"We love and support this play because it takes what could be a predictable setup – a prototypically Strong Female Character seeking to reconcile her potentially rash impulses with their inevitable effects – and pursues it with uncommon nuance, honesty, and fearlessness, transforming a seeming cliché into a universally recognizable, specific, and vulnerable human being. We are all not as strong as we hope we can be. We all feel ourselves drifting from those we love. We all alternate running to and from conflicts. And we are all mired in and subject to systems of power and privilege. In short, we are all Annie, sometimes."
– Ryan Maxwell, Pinky Swear Productions
"A deeply moving portrait of that liminal twilight when hope begins curdling into despair."
– Matt Diamond, audience member
"Youth, power, violence, gender, sexuality: Danielle Mohlman weaves these themes into a poetic fugue. Dust intertwines voice and movement alongside the narrative of a school shooting, making it as beautiful as it is timely. A powerful, boldly theatrical, haunting play that arrives at the perfect time."
– Joanna Castle Miller, New Play Exchange
"Danielle writes movingly about loss and being lost. The boys of Barrie’s 19th century adventure stories become the girls of a 21st century tragedy—the victims of a school massacre. Danielle weaves the voices of these lost girls into polyphonic spoken-word collages that mirror the non-stop, social media landscapes we all navigate. We see the pressures to succeed, academically and socially, and how momentary decisions can have lasting, even permanent consequences. Captain Hook and Peter Pan might not be all that different. Heroes and villains are, after all, just people willing to do what the rest of us fear."
– Jacob Janssen, New Play Exchange
"Danielle Mohlman is the rare writer who knows how to both embrace and elevate the theatrical medium. With Dust, she’s created a virtuosic score of poetry, movement, imagery, and characterization that – in addition to being a director's dream piece – is a fresh point of view on this difficult, painful, and timely subject matter. Dust is a chilling, freaky acid-trip of poetic horror that needs to be seen."
– Liz Maestri, New Play Exchange
"Danielle's writing is like music in the way that it escalates, building to a cacophony and still finding pockets of stillness. She tackles brutality with delicate language, allowing the play to breathe in a way that is frighteningly beautiful. Dust is a haunting play that should find its way to a stage. If you have a few hours – and a nightlight – dive in."
– Darcy Parker Bruce, New Play Exchange
"A lovely, sweet and explosive little play! Danielle beautifully moves us through every stage of a relationship with keen insight and nuance. The play is so fricking produceable and cheap, yet also a director's dream – so much room for interpretation and play. Danielle is an exciting and new voice to watch out for!"
– Catherine Weingarten, New Play Exchange
"On one level, the writing is spare. Nexus unfolds as a series of vignettes. Mohlman tells us as much as we need to know. Most of the particulars of W and M's lives — family, what each of them does for a living, background — are never revealed or are, at best, vague allusions. What matters is who and what W and M are now; how they respond to one another. Historic detail matters less than effect. The emotional undercurrents, however, are deep, complex, nuanced.
"Mohlman understands the complexities of relationship dynamics — how those dynamics are shaped by the personalities involved. In this emotional setting chemistry is a complex, not unerring equation. [...]
"No sentiment, no mawkishness, no melodrama, no artificial manipulation; just a remarkable 90 minutes of theater that lives in shades of grey."
– Jeffrey Borak, The Berkshire Eagle
"I just saw a reading of Danielle Mohlman's Nexus and it was AWESOME."
– Andy Wasson, audience member
"The perceptive Mohlman creates a gallery of characters believably engaged in the struggle to shed the solipsism of young adulthood for a life filled with more serious purpose."
– Peter Marks, The Washington Post
Profiles & Podcasts
Meet the playwrights of Arena Stage's Playwrights Arena, DC Metro Theater Arts (March 6, 2014)
For local playwrights, more seeds are sown, The Washington Post (December 17, 2012)
Fringe births talent; now D.C.'s theaters have to help raise it, The Washington Post (July 29, 2012)