Public Shaming in Paradise

Last summer, Westmont College commissioned me to write a brand new one act play, with the charge to write something formally inspired by Greek tragedy and socially charged in content. The result, Tar and Feather, opens March 4 at the Porter Theatre. I’m so proud of these fearless students and thrilled to share this work with everyone in the Westmont and Santa Barbara community. Director Christine Nathanson talks about her vision for the play here. #tarandfeather #ExpelErinEchoes #seetheplayandfindoutwhatthesehashtagsareallabout

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When Erin takes a #gaschamberselfie, it goes viral–and so does she. Her job offer gets rescinded, she’s not allowed to go to class, and her family and friends abandon her. Everyone that is, except for Claudia, her best friend, who hatches a plan to confront Erin’s anonymous online trolls. TAR AND FEATHER examines public shaming in the digital age. How close are any of us to a fall from grace? And how does a well-intended person transform into a troll?

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Cooking up some new plays!

I love living in Minnesota for a casserole of reasons: I love the amazing support this city offers its writers, the thriving artistic community, and…the long, cold winter. I’m getting so much writing done! Also so much cooking. When it’s too cold to leave the house, what else is a hungry writer to do? (Hungry because I’m hard at work writing, not because I’m a starving artist, thanks to the Jerome Foundation.)

In addition to the lasagnas, chilis, soups, and breads overflowing in my kitchen, I’ve written two new plays this winter, both of which will receive workshops next week! I’ll be developing my new play ANOTHER JUNGLE at the Playwrights’ Center, and I have a brand new play called TEN MONTHS that my collaborators and co-creators will be workshopping at the University of Colorado. Rehearsals by day in Minneapolis, and by night in Boulder! And rehearsals are underway for newly commissioned one-act play TAR AND FEATHER at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. So it might seem quiet over here, but a lot has been happening behind the scenes. And stay tuned for a few more exciting updates soon!