Umbrella Project Writers Group
Umbrella Project has selected me to be part of their 2018 Writers Group and I couldn't be more excited. I'll be working alongside fellow playwrights Meme Garcia, Brandon J. Simmons, and Seayoung Yim and dramaturgs Mario Gomez, Andrea Kovich, Iphigenia Rising, and Rachel Wolfe. The group is being led by dramaturg extraordinaire Sara Keats – who is not only an incredible friend, but also a fantastic new play collaborator. During my residency, I'll be working on a new play about rape and college football.
Dust on Mercer Island, WA
My play Dust will be workshopped with the high school students at Youth Theatre Northwest on Mercer Island, WA this Spring. I wrote this play for twenty-two teenage actors and I'm thrilled to be partnering with this talented cast of high school students. If you're in Washington this Spring, be sure to check out the workshop production on May 11 & 12 at 9:30PM.
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.
The Birdwatching Club is currently under consideration for Forward Flux's Three New American Plays commission. We're semi-finalists and couldn't be more excited about the prospect of working with this company.
Greetings from Seattle!
I've been traveling for work a lot more lately and sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of me. I'm currently in Seattle, prepping for the Youth Theatre Northwest workshop production of Dust, working on a new draft of Voyagers, and writing the very first pages of my untitled football play.