Dara Silverman

Dara Silverman

Dara Silverman is the Artistic Director of Agile Rascal Theatre, a company that tours innovative new plays with environmental themes on bicycles. A bit of a nomad, your best bet is to find Dara in Oakland, California, where she is often lives, works, and rides her bicycle just about everywhere.
Her play, Purple Beastly was a finalist for the Jewish Plays Project and Black Thursday was a Finalist at...
Dara Silverman is the Artistic Director of Agile Rascal Theatre, a company that tours innovative new plays with environmental themes on bicycles. A bit of a nomad, your best bet is to find Dara in Oakland, California, where she is often lives, works, and rides her bicycle just about everywhere.
Her play, Purple Beastly was a finalist for the Jewish Plays Project and Black Thursday was a Finalist at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Another play, Cess Pool and Lil’ Tina was published by Smith and Kraus, Inc. She has been artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Lookout Arts Quarry, and The Everglades National Park.

Plays

  • Resonance, MT
    The play tells the story of a small town in Montana that mines for a resource called "resonance"—the raw material that makes sound. The people of Resonance are proud and profuse with their resource, which gives them language, poetry and music, but also use it thoughtlessly and wastefully. When an accident at the mine forces the town’s people to reckon with their dwindling resource, Junior, an...
    The play tells the story of a small town in Montana that mines for a resource called "resonance"—the raw material that makes sound. The people of Resonance are proud and profuse with their resource, which gives them language, poetry and music, but also use it thoughtlessly and wastefully. When an accident at the mine forces the town’s people to reckon with their dwindling resource, Junior, an opinionated 7 and ¾ year old, and Gordon, their (Junior uses gender-neutral pronouns) mysteriously mute best friend, decide to save the day. Additional characters are Genevieve¬¬–Junior’s grandmother, Skip and Squeezi—two teenagers who refine sound at the “Soundry” and act as proxies for teenage audiences, and David and Eileen, two self-absorbed community members whose ill-matched romance provides a sly wink to adults in the audience.

    As Junior and Gordon travel to the sound mine on bicycle, they encounter a landscape made surreal from excess resonance emanating from the mine. Talking animals and rocks test Junior and Gordon, as each require them to overcome a familiar defeatist thought pattern. As Junior and Gordon make their way up the mountain, they are joined by the rest of the townspeople, all traveling by some form of sustainable transport, including wheelchairs, rollerblades and skateboards.

    In the end, the town must come together to do right by their youngest member, before all the resonance is used up.
  • Purple Beastly
    Purple Beastly is a dark comedy about morality in the digital age of voyeurism. It’s about the links between spirituality and shame, voyeurism and sexuality. Oh..and it’s also just a little bit about Pedophelia.

    When Allen is fired from his job at Dateline NBC's To Catch A Predator, he begins to receive mysterious visits in the night from Rabbi David Kaye, a Rabbi that was busted on...
    Purple Beastly is a dark comedy about morality in the digital age of voyeurism. It’s about the links between spirituality and shame, voyeurism and sexuality. Oh..and it’s also just a little bit about Pedophelia.

    When Allen is fired from his job at Dateline NBC's To Catch A Predator, he begins to receive mysterious visits in the night from Rabbi David Kaye, a Rabbi that was busted on To Catch A Predator in 2003. The Rabbi uses Kabbalistic meditation to show Allen the throbbing no-thing-ness at the center of the universe and Meghan, Allen's girlfriend, accidentally gets swept along for the ride. The next morning, hung over and confused from last night’s spiritual bender, they struggle with one another to define a new morality, to deflect responsibility, and to deal with that pesky and unfortunate little issue of Pedophelia.