Diplomatic Relations

To lure tourists to her city, the mayor of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has built an embassy for the fictional country of Portikrania. But when the State Department and mafia get involved, her scheme explodes into a comedy of Pennsylvanian proportions.

Read a selection from the script.


  • VEENA GERALDINE HINCKLE, mayor of Wilkes-Barre, mid-50s
  • TONY MALONE, a "contractor," late 20s
  • JENNIFER HINCKLE, Veena's daughter, early 20s
  • DESMOND WESTWOOD, inspector for the State Department, 40s


  • Riant Strawberry One-Act Festival (New York, August 2010)


My childhood babysitter grew up in Wilkes-Barre and moved back fifty years later to find the city well past its prime. I started thinking about what a politician would have to do to save Wilkes-Barre; Diplomatic Relations was my best guess.

"My daughter, by the acceptance of your hand, has made it perfectly clear that she doesnít need me anymore. So Iím doing what any reasonable mother would do and throwing myself from Europeís largest timepiece." ~ Mrs. Chesterfield, Taking the Plunge