Artistic Statement

My plays, like all of my work, revolve around a single theme: a conviction that our culture’s way of perceiving reality is unduly influenced by white men. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins said in an interview that black playwrights are always assumed to be writing about race, but that people don’t realize that the same is true for white playwrights. This caused me to have an epiphany. I had spent much of my life researching and writing about the distorted lens through which many of us understand the world, and it only then occurred to me that this was a racial issue (the gender aspect had occurred to me much sooner.)

Two and a half thousand years ago, in Ancient Greece, white men invented a very particular way of thinking, one that involved a dramatic break from the beliefs of all other cultures in the world. It was a way of looking at the world that proved itself to be incredibly useful, leading to scientific materialism, mathematics and rationalism. It allowed white men to essentially conquer the globe, first physically, and later morally and spiritually. But it is a worldview that is fundamentally at odds with natural reality, leading inevitably to a sense of alienation, anxiety and the unreality from which so many of us suffer.

My goal is to write plays that illuminate our culture’s predicament, while shining a light backward, offering a glimpse of how we got here. I present an unstable world, full of fear, where faith exhausts itself, and white men lose their grip on power. We see the return of secret and forgotten forces, forces that have been lying dormant in all of us, giving birth to an awe inspiring and terrifying future.