I am a playwright, actress and teacher, a native New Yorker, and the daughter of noted film historian William K. Everson. My earliest memories were immersed in cinema. I graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, studied with Geraldine Page and Michael Schulman, and appeared in many plays by Robert Patrick and others at La Mama ETC and other Off-Off-Broadway theaters.
In 1990, I gave up most theatrical aspirations to raise my daughter who has special needs, and teach drama to children on the autistic spectrum. In 2014, I returned to college after a 36-year absence, got my degree and found my creative voice again. I discovered I not only loved writing plays, but my work was consistently well received. In 2015, I was the recipient of the Yip Harburg Foundation scholarship and my first full-length, NEITHER HERE NOIR THERE, was produced at Manhattan Repertory Theatre in April of 2017.
Given the freedom to write, I discovered there were stories I needed to tell and that people wanted to hear. In the last three years, I’ve completed two full-length plays and seven one-acts, with more in progress. As a result, my inherent style is starting to come into focus. My plays tend to incorporate oddball characters and situations. Subject matter has ranged from screwball comedy to dark melodrama, from cannibals in suburban Long Island, to murderous love triangles amongst octogenarians in a nursing home. Cinematic references are an inevitable by-product of my childhood.
This is a late-in-life renaissance for me and it’s been extremely gratifying so far. My unusual upbringing, including being both daughter and parent to a person on the autistic spectrum, along with my lifelong immersion in eclectic cinematic and theatrical experiences, has given me an offbeat worldview and, it’s fair to say, a warped sense of humor. My hope is that I can continue to incorporate my experience into quirky, entertaining and edifying pieces of theatre. I feel ready now to work intensively on my plays and make them the best they can be, while growing as an artist in the process.