Love Disorder moved up to November 2014

Just signed the contract to have Love Disorder performed Nov 14-29, at the Kax Stage at Herberger Theater. I’m really excited to have it moved up from May 2015. Next step will be to finalize the director and then auditions. There are three couples, so six parts. total.

References to the “dry heat” and sports mentions of Steve Nash clearly situate the play here in the Phoenix area. At the same time, there is no reason why it could not travel easily to any where in the country with all narrative and humor in tact. Nash was a two time NBA MVP, so he is simply a recognized/beloved sports figure from a particular place, which happens to be Phoenix. As for the weather, it’s familiar cliche about our area.

There is some other sports trivia, which is, well, trivial. So it’s not necessary to understand it really, just to understand that in fact, it is trivial. Glad that’s clear. I’ve long been aware of the reams of sports trivia taking up short and long term memory inside my body, and Love Disorder is just further confirmation. Men may be more likely to get those joke, while the women may get more of a laugh out of the emotional knots the characters tie themselves up.




Love Disorder will be staged May 2015 on the Kax Stage at Herberger Theater

Love Disorder is about a woman trying to break up from her boyfriend who is only capable of expressing himself in sports clichés. They are friends with two other couples who are deeply impacted by their potential breakup and all sorts of disorder ensues. It is both true to life and absurd — two descriptors, which in the case of love relationships, are hardly mutually exclusive.

I got the idea for the play when some friends of mine who are about 15 years younger were starting to get serious with each other intimately, and instead of being happy for them, I felt a strong sense of dread of the confusion and chaos they were possibly embarking on. I flipped tragedy to comedy in my mind and out came Love Disorder.

This play benefitted from a staged reading at Theatre Artist Studio directed by Judy Rollings. The read led to some revisions, and here we are. None of the characters are based on any real person, although friends have given me some suspicious looks. We’ve all made fools of ourselves in love at one time or another, but most of us were never properly diagnosed with the Love Disorder we were in fact experiencing.