About My Writing
One of my favorite quotations is from the sculptor Jacques Lipchitz: "My business is also to move you. Do I move you? Yes or no. If I move you, you have to be satisfied." My hope is that audiences will feel something, even if it's frustration or anger or sadness. Be moved. My job as a playwright is to entertain and show an audience the world through multiple angles and with all its complication and messiness.
When I try to come up with a way to describe my plays, one word that frequently surfaces is “intimate.” Intimacy is part of the reason I love theatre. I enjoy the relationship between audience and the actors onstage. Give me a black box theatre with seats close enough to almost be touched by the actor. I love to explore that physical closeness provided by theatre spaces and the electricity that goes along with it.
My plays are also intimate in scope; they tend to be small in scale and character-driven. I focus on a small number of characters as an attempt to fully explore each of them in a rewarding way. This allows me to create the worlds of my characters as complete and specific. My characters face internal battles and are asked to make decisions that seem small, yet have the power to start their lives on new paths — more along the lines of crucial pivot points, than seismic shifts. I want people to see everyday life in my plays, to find the epic within the mundane.