Illustration by Ruth Marten
By resident playwright
Directed by Nicholas Martin
This year I am working on three projects. One is fully grown, one is in the middle of its development, and one is just starting up.
Going into production at Arena is my play You, Nero – about the Mad Emperor who took over all the arts and made them into reality TV ( in ancient Rome, of course).
The MIDDLE play, for which I have a solid working draft, is about modern design and why it is so cruel to human life. It’s about a Mad Architect who keeps designing demonic buildings. (It’s called Right to the Top.)
And my BABY play is just starting out – I’ll be hearing it out loud for the first time in the upcoming weeks. It is located in a period in American history that launched many experimental and Utopian communities (one called Oneida, in particular, that flourished in late 19th century). THAT one has peace, harmony, beauty, vegetarians, and artisan craftsmanship. The leader is a Mad Preacher who ends up destroying the wonderful dream he created.
As I write this, I cannot avoid a sense that there is a recurring theme. My central preoccupation as a writer is my view that the fateful trouble for humankind lies in the fact that our best and worst traits coexist in such close proximity. The only problem with human beings is human nature.