ARTIST STATEMENT

Photo by Peter Sumner Walton Bellamy at The Bushwick Starr

Photo by Peter Sumner Walton Bellamy at The Bushwick Starr

"As a playwright, I destabilize the conventions of American domestic drama by featuring the avant-garde accidents of everyday speech, and characters battered by the quirks of circumstance. Line by line, I attempt to capture the stirring individuality of spoken language, the personal idiosyncrasies, the unintentional misspeaking, the ways we ferret out meaning from inadequate approximations of what we're trying to say. By not polishing off the weirdness and surface wrongness of how people speak, I allow the audience raw access to the curious vulnerabilities we all share. In the process, I hope to open up a vein of feeling for people who are often bluntly sealed off from our daily lives, and wholly out of keeping with how we see ourselves. Forging these kinds of fragile, evocative connections is at the heart of what I do."  

Christina Masciotti is a critically acclaimed playwright who has earned comparisons to Samuel Beckett and Moliere (The New York TimesDivers Alarums). Her plays have been produced in New York at venues including The Bushwick Starr, Abrons Arts Center, HERE, PS 122; domestically at Arts Emerson in Boston, and Circle X Theatre in Los Angeles; and internationally in Germany, Chile, France, Italy, Greece, and Croatia. She has been honored as a Guggenheim Fellow, a Berks County Community Foundation SPA Fund Fellow, a Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grantee, a multiple-year finalist for the Princess Grace Award, a semi-finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, and has been nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award, and the Doric Wilson Independent Theater Award. She is a playwright in residence at Lincoln Center Theater.