A Map of Virtue and Black Cat Lost
Trained as a painter, Erin Courtney uses maps and images to generate surprising written sequences. Her plays unfold in a delicate dance of pattern and narration; they ring out their images and meanings as a sequence of bells: complicating, harmonizing, and remapping their senses as they run their idiosyncratic course. 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.