Playwright & PerformerRight now I'm working on a new full-length play, Truest. It's about two sisters on a vengeance spree, and feels like Sam-Shepard-Meets-Thelma-And-Louise after 4 shots of espresso and 3 shots of rum, but also it's a comedy.
Truest started with a fun first reading as part of the Custom Made Theatre's "Undiscovered Works" series in San Francisco in February of last year, then headed to Berkeley Rep in June for a developmental residency at The Ground Floor. In December, director Jessica Holt led the new draft through a vibrant workshop production with the New York Acting Company at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. Development continues in 2017, and soon I'll be announcing the dates for an upcoming reading of the next draft of the script.
I'm also in the rehearsal studio working on Thirst Trap, a new solo performance which will have its first showing in San Francisco in October.
Stay in touch and find out where to catch my work on the show calendar page!
Recent WorkIn 2016, I recruited and led a team of 24 top-notch Bay Area theatermakers to create the serialized theater format Better Than Television, a television-inspired live show complete with fake commercials, real theme songs, and other surprises including Trigger Warning, a cathartic examination of gun violence in America. Also in 2016, I performed new solo work as a featured artist with Hatch Performance Collective, a group that devises site-specific events in non-traditional spaces around the Bay Area.
In 2015, I had scripts seen on three continents, and enjoyed a wonderful World Premiere run of my feminist vaudeville play The Horse's Ass and Friends, directed by Ellery Schaar at Repurposed Theatre in San Francisco, CA.
In 2014, I launched my solo performance Take Me Home: a One-Woman Odyssey, based on Homer's epic adventure poem, with runs in SF and in Edinburgh, Scotland. I was honored with the "Keep An Eye On" Emerging Artist Award from Theater Bay Area, my ensemble (Neo-Futurists) was named "Best Theater" (SF Weekly Readers' Poll) and "Best of the Bay" (SF Bay Guardian), and my monthly event (Saturday Write Fever) was named "Best of the Bay (Humor/Improv)" by San Francisco Magazine. Personally, I was called "one very insightful and confident woman with a devilish sense of humor" by Huffington Post.
In 2013, I was profiled in the Sept-Oct 2013 issue of Theater Bay Area Magazine, and SF Weekly named me one of "11 Bay Area Theater Artists to Watch."
In 2012, I first became the most frequently-produced female playwright in the San Francisco Bay Area, a title I still (to my knowledge) hold, with 100+ productions and readings (and counting) in front of audiences since Jan '09. So, that's pretty neat.
In 2011, The San Francisco Chronicle called me a "Local Luminary," and The SF Bay Guardian's "Year in Theater" awarded one of my shows "Most Memorable Food Fight."
In other words... it's been a pretty sweet couple of years, theater-wise.
You know, if you like that sort of thing.
Which I do.
My greatest artistic inspirations are playwright Tom Stoppard (for the challenge), artistic director Charles Ludlam (for the style), experimental ensemble Forced Entertainment (for the imagination), and actor Madeline Kahn. All the roles in all my plays are written for Madeline Kahn.
My mentors and teachers have included Carl Weber, Ehren Fordyce, Cherrie Moraga, Craig Slaight, Norman Kline, and James Kass. A high school dropout, I earned a B.A. with Honors from Stanford University ('05). I've eschewed the M.F.A. route in favor of learning directly from audiences, and from fellow artists young and old, with voices both known and new.
My plays have been performed across the U.S. and in the U.K., in venues ranging from Midtown Manhattan to small-town Montana.
I have appeared onstage hundreds of times with companies including The San Francisco Mime Troupe, No Nude Men, and American Conservatory Theater. Among other things, I've played... two different executioners (both male)... a talking bear... a perfect woman made in the image of Aphrodite... an asthmatic hunchbacked albino mother... and even Princess Salome (yes, of the seven veils, and no, it wasn't a comedy). I have showcased original solo performance at venues including Zeum, The Marsh, San Francisco Theater Pub, La Peña, The Garage, and Salon San Carlos.
As a charter member of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists, my hometown's branch of the 25-years-running national ensemble which creates non-illusory performance, between Dec 2013 and Jan 2015 I wrote and performed almost 40 original works as part of the rotating cast of the ongoing show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes). After fruitful collaborations with fellow Neo-Futurists from NY and Chicago, I stepped out of the ensemble in 2015, becoming one of the first alums of an SF company I'm proud to have helped build.