As a director, I prioritize developing new works with care and attention to the needs of the playwright. I strive to create an energetic creative space with authority and responsibility held diffusely across all participants.
You could call it a feminist rehearsal room, and I wouldn’t disagree.
I invest as deeply in developmental workshops as I do in full productions.
Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards
A 500-year-old Austrian count tries to find his next meal. From beyond the grave, his wife tries to show him another way. Contemporary sensibilities clash with medieval morality in a dark comedy by the author of Urinetown.
Wanda, Daisy, and the Great Rapture
It’s a sticky hot summer in the swamp lands of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Step-sisters Wanda and Daisy are used to people disappearing: their mother fled the hospital after a suicide attempt, and their sick father keeps running off to an imaginary town he thinks he’s the mayor of. Beneath a crumbling moon, the girls journey through their dark history in order to mend the broken family, and find the light. A magical story about how we hold onto memory, happiness, and ourselves.
!ke e: /xarra //ke
A vibrant allegorical tale about the New South Africa, !ke e: /xarra //ke light-heartedly examines the troublesome history of racial politics in South Africa. In storytelling, song, sketches, games, and dances, Melonie and Sifiso Mazibuko–themselves South African expatriates–explore the contours of their nation, seek for unity in diversity, and interrogate what race means for them as a couple and for South Africa itself.
Two women—southerners both—are struggling to make it through another Minnesota winter. Betty (from Kentucky) gives Olive (from Texas) a great idea: hire Gus and Tor, a pair of the world’s nicest hit men and the play’s eponymous Norwegians, to off her infuriatingly nice ex-boyfriend. But there’s a twist: Tor and Olive don’t know that Gus has been sleeping with Betty. And only Betty knows that she has hired a team of punctual Swiss hit men to take Gus himself out. Will Betty call off the hit before Gus does away with Olive’s ex? Should she?
Where the Southern Cross the Dog
After moving to the impoverished Mississippi Delta to teach, three idealistic college graduates struggle to adapt as outsiders in a foreign culture. But when their students’ lives are rocked by a personal tragedy, the teachers must learn how to communicate in the face of grief.
A child is born in a shoebox. And in a laundry basket. And on a bookshelf. And one child is growing branches. Branches, a debut play from a new South African writer, witnesses one woman’s attempts at the impossible in a world where she is forbidden to be a mother, where young women are disappearing, and where an entire race is dissolving into extinction.
Now that her transplanted heart is pumping new blood, Eden is eager to explore the world with fresh perspective. Stanley, her live-in boyfriend, worries she is trying to do too much too soon. Carlyn, a new widow, can’t let go of a stack of photos. And Max is on his own planet. Transplant is a whimsical story about second chances, missed connections, and new beginnings.
El Entrecejo/The Brow
A movement-driven solo piece inspired by the life of Frida Kahlo.
A surrealist detective story about a drowning and a discovery.