Jake is a NYC-based playwright and actor, who has worked with SpeakEasy Stage Co., Marblehead Little Theatre, Footlight Club Playhouse, NYC International Fringe Festival, Gallery Players of Brooklyn, and TheatreWorks USA. He is a 2014 graduate of Boston College with a BA in Applied Psychology/English with a minor in Theatre, and currently lives in Washington Heights with his girlfriend and cat.
What would you say to your Dad if only your therapist was listening? Based on personal interviews and told through a series of vignettes, memories, psychological analyses, and multi-media presentations, Why Our Dads Need Therapy explores a generation of Dads who won't talk about their feelings, and the influences that made them that way. As their children explore the patterns and absolute anomalies of their relationships to their fathers, what starts as a way to cope becomes a devastating conversation on what we need most from our Dads, and what they simply can't give us.
Set in the year 2171, biological Men are extinct as the “y” chromosome has disappeared from the gene-pool. In a deeply divided country, government forces have "mandated" that all women who are able to, must reproduce by the age of 25, in an effort to combat a growing concern of extinction of women. But some rebel groups have encouraged "uploading" as a way to preserve the mind and consciousness, while disposing of the biological form. After a long school year, six friends go to a remote cabin on a private island in the Ozarks. As the drinking starts, the group is forced to reconcile with what extinction means, the world they live in, and what ideals they choose to uphold. Exploring sisterhood and choice, Yland (pronounced "island") is about what we want for our futures, and what price we are willing to pay to get it.
An estranged brother-sister relationship, and one night that changed their lives forever. When Allie's brother David comes into town after being missing for several years, what starts as a quiet night with friends becomes an all-out brawl over manhood and owning up to your mistakes. Exploring themes of masculinity (both toxic and healthy), competition, and how we face the natural world, MOUNTAIN is about confronting our challenges, and whether we survive on the other side.
After a weekend-camping trip upstate, a young couple struggles to explain a paranormal experience, and whether what they saw outside their tent was real or trick of the mind. When the haunting becomes more and more real, Taylor and Brian are forced to confront traumatic parts of their past, and bring in a spiritual medium to advise them. As the lights begin to flicker, everyone questions their belief, trust, and whether they are responsible for the ghosts that haunt them.
When his best friend Roger considers leaving the city, and pursuit of the arts, for a new relationship, Theo has to face his own struggle with the future, and how his past has shaped him. As his world begins to unravel, he confronts his own relationship, his career, and his "best laid plans". 5 YEAR PLAN explores the dreams we wanted for ourselves at one time, and the way life shapes or destroys them along the way.
On a seemingly normal weekend in the fall, Chris runs away from Boston to his hometown looking for clarity and peace. What he finds instead is Bailey: his parent's new next-door neighbor, whose wedding it taking place later that day. As a hurricane barrels down towards the ceremony, driveways are crossed and champagne is shared, leaving all involved to consider what we remember about the "big days" in our lives, and whether they live up to those expectations at all. Exploring love, marriage, and perfect strangers, ANY OTHER DAY is about who we meet and when, and how our lives change, if at all.
On the eve of a big wedding, an shoreline Connecticut family looks back on their life, and the love that got them to that moment. As the evening darkens, and the pair of bullfrogs fill the night with their courting, John turns to his past to explain the choices that are being made, and the consequences they face as a family. A semi-autobiographical account of the playwright's own family, The Courtship of Bullfrogs explores the history that we share with one another, and whether the ties that bind really keep us together.
Written as a series of video-posts on a fundraising page, Ben recalls the life he had with his wife Hannah, an avid and popular-vlogger. The mystery of Hannah's medical drama, and the choice Ben made that ultimately ended her life, come center-stage in this one-man play about our relationship to the followers we don't really know, and the guilt we suffer when another life is in our hands.
Written during the Corona-Virus Pandemic in March 2020, this ten-minute disaster play tells the story of two strangers, stuck together in crisis, and forced to face their priorities during the time of chaos. As the explosions get closer, Stephen and Nina have to consider the ramifications of communal tragedy, and how to move forward.
A young couple heads to the ER after one of them has broken their ankle, and what starts as a routine trip to get better, becomes an examination they hadn't expected. As Julian and Bryce start filling out the paper work, and Bryce suggests putting her mother as her Emergency Contact rather than Julian, they are forced to reconcile with where they are in their relationship, how they got there, and what comes next. This ten-minute explores love, broken bones, and how we define ourselves in relation to others.
Two friends sit down to write a comedy sketch and....can't figure out how to make it funny. As Eugene and Connor explore differing ideas of what's funny and how they write, their friendship is challenged in an unexpected way. Exploring the pratfalls of relationships, the ever-changing goalposts on what's funny and what's not, this ten-minute piece searches for the punchline.