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  • Erin Murray:
    11 Jan. 2019
    DUST is more than a play, it’s a conversation lightning rod for performers, creative team, and audience alike around the themes of youth and gun violence. I mounted a full workshop production for Youth Theatre Northwest at the height of the 2018 #Enough movement and it inspired change in everyone in its presence. The play exposes the misogyny at the heart of most school shootings and the presence of sexual assault often gone unacknowledged in America's high schools. Movement, music, and a mindful creative process await the director who works on this lyrical fairy tale-like nightmare for the SnapChat generation.
  • Shaun Leisher:
    11 Jan. 2019
    Theatre can't be all escapist entertainment. It needs to expose atrocities and give voice to the voiceless. As long as women's voices are silenced and ignored, men will be free to commit horrible violence against them. This play needs to heard and seen. People always say art can change the world. This is the kind of work that actually can.
  • Mario Gomez:
    3 Jan. 2019
    Danielle writes plays that fulfill one of the most important things theater can do, explore and shine a light on relevant contemporary themes. Dust does this. School shootings, toxic masculinity, sexism, all come into play in the play. This piece asks those questions and more - for example, the framing that Danielle uses for this play, without giving anything away, made me ask myself tough questions about how we tell these stories, how I perceive them through my own privilege, and what conversations we need to have.
  • Natalie Ann Valentine:
    27 Dec. 2018
    My skin crawled and I wept reading this play, and I can't even imagine what it would do on stage. It is so skillfully written that it carries a truly physical ache. I know every character here. I have been some of them, but I know all of them. This play is desperately relevant and must be produced.
  • Joanna Castle Miller:
    18 Jul. 2018
    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.
  • Jacob Janssen:
    14 Oct. 2016
    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.
  • Liz Maestri:
    15 Aug. 2016
    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.
  • Darcy Parker Bruce:
    5 Aug. 2016
    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. We workshopped Dust at the 2016 Sewanee Writers' Conference, and it was a delight to spend time with this piece, and with Danielle. Dust is a haunting play that should find its way to a stage. If you have a few hours, and a nightlight- dive in.