Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

For me, the act of writing plays is synonymous with breathing. I never knew the breath could be so free and empowering until I began my life as a playwright. I understood the power of the theatre; how Medea’s anguish could make my heart ache, how George and Martha’s tormented arguments boiled my blood, how Sister Aloysius’ suspicions made me question my own beliefs. However, it wasn’t until I began putting words together, dialogue formed, and scenes were birthed, that my physical being was transformed. My shoulders relaxed. My pupils dilated. My breathing informed the text.

In my writing I find I chase the heartbeats of women on the cusp of great change. In Stupid Hope, I investigate privilege and how identifying ones own biases can either center or shatter a moral compass. With Anatomy of a Hug, a woman unwillingly stands on a precipice, forced there by the mother who had tried to end her daughter’s life years earlier, only to return to beg her daughter to live a full and intentional life. In Wendy Unwritten, I look at what makes a woman. What is intrinsic to her nature? What makes her heart beat? What takes her breath away? Most importantly, how can she find the answers in a world that doesn’t support her journey?

Being a playwright will never be easy, but if writing is my breath, there is no choice but to inhale.