adventure Birdwatch is the story of a Robin who gets a little too full of himself and opens the floodgates for trouble when he refuses to take advice or to learn anything from the past. Silly Rob.
The story opens with Rob standing in the control room of an airport for birds, built at the top of a huge oak tree, watching a 747 take off from the nearby Laguardia Airport. After it sails into the horizon, Rob gives the signal to Phoebe, a lead goose who readies her formation for take off. Rob’s a hero in the bird world for developing the technology that enables the birds to steer clear of the paths of deadly human engines. Getting sucked into the growling teeth has always threatened the birds. But this winter, Rob’s using his new technology to coordinate the human airplane routes with the bird flight plans.
If Rob’s first season is a success, his towers will be built all over the world. Rob’s name will be legendary, and no one likes the sound of that more than Rob. Everyone cheers after Phoebe and her flock glide smoothly into the air. Everyone, that is, except the airport controller, a fat pigeon named Seymour. Seymour has a dark, secret business and he’s not about to let Rob’s new radar spoil it.
Seymour doesn’t applaud for Rob; neither does the beautiful parrot Izabella. Izabella also works at the airport as the physical trainer who gets the birds in tip-top shape for the long flights. Rob’s crazy about Izabella. Unfortunately, Izabella thinks Rob’s red breast is over inflated. She doesn’t like it when he laughs at the wise old owl Herodus, who tries to teach Rob that learning about the past is important.
Rob’s not the only one in love with Izabella. Seymour’s tail feathers get ruffled when he sees Rob swooning over the charming parrot. Everything about Rob irritates the villainous pigeon. Seymour is all smiles, though, as he hatches an evil plan and asks Rob to teach him the new system.
When wise old Herodus warns Rob not to trust Seymour, Rob ignores Herodus’ advice. After all,
there is only a week left of bird migration. Rob doesn’t even care when Herodus retires before the end of the season. What could go wrong?
There is only a day left of flights to complete the perfect winter take-off season when Seymour springs into action. He sneaks into the control room and alters a flight to send the last flock into a deadly airplane path. Like all villains, Seymour is exhilarated after his dastardly deed. Next, he asks Izabella to marry him. When she refuses, his vulture thugs, Thanatos and Hermes, birdnap the parrot from her cozy home.
When Rob goes to work, it’s the last day of take-offs and he finds there’s a lot to worry about. Izabella’s gone, Herodus has retired, and the birds are headed into the jagged teeth of an airplane engine.
Rob realizes he needs the wisdom of Herodus, the strength of Izabella and all the birds to work together to save the day. He must swallow his pride and find them. It will take both the old and the new ways to thwart Seymour’s evil plan, stop his malevolent business, and save the day. Rob might finally learn a lesson about the value of history, the strength of friendship, and that anything can be accomplished through teamwork.
Click to read an excerpt.3000 Frogs
SCREENPLAY (Action / Drama)
3000 frogs is a drama based on the true story of an African American biologist whose findings help settle a $105 million lawsuit against a company producing a cancer-causing herbicide sprayed on US corn. When he blows the whistle, the company works to destroy his reputation.
3000 Frogs opens with a large, sweating, black man running into a street where a car screeches to a halt. Hands braced against the hood, Tyrone turns to see a crowd gaping. He focuses on one face. The man flees but Tyrone catches him, threatening, “Tell Meridian Scott, Tyrone is on to her.”
The story backtracks to the 1960s where 8-year-old Tyrones lives in segregated, rural Columbia, S.C. Tyrone is brilliant, and his passion for frogs and biology eventually gets him into Harvard. He graduates from Harvard, gets married and earns his Ph.D at Berkeley, where he becomes an esteemed teacher and runs a lab to studies amphibians.
A big corporation offers Tyrone a $125,000 grant. In return, he endorses a popular herbicide, which is up for re-registration by the EPA. The herbicide is a huge moneymaker, which is sprayed on corn crops worldwide.
For the first year, the corporate PR lady wines and dines Tyrone. But when he finally runs his own tests on the herbicide, she’s livid, especially when Tyrone learns that the herbicide impedes the sexual development of frogs, and causes birth defects and cancer in humans.
The race for EPA approval is on as Tyrone blows the whistle and the PR lady plots to discredit him. When the European Union votes not to re-register the herbicide only 6-months before the US EPA vote, Tyrone thinks he’s won. But the PR lady works hard to save the money-making herbicide by discrediting Tyrone. When the EPA gives atrazine a green light, Tyrone reputation is damaged and people are laughing at him. No one is there to pick him up.
Finally, Tyrone teams up with an attorney. His research is used in two class action suits by 23 midwestern cities against the corporation for contaminating water and concealing the dangers of the herbicide. The corporation agrees to reimburse over $105 million to six states and provide 1,000 water systems to filter the pesticide out of the drinking water. They admit no culpability, however, so they can continue producing the herbicide that is annually sprayed on two-thirds of US corn.
Click to read an excerpt.Indigestible Companions
STAGE PLAY (Comedy / Drama / Romance)
When Carl and Celeste throw a surprise dinner party for their families to meet for the first time, the evening doesn’t go as planned.
Indigestible Companions is a 90-minute light-hearted musical written in real time that explores the nature of family and relationships. For better or worse, all of us inherit a family the day we’re born. Along the way, we create another family through work, friends and lovers. Each family is very important to us and helps define who we are. Often, our families intersect and sometimes the result can be comedically grueling. Well, that’s where we start Indigestible Companions.
Carl and Celeste have prepared a dinner party, which they are putting the finishing touches on. It’s the first time both of their families will meet. In fact, neither family knows that the two have even met. Carl and Celeste prepare themselves mentally reassuring each other the dinner party “is only an hour.” They have something to tell their families and they’re not sure how the news is going to be received.
Carl’s from a middle-class Brooklyn family. Celeste’s family lives in North Jersey and owns properties in Manhattan. Both Carl’s and Celeste’s moms, one unpolished and one refined, are surprised and suspicious when they meet in Celeste’s swanky Manhattan apartment.
As the hour unfolds and they finally learn the secret, the members of both families are shocked, angry, disappointed and curious. As the hour passes, both Carl and Celeste learn things about each other they never knew. They both change subtly when they are around their biological families, trying to be exactly the person they are supposed to be.
“What is it about families that can make us so crazy?“ Celeste asks Carl after her family leaves. The core of Carl’s and Celeste’s relationship changes in the perfectly planned hour that takes on a life of its own, spilling into the next hour. “They expect us to always be the same.” Carl answers regrettably. The comedy takes a dramatic turn as Carl and Celeste explore the nature of family. They must decide if they are going to be who their family wants them to be or become their own individuals. What they decide sets the course for their future and ends the play.
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