Wrote and directed COME TO LEAVE, a play anthologized in Smith & Kraus' Best Play of 1994. A college senior struggles with her impending graduation, because of the loss of her father, her freshman year. From The New York Times: "… that so many levels of thought can be conveyed in so few words testifies to great skill…" From theatermania.com: "…chanting the words “meaning” and “me” repeatedly–a game that goes some distance to thoughtfully connect the two."
Directed a world premiere of PICKLING by Pulitzer Prize winner, Suzan-Lori Parks. A woman who lost her mother, unpacks her memories in pickling jars and poetry. From The New York Times: "…a blinding moment of elation so unexpected it makes you want to yell and many people in the theater do." Produced by Lincoln Center Directors Lab with five invited remounts including at Joe’s Pub at The NYSF Public Theater.
Directed PRESIDENTS DAY SALE, by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks, produced at Joe’s Pub at The NYSF Festival Public Theater. One play in Park’s 365 Plays in 365 Days, about a day that six American presents are, well, for sale. Left to right: John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, George Bush Sr., and George Bush Jr. (the puppet).
Directed SQUARE ONE by Academy Award winner Steve Tesich, an international multi-media production at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It is a satiric romance set in a soulless projected post-apocalyptic world, where love is too imperfect to survive. From EdinburghGuide.com: "… the digitally projected set creates an uneasy backdrop of perfection."
Directed LAY ME DOWN by Eric Winick and Steve Thirolle, with live 5 piece band, based on the tumultuous marriage of musicians, Richard & Linda Thompson. From TheaterMania.com: “It raises the bar in terms of downtown theater… fluidly directed by Allison Eve Zell.”
Directed INSIGNIFICANCE by Terry Johnson, an imaginary encounter in which Marilyn Monroe (played by Judy Greer; http://imdb.to/2btDNs1) makes Albert Einstein feel free, Einstein makes Monroe feel smart, Joe McCarthy wants blood, & Joe DiMaggio just wants his wife back. Produced at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago.
Directed THE BACCHAE by Euripides (translated by C.K. Williams): produced at The Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar. The Greek god of ecstasy and his chorus of women (featuring Alicia Goranson, on left; http://imdb.to/2yZolvI), punish a non-believer by tricking his mother into beheading him, thinking he is a sacrificial animal.