Dust

Wrestling with the reality that everyone he's ever known was just killed in a shooting at his school, Boy spends his last minutes spinning a story that looks not unlike J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. These young women, these mermaids, compete to be heard as their story unfolds. They are the swim team – powerful and sometimes monstrous. And then there’s Wendy. His Wendy. Boy is convinced that she’s the only...
Wrestling with the reality that everyone he's ever known was just killed in a shooting at his school, Boy spends his last minutes spinning a story that looks not unlike J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. These young women, these mermaids, compete to be heard as their story unfolds. They are the swim team – powerful and sometimes monstrous. And then there’s Wendy. His Wendy. Boy is convinced that she’s the only person who understands him. Until she doesn’t. Part dance, part theatre, Dust plays like a music score that’s been infiltrated by poetry, giving voice to the unspeakable.
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Dust

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  • Noel VanDenBosch:
    28 Nov. 2020
    As the play unfolds, the Boy's story he tell himself starts to crumble. Toxic masculinity and gun violence are confronted head-on in this powerful script as Wendy and the other women take their story back.
  • Anamaria Guerzon:
    2 Nov. 2020
    This play is raw, and angry, and hopeful, all at the same time, which is what I believe the best works of art always are.

    I've been attached to this project for many years, as an actor, musical orchestrator, and director, and my admiration for the play has only grown over time.

    Danielle uses Boy's inner world to craft a play about toxic masculinity, victimization of femme people in toxic masculinity, and the ultimate destructive pathway that it crafts. She uses this play to put words to the unspeakable: school shootings', men, women, and accountability.

    Read this play.
  • Shea King:
    1 Mar. 2020
    This play is a truly heartbreaking creation. The way it uses a powerful poetic/lyrical language and immense creative world to shed light on the backbreaking misogynistic and sexist society women are forced to live in. This play needs to be on a lot of theatre seasons. This narrative should be a part of many many community conversations.

Character Information

  • Boy
    18,
    White
    ,
    Male
  • Wendy
    18,
    Female
  • Lily
    17,
    Female
  • Isabel
    17,
    Female
  • The Mermaids
    14 to 18,
    Female, Female or Non-binary
    six to forty-six young women

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Cygnet Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    Sewanee Writers' Conference
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    The Inkwell
    ,
    2013
  • Workshop
    ,
    Artists' Bloc
    ,
    2013
  • Reading
    ,
    Artists' Bloc
    ,
    2012

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Pacific Lutheran University
    ,
    2021
  • University
    ,
    Sam Houston State University
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    Youth Theatre Northwest
    ,
    2018

Awards

Winner
,
Finish Line Commission
,
Cygnet Theatre
,
2018