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my own work

Black Trashbag Magic

Black Trashbag Magic is a coming-of-age story based on my own adolescence. It comes from a place of looking back on the experiences I had before I became the fully-formed queer woman I am now, and reinterpretting those events with an analytical lens. I especially wanted to explore how trauma affects the way we remember and view past experiences-- even ones not directly related to the trauma. When I directed a production of it at the Tucson Fringe Festival, I knew I wanted part of the show to be devised. The actors and I collaborated to create transitions with otherworldly movement, music and poetry between each scene. I would play music and give them prompts, lines, or meditations to respond to until we built moments that bridged the gap between the magic that the characters are experimenting with and the real events occurring. Analyzing and reframing events that happened to me in a process that culminated in putting them on stage-- ultimately owning them-- was extremely empowering for me. I think it’s important when dealing with heavy topics to have moments of levity. This is why, when I found out that our performance space was frequently and randomly interrupted by loud nearby trains, rather than having my actors wait it out like many shows did, I decided to devise a scene specifically for when the trains came. I wrote a page of musings on trains, had my actors look at it briefly and then improvise a scene based on it. What they came up with was hilarious and different each time. One performance was interrupted by 3 separate trains, and they did 3 different versions of the scene throughout the show.

Tucson Fringe Festival 2019

Directed by Alina Burke

Cast:  Kyleigh Sacco, Christine Arbor, and Danny Fap

Photos by Carrie Anne Armes


Artwork by Carly Vorndran

What, Will You?

What, Will You? is a super gay adaptation of Twelfth Night set on a college campus. The idea of a modern queer version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night came to me when I read it for the first time after coming out. I couldn’t get over how good Viola is at wooing Olivia-- how of all the characters in the play, they by far have the most chemistry. As an identical twin, I also wanted to add some of the issues my sister and I faced while being separated from each other for the first time during undergrad. It’s surprisingly difficult to go your entire life being one of a set and then suddenly be in a place where no one knows you're a twin. It’s somehow both liberating and lonely at the same time. My goal for What, Will You?, was to make it an accurate flip on the traditional story while introducing these new concepts.

Tucson Fringe Festival 2020

Directed by Alina Burke

Cast:  Katie Burke, Kyleigh Sacco, Zachary Nicholson, Abigail Dunscomb, Neruda Hogrelius, Alina Burke, and Will Jacobs

Photos by Abby Gore

other work

The Importance of Being Earnest

I directed a production of The Importance of Being Earnest at Amherst College as part of an extracurricular theatre program called Green Room.

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