Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

My personal and artistic philosophy revolves around a fascination with people and how they function. Writing a play is like unlocking the mystery of being human; peeking into the dark corners people try so hard to hide from the world. Every piece is an opportunity to explore another aspect of this crazy world we live in with the hope that it will all make sense someday.

The art of relationships amaze and mystify me. How do we continue to survive bad marriages, painful childhoods and dysfunctional friendships only to find ourselves in the thick of them again not long after the pain subsides? And yet, there’s something beautiful and tragic about maintaining a level of hope in spite of life’s challenges. “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming,” my favorite poet once said. I like to test Neruda’s theory every time I start a new play, which tends to give my plays an optimistic slant. There’s also my love of anything magical, which sprinkles my work with a bit of the paranormal from time to time. Neruda also said, “Laughter is the language of the soul.” I couldn't agree more and try to instill a sense of humor in my characters whenever possible.