Julia Lee Barclay-Morton
A detective story searching through the scattered remains of canonical western philosophy and literature, to find clues as to who created the individual human soul, how did we end up using torture in a democracy and why no women?
A cut-up of found text, graffiti and signage written in a notebook days before The Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth, UK was demolished in 2004, a prime example of 60s brutalist architecture, which had been voted the ugliest building in all of Britain.
A cut-up of memories, personal, political, traumatic, funny and absurd from a childhood in the weirdness that was 1973-1974 in America (Watergate, Patty Hearst, The 6 Million Dollar Man, experimental dance, The Living Theatre, unhinged caretakers and All Those Solo Albums).
A meditation on our response to violence, specifically that inflicted on New York City and Washington, D.C. on 9/11/01 and the subsequent violence inflicted by the United States on Afghanistan in October 2001.
A darkly funny theatrical shell game wherein the conventions of character and story collapse and attempt to frantically reassemble just like global capitalism!
A stream of consciousness tour-de-force for three voices. It takes the audience channel surfing through a turn of the millennium mind trapped in the collective body of a night secretary.
Julia Lee Barclay is an award-winning director and writer, born in Providence, RI. She lived in NYC for most of her professional life, and, having lived and worked in London for the past eight years, returned home in October 2011. She received a fully-funded practice-as-research PhD from University of Northampton (UK) in December 2009 (Apocryphal Theatre: practicing philosophies) and was the founding Artistic Director of Apocryphal Theatre in London from 2004-2011. Her writing has been published and performed internationally. She has taught workshops in techniques discovered in labs in NYC and London at many universities and venues throughout Europe and the US. In NYC the labs were housed by The Present Company and in London at Camden People's Theatre and The People Show.
She is now focusing on her writing, including two books, one based on her PhD thesis demonstrating in theory and practice that theatre can be an act of philosophy and another based on the lives of her grandmothers 'The Amazing True Imaginary Autobiography of Dick and Jani.' Her research into these books and her ongoing artistic/writing practice looking at the space between identities, roles, words and countries is documented in her blog Somewhere in Transition. She is now Adjunct Professor of Writing at Fordham University and, along with her husband John, works as an editor and writer at Barclay Morton Editorial & Design .
Barclay continues to write plays and is always interested in meeting directors and companies that would like to collaborate. As she came to writing from directing, her plays leave a lot of latitude for directorial intervention and she is interested to see what new visions can emerge from other directors and/or collectives working on these texts.
More About Julia Lee Barclay-Morton
My stage text MERDE! performed on Governor's Island at Dysfunctional Theatre Collective's house [September 10, 2016]
MY FIRST AUTOGRACE HOMEOGRAPHY (1973-74) directed by Ian W. Hill at The Brick [November 14, 2014]
'...whatever God is': a love story (a staged reading of sorts) for Indie Theater Now at Stage Left [October 7, 2014]