Dear Annie, I Hate You

2022

Currently being produced as a play (premiering this Fall) designed to be audience interactive, this project started as a 5-minute One-Woman show based on my life when I was 20-years old and diagnosed with a fatal brain aneurism.

The project has been developed as a tv series, currently being shopped to networks. Inquire for more details or to read the pilot. 

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Recent Accolades

Semi-Finalist
BIG BREAK CONTEST 2021

Dear Annie is full of heart, humour, and ultimately kindness, even as it tackles devastating subject matter. It does an excellent job in balancing tone, I think because the humour is never an attempt to shy away from or diminish the pain of Sam's ordeal; it's just a natural flow entangled in every absurd moment because sometimes (in fact, often) pain and illness has an inherently absurd quality to it.


The characters are recognizable but never cliché--we're gifted with natural awkward fallouts and transitions to friendship that I found incredibly refreshing. Sam's world feels lived-in and tangible in all the best ways, eschewing the Hollywood gloss of the "college years" for the reality of basement suites and ironic names for rundown party houses like "wealthy manor" (ours had a brick archway propped up with plywood at the entrance, making every party about one bad decision away from a hospital trip--now that's college).


I especially love the cast around Sam; aside from potentially Annie, we don't have villains and saints, but very real people trying their best to be supportive (and in the case of Sam's mother, often making things worse). We've had a few pieces of media tackle similar themes of mental illness, hallucinations, "imaginary friends" and the like with a dramedic angle but this show manages to make it feel fresh and personal, engaging empathy in visceral ways.


Anyone who has experienced a monumental life-altering event knows this story; and I feel it's a safe bet that more than a few of us have found ourselves sitting on the concrete of a parking trying to gather the threads of our day after everything has been blown apart.

Quarter-Finalist
SCREENCRAFT FELLOWSHIP

The writer does such a beautiful job with the tone of this piece. It's so hard to balance comedy with drama, but by never being flippant about the protagonist's pending diagnosis, the story remains grounded despite some of the broader (and very much welcome) comedic elements. Never downplaying the critical nature of Sam's situation is so important because the series deals with her mental health. At the same time, her awkward interactions (and personal flaws - i.e. lack of maturity, etc.) are mined for plenty of laughs.

 
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