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artistic statement


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artistic statement


artistic statement

My plays create alternate realities in which we can rehearse our fantasies, mistakes, fears, and delights, to ultimately reinvent our futures.

Theatre is a way for me to commit fully to people/ideas/emotions without letting them define or consume me. I want to expand and relish in the confusion that follows.

I am a playwright because I love to build massive, absurd, contradictory ships with disparate parts, which renew old forms with contemporary life.

My goal is that my plays become vehicles for grace.  

plays at new play exchange

 
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P is for Pepe


P is for Pepe


In the year 2232, a group of four children make a tape to send back to our present time, showcasing what has survived of the Alt-Right. As they wade through the absurdity of memes and /pol/, they uncover taboos that have long since been forgotten, before stumbling upon a single artifact that will change their entire understanding of history.

(Photo Credit: Cassandra Kendall)

production history

September 1-9th, 2017 | Performed at The Gift Theatre                              during Chicago Fringe

Directed by Scott Jackoway

Cast included Kristen Alesia, Ryan Claus, Dyllan Rodriguez-Miller, and Andrew Yeni

Production team included Chloe Baldwin, Cassandra Kendall, and Danielle Szabo

 

 

For the most recent copy of the script, please inquire here.

 

 
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52-Hertz


52-Hertz


High-school shooter "Cold-Killer" presents a show he has written to be remembered forever after-death. However, he soon realizes he is being summoned from the Tibetan Bardo by the mother of one of his victims, and his story becomes hijacked and transformed into a method for healing. 52-Hertz traces the rippling effects of failure and loneliness, and examines how we talk about tragedy in moving forward from it.

(Photo Credit: Gracie Meier)

Production history

January 9-15th, 2017 |  Performed at The Theatre School at                                       DePaul University

Directed by Keira Fromm

Cast included Julia Atkin, Andrew Yeni, Dre Marquis, Sarah Serabian, Sean Wesslund, Liz Weiner

Production team included Devin Asperger, Christina Farias, Connor McCarson, Lauren Porter, Jay Koch, Danielle Szabo, Margot Bardeen, Daniella A. Mazzio

 

 

For the most recent copy of the script, please inquire here.

 
 
 
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Ca-Ching


Ca-Ching


Seven people, each with their own unique relationship to the almighty power, money.  From the poor gas station attendant to the super rich pop star to the easy going mountain-woman, this rich cast of characters search for a way to make their lives more bearable.  Can they do it without selling out?
Ca-Ching: A Modern American Religious Drama satirically explores the treatment of money in a world where money is needed to live.

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Paula Froehle)

 
 
 

Production History

August 14-22, 2015 | Performed at Theatre on the Square                                    IndyFringe 2015

Produced by NoMads Art Collective

Directed by Leo Chappell

Cast included Blake Alvey, Ryan Claus, Kat Cox, Scott Jackoway, Joey Kelly, Erin Logan, and Sarah McGrath

Production team included Cameron Glascock, Alice Gao, J.R. Chappell, and Paula Froehle

Press Reviews:

Indy Star, WTHR, IndyFringe TalksPlays with John and Wendy,  Jay Harvey Upstage

 

For the most recent copy of the script, please inquire here.

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Red Like a Dinosaur's Liver


Red Like a Dinosaur's Liver


Heidi drinks and dreams of writing an original novel. The Doctor smokes and works towards reading everything ever published. The writer writes.
And now there is someone at the door who's going to change all of that...


Red Like a Dinosaur's Liver explores the human need for knowledge and the search for meaningful connection.

                           (Photo Credit: Emma Nalin)

Production history

August 21-23, 2014 | Performed at Carmel Repriotory Theatre

Produced by NoMads Art Collective

Directed by Scott Jackoway

Cast included Ryan Claus, Cameron Glascock, Leo Chappell, and Emily Witt

Production team included Claire DeVito, Christine Dougherty, Ryan Wiegand, and Emma Nalin

Press: Carmel Current

 

For the most recent copy of the script, please inquire here.

 

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April Come She Will


April Come She Will


Three roommates, each going through their own personal agony of heartbreak, find pain, joy, and love in the company of each other.  A moving ode to the healing power of friendship, art, and the endless passing of time.

April Come She Will is a realistic portrayal of deep friendship.  This intimate performance, in a living room, provided the audience with an up close and personal look into the lives of the three young men.

Production history

August 10, 2013 | Performed at NoMads Art Gallery

Produced by NoMads Art Collective

Directed by Scott Jackoway

Cast included Ryan Claus, Cameron Glascock, and Scott Blakenbaker

 

 

For the most recent copy of the script, please inquire here.