One of the coolest things about being a playwright is learning your work resonated with people you've never met in a place you've never been. It speaks to our shared humanity. So if you happen to be in Lagos, Nigeria this December you can see my plays at the wonderful Theatre Republic, which is a frequent haunt of Nobel Prize Winner Wole Soyinka. My plays, Things Unsaid and In a Hole, will be directed by founder Wole Oguntokun. If you go to the plays please reach out to me on social media and share pictures!!!!!
In 1925, a 28 year old named Madge Oberholtzer started dating a charming and successful man, named D.C., who had his eye on becoming President. He seemed to match her independent spirit and hunger for an interesting life.
Madge was well educated, witty, and daring. Only two years earlier she had driven all the way to California with her best friend when there were virtually no paved roads or service stations.
On March 15th, 1925 D.C. called to ask if she could come see him urgently about her job. They had broken up shortly before, but her job was important so she went.
What happened next changed the history of the US, but until now Madge is rarely discussed. As part of the 2017 The Scripps Ranch Theatre New Works Studio in San Diego, CA I did my best to tell Madge's story and how she helped crush the largest and deadliest terrorist organization that has ever existed in the United States.
Last night SRT hosted a wonderful staged reading of my new play, "The Dying Declaration of Madge Oberholtzer." We had fun, hopefully honored this brave woman, and afterwards I answered some questions. More to come with this play...
The incomparable LA legend that is the Ammunition Theatre Company has decided to perform my most popular play "Sweet Nothing" and I am beyond thrilled. Also, we sold out!
Sweet Nothings Synopsis:
Mary has made the most important discovery of her life. Now no one will leave her alone to enjoy it.
Hurray! I'm on this awesome podcast "The Dots"!
It's a pretty short interview - we talk about writing plays, being a severe introvert, and my newest project on a woman who took down the Ku Klux Klan in 1925.*
Have a listen: Raegan Payne says No!
*Also, yes, I have to work on not saying um, like, or whatnots. But I'd like to point out whatnot is the perfect catch all word.