bad things happen here
The nation has never been healthier. Crime is down. Streets are clean. Civility reigns. But out of the corner of your eye, you might catch a glimpse of the men keeping things orderly. In a series of brief, enigmatic scenes, two women take us into the heart of a nation that has been disciplined by violence.
Shortlisted for the Berliner Festspiele Stuckemarkt, 2019
Finalist for the 2017 O'Neill Playwrights Conference (read their official recommendation here)
Production at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 2018
Staged Reading at Play Date at Pete's, July 2016
Production [Ten-Minute Live Radio Play Version] at WildClaw Theatre's Deathscribe, December 2015
Kingdom Crosses Over
3W, 1 M or W
The Queen is in distress; the capital of her kingdom has burned down. The Architect has been taken prisoner, and her son has been taken away. The Architect is drafting the plans for the city as fast as she can. But it’s difficult to work with so much screaming in the palace. Inspired by the Argentinian grotesco criollo tradition, Kingdom Crosses Over is an examination of torture and power--and just how terrifying cello music can be.
In development with the Healthy Oyster Collective
Workshop at Dixon Place, December 2015
Workshop at Manhattan Repertory Theater, November 2015
Blackberry: A Burial
Jess's pet goat Blackberry has been inexplicably murdered and beheaded. As she burrows into her grief, she begins to hear the song of Blackberry’s head crying out to her. In a world that doesn’t take children's pain seriously, and where grief is too expensive for her family’s means, Jess must grapple with her loss alone as she looks for Blackberry’s head.
Production at Iowa New Play Festival, May 2019
If the Saints Arrive in Germany
Sixteen-century Germany. Europe is in the midst of the Protestant Reformation. The nuns of the Convent of St. Cecilia are preparing for the performance of a choral mass to honor the Feast of Corpus Christi. At the same moment, a group of Lutheran iconoclasts have arrived in town to smash the convent to pieces. And yet the woman refuse to flee. The resulting catastrophe provokes an intimate and comic investigation of personal faith. A loose adaptation of "St. Cecilia, or the Power of Music" by Heinrich von Kleist.
Co-produced by the Healthy Oyster Collective and Metro Arts Initiative, May 2014
The Book of Jonah [The Interim Years]
2 M, 2 W
Jonah’s been running from God, ever since escaping the belly of the whale. He can’t seem to forget his ex-lover Isaiah as he waits in a rainy train station somewhere in Moscow. And waiting with him is a sad young woman named Anna Karenina, who has her own train to catch. The Book of Jonah is the story of the heartbroken Jonah and Anna as they begin to grope their way towards a sense of logic in their sorrows.
Staged Reading at Iowa New Play Festival, May 2017
Workshop in Exquisite Corpse Company's Revival Series, June 2016
Developed in Exquisite Corpse Company's Writer's Lab
Scenes of Ascending: A Fable
2 M, 2 W
A woman from a modest Mormon household announces to her family that she has decided to become a god. Husband wants to support her. Son doesn't want to know much more. And Daughter just wants her to shut up and say grace. As Wife begins her ascension, the family begins to unspool. Meanwhile, the whole house is slowly flooding. Scenes of Ascending is a comedic fable about ambition, theology and oceans.
Semifinalist for the 2015 O'Neill Playwrights Conference
Staged Reading at PTP/NYC, July 2014
Staged Reading at Rhapsody Collective, December 2013
9 M or W
Everyone’s been hooking up with each other in the meadows. The Wooer loves the Wooed. The City Slicker loves the Wooer. The Wooed’s not into either of them. And the Lady of the Moon is tired of all these dumbstruck lovers. An exploration of the erotic liberation found in pastoral literature, Pastoral Play is a pastiche comedy about queer desire and horny shepherds.
Developed with the Healthy Oyster Collective
Workshop at University of Iowa, October 2018
Workshop at Dixon Place HOT! Festival, July 2017
Workshop at PTP/NYC, July 2016
The Antigones: A Tragedy in Flux
2 M, 12+ W
Two bros watch the dissident Antigone buried alive on national television. The spectacle inspires a misguided attempt to capture her martyrdom in art, as they glibly repurpose her story in search of some truth about the nature of suffering.
Workshop at Tisch School of the Arts, July 2018
Staged Reading at PTP/NYC, August 2016
and come apart
Three daughters gather for their mother’s passing. Ancient family wounds are reopened as the audience, blindfolded for the play, eavesdrops on these women’s conversations.
Staged Reading at Iowa New Play Festival, May 2018
'Neath Shuttle Clicks
2 M, 2 W
Four weavers, through a series of games, begin performing versions of a life unshackled from their looms. Erotic desire and revolutionary impulse mingle and coalesce, and the beginnings of a rebellion start to bubble underneath. Loosely based on the Luddite movement, 'Neath Shuttle Clicks is a found-text play that is built on the sounds and words from eighteenth-century looming life.
Workshop at Rhapsody Collective, May 2014
Lady Bird Heads West: (A)Historical Fantasy
2 M, 5 W
The year is 1964. Lyndon Johnson is president. Second-wave feminism is gaining momentum. And Lady Bird Johnson has just left her husband to run away with a woman. In this alternative history, Lady Bird Johnson and her lover begin moving out West and try to to start a life together. All the while, the rest of the country has been thrown into turmoil, as they grapple with the changing times Lady Bird's actions herald.
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