STAGE, PAGE & SCREEN

HANDLE WITH CARE  
a play (2M, 2F) 

 

When a beautiful young Israeli woman reluctantly travels with her grandmother to America, circumstances both tragic and hilarious bring together the young woman, who has little command of English, and a young American man with little command of romance. Is their inevitable love an accident . . . or is it destiny generations in the making?

 

A New York Times Critics' Pick, this hit romantic comedy ran for 112 performances Off-Broadway at The Westside Theatre (starring stage & screen legend Carol Lawrence) and has enjoyed 18 regional and international productions to date. 

 

"A hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy . . . which exudes gobs of comic energy and insight. Mr. Williams has achieved something special: He has written a Jewish Christmas play." - The New York Times

 

Published by Dramatists Play Services.

PERSONAL STATEMENT
a novel

 

Getting into college has never been harder. Can't rely on a perfect SAT score or a 5 on your AP Mandarin exam anymore. And field hockey or basketball? Please. The real sport is Competitive Volunteering. Change the world--and tell Harvard all about it.

 

In Jason Odell Williams' hilarious first novel, it's open season on college admissions as a Category-3 hurricane bears down on Connecticut. Self-proclaimed tiger-daughter Emily Kim drags her best friend, apathetic test-taking genius Rani Caldwell, to the coastal town of Cawdor, where Emily's sure her humanitarian efforts will make her Harvard application stand out from the pack. Problem is: so does everyone else.

 

When Emily and Rani arrive, hundreds of other ambitious teenagers are already in Cawdor with the same idea -- including Emily's 'frenemy' Robert Clinton III, gay, black and meant for the Sorbonne. Observing the battle royale is Alexis J. Gould, aide to the Governor and a veteran of the admissions rat race. To the kids in Cawdor, this hurricane isn't a natural disaster. It's an opportunity. Let the games begin!

 

Published by IN THIS TOGETHER MEDIA, Personal Statement has been optioned for a three-pciture deal. Books two and three in the series are in development.

Destiny. Delivered.

"This guy's writing reminds of John Green's writing. Yeah, I just said that." 

- Real Men Read YA 

"I solemnly swear this book will blow your mind!"  

- A Thousand Words A Million Books 

"I couldn't put this novel down! Hilarious!" 

- Asian American Education 

 

Dave’s wife is ready to have a baby. Dave... not so much. While navigating the complex waters of family,

career and fidelity, Dave finds himself in a motel room with a curt New York escort who may or may not be the answer to his problems. A funny and candid glimpse at a regular guy searching to answer the eternal question: can we find everything we need… in just one person?

 

“A witty and wise romp … with great depth and substance." ~Citizen-Times

 

"This charming and piquant play with blistering frankness and big laughs will resonate with audiences!”  ~Carolina Curtain Call

"Human, relatable and very funny. The writing is sharp and insightful. Incredible!"  ~Mountain Xpress

WINNER: The Hudson Valley Writers’ Workshop 2012 new play contest.

 

 

SOMEONE ELSE
a play (1M, 1F)
Top 10 Finalist in The Tracking Board's 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition

 

                                                                         Published by Dramatists Play Services.

In the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh, NC, a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that calls into question the senator’s stance on gun control and his belief in God-- three days before his bid for re-election. As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion, guns, and social media influence our political system is simultaneously funny, honest, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

BEST NEW PLAY NOMINEE - Off-Broadway Alliance; L.A. Ovation Awards 

TOP TEN L.A. THEATRE PRODUCTIONS OF 2016 - The Huffington Post

“GRIPPING ENTERTAINMENT” – Los Angeles Times

"POWERFUL, HUMOROUS, AND SO MANY LINES THAT RESONATE" - Huffington Post

"I WISH EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS WOULD SEE IT!" - NPR

"ONE OF THE BEST PLAYS OF THE YEAR!" - Times Square Chronicles 

 

"A HILARIOUSLY ON-TARGET SCRIPT BY A PROMISING NEW DRAMATIST” – Arts in L.A.

 

“SPEAKS TO THE LUNACY OF MODERN POLITICS” – L.A. Theatre Bites

“EXTRAORDINARY AND IMPASSIONED” – Santa Monica Daily Press

“BRILLIANT” – Edge Media Network​   “FLAWLESS” – Stage Raw​   “STELLAR” – L.A. Weekly

 

 

Off-Broadway Premiere:
New World Stages, 2017
NNPN Rolling World Premiere:
Skylight Theatre  & JCC Centerstage, 2016

CHURCH & STATE

a play (2M, 2F)

NY PREMIERE: Westside Theatre
Off-Broadway - Dec 3, 2013
WORLD PREMIERE: NC Stage  Asheville, NC - Nov 6, 2015
YA novel, published August 2013
In This Together Media

BIRDLAND

a series for television

 

BIRDLAND is an upstairs-downstairs dramedy set at a major league baseball stadium in Baltimore.

 

But it’s not about baseball. It’s about the people behind the scenes of the stadium, the people who help make the magic happen, both on and off the field. It’s about figuring out who you are and finding love and discovering that “home” means something different for everyone.

 

When the Baltimore Birds owner suddenly dies and leaves the team to his only child, Georgia, the team and franchise are shaken to the core and their quest for a World Series title or even a playoff spot is constantly in doubt. Complicating matters for Georgia: a recent break-up with the Birds’ star first baseman, Jimmy Jones, and the return of her former high school flame, Tommy Kane, who quit his job teaching English at an all-boys prep school to take a job as a beer vendor at the ballpark.

 

This a working-class city with high-class aspirations. It’s about black and white and straight and gay and everything in between. This is Baltimore. This is America. This . . . is Birdland.

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