Houston Chronicle Calls EVERYBODY’S DEAD “Brilliant” “Potent” and “Immensely Funny”

Not to toot my own horn.

I’m delighted to share that Mildred’s Umbrella’s FemFest Houston was recently featured in American Theatre Magazine, which made me feel fancy enough!

I’m beyond overjoyed to share that, after it’s premiere on Monday, EVERYBODY’S DEAD: A COMEDY also received a glowing review from the Chronicle’s freelance critic Bridgette M. Redman.

Redman praises the script as a “a potent play about the pandemic,” that never mentions “the words “pandemic,” “virus” or “COVID-19.”’ She also waxes poetic about my play’s obsession with sex:

One of Carie’s strengths is capturing the absurdity of sex, weaving passion into the human foibles that often make the ultimate act of intimacy look ridiculous. The idea of sex dominates people’s thoughts and the desire for it sometimes makes them behave in embarrassing and awkward ways. All this Carie captures in her brilliant script.

Thank you VERY much!

She also (rightly) praises the performances of a fabulous cast and the considered direction of my genius friend and beloved collaborator, Dana Bowman.

You can read the full review here!

Tickets to the show are still available through June 3: get those here.

EVERYBODY’S DEAD: A COMEDY Streams With Mildred’s Umbrella Through June 3

I’m delighted to share that my play EVERYBODY’S DEAD: A COMEDY is the first of 3 plays to be presented as part of Mildred’s Umbrella’s fourth annual Femfest Houston! It is a semi-staged digital reading, directed by Dana Bowman and starring Courtney Lomelo, Rhett Martinez, and Jasmine Thomas, with video editing by Catherine Denniston.

I’m beyond delighted with this script and this team, and hope you will sign up for your free (donations appreciated) tickets and support this wonderful woman-run theatre company!

Tickets are simple to sign up for and get you a link to stream the play any time between now and June 3, when it will close.

Tickets available here.

PTC Playlab at Actors Theatre of Louisville

Had the most glorious and productive weekend in Louisville workshopping my play EVERYBODY’S DEAD: A COMEDY at Actors Theatre. Directed by the brilliant Nora Gair, with dramaturgy & curation/casting by the divine Joshua Brown, I learned a ton about the play, added several scenes, and can’t wait for my next opportunity to share it!

Performers Gabriela Llarena, Germainne Lebron, and Kat Pena were delightful to work with and embodied the characters super quickly.

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.