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   from the UT New Theatre production of  Loverboy , 2018. Photo credit: Lawrence Peart, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin

from the UT New Theatre production of Loverboy, 2018. Photo credit: Lawrence Peart, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin

I write plays from the heart. I write from the most tender, achey places I can access within myself. I write and re-write in pursuit of motion: to create resonant shifts from word to word, sentence to sentence, and reality to reality. I believe in the medicinal properties of catharsis. I believe in moments where heightened language is completely natural. I believe in unexpected spectacle. I believe in small, barely-articulated truths. I believe in bedtime tales, and campfire yarns, and that stories count for more when we’re together for them.

I write plays that are often "playable" – meaning that they integrate video games, virtual reality, and/or immersive theater deeply and dynamically within their storytelling. These plays invite my audiences to be generative collaborators in their unfolding . . .  just as “play-type plays” invite directors, designers, and actors. I use technology to take us deeper into the theatrical event; to reconfigure how we experience a story together, in the same space, at the same time.

I write plays for audiences with active, searching, inquiring minds . . . who are energized by making their own meaning, and grow impatient as passive receptors of information . . . who are digital natives, and for whom I believe theater can do so much more.

I write plays for myself. Because playwriting is the most potent tool I’ve found for teaching myself what to pay attention to; for finding my best friends; for being honest; and, ultimately, for feeling a little less alone in this life.

 Drew at the MFA Playwrights' Workshop, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 2017.

Drew at the MFA Playwrights' Workshop, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 2017.