C.E. Wilkinson co-founded Kuku Ryku Theater Lab, an all-female professional not-for-profit experimental theater based in New York (funded by the NEA, NYSCA, et al.). With the company, original work was seen at experimental theater festivals in the US and Europe. Other plays by Wilkinson have been produced in New York, Nepal, South Africa, and Kenya. Born in New England, ex-resident of NYC and Kathmandu, Wilkinson lives on Cape Cod with her family. She knows a little Tibetan and grows historic iris--badly. Wilkinson’s style is anti-naturalistic, often making use of repetition and ritual. Her scripts are designed for actors willing to embody an unrestricted, present-centered physicality, a la Grotowski, Brook, and Mabou Mines' Joanne Akalaitis and Ruth Malaczech. She ponders seeking a revival of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Meet Sacco and Vanzetti!!! (or, Patrick Henry in Hell), a full-length dark comedy featuring 4-part chorale in the manner of Bach by Schrier-Roth & Associates, entitled "Death to the Fascist Insect That Preys on the Life of the People." Responses to Sacco!: “If Andy Warhol and Eugene Ionesco had collaborated on an audio-visual version of American Political Tradition, they might have created something akin to C.E. Wilkinson’s hilarious new American tragedy, ‘Sacco & Vanzetti Meet Julius & Ethel Rosenberg!!!’” -- Eva Saks, Casting Call “An hysterical yet thoughtful play, unique in its conception and execution.” – Show Business Responses to Island, Briar Rose, and Going Home. “Stunning . . . an articulate madness . . . adventurous, full of risks.” -- Allan Havis, Our Town “An enlightening extension of authentic Grotowski training.” – Ted Hoffman, Alternative Theater “I thought the performance extraordinary. I don’t know when I have ever seen energy sustained at such a level of intensity or such gigantic figures on stage.” --Steven Weil, The Whitney Museum
MORE ABOUT ME
Most life changing moment in theater. Life-changing? Wil Leach's LaMama ETC Company's performance at La MaMa of "The Only Jealousy of Emer" and "Reynard the Fox."
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
Polishing a full-length play called "Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth Marie" and also working on a new one which is still gestating.
Recovered existentialist, ruthless petulant buddhist, humorless feminist psychotherapist dramatist
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