Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I was born without a socket in my right hip. It wasn’t noticed until I began to walk at the age of 10 months. The medical procedures in the early ‘60s called for me to be restrained in a lower body cast for nearly a year as my right leg was methodically spread a little wider each month in order to gouge out a socket. The result was spectacularly successful and I haven’t stopped since. Even when the gouged out hip finally gave out (about 10 seconds after I turned 50) and I was faced with a total hip replacement, I did not hesitate for one second: I had the operation and was back on my feet in record time.

So understandably, forward motion has always been of the utmost importance to me. As I have had to constantly evolve to meet the various challenges of my life, I have never let any roadblock stop me; I find the way around it and continue on the new path in front of me. From advertising to teaching, from acting to directing to writing, I’m fascinated by the possibilities to be found in every fork in the road, and while I may sometimes get a little down, I bounce back quickly and continue to forge ahead.

That ethos informs my work. Whether it’s a young man frustrated by the career chosen for him (Kyle in The Fierce Urgency Of Now), a late-middle aged woman bored both with her marriage and her family (Diana in Goddess Of The Hunt), or the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy member of the landed gentry forced to face the uncertainties of life in early 19th Century London with only her wits and a pearl necklace (Nell in The Gruesomely Merry Adventures of NELL DASH, An Irrepressibly Merry Capitalist With A Vengeance), I write about people overcoming the obstacles, whether real or manufactured, which threaten to stop the forward motion of their lives by facing them and re-inventing themselves. And I do it with a humor, agility, and passion that keeps me – wait for it – moving forward.