Death ends life, not relationships. The world premiere of “The Grateful Deadly!” will be a highly entertaining, magical, visually creative and adventurous evening of new works and 7 short plays by 6 esteemed Bay Area Playwrights! Some plays are whimsical and humorous, some are bittersweet, deep and thought provoking with perhaps a surprising twist. And a folktale told in a modernistic ancient cultural art form. Featuring an ensemble of extraordinary actors! We promise you great theatre that will spark intriguing conversations!
My short play THE VIEW is included in the Playland Productions short play anthology The Grateful Deadly which will be performed at the Exit Theatre in March, directed by Dan Wilson.
The play was originally written as part of the Monday Night Playground SF in 2016 when we were asked to write about something inspired by environmentalism. I was struck by how numb most of us are to the climate change evidence all around us and decided to write about that using one woman’s experience of going deaf to the natural rhythms she used to know well, due to grief. I’d also been struck by a play I’d seen a few years ago in the SF Olympians Festival about dryads, so wanted to incorporate something a little ethereal and fantastical to the piece. Given the time-frame to write those plays, it was problematic, but I was pleased with it overall. When Playland Productions approached and asked for the involved playwrights to provide two pieces within their theme, I felt this one would fit nicely. With the help of director, Dan Wilson and dramaturge, Anthony Clarvoe I was happy to fix the problems we all saw with it and am excited to see it performed in March.
I hope that what audiences will take from it is the question: what have you turned away from and no longer see or hear?