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by Erin Courtney
February 2012

Trained as a painter, Erin Courtney employs maps and visual structures as guides to sequence. Her plays tell stories by unfolding a delicate equilibrium of pattern and narration; instead of following a traditional arc of tension and release, she creates experiences that ring out meaning as a sequence of bells, complicating, harmonizing, and remapping their senses as the play progresses. A MAP OF VIRTUE is a symmetrical play guided by a bird statue, pivoting around an encounter with and dissection of evil. Part interview, part comedy, part middle-night-middle-forest horror story. A grief cabaret for three voices, BLACK CAT LOST mines a disparate literature of loss, deploys it across a set of games, and ends with an injunction to sing.

Erin Courtney's play A MAP OF VIRTUE will premiere in New York City in February 2012 produced by 13P. She is currently writing a new play called SERVICE ROAD, which is a commission for the Adhesive Theater Company. Her most recent play HONEY DROP was part of the Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons Superlab and was given a mini-workshop at New Georges. Her other plays include ALICE THE MAGNET, DEMON BABY, QUIVER AND TWITCH and BLACK CAT LOST. Erin has collaborated with Elizabeth Swados on KASPAR HAUSER: A FOUNDLING'S OPERA which was produced at the Flea Theater and named one of The Downtown Theater Favorites of 2009 by Tom Murrin of Paper Magazine. Her plays have been produced or developed by Clubbed Thumb, The Public Theater, The Flea, The Vineyard, Playwrights Horizons, NYS&F, and Soho Rep. DEMON BABY is published in two anthologies; New Downtown Now, edited by Mac Wellman and Young Jean Lee and published by University of Minnesota Press, and Funny, Strange, Provocative: Seven Plays by Clubbed Thumb edited by Maria Striar and Erin Detrick and published by Playscripts, Inc. She is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, a member of the Obie award winning playwright collective 13P, as well as the co-founder of the Brooklyn Writer's Space. She teaches playwriting at Brooklyn College, where she also earned her MFA in playwriting with Mac Wellman.

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