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I write plays.  


They are set anywhere from Wonderland (An Alice of A Certain Age) to ancient Galilee (An Announcement),  but a number of my longer plays are set in one or another era in Russia. Or rather in “Russia,” not the country you can find on a map, unless it is the map of imagination.


An Announcement, was selected for the final line-up in the 2015 ONStage Female Playwrights Project (Little Black Dress INK). An Alice of A Certain Age played in “Curious Conversations” at the Eclectic Company Theatre in LA. The Plumber had a run at the 2014 Arundel Theatre Trail in the UK and went on to form one-half  of a 2014 “Best of Fringe” show at the San Francisco Fringe. Daniil Kharms: a Life in One Act and Several Dozen Eggs had two staged readings in 2014, by Virago Theatre Company and at the Great Plains Theatre Conference (Play Lab).


I started writing plays in the mid-aughts, with guidance and inspiration from the folks of the Play Café of Berkeley, Will Dunne’s Dramatic Writing workshops and classes at the Playwrights Foundation (San Francisco), to name a few. Nowadays my week-to-week workshopping home is the Monday Night Group. I am a member of the Dramatists Guild and I serve on the board of Custom Made Theatre Co., and the advisory board of 3Girls Theatre.


With a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Brown University, I used to teach Russian literature and I still dip into Dead Souls when no one is looking. 

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