At the intersection of environmental justice and queerness, Adam’s plays give agency and voice to naturalist narratives. In attempt to recover the archive of possibilities, while actively demoting capitalism’s influence on storytelling, their writing apposes environment and identity by embodying plurality and multiplicities in form and content. The intention of the work is to gift collaborators and audiences through the proliferation of stories that re-center consideration toward the Earth.

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

By creating environmental and Earth-based stories, Adam looks to disrupt the narrative structure upheld through the gendered three act structure; they are inspired by naturally occurring structures – through geography, geology, environmental landscapes, and animal wisdom. Relying upon a decade of work with experimental colleagues in Buran Theatre, their plays propose alternative narrative structures to tell stories that have been forgotten or untold.

For initiating material, Adam looks 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. Adam’s plays position themselves as a means to engage the peripheries of social discourse and realign the spectator’s relationship to the natural, while gently removing violent binaries from the structure of our stories.

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What a story

Adam’s plays embrace impossibility, chaos, joy, the multiplicities of queerness, duration, repetition, humor, musicality, poetry, and the limits of theatricality.

Adam has received multiple residences, including the Jentel Residency (2018) and Lake Tofte Emerging Artist Residency (2017); they were 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). They are the recipient of grants from The Puffin Foundation, The Mental Insight Foundation, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Their plays have been performed throughout the United States and in Lithuania – in festivals and main stage presentations. In New York their 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 their 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.

Adam was most recently in residence at the Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyoming and finished a new play, What it is to be the lake. Throughout 2019, Adam will work on a new play dreams of the last bison, a queer-lensed natural & supernatural history of north american bison.

Access Adam’s plays on the New Play Exchange network

To reach Adam: adambobburnett@gmail.com

 

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photo by Lia Clay