Lark Retreat at New York Stage & Film
Heading to New York Stage & Film to continue work on my fantastical play set in war-torn Ukraine with The Lark New Play Development Center this July. I'm looking forward to sharing new pages with Callie Kimball, Hilary Bettis, Dipika Guha, Dennis Allen II, Larry Powell, Megan Hill, Maria Alexandra Beech, Kieth Joseph Adkins, John Eisner, Andrea Hiebler & Lisa Rothe.
Helen Merrill Award
I'm very honored to be the recipient of a 2015 NYCT Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, and to share the honor with some wonderful colleagues and friends - Lisa Ramirez, Jen Silverman, Qui Nguyen, and Keith Josef Adkins along with five other writers whose work I admire greatly.
The kilroys List
Colony Collapse has been included on the The 2015 Kilroys List of outstanding plays by women for 2015. The play was developed for Oregon Shakespeare Festival through a commissioning and development program called Full Stage USA, funded generously by the Mellon Foundation. The play was also one of five finalists for the inaugural Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship.
The Boat directed by daniella topol
This April there will be a reading of a new draft of The Boat, my play, commissioned by The Working Theater and funded by a NYSCA Artists Grant. The Boat explores the effects of long-term unemployment through the lens of a working class family and their lasting grudges over money, possessions and happiness as each of those things begins to disappear. When their factory town goes belly up during the 2008 recession, two close-knit brothers struggle financially and emotionally to keep their families afloat: one brother's decision to pull up anchor to save his family, seals the fate for his brother, left sinking in debt, depression and fantasy. The reading will be directed by Daniella Topol. Date and time TBA.
Women and Playwriting: telling their Stories
Check out Emma Weisberg's new blog featuring interviews with women playwrights. This interview with yours truly is just one of many that touches on everything from perspectives on gender parity to craft to writing female characters for the stage. These interviews were part of Ms. Weisberg's year-long research project on gender parity, and were conducted under the guidance of Polly Carl and Jaimie Gahlon of Howlround and Boston's newly formed Gender Parity Task Force. This project was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.