Plays

Le Cirque Féerique. Directed and conceived with David Hanzal and ensemble. Collective Unconscious.

Click the link to read and learn about the play on the New Play Exchange.

Selected Full Lengths

#GodHatesYou

Laurel has always been the apple of the church’s eye. Despite the hate mail and death threats, she knows she’s saving the sinners of the world before the end of days arrives. However, when Laurel joins social media she’s faced for the first time with the outside world, and soon everything she believes is called into question. 3w, 4m. 

Commissioned by Curious Theatre Company

Little House in the Big City

Margo has everything — great marriage, flourishing career, adoring husband– until she is given the devastating news – her unborn baby has a hole in its head. Suddenly faced with the difficult decision to terminate the pregnancy,  Margo decides the best way to cope with her grief is by entering a pageant where women compete to be crowned Little House on the Prairie’s Laura Ingalls Wilder.  3w, 2m. 

Commissioned by Sideshow Theatre Company

No Home for Bees

Sixteen-year-old Suz is trying to get reacquainted with her father after he is released from a five-year prison stint. However, when she discovers why he was incarcerated, she is forced to ask herself what constitutes an unforgivable act. In an exploration of sex and deviance, No Home For Bees investigates the repercussions of the desires we struggle to control. 3w, 2m.

Pocketful of Sand

Coco travels the oceans and sells the souls from bodies he pulls out of the sea until one day he rescues Sunny, a young orphan girl who is determined to be his apprentice. However as the more sinister aspects of Coco’s work begin to emerge, Sunny must decide for herself whether the work they are doing outweighs the costs. A fairytale about death, Pocketful of Sand is a play about love, family and belonging. 1w, 2m. 

Winner of the 2016 Activate Midwest Award and Finalist for the 2015 Kendeda/National Playwriting Award 

The Grand Illusion Show

In 1896 New York, Adelaide is a recent widow. Her husband was the famous magician, Alexander Herrmann, and now she – his long-time assistant – wants the rights to perform his illusions herself. The trouble is no woman has ever performed this kind of magic before. To prove she’s qualified to carry on her husband’s legacy, Adelaide will perform the most dangerous trick of all: the infamous Bullet Catch. Based on a true story, The Grand Illusion Show blends Adelaide’s story with real illusions as it examines the limitations of the glass-ceilings we’ve broken, and those we must still work to shatter. 2w, 3m.

Le Cirque Féerique
Directed and conceived by David Hanzal
Written by Emily Dendinger in collaboration with David Hanzal and the ensemble

Paris, 1690, the center of culture: Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy and her non-conformist friends fight for independence and equality during the oppressive reign of King Louis XIV. Through storytelling and champagne-infused salons, these women critiqued and challenged society’s expectations for women over 100 years before the first wave of feminism. Marie-Catherine and her crew were best-selling authors in their day, and invented fairy tales as we know them. So whatever happened to these bold, groundbreaking women, and the subversive fairy tales that they spun? 4w, 1m.

Commissioned by collective unconscious

Hideous Progeny

It was a dark and stormy night when Lord Byron challenges Mary Godwin (not yet Shelley) to write a ghost story that will make her immortal. Witty, salacious, and often melodramatic—we are talking about the Romantics, after all—Hideous Progeny takes these larger than life figures and depicts them as the teenagers they were; overeducated, egotistical and convinced they will change the world despite how little they know about it. 3w, 3m.

Fog Island

When the fog refuses to lift from their sleepy Irish fishing village, siblings Cara and Finn must take matters into their own hands. The children take to the sea, only to find themselves washed ashore on the mysterious and dangerous Fog Island. A spooky adventure story adapted from Tomi Ungerer’s award winning picture book, this TYA play asks what is means to grow up and face your fears. 3m, 3w. Please contact directly for music.