Reflections on making theater, and my family reacting to it.
What does it mean to be a person –
to have a body, and live in it –
to make choices, and change over time –
to tell the truth?
I wrote this at the start of the Iraq war (2003),
and later made the short film.
It’s been on my mind again
during COVID-19 isolation.
Sommer asked people to record themselves reading a poem
from her collection, Backup Singers.
I put together this video
of the poem Alcohol affects the frontal cortex.
an un-rehearsed play by Greg Wohead
I was invited to perform
a Vagina Monologue,
and ended up writing my own.
A family struggles to find humanity and normalcy
in a world made uncertain and strange
after the transformation and “othering” of one of their own.
This physical theatre piece imagines what happens
on the other side of the iconic door
in Kafka’s Metamorphosis.
We are not here to flatter egotism,
or prop up humbug;
we are merely telling the [queer] story.
We value what is good in the book;
but we believe in the existence of other,
and more vivid kinds of goodness.
Try to locate the moon.
Look longingly at the sky.
Talk to others.
Don’t lose track of where you are.
This is the invitation from the Warbler
to the other canyon inhabitants of the audience.
An archival rhizome ecology in ten parts,
and a reflection on the obsolescence of obsolescence –
documented on the cloud,
and open-sourced as a defense against post-post-obsolescence.
A modern, theatrical interpretation
of the Catholic Mass –
created by Grapefruit Lab
and Teacup Gorilla.
Combining the sacrifice, transcendence, blood,
and circumstance of the Catholic Mass with history,
live music, science, dance, literature,
and pop culture to find a wholly modern communion experience.
What we have left is our selves,
broken and battered,
but surviving together.
Part science lab, part disco,
Roller Skating With My Cousin
is a lively, dark romp
in which synchronized roller skaters
build a tower under a star-flecked mirror ball sky.
She is a plain and pensive woman.
He is a rather ordinary man who lives in an extraordinary house.
This house does algebraic equations and plots violence.
One evening, woman, man, and house collide;
not all of them survive.
We want to make art without assumptions –
art that humanizes
and brings people into conversation.
The citizens are easily roused and swayed,
as a culture of fear infects the city
with the constant threat of execution.
Inspired by Georg Büchner’s unfinished masterpiece, Woyzeck,
The LIDA Project reinterprets
the story of a young soldier
returning from the horrors of war.
We created this site-specific
and interactive performance
as an opening act for the Dresden Dolls –
performed in the lobby.
A parable play and fantastic spectacle,
warning of the dangers of a desperate populace
handing over power to a corrupt leader.
Founded in 1995,
The LIDA Project is a meta-media art collective
dedicated to experimental live performance.
Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003)
was an American member of the
International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
who traveled to the Gaza Strip
during the Al-Aqsa Intifada.
She was killed when she tried to obstruct
a Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozer o
perated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF.)
Countdown to Zero is a political theatre collective
established in 2007 by Brian Freeland & Julie Rada.
The collective has committed to a series of 10 theatrical works
(10 counting down to zero)
at which time the collective will disband.
An action comedy for the stage,
based on our favorite movie tropes.
The script was devised by the entire ensemble,
lead by Michelle Milne, Miriam,
Emily Swora, and Ben Jacobs.
I don’t believe this is the final script…
A live action comedy,
inspired by the movies,
and created by our ensemble.
A sister and brother dig through the rubble of their lives…
OCD and love produce the same chemical in the brain…
a ten minute play, and short film
We hurt ourselves for love…
It’s not a great script,
but it was my full-length directorial debut.
a play in one act, and a short film
Reflections of a Mennonite
after the war
Based on a series of interviews
with Annie in 2003,
this play was produced first by Goshen College
as a runner-up
for the International Peace Play Contest,
and then in collabiration with New World Arts
for my senior thesis production.
a glimpse of the aftermath
A glittering tragedy,
a passionate romance,
and an internship opportunity.
I worked on
Antony & Cleopatra
with Penny Metropulos
and the wonderful OSF ensemble,
as a Stage Management Intern.
I also got to work with the
lighting & electrical department
while I was there.
Some brutal Sam Sheppard…
I worked as Master Electrician of
the college theater and music performance venues,
while I studied theater, writing, and visual art.
The play by Wendy MacLeod.
My first forray into professional theater,
as a lighting designer for
New World Arts.
Founded in 1998 as New World Players,
we produced original & alternative ensemble theater
for over a decade –
along with an art gallery and event space.