100 Heartbreaks (1W, 5M)
Sidle up to the bar at the Horseshoe Tavern where big-haired, sweet-voiced country darling Charlane Tucker is booked to play a set of barroom classics. She's not shy about the motor behind her cross-country tour: get her heart broken enough times to be sad enough to write the perfect country song. But her live show—with the Horseshoe's stellar house band—veers wildly off course when a past fling unexpectedly turns up. You have a front row seat for a night of whiskey-fueled drama. A story about not giving up, despite the odds, 100 Heartbreaks is a raucous send-up of and love song to the good ol' days of country music. The show features 17 brand-new, old-school country songs. More info at 100heartbreaks.com
Development: Seattle Repertory Theatre's New Play Program, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Capitol Hill Arts Center, and Bumbershoot Arts and Culture Festival. The play premiered in Austin, TX, for a sold-out run at the Sahara Lounge.
Abby, an online dominatrix, and Cheryl, a fifth-grade teacher, strike up a dangerous friendship—one with fuzzy boundaries, shifting power, and tangles of secrets. A play about fear and desire, Knotted asks, “What happens when you let go of control?”
The Orange Garden (2W, 3M)
It's 1972 and John signs up for the Peace Corps to avoid the draft and impress a girl. He winds up alone in a country he couldn’t even find on a map: Iran. While his best friend, Gabor, ships off to Vietnam, and his girlfriend, Rainey, dreams of the adventure she’s too afraid to embark on, John is swept into a swirl of poetry, dervishes, and the growing fire of the coming revolution. John is ultimately forced to return to America as the Iran hostage crisis is unfolding, and he finds himself a foreigner in the place he thought was home.
Development: The University of Texas at Austin MFA Showcase; The Banff Centre Playwrights Colony, NEWvember Festival of New Plays. 2016 Kilroys List (honorable mention), 2016 Keene Prize for Literature
Please Open Your Mouth (2 lead performers plus an ensemble)
An immersive, participatory theatrical experience of food and sex. A select few lucky audience members gain entrance to a clandestine culinary orgy where a charismatic host and a cadre of servers lead their guests through a series of wildly unexpected dinner courses. On the menu: a feast of taboos, fantasies, and fetishes. Come hungry.
Development: Cohen New Works Festival (2016), Cafe Nordo (2017)
Wild Places (TBD)
An immersive play about drugs, healing, and the unknown. Two women lead groups of audience members through rituals of self-healing and consciousness-expanding; all the while their stories and fears begin to creep in and take over. Petra is a famous self-help guru who preaches against pharmaceutical companies; Girly is a panic-ridden weirdo who drank ayahuasca accidentally. Their two worlds squish and fold and slam together through experiential wildness and interactive technology. You might encounter a trampoline, a bucket of pills, thousands of glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls, blood, or snakes.
Development with the Rude Mechs as a Rude Fusion project March 2017.
2x4 (1W, 1M, ten-minutes)
A couple decides whether they will break up or not by re-enacting their relationship's most memorable moments.
Premiere: 14/48 Austin: The World's Quickest Theater Festival, 2015
Cat Cafe, (2W, ten-minutes)
Two lonely travelers bond over sex and Xanax in a Tokyo cat cafe.
Face the Strange (3W, ten minutes)
Two childhood friends kidnap the bride-to-be on the eve of her wedding night and take her to their old secret hideout to help the bride decide whether or not she wants to go through with the wedding. They invoke David Bowie, and things get strange.
Commission: Westmont College HIVE Fringe Festival, 2016 (Santa Barbara, CA)
Fireflies, (3 performers, 2 musicians)
A 30-minute immersive theater and music experience designed for ages 0-5. In a magical underground cave, two creatures navigate the dark using sounds. They discover that by moving together, they can make beautiful music, and those unique sounds attract a fleet of fireflies who come to play. Created with Tamara Carroll.
Development: ZACH Theatre
Miss End of the World (3W, 1M, one-act)
Stranded in a casino after the apocalypse occurs, a group of Las Vegas night club regulars stage a beauty pageant to compete for the last remaining candy bar.
Commission/Premiere: Live Girls! Theater (Seattle)
The Seven Seductions of Taylor Swift (1M)
Seven female playwrights wildly speculate about Taylor Swift’s sex life through the mouths of her seven boyfriends – Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Taylor Lautner, Cory Monteith, Jake Gyllenhaal, Conor Kennedy, and Harry Styles. Acclaimed LA actor, Thaddeus Shafer, plays all seven in a story of love, innocence, power, and douchebags.
Premiere: Hollywood Fringe Festival, Second run: New York International Fringe Festival