Playwright, journalist, and director. See published writing below.
Lenny Letter: Willoughby, Where I Grew Up
An essay about adolescence, my sister, and learning to cook a chicken.
Lenny Letter: Interview with Paula Vogel
On angry feminism, the arts, and living with passion. A chat with the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright about how a desire to change the world comes from a place of love, not rage.
Lenny Letter: Interview with Shakina Nayfack
A chat with the trans actress and trailblazer about advocacy, rocking a shaved head, and why being in a loving relationship is the most radical, subversive act there is.
Lenny Letter: Interview with Anna Deavere Smith
An interview with the award-winning actress and activist on mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline and bringing Black Lives Matter to the stage.
Sunday Life: Lessons From My Grandfather
At the age of 29, he emigrated from Egypt to France, just an Arabic man with a suitcase, and never looked back. He made a life in Paris that was rich and full, and at his funeral, Edith Piaf's Je Ne Regrette Rien boomed through the crematorium. That is how we remembered him.
Daily Life: My Mother's Cancer Battle & Body Image
If we think of our bodies like gardens, we're forced to recognize that we will not thrive forever. My doctor has told me that now, I have an increased chance of getting breast cancer; I look at my breasts and acknowledge that possibility. I look at my mother's stitches, and I see flowers.
Sydney Morning Herald: A Photo a Day
These captured moments had served as a reminder that life was not static, no experience or pain permanent, but now I simply had to live it.
Playbill: Interview with Harvey Fierstein
“Gay history got washed out and washed over, but unless you know who you were, you can’t know where you’re going.” The Tony winner unearths the emotional past of the gay rights movement in The Public Theater’s Gently Down the Stream.
Lenny Letter: Interview with Mary Louise Wilson
In a West Village coffee shop, we spent an hour together talking about life's great ups and downs, the glory of being in her '80s, and why it's so important for women to be funny.
Marie Claire: My Father is Dating a Woman My Age
A little while ago, my father called me from the opposite side of the world to tell me he had a new girlfriend. "I'm in love!" he said, giddy on the other end of the phone, sounding like a teenage girl riding the waves of a new crush. "I haven't felt like this in, oh god, I can't even remember." She was 30 years his junior—she was almost exactly my age.
Faster Louder: Interview with Leon Bridges
Leon Bridges is an old soul in a young body. The singer-songwriter has a look and sound that is more reminiscent of the ’50s and ’60s than today. His first album, Coming Home, debuted a contemporary twist on the classic soul stylings of legends such as Sam Cooke and Otis Redding; and on the cover, is Bridges, dressed in tailored, high-waisted pants, a vintage cardigan and patent leather shoes.
Daily Life: The World of Weed—The Grass is Greener for Feminism
Cheech and Chong are no longer the face of weed. The "stoner bro" image that has long been associated with marijuana usage no longer applies to the eclectic mix of people who consume cannabis products today, women included.
Daily Life: Ending a Marriage Before Its First Anniversary
In our social media age, the feelings of failure associated with divorce are exacerbated because we make very public declarations of our commitment to our partners. But we're not prepared for how it feels to also share the fallout.
Playbill: Interview with Lily Rabe
“I think there was a slight delay because I was trying to do something else. I come from a family of artists, so I was trying to do something that felt like uncharted territory.” The daughter of a playwright and an actress, the Tony nominee opens up about following her own, indirect path to acting.
Daily Life: The Unbearable Burden of Keeping Secrets
Sometimes, life gives us moments so rare, intimate and beautiful that we deserve to keep them to ourselves and ourselves only. They might be shared moments, but our experience of them is unique. Keeping them a secret is part of the fabric of the relationship we weave with ourselves.
Playbill: Interview with Tony-Nominated Director Liesl Tommy
“I’m attached to political theatre,” says Liesl Tommy, the Tony-nominated director of last season’s Eclipsed. Looking at her full body of work, you might call this her mission.
Daily Life: Are You Ever Too Old For Another Great Love?
If we're lucky, we are able to experience numerous great loves in our lifetimes, each different in what makes them extraordinary – be it be a great passion, great chemistry, a great intellectual understanding, or a great friendship. These shared experiences of rare human connection are what make life worth living.
Daily Life: What a Visit to the Gynaecologist Taught Me About Perfection
In my gynaecologist's dimly lit examination room, I told her she was perfect. "I think you're perfect". It sort of slipped out, involuntarily and awkwardly.
Playbill: Interview with Emmy Winner Joe Morton
The stage and screen star opens up about playing President Obama’s favorite comedian in a show produced by John Legend. Believe the hype!
The Cusp: Leaving Corporate Life for New York's Art Scene
If you'd asked Jess de La Hunty five years ago where she thought she'd be working today, it's highly unlikely she would've been able to tell you. The former Sydney girl is currently living in New York and working for a world-famous artist at his SoHo gallery.