FULL LENGTH (selected)
(85 min, 3F)
When Quinn discovers her estranged mother is dying, she returns to a home she fled long ago. As she cares for her mother, Quinn wrestles with disturbing childhood memories. What is her mother’s secret? What do the bedtime stories of Selkies her mother once told her really mean? Told in three interconnected monologues, SECOND SKIN investigates the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, and how one mistake can reverberate across generations.
The Liar Paradox
(90 min, 2F/2M/1 Trans)
On New Years Eve, a car accident leaves Mark’s twin sister in a coma and his girlfriend dead. When nude photographs of his sister surface on the internet, Mark goes in search of answers to what happened that night. In the process, more secrets from the twins’ past come to light. What is the truth? What are the consequences of an impetuous lie? An existential mystery, THE LIAR PARADOX explores the nature of death in the age of Facebook and the timelessness of love, deception, and identity.
The Liar Paradox was developed through a Downstage Left Playwright Residency at Stage Left Theatre in Chicago.
Radiance (a witch hunt)
(90 min, 5W/2M)
RADIANCE (A WITCH HUNT) reimagines Medea in post-WWII America. Maddie, the daughter of a German nuclear physicist, leaves a her fatherland and her career as a scientist to become that most subtle of prisoners: a suburban American housewife in the 1950s. But Maddie’s world is blown open when she discovers her husband has betrayed her. A trio of perfectly-coiffed housewives accompany, torment, and galvanize her as she strives to avenge herself.
Fugue for Particle Accelerator
(90 min, 2F/2M)
Hope is career-focused physicist looking for parallel universes. Her boyfriend, Jonas, is an ambulance driver who just wants to get married and have a family. When a mysterious stranger careens into their world, the delicate balance of their life together is thrown into chaos. Guided by an alive-dead cat named Schrödinger, FUGUE FOR PARTICLE ACCELERATOR asks the questions: What would happen if we could travel the road not taken? How do the choices we make effect the lives we might have lived? Is there a world where we know how to make all the right choices?
Fugue for Particle Accelerator will receive its world premiere in September from 20% Theatre Company Chicago.
The Fallen Woman’s Guide to Packing Heat
(90 min, 7W)
When Big Ben O’Brien, florist and gangster, gets rubbed in broad daylight, gang warfare threatens to decimate the entire city. Mona, a cub reporter and naif, gets sucked into the seedy underbelly of sex, violence, and gender politics. Seven women play 20 characters in this genderqueer, neo-noir deconstruction of Lysistrata, inspired by Chicago gang warfare in the 1920s and 30s and classic hardboiled detective fiction.
Super Rockstar Outer Space Adventures or, Three Ways to Face a Monster
(45 min, ensemble cast)
Katy and Matt don’t want to go to bed. Their beleaguered babysitter tries to tell them a story to convince them to fall asleep, but then Avery and Matt take over the story—and then the story takes over them. From a tale of chivalry and knighthood, to a girl aspiring to superstardom as a rockstar, to a trip of the Planet of Faroff where Princess Awesome Sauce rules over her stories, Super Rockstar Outer Space Adventures captures the power of storytelling, the many faces of monsters and the nature of heroism. Commissioned by Northlight Theatre for its 2012 Junior Performing Arts Camp.