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In-land narrative structures: lakes, badlands, prairies & deserts.

For initiating material, I look toward the divisions manufactured through societal binaries, mining where they dissipate/dissolve/fold into each other in nature; for example, the Badlands as an environmental and geological active metaphor, where the high prairie erodes through falling towers toward a brief desert, then plateaus into the lower prairie. These are the boundaries where storytelling arises from the Earth’s structures.

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I have received multiple residences, including the Jentel Residency (2018) and Lake Tofte Emerging Artist Residency (2017); I was a finalist for the 2019/20 Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center (for Holidays In / Coyote), a finalist for the 2018/19 Jerome Fellowship at The Lark (for Tornado Drill in the Monkey House), and a semi-finalist for the 2019 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference (for Tornado Drill in the Monkey House). I was the recipient of grants from The Puffin Foundation, The Mental Insight Foundation, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

My plays have been performed throughout the United States and in Lithuania – in festivals and main stage presentations. In New York my 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, Target Margin Theater, and Vital Joint. Nationally my 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.

To reach Adam: adambobburnett@gmail.com

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photo by Lia Clay