manifesto

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A play is a cataclysm in which a character’s relationship with their world changes irrevocably, irretrievably. In our world, perception and magical thinking pass for action: in the worlds I create, people take action rather than merely feel or say. They don’t just learn: they alter.

I am in love with the music of language and the language of music, hot for surrealist brain-pinging, unconcerned with pre-frontal control issues, a creator of compassion borne of our differences. I use language to transmute synaptic activity much as Richard Wagner used music; I reframe history rather than re re re retell conflicting, conflicted stories of how/who/what we have already been.

Theater is in a Paula Vogel-described decadent phase. We can’t really return to the naive, we’re too well-educated, so rather than simplifying, stultifying, sketch-comedy-izing the nobility of wrighting plays, my works are geometric in form – each character has the elements of a full play embedded so that when their objective meets another character’s want, complexity forces unexpected yet entirely earned response. From both characters and audience.

There’s a great flaming ball of compassion at the heart of my works. Not “ooh, I feel so sorry for you” but empathy for each character doing unblemished activities you or I might not – or might have done and hidden – so that we can all evolve. Together.

Yes, I’m here to repair the world. One play at a time.

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