I think it’s driven by my need to talk to someone who’s interesting, intelligent, knows me well and …
To keep me writing daily (and because I was lying on the sofa feeling unwell and bored at the end of January) I decided to sign up for 28 Plays Later, a daily playwriting challenge for February, hosted by The Literal Challenge. Every day a new prompt is sent via email and there’s 36 hours to write and submit a new piece. As I write this, I’m on Day 6 and loving the process. I’ve written a lot of nonsense, a few things I cringed at when I hit submit, and a couple of pieces that I’ll definitely be coming back to in March. We’ll see how I feel in another 22 days. Maybe next year I’ll go for the 31 Plays Done challenge. (That’s my idea, don’t nick it).
Betwixt & Between
I’m proud to announce that my latest play, Betwixt & Between had its online premiere at the Adoption Knowledge Affiliates 2021 conference. This was a virtual reading, with professional direction by Suzanne Bachner, and features British actor, Karen Bartholomew alongside myself and Austin actor Genevieve Schroeder-Arce.
Set on January 15, 2020, the day that New York adoptees gained the right to obtain their original birth certificate, Betwixt & Between is about the liminal space between knowing and unknowing, aka The Gap’ (no, not that one). When Lucy trips into ‘The Gap’ she is confronted by her thirteen-year-old fantasy self, Eloise, and the Caseworker assigned to help them both. When Eloise pushes too far, Lucy must grapple with who she is, who she was, and who she might have been.
Made In China
I’m thrilled that my monologue, Made In China, was selected as one of the 13 finalists for the Hear Me Out New American Monologue Competition. The competition theme was ‘borders’. So of course I wrote about a panda.
All of the finalists’ pieces were performed live(via Zoom) in front of an audience of nearly 300 people during the Labor Day Festival on September 6, 2021. Watch the recording.