What I Write

What I write

I’m driven to know how people connect … or if they can.

My characters reach across voids, even when sitting side by side, but they often remain disastrously miles apart.

I love the sweet spot where funny meets awful.

As a performer trained in clown and commedia dell'arte at the Lecoq School in Paris, I see writing as a physical act. My characters move though the space, resonate energy, and take big, messy -- misguided -- actions. A mother sprints down a runway and yanks her daughter off a taxiing plane, injuring the daughter. A goddess makes a journey to the Land of the Dead that almost kills her, even though she's a goddess.

I write, mostly, about women.

What is it to be female: spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially?

I do it theatrically.

The 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 — maybe confused, often 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.

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