"The Woman On The Train" was originally called "The Girl on the Train" until a subpar book and film were titled that. I don't want my work confused with that one. This play was one of my first attempts at writing a play. In my head, I had a great story so I started clacking away on my laptop. I finished it, edited it, and did a read through. I figured that I must have at least a half hour worth of dialog. I read both parts from beginning to end. I checked my watch. Ten minutes had elapsed. My first attempt at being a playwright resulted in a ten minute play. Honestly, I hoped it would have been longer, but I read it again and I was very proud of it. Inside of ten minutes I had told a complete story; beginning, middle, end, humor, sadness, hope, and love. I had the chance to perform it with the lovely Ashley Davidson at a fundraiser for the theater. It was the first time anyone had heard my words spoken aloud. It was the first time I kissed a woman on stage. It was the first time an entire room full of people laughed at all the parts that I wanted them to laugh at. In 2011, I submitted the play to a short play festival that was helping raise funds for the Judith Karman Hospice in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Girl on the Train was selected as one of the five to be performed! I was so excited. My play was going to be performed by someone other than me in front of people I didn't know. Wow! I went to the festival and watched the plays. It was awesome to hear people laughing.
Around 2009, I wrote a short story about a guy that was fed up with his life and decided to write a suicide note. He had no intention of actually committing the act. He just wanted to get out of his mind what was troubling him so much. As the story goes, his roommate's girlfriend found the note and was convince the poor man was on the edge. It is a lighthearted play about a serious subject. There is plenty of humor, but it comes with the realization that it really could have been his last note. Hope wins again. I adapted the story into a play and I performed it with Flora Elmore and Ron Riley. In 2017, this play won Best of Festival in the Shorts Festival in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
This is a story about a couple that has just woken up. As they lie in bed, they are gently arguing about if they are going to a wedding that day or not. She thinks he is unromantic. He thinks she is overly romantic. Who wins this argument? Wedding? No Wedding? Pancakes? Read it to find out.