Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I am committed, now more than ever, to giving voice to female protagonists. And I make no apologies for writing theatrical, complicated, and often times funny plays about women. I write about the universal matters of family, love, and death. And I write about fate, myths and war, both the external physical war and the internal war that women fight every day. I write about how all of these themes constrain women, and conversely, how they can break women free. My hope is to open some hearts and crack apart some skulls with my female narratives. The through-line of all my work is that womanhood is messy. And what I love about being a playwright is that I get to explore all different angles of "messy"--a complex, tangled and beautiful canvass of semi-organized chaos.

One of my big projects I am currently working on is a five-play cycle where I am reclaiming Greek Classics and Myths and re-envisioning the female and some male narratives from a modern female perspective. The first play, BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!), is set in 1960. With BLISS, I reclaim the narratives of Clytemnestra, Medea, Antigone and Cassandra while I explore second wave feminism, gender politics and civil rights. This play received a joint rolling world premiere in 2018 at Moxie Theatre (San Diego, Jan-Feb 2018), Promethean Theatre (Chicago, July-Aug 2018) and ended with Moving Art (Los Angeles, Nov-Dec 2018), which was a LA Times Critic’s Choice and recently nominated for the 2019 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Award for Playwriting for an Original Play.

The remaining plays are: Medusa’s Song, which is about rape culture on college campuses; O: A Rhapsody in Divorce, where I reclaim the Odysseus myth and tell it as a woman going through a divorce as she goes on an epic couch-hopping journey; and Visiting Hours reclaims the incestuous relationship of Persephone and Hades in which Persephone’s journey is mainly set in a psychiatric care facility. The fifth play is titled The Caregiver’s Guide, which I’m just beginning to write, where I explore The Fates (the Moirai) through the lens of a family dealing early on-set Alzheimer’s.