Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

As a kid, I was the one who got the weird looks from other kids—and even grownups—when I questioned something too hard, delved too deep, debated too much, tried to figure out the why of it. It was "weird." If I made observations about humanity, it was "weird." It wasn’t until I began writing plays that I found a place to put all those thoughts and questions, and not only put them, but put them in a place where they make sense, and where I can not only ask the questions, but also get other people to consider them. People can roll their eyes all they want; I will continue to ask deeper, more probing, more difficult to answer questions. That’s why I write. It’s only when we admit the answers aren’t easy, only when we can see the argument for the other side, that we can really begin any conversation or have any understanding.

Beyond theme, beyond character, beyond my *voice*--what every single one of my plays has is in common is that it sits unapologetically in the gap between seeming or recognized absolutes. In that blurry space, my plays are populated by complex characters whose natural interactions and histories allow conflicts to organically emerge. My plays are not arguments; they are stories.