Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I write plays that span space, time, and multiple universes; where memories lecture, elephants sing, and cotton fields grow in kitchens. I write plays where fourteen year old black boys wake up with blonde hair and blue eyes. I write plays where scenes stutter, stop, and then restart again.

I write plays for the theatre. I am interested in theatricality for theatricality’s sake. By this I mean I write plays that are required to live on the stage. I am constantly thinking about my audience as I write; how to move them, manipulate them, make them uncomfortable and at once never forget that they are watching a thing that is unique and can only ever happen one time.

I write plays that explore form and break the conventional practices of theatre making. Since beginning my MFA program I have been very inspired by classic theatre and dramatic theory insomuch as I want to subvert it. I write plays with their own inherent structure and dramaturgy.

I write plays about my experience. I am black man form St. Louis, MO. I am a black man in the United States of America. I write plays that explore theme race and representation. These are themes that are present in all of my work.