Welcome to my play world, a tragically gleeful theatre of the impossible. Though all my plays are cries against oppression, I also believe in the transcendent power of enchantment to triumph over injustice and existential pain. Facing horror while holding onto beauty makes the path to empathy alive for me.
Since launching Sleeping Weazel in Boston with co-producer Adara Meyers, I’ve been blessed as Artistic Director to encircle my plays and my understanding of art as social practice in a larger landscape of artists who challenge the status quo. Through presenting works like Kenneth Prestininzi’s tragic gay love story, Ugmo and Eenie Go Down the Ruski Hole, and Robbie McCauley’s paean to jazz and the African American experience from slavery onwards in Jazz ‘n Class, I’ve been honored to contribute to the social fabric of U.S. culture by association with an array of artists whose experiences stretch far beyond the limits of my own body and experiences.
Today, I see myself as an ambassador for the arts. While I continue to value and engage in expression as a primary passion through my chosen form of dramatic writing, I want to bring audiences more closely into drama’s potential through conversation, spontaneous performance, and joyful protest. In my roles at Wheaton College as Playwright-in-Residence, Mary Heuser Chair in the Arts, and Co-Director of the Wheaton Institute for Interdisciplinary Humanities (WIIH), I am fortunate to be able to try out these ideas with students every day.