in the lounge Spinny Twirly Things: The Long Written by Claire Zajdel
About This Show
By 2008, Michelle Kwan had retired, the International Judging System had replaced beloved 6.0 scoring, and America had stopped obsessing over figure skating. But for Violet, a fifteen year-old figure skater, skating is more than a fad – it is a calling that inspires and drives her. Violet needs to be flawless or give up completely; her perfectionism is running her life. Her friends, natural talent Krystal and ambitious Robin, don’t understand her anxiety. But all three of them begin to spiral when Jessie, their coach tells them that she’s moving in a few months. As they attempt to navigate their changing lives, it’s revealed that Violet might be violent to herself in more ways than one. Spinny Twirly Things explores the pressures of womanhood, figure skating, and perfectionism, and how all three become synonymous.
about the artist
Claire Zajdel is a New York based playwright, fiction, and screenplay writer. She is a graduated of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing program. Her play Golden Vanilla premiered as a part of New York Theater Festivals NYSummerfest in 2017. Her play Mother Maggie was developed as a part of the Theater for the New City Emerging Playwrights program and presented in the New York New Works Theatre Festival.