I write plays and make live performance. I see theater as practice for civic life.
I'm interested in how people gather. I'm interested in how people look at each other and listen to each other. I'm talking about the stuff that might happen in a play. I'm also talking about the stuff that might happen in a room where a play is happening. And that's sort of the point. My writing grows out of my solitary love of books, but also out of my experience in community, religious and radical, in tents, grange halls, fields, synagogues, memorial circles, and around maypoles. What if choices about art were also choices about how we want to be in the world? Can the work we make be connected to the world we make?
I can't afford a farm at the moment, so I'm starting with the idea of one.
Alex Borinsky (she/her) is a playwright and performer, originally from Baltimore, currently living in Los Angeles. Recent projects include Ding Dong It's the Ocean with Rady&Bloom, Weird Classrooms with University Settlement, and Of Government with Clubbed Thumb.
Her plays have been produced and developed by Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Target Margin, Page 73, Ensemble Studio Theatre, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Masrah Ensemble in Beirut, Upstream Theater in St. Louis, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and her writing has appeared in n+1, The Brooklyn Rail, Slate, and HowlRound. A 2014-2015 LMCC Workspace resident, Alex was a member of Youngblood from 2010 to 2016. She has otherwise performed and developed work in basements, backyards, bars, circus tents, and theaters.
She is an alum of Yale (humanities), Brooklyn College (playwriting), and the Los Angeles Permaculture Academy (permaculture design).