Show: Post Traumatic Super Delightful
Photo credit: Angela Dumlao
What inspired you to create it?
When I first came out as a survivor of sexual assault, I felt intense pressure to fit an identity that people expected of me. Trying to meet those expectations was incredibly painful. So I started to interview other survivors and was struck by how, while there is no single survivor narrative, everyone struggles under the expectation that there is one. I noticed that laughter was largely absent in most survivors’ healing processes. While every healing process is different, I do think that laughter’s overwhelming absence is a red flag. Laughter is a sign of acknowledging common humanity, of healing as a community. So because I’m a clown, I wanted to use theatrical clowning to experiment playfully with the absurdity of being a survivor.
Who else is helping you bring the show to FRIGID?
I have an ARMY! I am so proud to say that PTSD is produced by an entirely woman-identified legion of mini-Beyoncés! Angela Dumlao (Sea Wife) is directing; Kati Frazier (ART/NY, Random Access Theatre 2015) is dramaturging; Sam Garcia (Target Margin Theatre Lab) is both costume and set designing; Darielle Shandler (The Civilians) is light designing; Olivia Hull (New Dramatists) is stage managing; Lindsey Yadon (lindseyyadon.com) is graphic designing; and Molly Jones is our amazing production assistant!
Who would be your dream audience for this show?
What shows are you planning to see at FRIGID?
Favorite theatre professional? Meryl. Deal with it. I love her.
Current show you would love to be involved with? Orange Is The New Black
Your dream show to be involved with? Orange Is The New Black: The Musical
Who would you most like to have a chance to work with? Sarah Ruhl
Your best theatre experience? God Box is how I met my BF!
Your worst theatre experience? Once my costume was only post it notes. Not even that many.
Person you’d most like to thank for getting you where you are today? God! Barbra Streisand before I found God.
For more information on Post Traumatic Super Delightful, visit the FRIGID New York website.