Dramaturg

 
 
photo: Ben Symons

photo: Ben Symons

Metamorphoses

Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses not only calls upon the company to thoroughly understand sometimes obscure myths, it also specifically calls for the addition of further stories in transitions.I worked with director Mike Lion and the full company, bringing in research about the myths Zimmerman included in her text, and also assisting in providing further information, research, images, and stories for the team to work with in devising rehearsals.

“Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses is a contemporary retelling of Ovid’s classic tales. Each story draws us into a different corner of human emotion, from joy to despair, to horror and disgust, consistently mixing the profound with the silly. The stories are connected by the theme of unstoppable change, and set in and around a large body of water.

Dacha’s site-specific production will bring Metamorphoses to the shores of Lake Washington. We will explore these myths through a devised, movement-driven process, finding personal connections and developing unique physical languages for each story.”

 
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The Salem Witch Orgasms

The final production by Ghost Light Theatricals, The Salem Witch Orgasms was the winner of Battle of the Bards XII: The Final Battle in 2018. I helped playwright Alexandra Davis and director Lia Sima Fakhouri turn the original excerpt of the play that appeared during Battle of the Bards into a full length, fully produced play.

“Come and experience the final show produced by Ghost Light Theatricals, in the newly minted Copious space in Ballard. After a decade of residency at the formerly known Ballard Underground, this production culminates the vision of Ghost Light's 15 years of productions producing modern adaptations of classical stories.

The Salem Witch Orgasms by Alexandra Davis (Winner of Battle of the Bards XII; The Final Battle) presents a comedic view into the lives of American women in the Puritanical Northeast. Stylistically a mashup of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Mel Brooks and The Princess Bride; this frank, hilarious and sex-positive representation of female-identifying sexuality will have you gasping for breath from laughter.

As tween boy Given learns about his family history from his sexually liberated hippie Grandma Carol, the story borrows the framework of William Goldman's The Princess Bride to plunge into the experiences of a group of women identified as witches because they explored that most forbidden and misunderstood of fruits; the mysterious and alluring female orgasm. At times ridiculous, filled with large scale song & dance numbers, and relevant to our modern cultural fixation with purity; this show will tickle more than your funny bone *eyebrows* *eyebrows*.”

 
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roman tragedies festival

After graduating from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, professor Kristin Horton asked me to curate information for a dramaturgical installation to accompany the fall production, a Roman Tragedies Festival. I did research and compiled information on Shakespeare, Roman history, and the works that were included in the festival:

  • Two productions running in repertory: The Rape of Lucrece directed by Kristin Horton and an all-student Julius Caesar (from Gallatin Arts Festival 2014)

  • A National Theatre Live screening of Coriolanus (the Donmar Warehouse production in London)

  • A reading of Antony & Cleopatra by Fiasco Theater

“From November 6 through the 16th, Theater at Gallatin will present The Roman Tragedies Festival,which includes two mainstage theatrical performances, as well as a staged reading, an expert panel, and a film screening—all based on Shakespeare’s rich renditions of sex, violence, and politics in ancient Rome. Professor Kristin Horton, the festival’s producer, asks “What does it mean to evoke Rome today in 2014? What are some of these earlier ideas and how can they help us reflect on the present?”

Two mainstage Shakespearean productions will run in repertory. The festival will open with an original theatrical adaptation of the Bard’s lesser known narrative poem, “The Rape of Lucrece,” directed by Professor Horton. An all-female, all-Gallatin cast will perform Julius Caesar. While "Lucrece" looks back to the Roman Republic’s origins in the heroine’s rape and suicide, Caesar captures the beginning of the end of the Roman Republic with its hero’s assassination.

The urgent questions posed by this staging of Lucrece will be addressed by the Urban Democracy Lab’s panel, “I Am Lucrece: Rethinking Sexual Violence,” featuring Vanessa Grigoriadis of New York Magazine, activist Marybeth Seitz-Brown, and Gallatin associate faculty member and adviser, Cyd Cipolla.

Also on deck is a film screening of National Theatre Live's rendition of Shakespeare’s caustic play of class warfare, Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Mark Gatiss (BBC’s Sherlock). Finally, Fiasco Theater, a professional ensemble-in-residence at Gallatin, will do a staged reading of Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s Mediterranean play of love and death on the eve of the Roman Empire.”