Grace, or the Art of Climbing

3 W / 4 M

  • Premiere: Denver Center Theater Company
  • Developmental production: Nice People Theatre Company
  • Academic productions: Carlotta Festival (Yale School of Drama), Wittenberg University, University of Montana

Faced with a painful chapter in her life and fighting the inertia of depression, Emm decides to enter the world of competitive rock-climbing.  Her quest through the rugged and humorous terrain of physical training and personal relationships charts the journey of a young woman suspended between love and loss, strength and fear, fathers and daughters, and the ardor and grace of being human.

  • Barrymore Award nomination
  • ATCA-Steinberg New Play Award nomination
  • Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination
  • Reading at the Colorado New Play Summit
Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen

Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen


Another Kind of Silence

 

 

6 W / 2 M
(with 1 rehearsal interpreter
& 1 Artistic Director of Sign Language)

After ten years of marriage, Evan finds herself falling in love with a woman named Chap while on her husband's work trip to Athens. A bilingual play in English and American Sign Language, Another Kind of Silence follows two couples (Evan & Peter, Chap & Ana) as they wrestle with questions of long-term partnership, the elusiveness of desire, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and the mysteries of the changing self.

  • Workshop: PlayPenn
  • O'Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist
  • Bay Area Plawyrights Festival semi-finalist
  • Fellowship: Playwrights Realm
  • Workshop: Drama League New Directors/New Works Fellowship
Photo by Eileen Suarez

Photo by Eileen Suarez


The Egg-Layers

5 W / 3 M

  • Academic production: Barnard College

In this exploration of origin stories, the ancient canon, and the myth of Leda and the Swan, a searching, unruly ensemble of women, girls, men, and boys journey, lay eggs, question, turn into eggs, suffer, hatch from eggs, and rebel — to the awe and dismay of their Playwright, who is struggling to make sense of them, the world, and her own story, all spinning wildly out of control.

  • Jane Chambers Award honorable mention
  • O'Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist
  • Source Festival finalist
  • RISK IS THIS... Festival finalist
  • Developmental co-commission: New Georges and Barnard College

 

"The artful interface of personal and social concerns is equally vivid as suggested by Lauren Feldman's THE EGG-LAYERS, ... which playfully explores coming of age, gender and contemporary love by fusing classical myth and current archetypes, rising to theatrical beauty and moving insight." - Maya Roth, Georgetown University, Co-Chair

Photo by Stephen Yang

Photo by Stephen Yang


a People {a mosaic play}

Cast of 6-10:  3-5 W / 3-5 M

  • Academic production: Cornell University

We all come from some history – at times clear, at times murky, at times contradictory. A People is a mosaic of eras and lands; generations and deserts; hats and books; clarinets and bread; people lost and people searching; angry young women; sad old men; angels; history; memory; and imagination. With its transgenerational landscape and its kaleidoscopic journey across Jewish history and culture, a People examines the core question, What is my relationship to those who came before me? And are we – is anyone – still a people? 

  • Jewish Plays Project/NYC Residency & Reading
  • Residency: Tofte Lake Center
Photo by Andrew Gillis

Photo by Andrew Gillis


Amanuensis

(work-in-progress)

 

3 W / 3 M

Told through the eyes of three young sisters over the course of the seven years that their father spent writing Paradise Lost, Amanuensis imagines the poet John Milton’s relationship to his illiterate daughters and interrogates the relationship between genius and privilege, between authorship and history.

  • Commission & Reading: Northwoods Ramah Theatre Company
Photo by Annie Levy

Photo by Annie Levy


Short Plays


2 W / 2 M

Trapped in middle school, faced with bullying, and enmeshed in each other's lives, Young Persephone and Young Hades have reached a breaking point. When their older selves arrive to help, the four discover that time and forgiveness have both healed and not healed them from the turbulence of their adolescence.

  • City Theatre school tour

Ten or Something Years from Now; or, Persephone, Hades and the Underworld of Middle School


How It Works

1 W / 1 Someone Else

As a result of injury or illness, a woman grapples with the powers that be, who insist that she relinquish layer after layer of ability and identity.


Sand and Sam

1 W / 2 M

An older conservative rabbi tries to connect with a young queer artist who watches an Afro-Cuban gravedigger bury her grandfather in Miami.

  • City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting finalist

Silences

1 W

Verbally and physically, a young woman shares with us three key moments of silence in her life.

  • Performance: The Game Series, NECCA

Yawper on Balch Bridge

4 W / 1 M

Four selves of the same woman at different ages try to navigate her life through… Youth. College. Feminism. Sexuality. Fantasy. Identity. Aging. Loss. Loneliness. Reflection. Choices. Memory. And the pursuit of happiness. 

