Helen Hayes Award Recommended, The Electric Baby lights Up DC
Rorschach Theatre's Production of The Electric Baby, is running through May 20th in my hometown of DC. Celia Wren of The Washington Post calls the play 'poignant' and 'poetic' Both and DC Theatrescene gave Rorschach's production ✭✭✭✭✭!, calling it, "warm, cryptic and disarmingly funny, due in no small part to Zadravec's strong writing and character development," John Stoltenberg of DC Metro Theatre Arts, who also gave the production ✭✭✭✭✭! called the play, "beautifully ambiguous, hauntingly honest... this is a play and a production purely from and for the heart. We are drawn into a drama that does not let us go even after it’s done."
Upcoming public Readings of The Boat
April 11th The Working Theater presents a reading of The Boat directed by Daniella Topol, featuring Danny Wolohan, Nadia Bowers, Sam Lilja, Ted Koch and LeeAnn Hutchinson. Reservations Recommended.
June 12th The Barrow Group presents a reading of The Boat directed by K. Lorrel Manning, featuring actors from The Barrow Group community. Reservations recommended.
I have been workshopping pieces of the play this Spring in Playground at The Lark, alongside playwrights, Same Chanse, Mary Hamilton and Crystal Skillman. Directors this semester included Hamilton's own Patrick Vassel, Jenny Koons, Shelley Butler-Hyler, and Sturgis Warner as well as an incredible crew of brave and hilarious actors.
Ovation Award Recommended, Colony Collapse receives incredible BUZZ for its world premiere production
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky Colony Collapse premiered Feb 20- March 20 at The Theatre @ Boston Court. Not only was it an incredibly fun and fruitful collaboration with a wonderful organization, the play and production were a critical success, which feels so good, knowing how hard all of the artists involved worked on this production.
An LA Times Critic's Choice, Charles McNulty called it a "riveting new play," both "luminescent" and "highly imaginative," and said mine was "a name to remember." Arts in LA described the play's "ineffaceable countercultural beauty" and "blindingly poetic writing, which immediately recalls Tennessee Williams’s ability to evoke beautifully diaphanous language and indelible imagery, then infuse it into the story of sad, miscreant characters grasping for hope and searching for love despite all odds.”
Stage Raw, said, "The complex and brutal dynamics of this highly dysfunctional yet entirely relatable family unfold beautifully." Saying,"The play feels almost like a mash-up of Oedipus, Netflix’s Making A Murderer, and a Sam Shepard play." Broadwayworld.com called it "stunning and engrossing" The Pasadena Star-News said it was "beautifully constructed, intense and absorbing from start to finish"
Some reviews, like Frances Baum Nicholson's in Stagestruck described the play in much the same way that reviewers described Honey Brown Eyes "The sense of loss, which permeates the play is quite palpable, and very intense. Yet, though it concentrates on a family, which cannot help but destruct, the periphery balances this with a strong sense of, if not redemption, at least the possibility of moving forward. In a world where these kinds of intimate losses happen virtually every day, perhaps that is what one must cling to, if only to avoid the collapse of one’s own colony.” Even the music reviewer from Stage and Cinema said, "the fear is so palpable I want to round up everyone I know and show them how powerful theater can be."
THE KILrOYS CoNTINUE TO kick ass.
Colony Collapse, included on the The 2015 Kilroys List of outstanding plays by women for 2015 will also be a part of The Kilroys new Monologue book, featuring monologues from plays from both the 2014 and 2015 Kilroy's list. The book will be published by TCG.