Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

My theatre feels like tying a loose tooth to a string and slamming the door.

I write dirty. I write messy. I write from my guts. My theatre feels like being force fed a three course meal and crossing your fingers that you don’t choke. My work relies on the codependent relationship between Comedy and Tragedy, the so-sad-it’s-funny coupled with the so-funny-it’s-sad. My theatre feels like watching a car crash you can’t look away from. Family secrets you had to wait until you were grown up to hear. That sensation on the back of your neck when you feel as though you’re watching something you shouldn’t be.

Having grown up in America during the age of the Internet, I tend to find myself writing about the media that I am surrounded and often suffocated by. Between spinoffs, reboots and origin stories, End Stage Capitalism is one giant word salad that we have no choice but to consume. Everything is derivative. Everything is nostalgic.

I write difficult characters living on the fringes of a decaying society, surviving off of the lies that they feed themselves. Often young people, my characters do not know or understand the past that they long for. They and the worlds they inhabit are highly influenced by commercials, social networking, and pop culture. These can be survival tools. These can be weapons of mass destruction.

My plays are often family dramas, though never in any sort of conventional way. Good Samaritans, my first play, deals with a devoutly Christian mother and son as they navigate a crisis of faith in the presence of a young man they both desire. My most recent work Tiny Dead Things concerns a group of children, all raised in the same cult, coming to terms with their own horrific truths.

I write for people who are drawn to the surreal and the strange. I don’t write for the faint of heart, or for someone looking for a casual, comfortable viewing. I write the taboo, the off-the-wall, the brutal and the visceral.

As an artist, I am to explore the parallels between the past and the present, and how they so easily can bend and shift into one another. I aim to show how storytelling is one of the most essential functions of the human species, and as we have changed and evolved, so too have the narratives that we pass down from generation to generation.