Got blown away last night by Mark Dendy’s Labyrinth at The Abrons Arts Center. Mr Dendy deftly wove together Jungian archetype, cosmology, and the Theseus myth as a metaphor for individuation (with the inevitable encounters with madness along the way) wrapping it up with a powerful suggestion about the decline of patriarchy and the unstoppable and sometimes terrifying return of the feminine, organic principle. And all the while it never ceased to be wildly entertaining. This piece raises the bar for American independent theatre.
Heading this evening to Ensemble Studio Theatre’s EST/Sloan’s Fall Artist Cultivation Event “What Could Make A Great Play About Science!” It’s looking to be a great night! I’m hoping to get some valuable input for my new play about Kurt Gödel, the true nature of time, and the shift from scientific Platonism to positivism. Not an easy topic to tackle on my own, so I’m thrilled about this event!
My new play Medusa has been selected by the Stella Adler Studio of Acting to be part of the 2014 Harold Clurman Festival of the Arts. The reading will be part of an evening of ten minute plays confronting the environmental crisis and global violence against women. The event will take place Monday October 20th at 7 PM, directed by Stella Adler President and Artistic Director Tom Oppenheim.
I have to say I am thrilled to be taking part in such an extraordinary event!
“Medusa” is a play about what has been most feared for three thousand years: the powerful woman. But this principle is today reemerging. The play follows Medusa’s story from queen to monster to the terrifying harbinger of a new age.
Playwrights at the Grand has selected my new play, “The Oddity,” for a reading in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn. The reading will be directed by Chad Chenail, and will take place in the event space at The Grand Bar and Grill, this Wednesday October 8th, 7:30 PM. In addition, there will be a reading of Monica Giordano’s new play “Hand Grenades”, directed by Rebecca Cunningham. Please stop on by!
“The Oddity” is a play about a person labeled as schizophrenic, who becomes convinced that he has been misdiagnosed, based on a cultural misunderstanding of reality. Jessie proceeds to present us with a play within a play, as he struggles to communicate where he believes things went wrong. The play’s the thing, and it catches his psychiatrist so far off his guard that he feels compelled to tell us his own story, revealing his own struggle with madness and the terrible doubts this has given him about his profession.