What I Write

What I write

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My writing obsessions?:

How do people connect? Can they, even? My plays explore the way humans hurt each other (and themselves,) especially when they don't mean to and have no idea why.

The place where funny meets awful. I see writing as a physical act. My characters move though the space, resonate energy, and take big, messy, misguided actions.

Women (mostly.) What is it to be female: spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially? What are the hurts that come along with these bodies? I explore what women are like with each other when men aren’t around.

Theatricality. My characters’ points-of-view express themselves not just in dialogue but also in sound, light, space, scenic design, and time. I ask the audience to fuse its imagination with the characters’ imaginations. Scenery morphs. Dead people show up. Ex-lovers show up, too, though they're lost to the loved one forever. The characters — often confused and in grief — turn refrigerators into time portals or roofs from which to jump. A chicken becomes a lethal bomb. The souls of dead girls, not yet settled in the Underworld, hover over the River Styx. A mother and daughter tread water up to their necks as the polar ice caps melt.

The characters try to keep themselves safe, but that’s the most dangerous thing of all. Their only shot at salvation is to make a connection — even if fleeting or uncertain — and then, if need be, let go.

To learn more, contact me here or at vicki@victoriazdaly.com.