Home-Cooked: A Cautionary Tale

Love hurts. Friendship hurts more. A triptych consisting of three ten-minute comedies, Home-Cooked documents three best friends in one New York apartment who are brought together by odious ex-boyfriends, tone-deaf viola students, phallic vegetables, peanut butter allergies, and a distaste for the third world.

Read a selection from the script.


  • DORA, a television journalist, 27
  • JOANNA, a violist, 28
  • ROBBIE, an aspiring actor, 26


  • Jimmy's No. 43 (New York, November 2005)
  • Jimmy's No. 43 (New York, January 2006)


My friend Lisa wanted to direct a piece for a ten-minute play festival. According to the festival's requirements, the play had to have (i) a dish washer, (ii) a bathroom, and (iii) a vegetable of some sort. Thus the first part of Home-Cooked was born. The next two parts followed when the venue requested that we turn the one ten-minute play into a full evening.

When an old woman’s leg falls off, she sings "Barbie Girl" (an apt commentary on the fungible natures of our dreams/limbs), followed by "Forever Young" (a lament about how she may not, in fact, be all that young as she is holding an item that was previously her appendage). ~ The Three Perils of Argentina: The Arts