Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I write because I believe in writing as a cultural tool. Growing up during the war in Iran, going to college in Moscow right after perestroika, emigrating to the United States as an adult, and adopting Judaism were all life-changing experiences. These varied experiences shaped me and my writing, and opened my eyes to aspects of life like how each individual is the product of his or her society and how much courage it takes to break out of the box that society creates for individuals. In my plays, as well as in my essays, I explore subjects such as anti-Semitism, the question of terrorism, us versus “the other,” and other absurd realities that we experience in our daily lives which is the only life we have. 
 
As a writer, I find playwriting a very effective tool for communicating with a wide group of people. My hope is to touch even those who attend the theater primarily for the entertainment aspect and send them home with some questions to ponder.