An old, established, Episcopal church in New York City, seeking a new rector to bring new vigor to the aging structure and dwindling congregation, gets much more than they bargained for when they hire the Rev. Thomas Brainerd of Atlanta.
Joe is a New York City and CT - based playwright. He was born in Boston, MA, and raised in North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow), N.Y. After graduating from Lehigh University, Joe taught English and Theater at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., for four years before moving for a brief period to Los Angeles, where he studied with the legendary cartoon voice, Mel Blanc. Returning to Manhattan, Joe studied acting with Austin Pendleton and Uta Hagen, and acted in over two dozen productions with the St. Barts Players in New York and other off-Broadway companies, while also enjoying a career as a “voice-over” performer. Joe’s first professional production as a playwright was his comedy, THE CALL BACK, in 1979 at Manhattan Punch Line Theatre. Some of his one-act and full-length plays include: A QUEER CAROL, published in PLAYS & PLAYWRIGHTS 2003 (edited by Martin Denton), CLAPTRAPP – THE SOUND OF MUSICALS, (published in BEST OF EATFEST, Vol. 3 – United Stages), THE MISSION, (winner, 2010 “Fresh Fruit Festival,” NYC, winner “Briefs,” Theatre Out, CA 2011), MASSAGE THERAPY, (runner-up, Eric Bentley new play competition), IN GOOD FAITH, BED & BREAKFAST, COHN CROSSES OVER, BEEP!, THE CALL BACK, SWAN SONG, FLIGHT, ROMANCE LANGUAGE. Joe is a member of Emerging Artists Theatre (NYC), Dramatists Guild, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, TOSOS, AEA, SAG, AFTRA.