Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

My twin brother and I were born the day that my uncle passed away: eight hours before in the same hospital. Every birthday I have ever had at least one member of my family reminds me of how necessary our arrival was that day; that we were able to shed some hope on a day of defeat. I have been told the story of my birth countless times, but it never fails to lose a magical quality to it; of how circumstances when paired with poetic coincidence become elevated and cherished.

The stories I tell are focused on this pairing. My characters are those of today: the workers, the immigrants, and the youth who struggle with the daunting challenges of acceptance, addiction, communication, and survival. I write about those often with oppressed and/or newly discovered voice. I write about people I have met, and fallen in love with; and those whom I have distanced myself from. After plucking these characters from life, I weave them into circumstances of poetic coincidence- and it is because of this a world of modern myth is created. It is my hope that my plays will earn the same value that my own personal story holds, and will give audiences a similar transcendence.