THE KING OF CRIMES
THE ARRON BURR TREASON TRIAL IN JOHN MARSHALL’S COURT
Commissioned by The John Marshall Foundation, The King of Crimes is a one-act play about the trial of Thomas Jefferson’s first vice president–and the man who famously shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel–Aaron Burr. Burr was a charismatic figure who, denied power by Jefferson and on the run following his killing of Hamilton, set out to carve for himself a kingdom in an already fractured America. Or did he?
The play is a one-act, written for theater-in-the-round or thrust staging. Audiences range from high school students to adults. The cast of six play multiple roles, and the play is designed to be suitable for travel.
SAM & CAROL, A PLAY WHERE EVERYTHING IS TRUE
Sam & Carol is written as a tour de force for a pair of actors, who in two acts play a dozen roles each, covering the span of Robbins’ parents’ 35-year marriage. “In writing this play, I figure that every family, every two people who find each other, stay together, make a home and raise children, has at its core myths and true tales of immense courage, luck, struggle and grandeur, even in the smallest moments. Sam & Carol tries to capture the marvel of a family,” David L. Robbins, playwright.
Click here to listen to an excellent interview with actors Nick Aliff and Eva DeVirgilis and director Jan Powell.
Set in a small Virginia mill town, Scorched Earth is the story of a young mixed-race couple whose stillborn child is exhumed by the local church where she was laid to rest. That night, the church is burned, and the sheriff’s 18-year-old daughter’s body is found in the ashes. Based on actual news stories, Scorched Earth is a courtroom drama and a mystery, but even more it is a contemplation on contemporary issues of race, politics, violence and forgiveness.