Most of my plays have something to do with the human body—the potentials of it, the restrictions of it, the beauty of it, the ugliness of it, our obsession with it.
I wanted to create a character who was totally consumed with the idea of attaining a perfect body. And to combat my own ideas of stereotype, I wanted to make this character male. While researching this play, I quickly realized that only the most extreme characters could enter Dammond’s world and challenge his beliefs. At this point of revelation, the play began actually to be fun to write.
The characters Dammond, Amelia, and Miss Justesen are all based on individuals I personally know, but the characters of Naaktgeboren and Dana Gray were purely invented to heighten Dammond’s struggle.
During the research of the play, I visited Yale University’s Embryo Collection and read countless texts on embryology and medical terminology.
After completing the play, these themes continued to live with me, and as a result, the trilogy Art, Science, and God was born. These plays include Arts and Science (Dammond as a young adult), Sciences and God (Dammond as a child), and Gods and Art (Dammond as an elderly man).