What kinds of plays I write and why:
While I love my work in television, there is nothing more visceral than telling stories with the power of theatre. I write plays with multi-cultural casts, a comic tone, and often a supernatural twist. My characters attempt to reconcile ordinary life with all the stuff they can’t explain.
“Harper… has a good feel for storytelling, structure and dialogue. He creates characters you care about…”– Baltimore Sun
Lloyd Brown blames Paul Robeson and Albert Einstein for ruining his life.
You’ve probably never heard of Brown. That’s his gripe exactly.
1952: the height of the blacklist. The Professor’s home in Princeton becomes a meeting place for two great men and their helpers. No one knows what happened in that house – until now. Based on real events.
“Great play.”- Ty Jones Classical Theatre of Harlem
Best friends Benjamin and Casey are two struggling actors navigating through the ups and downs of their careers New York City. But when Casey, who is white, faces the possibility of success in a television series, Benjamin, who’s black, feels the game is rigged. Almost is set in the acting world but tackles universal questions: What is success? How do you find it? What happens if you don’t find it? And how do you survive along the way?
Breakdown: 3M 3W
Developed at Loyola Marymount University in their new play development program.
URBAN RABBIT CHRONICLES
Ted and Karen’s marriage is unraveling. When they purchase a rabbit statue at a Flea Market, Karen miraculously writes a successful novel. Ted, convinced that Karen is possessed by the statue, begs his assistant and a priest to help him expel the demon. But is Ted delusional or is Karen really the victim of a supernatural being. Urban Rabbit Chronicles explores the challenges of marriage, and the cost of giving in to our artistic impulses.
Breakdown: 3M 2W
“…wonderful”- Phyllis Toben Bancroft, director / member of the Actors Studio
BLACK / OUT STORIES
What does it mean to be black and gay in America? A writer begins interviewing black folks in search of an answer. The resulting interviews are funny, strange, and unpredictable, changing the writer’s relationship with his partner, his parents and himself. Black/Out Stories uses actual interviews along with a fictionalized narrative in a unique hybrid of documentary theatre and dramatic exploration.
Breakdown: 4M 2W
Commissioned and developed through a workshop at Freedom Train Productions
For inquiries on any of these plays, reach out to Chris Till at CAA: firstname.lastname@example.org