Distant Neighbors published by Original Works

My play Distant Neighbors has just been published by Original Works Publishers!  You can order a copy from Amazon  or from the OWP site. I hope you’ll check it out!  (The cover image is from the Seoul production.)

In Distant Neighbors a group of suburban neighbors are strangers to each other until an alien space ship crashes into their back yards. After its arrival, they get to know each other a lot better, and faster, than they ever expected (or wanted).

The broken wing of the ship seems to have a strange ability to enhance and intensify the feelings of those who touch it. And it turns their skin blue. At the end of the first act, the four main characters–Adams, Talia, Griffin, and Melanie–all touch the wing simultaneously and experience a moment of ecstatic intimacy and connection that shakes their relationships.

After the wing is gone, the characters must deal with the loss of the connection it brought, and the aftermath of knowing far too much about each other. Melanie returns to ask Griffin to come to Houston with her, but he’s committed to trying to reconnect with his wife. Talia pushes Adams away, but ultimately they find a way to move forward together, despite the scary, intense intimacy brought to them by the wing.

Distant Neighbors is a space-age love story about loneliness and longing, and the barriers we set up between us. It looks at the possibility for wonder, not just at the skies and the universe and the thought of unknown life forms, but also at the person living right next door.


Characters: (3m, 2w)
Adams: 20s-30s, a black man. A gardener and lover of the earth,
with a strong capacity for wonder.
Talia: 20s-30s, a white woman. A physical therapist, who is
interested in the new, and has made her fair share (or more than
her share) of mistakes.
Griffin: 50s, a white man. A copier repairman with a strong
desire to keep his promises and his feet on the ground.
Melanie Tomlinson: 40s-50s. A NASA scientist and life-long
Blake: 30s-50s, a white man. Talia’s ex-husband, biker, and