by Roxie Perkins
directed by Colin Anderson & Casey Venema
I'm Alive You Bastards
and I Always Will Be
I'm Alive You Bastards and I Always Will Be tells the story of two young, co-dependent best friends, Jak and Lang, and the lengths they go to maintain their possession over each other. Growing up in the isolated desert, Jak and Lang fill their days tormenting Jak’s older cousin while he works at the neighborhood liquor store, and stealing lingerie from Lang's often absent and unstable mother. However, after Lang finds a dead dog on the side of the road and refuses to part with it, their quiet world is turned upside down by the ominous arrival of two mystical, vicious women who descend into their small town by motorcycle- searching for their lost pup. Hellish and funny, I'm Alive... is a relentless ride that looks at the true price of what it means to belong to someone.
Roxie Perkins is an artist who writes and directs for theatre, opera, TV, and film.
She is the librettist of the Pulitzer Prize winning opera p r i s m and the winner of The Music Critics Association of North America's "Best New Opera" Award.
p r i s m premiered at LA Opera/REDCAT and La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club as part of PROTOTYPE's Opera Theatre Festival and is being released as an album through Decca Gold. She has been awarded a Sundance Playwright Fellowship, and her plays were a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Theatre Conference as well as for the Princess Grace Award. Her work has been nominated to The Kilroy's "THE LIST" and We For She’s “WriteHer List,” annual rankings of the best unproduced plays and original TV pilots by women. She directed Green Umbrella: Theatre of the Outrageous, a program of three short operas performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Her work has also appeared at The Tank NYC, The LARK’s Roundtable Reading Series, Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, Oberlin College, UCLA's MFA New Play Festival, On The Verge Summer Repertory Theater, and HERE Arts Center as part of Downtown Urban Theater Festival.