Rushing with Umbrella Project
I'm working on a play about football and campus rape. Umbrella Project is supporting the development of this play through their Writers Group and with a play as massive as this one – a football team of at least eleven (yes!), a live marching band (uh huh!), and an audience that functions as a rowdy and ecstatic fan base (school spirit, y'all!) – it means the world to have that support system. Rushing will have a staged reading in December with dramaturgy by Iphigenia Rising. More details to come!
Voyagers in New York
Maureen Monterubio and I have been collaborating on Voyagers since November 2016 and, frankly, it's the most optimistic play I've ever worked on. It's also damn difficult to write, but in an epically thrilling / beautifully challenging way. After a workshop of the script in September 2017, I threw the entire script out and started over. We'll be showcasing a new version of the play in New York early 20, and with eight (!!!) female characters, including the planet Saturn, I'm really excited about the space this play is starting to occupy.
Drowning by The Birdwatching Club
Sara Keats and I are co-creating a massively innovative theatre piece using our own long-distance devising method and found text to create a new play called Drowning. For this project, Sara and I are going by the name The Birdwatching Club, a nod to the transformative power of observation and recording that both birdwatchers and theatre makers share. Like birders, our collaborative process begins with a period of measured observation, even when we don’t see a bird at all. We know that there is power in being seen. Though the performances that result from our work may be bold, loud and brash, the process by which we arrive at them begins with quiet observation and active listening. Once Drowning is complete, The Birdwatching Club will disband, leaving the play as the only record that they were here.
Greetings from Seattle!
I've been traveling for work a lot more lately and sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of me. As the rainy season sets in (aka September through May), I’m hard at work on rewrites for both Rushing and Voyagers. I’m also starting a couple of new plays — but it’s too early in the process to talk about those right now.