Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

In truth, I struggle with codifying my artistic statement because I never consider myself to be a writer with a “vision.” Do I have a distinct style? I would like to think so, and there are certain themes that crop up in my productions time and again. But however I try to weave my ideals into something that someone might call a vision, they inevitably come undone. Every answer I make up is pretentious, or smacks of bullshit, or both. Of course I understand why you want me to talk about my artistic vision, and I will do my best, but the simple truth is that I am a man obsessed with stories and storytelling.

Maybe it is genetic. The branches of my family tree droop with stories. It seems that we are always uncovering something new and unexpected: An ancestor who made his cold way across the Atlantic in 1637, a great-great-grandfather who outrode a gang of murderous cardsharps along the Transcontinental Railroad, or even my own namesake, a World War One vet who was literally tarred and feathered by a "college boy" hating mob and never told a soul – not even his daughter, my grandmother. My own life is defined by stories, and as a result I would say that the closest thing I have to an artistic vision is one of a populist, but still experimental theatre, where rip-roaring yarns like those that I was raised on can simultaneously push the envelope of theatrical language.