Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

My work tends to spin around the themes of privilege, class, sexuality, and gender. I’m fascinated by the microcosms we construct for ourselves—families, workplaces, cults. I’m drawn to life’s particularities, peculiarities, minutiae. Sometimes this comes out in my work through the epic—like in my play Nice Nails, about labor abuse in a nail salon, or in my musical The Travels, a dystopian tale of a revolution led by a teenage girl—or through the mundane—like in my play Only Child, a memory play about teenage sexual abuse, or in my current musical project, about a Jewish family in 1932 Berlin. My work tends to be pithy and understated. I’m interested in seeing how small and specific a theatrical moment can be while still being gigantic, epic, worthy of the stage. I’m drawn to probing the places we frequent but don’t bother to notice. I’m obsessed with picking up proverbial rocks and seeing what’s beneath them. I like being provocative in that way. I want to use to my plays and musicals to challenge audiences, nudge them out of their corners and into the light—and also to entertain. I think a lot about how to hold an audience’s attention. I want to rivet my audience.