In this poignant drama, the owner of a guesthouse on a small Caribbean island confronts her family's painful past. An impending hurricane compels Mama Aida and her guests to take shelter in an old plantation building. There she encounters the spirits of her slave ancestors who were brutally tortured and murdered after leading an unsuccessful slave rebellion.
Hinton Battle Theatre Lab, New York, NY, Staged Reading/Contest Finalist 2007
Reverie Productions, New York, NY, Staged Reading/Contest Finalist 2007
Drama 110 minutes 8M, 2F The Draft explores the tumult of the Vietnam War era through the real-life stories of 10 young Americans – eight men and two women – whose lives were shaped and forever changed by the military draft in the U.S. at that time. Enhanced dramatically by music and sound clips from the period, the play chronicles the choices they made when confronted with the draft and the impact of those choices then and since.
Hibernian Hall, Roxbury, MA, Production, 2015
Westfield State University, Westfield, MA, Production, 2015
Trinity College, Hartford, CT, Production, 2015
Academy of Music, Northampton, MA, Production, 2015
Smith College, Northampton, MA, Staged Reading, 2013
Joe Bell, an African-American Renaissance man, has spent 14 years in jail for burning down the Gilded Age mansion where he once worked as a tour guide. Determined to prove him innocent, Susanna Hatch, a young white law student, visits Joe in a prison psychiatric unit and learns some wrenching lessons about the irrational power of love.
Winner of the 2007 Stanley Drama Award
Winner of the 2007 Arthur W. Stone New Play Award
"A beautifully crafted work" -Greenville News, South Carolina
"A compelling portrait of a love affair thwarted because of class, snobbery and racial pressures.The writing is lucid with terrific characterization." -Literary Team at The Bush Theatre, London, U.K. which recommends the play as a "bush pick" on its play publishing website (www.bushgreen.org)
"... Exuberant ... splendid ... poetic ... This is a Guided Tour theater fans shouldn't miss." -The Beat, South Carolina
Playwrights' Forum, Memphis, TN, Production 2009
Boston Playwrights Theatre, Boston, MA, Staged Reading 2008
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, Production 2008
Centre Stage-South Carolina, Greenville, SC, Production 2007
Can true love really conquer all? That's the question Susanna Hatch, a white law student from a wealthy family, asks herself as she agonizes over whether to make a commitment to her working-class Puerto Rican boyfriend. Susanna believes she'll find the answer from Joe Bell, an African-American man who's been in jail for 14 years for burning down a Gilded Age mansion owned by her grandmother. Joe was a tour guide there, and the two became lovers and soul mates. Convinced that Joe must be innocent, Susanna sets out to prove it--and to prove to herself that her own unlikely union has a future.
It's a growing phenomenon that no one wants to talk about: White people are turning Black. On the eve of his wedding, Alan Guthrie learns it's about to happen to him. And he's freaked--not least because his prospective father-in-law would never allow his daughter to marry a Black man. Solution? Persuade his identical twin brother, who is gay, to impersonate him at the ceremony. The desperate ruse launches Alan and his co-conspirators on a madcap pre-nuptial adventure involving organic vegetables, ventriloquism, a golfing accident--and some serious identity issues.
Winner of the 2010 New Play Festival, Centre Stage-South Carolina, Greenville, SC
"Daring, subversive, and wickedly funny" -Deborah Brevoort, Playwright-in-Residence, 2010 New Play Festival
Centre Stage-South Caroliona, Greenville, SC, Workshop Production, 2011
On the eve of their departure to Guatemala to pick up their newly adopted daughter, a middle-class American couple find themselves suspected of a terrorist act--blowing up their own car. When the devastating truth finally emerges, it challenges all their assumptions about truth, democracy and the American way.
"The play is swathed in absurdity but the material is woven from the fabric of reality.â" -Boston Phoenix
"...A very daring, engaging and entertaining piece of work" -Reader for Tinderbox Theatre Company, Belfast, Ireland
Alarm Clock Theatre, Boston, MA, Production 2006
Lark Play Development Center, New York, NY, Roundtable Reading 2006
Desperate to win a statewide contest, a community theatre company casts a man claiming to be the Roman god Mars to star in their production of a Noel Coward comedy. A CIA plot, a teenager who speaks fluent Latin, Hollywood's embrace of "reality theater"--It's all here in this hilarious spoof on militarism and celebrity culture.
Winner of the Annual New Play Contest, Santa Cruz Actors' Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA, 2010
"Orbiting Mars is a funny, astute commentary on modern life. Mr. Snoad brilliantly navigates the blurry edges between truth and absurdity.â" -Marc Clopton, Director, The Actors' Studio, Newburyport, MA
Penobscot Theatre, Bangor, ME, Staged Reading, Northern Writes New Play Festival, 2010
North Shore Readers' Theatre Collaborative, Newburyport, MA, Staged Reading 2009
It is 1979, and Boston is in racial turmoil over school de-segregation. Serena Fox, an African-American college student, becomes captivated by the ideas and passion of black abolitionist David Walker, and she launches a campaign to memorialize him and learn the truth about his death. The campaign – and the backlash it provokes – puts Serena on an emotionally wrenching path to self-discovery.
Hibernian Hall, Roxbury, MA, Production, 2013
NJ Performing Arts Center/Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, Staged Reading, 2013
Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group, New York, NY, Staged Reading, 2012
The Democracy Center, Cambridge, MA, Staged Reading, 2012
A video of my play, The Draft, should be available in January for purchase from the Media Education Foundation. MEF specializes in distributing educational documentary films to colleges and high schools. I've also set up a website to boost promotion of the video: www.vietnamdraftplay.com
My play, The Draft, about personal experiences with the Vietnam War draft, received a Best Ensemble in A Play award in the 2015 ArtsImpulse awards in Boston last week. The Draft also got the nod for Best New Work, but lost out to Waitress, staged by the American Repertory Theatre. It was honored, too, by the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) with a Best New Play (Small Stage) nomination in their annual awards.