Elizabeth is going into the ground
Four trees in the north Maine woods communicate through an underground network of roots and fungi. Four women, each struggling to come into her own in a nearby rural logging town, pass each other gifts by way of the town’s one-car postal service. By blurring the boundary between human and tree, Elizabeth is going into the ground contemplates the communities of our forests, weaving a tale of love, resilience, and old growth.
2022 Honorable Mention Leah Ryan FEWW Prize
Reading – Scriptworks Austin (2022)
Ida’s trying to figure out the science of grief. So she’s invented Petrificationology — the study of the history of life on earth as based on those who have been transformed into stone by the gods. A play in voicemails on a guerrilla tour of a natural history museum.
Reading – Lab Theatre at UT Austin (2022)
In this adaptation of Euripides’ The Bacchae, an ensemble of first-generation grandmothers from a nursing home in Newark venture into the wilds of an unfinished megamall. There, they serve as a test audience for the mall’s slate of virtual reality experiences – which range from climbing El Capitan to homesteading in the Wild West. These VR escapes offer the women a chance to experience youth and agency in the context of the United States’ most famous wildernesses. At the same time, these digitized glimpses of the American Dream painfully remind them of an American ideal that they never had the opportunity to pursue.
The Norns of Athens, Maine
Pas, Prësin, and Futur have lived in the Olde Olde Tree in the Athens dump for as long as anyone here can remember. From there, they weave a knotted web of the lives and deaths of all who live in Athens. A story of being forsaken, of wearing out a welcome, of manifest destiny unraveling.
Workshop – NOGO Arts (2021)
Charlotte Guest is a Victorian housewife and mother of ten. She also aspires to be the first to translate an ancient collection of Welsh myths called the Mabinogion. Within the Mabinogion, she encounters the story of Blodeuwedd, a wife conjured from flowers by a lovelorn magician. A play about women, creation, and the mythic figure of the perfect wife.
Production – Lewis Center for the Arts (2021)
Reading – PlayPenn Education (2020)
2019 Recipient Sioned Davies Award
In this adaptation of a mythic Welsh story, the audience follows Rhiannon on a trail through her life, from the Otherworld to this one, past jealous princes and stones that speak, as she struggles to clear her name of a gruesome crime she did not commit.
Workshop – Chapter Arts Centre (U.K.) (2019)
Production – Lewis Center for the Arts (2018)
Reading – McCarter Theatre Lab (2018)
2018 Recipient Alan S. Downer Prize
2018 Recipient Lewis Center for the Arts Music Theatre Award
2018 Recipient Princeton Environmental Institute Book Prize
2017 Recipient Mallach Award
2017 Recipient A. Scott Berg Award
A ten minute play about rabbit lost in Ikea, Christmas at a drive-in, and finding home in unexpected places.
Production – Theatre Intime, 2017