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Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
6 W, 1 Baby
Finalist, Alliance/Kendeda 2021-2022
Finalist, Jane Chambers Award for Excellence in Feminist Playwriting 2022
Semi-Finalist, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference 2021
A Connecticut Women for Life meeting is interrupted by a young mother who needs help. Elsewhere in history, a group of wealthy Londoners write a dictionary of slang so they can speak the unspeakable in front of their wives and daughters, and a New England tea party devolves into an intervention when the lady of the house must fire the indiscreet help.
The Prophet M
One of the earliest and cruelest examples of quarantine, the banishing of a leper, is the leaping off point The Prophet M. The play reimagines an ancient tale from the Book of Numbers in which Miriam spends 7 fateful days alone in the desert after angering G-d (and Moses), and explores the concept of faith, asking what it means to believe in the unbelievable during times of profound societal change.
The Prophet M is a suitcase play, which means that it is a play meant to be performed by actors who don’t need fancy props, sets, lights, or costumes in order to perform it.
I Love You Forever I Like You for Always as Long as I'm Living My Baby You'll Be
2 W, 1 M
Finalist, The Civilians' R&D Group 2021-2022
James and Myka Stauffer are real-life people with a real-life family of 4 children, plus one adopted child, Huxley, whom they adopted from China when he was two years old. They also had a popular YouTube channel of over 700,000 subscribers, on which they documented intimate details of their home life with their big brood, and Huxley's emotional and developmental issues. In May 2020, when Huxley was 4 years old, James and Myka posted an emotional video about their decision to re-home their son. Then they disappeared from the internet.
Using interviews, real-life resources, and Medea as guides, I Love You Forever examines the idea of white saviorism in adoption through the lens of what it means to be a “good” mother.
trigger (happy) whisper (hush)
3 W, 2M
Developed with ShoutOut Saugerties
After a tragic accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down, ZZ spends her days creating ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) videos for a YouTube channel, and hoping to become a millionaire. As ZZ’s world becomes more isolated through her total immersion in technology, a competition with a fellow YouTube star named Gabi Shush, and the desires of a mysterious Donor, drive ZZ to confront the loss she has locked herself away from the world to avoid.
Take Me For the Mountain
Cast of 6, open
Developed with support from The Syndicate and Catskill Mountain Shakespeare
Written in collaboration with director Katherine Wilkinson, Take Me For the Mountain tells the story of Phaedra, a woman who is married to a bad man. Through interlocking scenes that take place in "women's spaces,"; nail salons, gynecologist offices, Costco, Phaedra's fall from social grace lands her in a mountaintop commune of goddesses, where she must reckon with her lifetime of loving a man who caused ruin.
Big Dead Bird
Cast of 12-18, open
Inspired by Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Big Dead Bird is set in the 2010s. The play explores the ramifications of the opioid crisis on the good people of Kensington, a neighborhood in Philadelphia. With Wilder's innovative, meta-theatrical structure as its guide, Using the simple poetry of day-to-day life in order to examine the United States' slide into an epidemic that has ravaged the entire country, and its affect on families, this play is designed to be performed in hospitals, treatment centers, schools, and other community spaces. It will ideally find development and production opportunities in communities that have been deeply affected by the opioid crisis.
Tiny Errors at the End of the Millennium (with The Syndicate)
Cast of 6, open
IRT Theater 3B Residency, 2018
It’s 1999. On the competitive dance circuit, a dancer’s obsessive attempts to perfect her routine for a panel of judges threaten to take over her life. Meanwhile, the world around her grows increasingly obsessed with Y2K, boy bands, guns, celebrity...laying the groundwork for the world we find ourselves in today. By examining the seemingly inconsequential mistakes we made at the end of the 20th century, Tiny Errors at the End of the Millennium wants to know: “How did we get here?”
Trixie the Giant
First Stage Residency (with Sophie Blumberg), The Drama League, 2017
Inspired by the life of vaudevillian, movie star and suffragist Trixie Friganza, the play examines women's impact on early comedy, and the reverberations and consequences of that impact, through the character of "Trixie,” the last standing monolith of vaudeville. Created in collaboration with Creative Producer/Dramaturg Sophie Blumberg, with music written by Sean Vigneau-Britt.
4W, 1 M
Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program, 2015/2016
Next Stage Directors in Residence (with Megan Hanley), The Drama League, 2017
70-year-old performance artist Maria receives a cancer diagnosis that makes her question how she wants to die. Unfolding through a series of short scenes with Maria’s much younger lover, song-and-dance numbers with her nurse, stand up routines from Maria’s daughter, and visits from a mysterious marine biologist mourning the effects of climate change, Graceful Exit is a darkly comedic play about climate change and aging in America. With music by Sean Vigneau-Britt.
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