And One More Thing About Witches

Am I a witch? Am I a woman? Are witches women? Are witches people? Are witches powerful? What is power? How does a witch become powerful? Is it the same way a woman becomes powerful? Is it possible for a witch to become powerful or is she only a witch after she has become an un-powerful woman? Is it possible for me to be a woman who is a witch who is powerful or is every thing that I can be separate from every other thing? Who created the categories and who gives them meaning and who enforces the meaning and how do I change the meaning if I don’t know whose meaning I’m taking hold of? Do I want to change the meaning or do I want to take the meaning in my hands, polish it with my warm breath and a soft cloth, press it to my chest until it’s absorbed by my skin, until it is me and I am it and no one can know the meaning of the word “Witch” until they know the meaning of me?

Some Types of Witch Stories

Stories About Witches That Are Actually About Men

The Crucible. Macbeth. Stardust. Chronicles of Narnia. Harry Potter. The Blair Witch Project. The Witches. The Chrestomanci Chronicles.

Stories About Witches That Are Actually About Women

The Wizard of Oz. Wicked. Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Bewitched.  Charmed. Hocus Pocus. Practical Magic. The Craft. Halloweentown. Witches of East End. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. A Mirror for Witches.

Stories About Witches in Which the Witch is Not a Human

Macbeth. Stardust. Chronicles of Narnia. The Witches. The Blair Witch Project. The Wizard of Oz.

More Notes on a Play About Witches

5) Witch is just a name for women who did things

6) Witch is just a name for women

7) Witches knew things we will never know again and did things we will never do again but they also did things we do every day and will do every day forever

8) Witches should appear in dreams and also histories and is Witch a name women ever gave themselves or only a name they were given and can they reclaim it now can we reclaim it now and what would be the purpose of reclaim it to say we have magic to say we have power because we do but also we don’t and would it help us or hurt us to say look I am a witch and have someone say but where are your pentagrams where is the dark smoke where is satan with his hooves and we say, no, not that kind of witch

KCACTF National Student Playwriting Award

So excited to share that my play TOMORROW GAME is the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award!

The award comes with a cash prize, membership in the Dramatists Guild and the Playwright’s Center, an offer of publication from Samuel French, attendance at the National Festival at the Kennedy Center this April, and a professional development residency this summer.

I am looking forward to joining my fellow student playwrights at the festival in April!

Notes on a Play About Witches

1) Witches are women which means witches are me which means the play should be funny but also not funny at all

2) Witches were women which means witches are history which means witches were real and also doctors and also dead

3) Witches and Wiccans are the same but also totally unrelated

4) Witch is just a name for women who did things men didn’t like back when things were very different than they are now but also not different at all

She Said

Something she said was happy birthday something she said was you’re beautiful honey something she said was I’m proud of you no matter what something she said was you’re perfect to me something she said was you are not all differently sized pieces of pie you are all whole complete individual pies I always thought she was lying she didn’t think she was lying something she said was why do you have to be so mousy something she said was you are unique something she said was you are the sweetest gentlest person I know something she said was what you don’t understand is I don’t want to learn how the VCR works I don’t care how the VCR works I have better things to do with my time and besides if I want to watch my shows your dad will just figure it out for me something she said was I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love  you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you oh honey don’t cry.

The Real Prepper

THE REAL PREPPER

The Real Prepper is all alone. The Real Prepper painstakingly builds a fire.

Fire is food. Fire is warmth. Fire is light. Fire is company. Fire is safety. Fire is family.

Fire is food. Fire is warmth. Fire is light. Fire is company. Fire is safety. Fire is family.

If I make it through the night then it will be tomorrow.If I make it through the night, tomorrow will be today. If I make it through today, then it will be time for a fire. If I make it through the night then it will be tomorrow.

They begin to sing We Are Family. Energetically.

Ev’ryone can see we’re together/ As we walk on by/ (Hey) and we fly just like birds of a feather/ I won’t tell no lie/ (ALL!) all of the people around us they say/ Can they be that close/ Just let me state for the record/ We’re giving love in a family dose

They get up and begin to dance.

We are family/ I got all my sisters with me/We are family/ Get up ev’rybody and sing/ We are family/ I got all my sisters with me/ We are family/ Get up ev’rybody and sing