CHEZ RIKERS, a stage play

To the barricades...
New York City. An indefinite future.  An abandoned prison cell on Rikers Island.  Meg and Sam Massey, a well-to-do couple in their sixties, find themselves and their neighbors held in protective custody as Manhattan streets rage with fire bombs and police sirens.  Meg and Sam are certain they will be placed in a limousine and returned to their Park Avenue apartment—as soon as the squatters are removed.  In the meantime, they experience a decidedly unsentimental education in class distinctions and urban politics.

  • Project Type:
    Stage Play
  • Number of Pages:
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
  • First-time Screenwriter:
  • Student Project:
Writer Biography

Awards: 2016 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, 1st Prize One-Act Play, Cream Cakes in Munich. 2015 Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation LGBT History initiative Award for his play, A Kind of Marriage; The Kleban Award for Librettist; New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) 2010 Excellence in Writing Lyrics; Three-time Finalist for the Fred Ebb Foundation Award in Songwriting. Winner of the Global Search for New Musicals, Cardiff, Wales, 2005. His musical Frog Kiss received the most Citations for Excellence at NYMF 2010, regional premiere at Virginia Stage Co.,VA, 2013. Swimming at the Ritz, an intimate portrait of Pamela Churchill Harriman, toured the UK in 2010/2011, American premiere at New Jersey Rep, NJ, 2015; Enchanted April, a new musical romance, with music by Richard B. Evans, world premiere, April 2016, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, CA. His adaptation of Helene Hanff’s comic memoir, Underfoot in Show Business, received its world premiere at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne, UK, May 2008, directed by award-winning BBC director, David Giles. His original musical, Me and Miss Monroe, featuring Rachel York as Marilyn, was produced in an industry workshop by AMAS and Chase Mishkin, 2011. Charles is a former Fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. A native of Chicago, a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Speech, a member of the National New Play Network’s New Play Exchange. Charles lives and writes in New York City and is a member of The Dramatist's Guild and ASCAP.

Add Writer Biography