Plays: JOAN & BOOTSIE and BAD BEANS
Gandhi once wrote, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Set in Ruxton, Joan & Bootsie is a satire of the Baltimore 1%, as well as the billions of dollars Americans across the economic spectrum spend annually to keep their animal companions alive. Originally commissioned in 2012 as a monologue for CenterStage's My America project, and filmed by Hal Hartley, Joan & Bootsie became a full-length play with additional support from the Kenyon Playwrights Festival. Six actors play ten characters, including Bootsie and Chuckles, the donor cat who gave Bootsie one of his kidneys to extend her life.
Though comic in tone and intent, my hope is that Joan & Bootsie poses serious questions about where best to place our familial, emotional, and financial resources.