  • Heideman Award finalist

The Seven Lovers of Bluehat Whistletop: A Children's Play for Adults

2 W

A whimsical and fantastical take on the journey we travel to find love (and ourselves) after losing a partner.

  • Productions: Longing with Language: A Performance Smörgåsbord; InspiraTO Festival; terraNOVA Collective
Photo by Vito Zmak

Photo by Vito Zmak


The Coupling Heuristic: A Minuet

Cast of 3:  2 W or 2 M / 1 Dancer

A poet and a computer programmer meet, click, date – and learn each other’s language as they endeavor to stay open to the intimacy that love creates.

  • Productions: Drama League DirectorFest, Estrogenius Festival
  • Commission & Reading: Theater Emory
  • Published: The Book of Estrogenius 2009

Funny Story

1 W

A young woman delightedly shares with us a funny story from her past, and in the sharing of it comes to realize darker themes at play. A play about growing up female in a patriarchy.

  • Productions: Flush Ink Productions, Carlotta Festival, Yale Cabaret
  • Heideman Award finalist

When It Rains

(one-act)

2 W

An estranged mother visits her daughter in college in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Production: Flea Theater
  • Published: In Times of Disaster (Broadway Play Publishing)

Asteroid Belt

Cast of 3:  1 young woman / 2 parents (any gender)

While two parents are up waiting for their teenage daughter to return home from rehearsal, she realizes that she’s inescapably about to be in a car crash. Time slows down. Thoughts and things happen.

  • Multiple national productions
  • Heideman Award finalist
  • Published: Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing (Cengage Learning), 
    Best American Short Plays 2006-2007 (Applause Books)

Devised Works


And If You Lose Your Way,
or A Food Odyssey

(full-length)

3 W / 4 M

  • Production: The Invisible Dog

Devised with Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Nick Choksi, and the ensemble

A retelling of the story of Penelope and Odysseus (and their son, Telemachus), spanning from ancient Greece to 2015, taking us through their parting day, their twenty years apart, and their reunion – with food remaining as the emotional bridge between them. As the play progresses, the events in The Odyssey become metaphors for the evolution of our national food industry and food culture. Performed in the round, And If You Lose Your Way is an immersive, communal experience featuring original songs, audience games and participation, gems of improvisation, and an ongoing sharing of food, prepared by the actors throughout the course of the play and culminating in a feast shared by actors and audience alike. A theatrical experience that forges community and connects us to our shared history, our own childhoods, one another, and the ground itself.

  • New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination

Lady M

(full-length)

1 W / 1 M / And a Chorus of Women

  • Production: Philadelphia Live Arts Festival / Swim Pony

Devised with director Adrienne Mackey

A radical, feminist adaptation of Macbeth through the eyes of Lady M and of the Witches, who know that the story is doomed to play out the same way every time, every performance, with every re-staging of this classic play, until the queen can see the circumstances that constrict her, the society that controls her, and dare to make a different choice that may at last change the outcome.

Photo from Vimeo - Adrienne Mackey

Photo from Vimeo - Adrienne Mackey


The Life and Works of JC as Told by the Heretics
(formerly The Apocryphal Project)

(60-70 mins)

3 M

  • Workshop production: Yale Cabaret

Devised with Michael Walkup, Brian Hastert, Carter Gill, and Alex Knox

With just a sandbox, a pole, a ladder, and 3 actors, this play weaves together the untold tales of the man named Jesus, the unexpected things he taught and shared, and the fate that befell the many uncanonized gospels that contained these gems. Through song, dance, movement, and text of all kinds, The Life and Works… celebrates the multiplicity of viewpoints and raises the questions of who gets to shape truth, and what gets lost in the shaping of it?


Now/Not Now
{a one-woman play with trapeze}

(35-40 mins)

1 W

  • Performance: HOT! Festival, Dixon Place

Devised with Diana Y Greiner

An aerialist has a story to share. About her attack in NYC, and the injury to her brain, and the process of her brain slowly repairing itself, and the way her community rose to support her. And to help share this story, she has a trapeze.

Photo by Smith Banfield

Photo by Smith Banfield


Grey Gone and August

(20-25 mins [Grey Gone]; 35 mins [August])

1 W (and 1 accompanist optional)

  • Performances throughout the U.S.

Devised with Fay Simpson and Mike Donahue

Moving through all of the chakras of the human spirit, an outwardly timid, inwardly fierce woman named Claudia tries to manage the crises of raising children, and a flamboyant and traumatized man named August grapples with the complications of love.

  • Residency: Sewanee University of the South
Grey Gone photo by Lillian Haidar

Grey Gone photo by Lillian Haidar

August photo by Lillian Haidar

August photo by Lillian Haidar