The first part of a trilogy about self-discovery, HELL is based on Dante's Inferno, a journey into human error -- from gluttony and rage to suicide and treason. HELL was followed by CONFESSIONS, a piece inspired by the writings of Saint Augustine. DREAMS, a play derived from the early work of Sigmund Freud, will conclude the set.
The Rubin Museum of Art and New York University's
Casa Italiana, 2005-2006.
Five one-woman monlogues about contemporary tragedies inspired by Euripides' Medea. A Palestinian terrorist. A school teacher who seduced her student. An American soldier who tortured prisoners in Iraq's Abu Ghraib's jail. A young mother who drowned her children. A woman who commited suicide in order to frame her husband for murder.
An exploration of Saint Augustine's early life, a young man in search of what he called his hominis interioris -- "the lover within." A singer, a cellist and a dancer bring to life a variety of characters in Augustine's world, in order to tell us the story of a man who followed the call of a strange force, which spoke to him outloud.
New York University's Casa Italiana, and Temple M, 2009.
A love tragedy about the boy who became Emperor Hadrian's page. The play speaks about the deep bond between a middle-aged man and a teenager, but also about politics, power and powerlessness.