Second Skin named Best of 2016

LA Weekly included Second Skin in a Best of 2016 roundup highlighting site-specific and immersive performances around the Los Angeles area.

Second Skin was performed at beaches along the coast of Southern California. As LA Weekly recollects:

Kate Jopson’s atmospheric, site-specific staging of playwright Kristin Idaszak’s eerie riff on a Celtic sea legend came as a haunting reminder that unleashing immersive theater’s most elemental magic can be found in something as simple as a firepit at night and a windswept beach.


Photo by Jim Carmody


The Surest Poison receives Sloan Commission

EST recently announced the recipients of the 2016/2017 Alfred P. Sloan Commissions, including my new play The Surest Poison, about the advent of forensic toxicology. CSI before CSI, the play explores the chemistry of poison, the breakdown of traditional gender roles in the 1920s, and the ways in which Prohibition was used to legislate morality and target immigrants, people of color, non-Protestants, and the working poor.

The EST/Sloan Project is “an initiative designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge the existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination.”

For more information about The Surest Poison and the other 16/17 recipients, click here.

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

The Santa Barbara Public Theatre presents HARD RAIN, a theatrical protest, including my new play GAME FOUR, about the Cubs World Series and the legacy of curses, the cruelty of statistics, and the pervasiveness of misogyny.


As our most recent Nobel laureate in literature wrote:

Where the people are many and their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden […]
And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it

– “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”

Time: The Beginning and End of Everything

Huge thanks to The Plagiarists for asking me to write a play for Salon 45: Time: The Beginning and End of Everything.

I wrote and directed INVENTING ATLANTIS, a new play about an archeologist saying her final goodbye to her husband after getting lost in her search for the sunken city. It featured Ellenor Riley-Condit with sound design by Shane Kelly and was part of an evening meditating on the elastic, elusive nature of time in the modern world.

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