New & Upcoming
• Preparedness, at the Bushwick Starr, May/June 2020, dir: Kristjan Thor
PREPAREDNESS by Hillary Miller. Alternately horrifying and hilarious, this dark comedy follows the faculty of a moribund theater department at a state university, as they are forced to undergo self-defense training in order to maintain their funding. Award-winning theater scholar Miller teams up with director Thor, who brings his immersive horror expertise to Preparedness, examining the effects of fear on professional communities.
Selected PAST Projects
• Jimmy Carter’s Compromise
During a domestic summit in the midst of an energy crisis, President Jimmy Carter secretly visits an American household, leading to a dangerous collision between his administration and two working-class families. Jimmy Carter’s Compromise uses historical narrative to ask questions about how we balance personal and social dreams in America. (Commissioned by the NYC-based DreamLab, dir: Niegel Smith. Semi-finalist, National Playwrights Conference, O’Neill Theater Center, 2014.)
• Spring Pictures of the Floating World and The Art of the Bedchamber (script director)
Peculiar Works Project (Ralph Lewis, Catherine Porter and Barry Rowell) created this performed installation "pleasure palace,” in a former basement screening room at La Mama, E.T.C., 2012.
• Sylvie Ann
When Sylvie Ann is fired after years of dedicated service to her job, she takes aim at the bureaucracy that took her down, with the help of her disenfranchised co-workers and dysfunctional son. Sylvie Ann is a dark comedy about a woman at the end of a career, fighting for a new beginning . (Finalist, Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers, 2010.)
• Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot (co-producer)
A site-specific performance in collaboration with the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Church of St. Joseph; directed by Alec Duffy, music by Dave Malloy, 2010.
• Gay Pierrot
A clown seeks the cure for cancer in a commedia look at art, queerness and economy, with Tracy Hazas and Amanda Gates-Elston. (2008 HOT Festival at Dixon Place.)
• The Hovering
“[The Hovering] reveals a side of warfare that is rarely explored: the daily struggle of the wives and loved ones who are left at home to wait while their soldiers are deployed overseas. She skillfully blends magical theatricality and stark realism to illuminate the limbo that these women find themselves thrust into.” –Marina McClure, director
(Semi-finalist, 2007 O’Neill playwrights competition and the Reverie Productions Next Generation Playwriting Competition; 2007 Capital FRINGE Festival, dir. Marina McClure)
• Widows of Troy
A collage poem adaptation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women, in collaboration with the Syrup Room (dir. Kristjan Thor), 2006.
• An Evening of Works in Progress (co-producer)
Three new one-act plays, co-produced with Tetra Balestri and Robert Elstein, UNDER St. Marks Theater, 2004.
• St. Fatso’s Lament
Cherry Lane Studio Theatre (dir. Kristjan Thor), 2003; the Underbelly Theatre, 2003 Edinburgh Festival FRINGE.