I'm thrilled to be directing Nina Morrison's contemporary riff on Ibsen, Ibsanity, on the Fordham University mainstage this winter. Nina's play is a hilarious and theatrical adaptation of Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea. More details to come!
Inspired by Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, ANOTHER JUNGLE explores the misuse of power, the way narratives get co-opted, and the way identity accretes over the course of generations.The audience has arrived at the theatre to see a show about the Chicago slaughterhouses – only to find that the play has been canceled. Instead, the writer is there to give a slideshow presentation about the history of the stockyards. In trying to explore her family’s Polish identity and the exploitation of stockyard workers, the writer unintentionally exposes a trauma from her own past.
ANOTHER JUNGLE had a workshop at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis and is scheduled for production in Chicago this spring. Kristin and I are using my residency at Access to do a fully staged script-in-hand workshop to develop the physical life of the play and experiment with media. This meta-theatrical immersive performance ignites questions that are on the forefront of my mind as an artist: What does it mean to stage a rape scene? How does theater beautify and glamorize sexual violence? When is putting brutal truth on stage necessary and when does it go too far? What toll does it take on artists to perform racism, or misogyny, or sexual violence eight times a week?
We're having a public presentation of the work on November 3rd at 8pm at Access Theater. Please contact me to reserve a seat!
My production of Godspell at Fordham opens October 12-15 at the Rose Hill campus. I've had a blast working with these talented and big-hearted students on our exploration of radical love and social justice.
Next up, I'm heading into rehearsals for EST/ Youngblood's annual festival, Asking for Trouble. Looking forward to working with the EST gang again!
I'm excited to dive into a production of Godspell at Fordham University's Rose Hill campus, where I will be directing for the Mimes and Mummers. We're exploring the musical through a contemporary lens and asking - what is radical love today?
Access Theater has long been a theatrical home for me and I'm thrilled to officially be a resident artist there this fall.
I will be using my residency to workshop three projects in different stages of development. Cry Eden is a highly theatrical exploration of the myth of Cain and Abel with an on-stage rock band, co-created with playwright Patrick Barrett and composer Tommy Crawford. Cry Eden had a workshop production at Access Theater last November and the collaborators will work through re-writes and showcase the piece this winter. Another Jungle is a meta-theatrical adaptation of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle by playwright Kristin Idaszak. Kristin and designer Melissa Ng and I will workshop media design and the investigate the physical life of the play. Tommy Crawford and I are also in the early stages of developing an adaptation of Brecht's Galileo with new music and will experiment with the interplay between text and music in the piece.