Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I write plays because there is a more interesting truth than what we are told is acceptable, and theatre is the best way to explore that truth.

My plays take place between the rock and the hard place. They explore what happens when two or more worldviews, built over time and experience and culture, collide. I trained in anthropology, which deeply informs the sort of questions I ask in my writing. Above all else, I am interested in why and how the meanings of things change.

I like to run towards taboo in my work. This can mean traditional taboos, like pedophilia, or quieter taboos, like maternal ambivalence, bisexuality, or white shame...things we Just Don’t Talk About, at least not in any meaningful way. I like burrowing into rhetorical wars; themes where two primary camps have long ago consecrated an accepted party line, and uncovering fresh questions that can disarm anyone who cares about it. I am deeply committed to the frequent inconsistencies between emotional and material realities.

I write because I crave honesty. I am deeply frustrated with the way we all seem to go through life 1/2 honestly. I write with the level of candor I wish I could bring into daily conversations, and go to see others' dramatic work for the same reason. I especially like stories that can disrupt assumptions, ask hard questions, tease out what is uncomfortable, and challenge its audiences to reach a higher level of connection with each other.

We go to the theatre to live vividly in reality. The theatre is not a place for aspirational modeling, though plays are, at times, inspiring. Plays don’t offer answers. What theatre can do, though, is ask questions. Point out patterns. Observe without judgement. The tension between many different people’s realities—that’s where truth lies. Not /The Truth./ But truth. Theatre offers us a bit of that honesty. It offers us a bit of that truth. That is why I write plays.