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Playwright’s Perspective: The Pain of My Belligerence

This play aims to explore the corrosive effects of the patriarchy on women and men alike — to examine the culture that has created the phenomenon of toxic masculinity and its insidious effects, and to start imagining ways we can break free.

Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright’s Perspective: Noura

The characters of Noura attempt to balance their individual pursuits with a search for community. I believe it is a balance with which many of us struggle.

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Playwright’s Perspective: Dance Nation

I wanted to write this play because I wanted to present a different picture of teenage girls onstage. One where trauma wasn’t the central narrative. One where “being the best” was.

Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright's Perspective: The Treasurer

Before our final workshop of “The Treasurer”, I board a bus to visit my grandmother. I’ve been readying the play for production, but she does not know it exists. Late at night, toiling over her favorite phrases, a fact starts bobbing: I’ve given much more time to this play than to her.

Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright's Perspective: For Peter Pan

I wrote 'For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday' as a gift for my mother (for her seventieth birthday). My mother grew up playing Peter Pan in Davenport, Iowa. As a child I looked at pictures scattered around my grandparents’ house of my mother wearing green tights and flying.
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