Playwright and performance artist Deb Margolin has been honored with an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the Kesselring Playwriting Award, and the Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award. She is a founding member of the groundbreaking Split Britches Theater Company, her solo work has been commissioned by distinguished venues including The Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and PS122, and she is on the theater faculty at Yale, where she’s received the Richard H. Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence. Deb and I recently met at New Dramatists to talk about her iconic career and inspiration behind her new solo show.
Here is the opening of Deb’s very first solo performance, “Of All the Nerve”:
Here is Deb in 2011 performing a piece at PS122’s 30th Anniversary Season RetroFutureSpective Festival:
And here is a clip from Deb’s new one-woman show, “Good Morning Anita Hill It’s Ginni Thomas I Just Wanted To Reach Across the Airwaves and the Years and Ask You To Consider Something I Would Love You To Consider an Apology Sometime and Some Full Explanation of Why You Did What You Did With My Husband So Give It Some Thought and Certainly Pray About This and Come To Understand Why You Did What You Did Okay Have a Good Day”:
Photo of Deb Margolin by Dante Olivia Smith.