Work Sample #1: VINEGAR TOM by Caryl Churchill
This production of Churchill's 1976 play juxtaposed the 17th Century British witch trials with a modern day feminist rock band. I collaborated with composer Teresa Lotz to set Churchill's lyrics to original Riot Grrrl style music. Actors changed time periods in front of the audience, as if shedding the chains of their witch ancestors.
Work Sample #2: LIMINAL by Amelia Parenteau
Liminal is a new play that follows the story of Callinda, a young poet fresh out of liberal arts college. The piece begins as a cliched "millennial struggles to find her place and voice in New York" tale and quickly turns that trope on its head. Soon Callinda is taunted by a Greek Chorus of blue collar workers and is forced to confront her role in gentrification, the oppression of the homeless, and the fact that New York City is home to all of these people, not just the backdrop of her own personal Sex and the City.
Work Sample #3: NOVAYA ZEMLYA, OR A STRANGE NEW LAND by Mila Golubov
This new play is a darkly comedic folktale about two siblings, Dascha and Serge, who live in an idyllic Ukrainian village oblivious to the outside world for over ten years. Many things happen in that time: the Chernobyl meltdown, the fall of Communism, and the fame of Roseanne Barr among them. As the Apartov children become aware of life beyond their dacha, they resolve to start a new life in America, no matter what the cost.
Work Sample #4: THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS PROJECT
adapted from the one-act plays of Tennessee Williams
The Tennessee Williams Project was a piece I conceived and directed that drew interconnected storylines between 11 of Williams' one-act plays, including all of This Property is Condemned, Auto Da Fe, Talk To Me Like The Rain (And Let Me Listen), Why Do You Smoke So Much, Lily?, Mister Paradise, and The Lady of Larkspur Lotion as well as parts of The Pink Bedroom, The Fat Man's Wife, Every Twenty Minutes, The Strangest Kind of Romance, and Thank You Kind Spirit. The resulting play included 14 recurring characters who lived in the boarding house at 722 Toulouse Street in New Orleans, where Williams once resided.