I'm incredibly excited to announce that the Sloan Foundation, through its partnership with Ensemble Studio Theatre, has recognized C. Denby Swanson's upcoming play NUTSHELL with a grant to support it's development!
I first met Colin in 2008 at the JAW West Festival in Portland, OR where she was developing her play A BRIEF NARRATIVE OF AN EXTRAORDINARY BIRTH OF RABBITS which I later directed at EMP Collective in Baltimore. Since meeting her, Colin has been one of my favorite writers, so I was thrilled when she told me she was interested in creating a play about Frances Glessner Lee after seeing my posts about the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death in Baltimore.
"NUTSHELL is one-woman play about the mother of forensic science, Frances Glessner Lee, who used her inheritance in the 1930's and 1940's to make miniatures of crime scenes, which are still used today to train investigators. In the play, she uses forensic science to understand the physical evidence of her own life, and to build the legacy that even today continues to help solve violent crimes."
This grant has already helped cover the costs of a research trip to Baltimore for the both of us and a trip to Chicago to visit Florence's childhood home, The Glessner House Museum.
Read Colin's bio (and those of the other Sloan recipients this year) here.
New York, I'm home!
After three amazing years in Baltimore, I am moving back to New York. When I graduated from Columbia, my mentors told me to leave New York and decide if I wanted to come back. It's been 15 years since I moved to New York for the first time and now I'm moving back. This means an adjustment period of finding a new home and reacclimatizing to life in the city that never sleeps, but I'm looking forward to the change.