ADAM R. BURNETT is a playwright and theatre-maker. Adam’s surreal theatre work is grounded in the presence of the performer/spectator and the fleeting nature of shared space. He often writes toward the intersection of environment, nature, gender and genre.

Adam’s plays have been performed throughout the United States and in Lithuania – in festivals and main stage presentations. In New York his work has been presented at Ars Nova, ART/NY’s Gural Theatre, The Brick, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, The Duplex, Incubator Arts Project/Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The New Ohio, Performance Project @ University Settlement, The Tank, and Vital Joint. Nationally his work has been presented at The Unicorn in Kansas City, the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles, University of Texas-Austin, and Tricklock Company in Albuquerque, among others.

Personal statement: The subjects of nature and environment, gender and identity, and place and memory are my current concerns. Increasingly I am interested in giving power and recognition to the Earth through narratives that gently recenter the perspective from the self or singular, to the possibility of plurality. The potential for progress can initiate in our storytelling, and at the junction of environmentalism and gender I gravitate toward the plural usage of They in storytelling – opening my plays to allow any body to inhabit the roles, leaning into the poetic power of multiplicities. My plays do this with rigor, poetry, humor, fantasy, and, at times, bombastic joy. Musicality and tempo are deeply embedded into the skin of my plays, as to alter time signature for participants, to take us all to an other place of consideration.

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