The Box Is The Universe: A Tiny Evening of Puppets and Opera at Bricolage

So happy to have my mini-opera THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE UNIVERSE be part of THE BOX IS THE UNIVERSE: A TABLETOPERA. My piece was one of three mini-operas produced in a storage container with my cool collaborators The Off-Book Club as part Bricolage Production Company’s Bazaar Fundraiser!

The other two operas had librettos written by DT Burns and Lauren D’Errico, music for all 3 was by Joshua Brown, set design by Sasha Schwartz, performance by Colleen Michelle McGovern with DT Burns on puppets and heat lamps and everything else.

THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING was a non-visual sensory experience designed to be accessible for vision-impaired audiences. All audience members wore blindfolds and listened the the opera while heat-lamps were employed to create a sense of warmth and light as the universe came into existence-in just five minutes!

Pictures by Sasha Schwartz.

Survival Class Immersive Research

This summer I received a grant from the Frank Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry and a Carnegie Mellon Graduate Small project Help (GuSH) Research Grant to support my travel to eastern PA to take two wilderness survival courses at Coalcracker Bushcraft! These classes were immersive research for my Bunker Cycle, a series of full-length plays about American Survivalism and doomsday preppers.

Classes included learning how to start fire numerous ways, building shelter, procuring clean water, navigation, and food deprivation! It was hard but really fun and I learned a ton about life in the woods and survival as a mentality, which I’m working into a new Bunker play, READY FOR ANYTHING.

A Week of SPACE

I had the most beautiful week at SPACE on Ryder Farm last week working on a new play and getting fed 3 glorious square meals a day by a really talented chef.

I also got to pet a horse and went swimming and stand-up paddle boarding in a lake.

I read a lot and wrote a lot and slept a lot and met some very cool artists. Basically, it was perfect.

Kennedy Center National Student Playwriting Award

My play TOMORROW GAME won the Kennedy Center’s Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award, which comes with a big cash prize, option to publish, and the invitation to attend this weeks Student Playwriting Festival–which I did!

And I’m so happy to have met so many wonderful playwrights, directors, and dramaturgs, as well as the many incredibly talented and smart guest artists that came in to work with us on our plays and talk to us about art.

I’m also thrilled to share this video of the 10-minute excerpt of my play that was featured on the Millennium Stage! Check it out (minute 46 is me)!