Theater and opera director Dustin Wills (NYC), in collaboration with Kate Tarker and Daniel Schlosberg, will create a physiological tour of the trauma experienced by Mary Todd Lincoln following her husband’s assassination in Ford’s Theater. Set to music influenced by Charles Ives and Civil War harmonies, AWFUL EVENT! contends with wounds of the 19th Century and the present day: gun violence, a sensationalist press, a nation bitterly divided, and the double-bind of women in politics.
Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works-in-Progress Resident Artist
Dustin Wills is a New York City-based theater & opera director originally from Texas. Recent projects include Die Zauberflöte with Yale Opera at the Shubert Theatre, Frontieres Sans Frontieres at the Bushwick Starr, Orange Julius with Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre & PAGE 73, and ongoing work on a trio of short Lorca plays translated into a three-part musical evening.
Wills has also developed work with The Foundry Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkeley Rep, Echo Theatre, Yale Rep, Paper Chairs, and Salvage Vanguard Theatre; created large-scale community puppet projects with Creative Action; and devised new work for The English Theatre of Rome and Teatro L'Arciliuto in Rome, Italy. He is a 2013 recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Theater, a Drama League and Boris Sagal directing fellow, and for a couple of years gave rogue tours of the Vatican. Wills earned his MFA at Yale School of Drama.