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Headshots, Aaron's widow, Gayle, comes to ask his mother Vera to testify in her suit against the US government, on the grounds that Aaron had PTSD. But is that an "explanation" for his suicide that Vera can accept and live with?
Headshots has had readings at the Trellis Project of the Greenhouse Theatre in Chicago, 2016, Chicago Dramatists, and Pulse Ensemble Theatre in New York, both 2017.


Morality Play, book and lyrics by Burroway, with music by Curtis Powell and Matthew K. Kiedrowski, a musical adaptation of the Barry Unsworth novel of that name is under development in Chicago. It had its first fully rehearsed and sung public reading in 2012, on an NEA grant under the auspices of the Light Opera Works in Evanston, IL.


Medea with Child
It's an old, old story: Daddy falls in love with a younger woman, and Mom says it's okay, but then she murders the woman and her father and the kids…
Winner of the Reva Shiner Award, Bloomington Playwrights Project; produced by BPP and by Sideshow Theatre Company, Chicago, 2010.
"…confronts the shallowness of modern-day existence still under the burdens of sexism, racism, age-ism, and nationalism… with the playwright's fast-paced, satirical wit and inspired juxtapositions."  --Chicago Theatre Blog


Parts of Speech was given readings with Jane Alexander in the leading role, in a staging by Edwin Sherin, at the Florida State University Conradi Theatre, 2004; at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, 2007; winner of the Brink! Project prize, Renaissance Theatre, Milwaukee, 2015; and Artemisia Theatre, Chicago as part of the Artemisia Fall Festival of Women Playwrights, 2017.


Dew Point, a ten-minute play, reading at Chicago Dramatists, June 2011; finalist for the Heideman Award of Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2012.

Instant Replay, a mini-play, produced at Bloomington Playwrights' Theatre, Bloomington, Indiana, Feb. 2010; reprised May 2011.

Netbling, or: Infinite Earrings, a mini-musical, book and lyrics by Burroway, with music by Cris Wo; performed at the Musical Theatre Writers Workshop at Theatre Building Chicago, June 2009.

Long Time No See, a ten-minute play, produced at Bloomington Playwrights Project, Bloomington, Indiana, July - Aug. 2008, reprised Nov. 2009. Finalist for the Heideman Award of Actors Theatre of Lousiville, 2010. Published in Narrative Magazine Spring 2012.

Division of Property, winner of the 2001 Arts & Letters Prize (chosen by Lanford Wilson), produced at Milledgeville, GA, April 2002, published in the Spring 2002 issue of Arts & Letters. Produced for the Imago One-Act Festival at the Stella Adler Academy and Theatre, Los Angeles, summer 2002.


Sweepstakes, Reading at the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco, Oct. 1998 (finalist in the annual Dramarama competition); production by the Arts Repertory Theatre at Tallahassee Little Theatre, Feb. 11-21, l999; reading, the Royal National Theatre Studio, London, Nov. 1999.


Opening Nights, (radio adaptation with Charles Olsen) production by the Tallahassee Repertory Company; sponsored by WFSU TV and the FSU School for the Production of Film, Telvision and the Recording Arts; transmission WFSU (NPR) summer l997.

Poenulus, or The Little Carthaginian adaptation from the Latin, in Five Roman Comedies, ed. Palmer Bovie, E. P. Dutton & Co., New York, 1970; reprinted in The Complete Roman Drama series, John Hopkins University Press, ed. David Slavitt and Palmer Bovie, l995.

For Television

Due Care and Attention, ATV Network Television, London, 1973.

Hoddinott Veiling, ATV Network Television, London, 1970; British Independent Television's entry in the 1970 Monte Carlo Festival "Best Television Drama" category.

The Beauty Operators, Gardner Center for the Arts, 1968; Armchair Theatre, Thames Television, London, 1970; Belgian National Television (in Flemish translation), 1971.

The Fantasy Level, Yale School of Drama, 1961; Roberson Memorial Center, Binghamton, N.Y., 1963; Belgian National Television (in Flemish translation), 1965; Gardner Center for the Arts, for the Brighton Festival, Sussex, 1968. Playwrights' Theatre, Tallahassee, 1979.

Texts for Dance

"Quiltings," Text/tile Opus Three, Birdsong Nature Reserve, Oct. 1999; reprise for Dance Repertory Theatre in Concert, Feb. 25-26, 2000.

Yazoo City Station, Florida State University Dance Repertory Theatre,in collaboration with Lynda Davis, March 1998.

The Empty Dress, "Gendered Space," Florida Womens' Studies Conference, FSU Oct. l994, and "Twelve Days of Dance," FSU Dance Department, Nov. l994, Center for Professional Development and Public Service, Jan. 1995.

Text/Tile, FSU Dance Department for "Twelve Days of Dance", Nov. l991, Reprise, Florida Museum of History, R.A. Gary Building, Oct. 5, 1997.

Dadadata: Homage to John Cage, FSU Dance Dept., Oct. l990.

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