Ivanka vs. Reality
(A new comedy/drama about what is real in this world full of fake news & people)
Semi-finalist, Barrington Stage Company, MA, Burman New Play Award
Winner, Works Playwriting Competition, The Playhouse on the Square, Memphis
Sylvia, a divorced Hollywood screenwriter, fueled by antidepressants, is losing her grip as her writing career slides into middle-aged female oblivion. Desperate for work she takes a crap job writing an "inspiring" family channel movie about a child's lung transplant. But soon, Sylvia begins to wonder if the child's mother Ivanka's telling of the "true story" is based in reality. The result is a new dramedy inspired by Ivanka Trump's line, "Perception is more important than reality. If someone perceives something to be true, it is more important than if it is in fact true." To complicate things, Sylvia's teenage son believes that when he plays the video game 'Drone Strike' he is actually killing people in Afghanistan. This comedy questions what is real in a world full of fake and alternative facts.