The challenge of starting a new career as a playwright/author is something I savor. My first career consisted of a trek that included the role of professional rehabilitation counselor, health care facility administrator, and educator-researcher. That life-chapter culminated with the receipt of the "Distinguished Professor Emeritus" title from the University of South Carolina in 2001. Those experiences, together with coping with a high level spinal cord injury most of my life, and more recently, testicular cancer, have provided insight into humanity's struggles and triumphs that enable me to approach this new venture with passion.
The notion of becoming a playwright/author first arose during my undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh with encouragement from the late Abe Laufe, professor, and theater critic and historian, and other members of the English department faculty. At the time, their attempts to persuade me to embark on a career involving creative writing were overridden by other pressing considerations. More recently, my interest was rekindled by Ceille Baird-Welch, a former student, dear friend, and playwright/author, who exposed me to the potential of the "theatre" as a social change agent. The invitation to work with her when she was writing "On Wings of a Paper Crane" proved to be a pivotal experience that refocused my attention on creative writing.
Not that writing was new. During my earlier career, I certainly became comfortable at the keyboard while writing a textbook, several individual book chapters, and a file drawer of journal articles. The opportunity to go a bit more "free form," however, is a breath of fresh air.
I invite you to take a look at my projects posted on this webpage. Comments are always appreciated. Complete manuscripts can be obtained for production consideration by contacting me at:
Short Stories (PDF)