City Artist Corps Grant, 2021
Presented in Theaterlab's Gallery Series (NYC) October 2021
Presented at HOT! Festival, Dixon Place (NYC) July 2022
"I loved it! What a joy to spend time with these characters, these voices, these ruminations, these passions and curiosities. Most of all, what a joy to watch Karen's immense talents on display, shifting between these different personae and embodying these disparate, beautiful, grotesque, absurd, harrowing spirits. [...] I appreciated them all as elliptical, thoughtful meditations on conflicting attitudes of power."
-Joshua Fesi: writer, creator, producer, Brooklyn NY
"I thought about the categories we are put into as women and actors. [...] It made me think about de Beauvoir’s opening statement about no one being born a woman, but becoming one from learning her role.
-Alyssa K. Simon: actress, NYC
Guardian Angel Church, NYC
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Rough Draft Festival
Theater Bay Area CA$H grant, LMCC creative engagement grant, Walter E Dakin Fellowship, Sewanee Conference,
JM Kaplan Writing Grant
“Unblinking Eye immediately grabbed me with its human story anchored in a larger and very timely conversation about the ethics of war. Iris, the protagonist, feels like a strikingly original combination of the archetypal and the particular, navigating an American landscape presented in a way that I have not seen before. Justin skillfully uses precise and emotionally resonant language to build the characters and the world of the play. The silences are deeply effective. The synthesis of colloquial and poetic language is profound.”
— Naomi Iizuka, playwright
"I think performance may actually say something important about identity [ ... ]. In the audience, you said I was your anchor. I was so touched. You made me very aware of my role in the performance. I could not just sit back and be passive. I had to be active.
I imagined I was like a stone in a river, and the words were rushing over me. I could catch some, but not all. And I thought, oh, this is the nature of performance. If you try to hold onto it, it slips away."
-Jill Falzoi: dancer, theatre artist, NYC
"Lots and lots of images, words, moments emerging all night long.
[...] such a gorgeous imaginative use of your body. We could watch you and be mesmerized. Simone as always, finding a way with such simplicity and yet force of specific, focus.
The narrative is for each of us to gather all our parts and say who we each are.
Everyone, everything, every kind of desire and love.