Dinosaurs...and the Modern World...

 

Tell us a bit about the background to your piece: how did you come up with the concept and what was your process in terms of bringing it from concept to final product?

 

This summer, I participated in the New South Young Playwrights Festival at Horizon Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and wrote this play for the festival. I was inspired to write something that addressed the way that individuals deal with world-changing events that feel too big to take on. This play was originally written to be performed on stage, so we had the opportunity to reimagine what stories we can tell through film. My friend and collaborator, Spencer Goodin, was integral to figuring out how to do what we wanted to do. We chose to insert video clips from the past two years to compare and contrast the “small” lives of individuals with huge natural and man-made events.

 

What do you hope audience members will experience or take away from your performance?

 

I hope audience members will be able to consider how the world that the dinosaurs inhabited related to ours. There have always been earth shattering disasters, like the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. However, today our worlds are also turned upside down by things that we have a hand in. Whether or not there is human error, it can feel hopeless to stand by and bear witness. This performance asks us, for better or for worse, to consider what our world is and how we handle it.

 

Anything else that you feel is vitally important for audience members to consider as they engage with your piece?

 

I know that what I’ve been considering during this time is how I can be as happy and healthy and helpful as possible in these times. I hope that this play can help others consider how to have a good balance of reality and escape as well.

 

Two Dinosaurs Under the Sun will be screened on October 16 & 17 as part of Abby Theatre Fest: Stage to Screen Edition. For complete details and to purchase tickets, please visit HERE.