Prodigals (play)

Prodigals is my first play. I developed it with Twenty-Something Theatre (now Firepot Performance) for a workshop production in 2010 and an official premiere in 2011.

It’s about a big-city dreamer who returns to his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to testify in a murder trial. But coming home just opens old wounds in his circle of friends and he discovers that his missed opportunities are more than just regrets.

I also adapted this play into a feature screenplay. Learn more below.

 
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Minogue … is too savvy to simply dismiss his roots. There’s an ache that runs through this play, and it’s about the difficulty of negotiating the terrain between adventure and compromise.
— Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
 

 

Us & Everything We Own (play)

Us & Everything We Own is my second collaboration with Twenty-Something Theatre (now Firepot Performance). It premiered at the Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) Studio Theatre in Vancouver on April 5, 2013 after two years of development – which included a City of Vancouver-sponsored staged reading at Carousel Theatre in May 2012.

The story is focused on a young couple whose hunger for meaningful careers and home ownership threatens to tear them apart. The cast of the premiere included Adam Lolacher, Julie McIsaac, Genevieve Fleming, and Jason Clift.

 
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This is a disturbing play meant for the youth of today, especially here in Vancouver.
— Ed Farolan, Review Vancouver
 
 

 

Film + Television

After earning a screenwriting diploma from Vancouver Film School, I worked in development with a number of production companies and independent producers while also writing for episodic television. One of the series I worked for was Kid vs. Kat, an animated series developed in B.C. and distributed around the world.

My feature screenplays have won acclaim in international competitions, such as Austin Film Festival (AFF) where I was a top-five finalist in 2007. That achievement led to me being one of the three invited participants for the AFF’s mentorship program in Austin and Los Angeles. I had the great pleasure of being mentored by veteran screenwriters Herschel Weingrod (Trading Places, Twins) and James V. Hart (Contact, Hook).

Prodigals the Movie | After two successful runs on stage, I adapted my play Prodigals into a feature screenplay and sold it to Whiskaye Films, who partnered with Sociable Films for a 2016 production shot in Vancouver and my hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The world premiere took place at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival and was directed by Michelle Ouellet. The film stars David Alpay (Ararat) and my fellow VFS grad Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries).

Prodigals the movie premiered at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival. Directed by Michelle Ouellet, it stars David Alpay and my fellow Vancouver Film School grad Sara Canning, both of whom are known for their roles in the CW series, The Vampire Diaries.

Prodigals the movie is distributed by LevelFILM. Learn more about the evolution of this project at prodigalsthemovie.com.