Playwright & Poet



“Francesca, Francesca … (by Chelsea DuVall) has a fragile beauty about it, sensitively capturing the imagery of Woodman’s pictures. For this alone, it is certainly well worth seeing.” – Robert Dow, “The Wee Review”


Photo taken by B. Justine Jaime
Francesca, Francesca… (2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival), photo taken by B. Justine Jaime

Full-length plays include;

Francesca, Francesca…(2F), Production history: 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, VENUE 13; 2015 New Works Festival, California Institute of the Arts

“At times serene this work (Francesca, Francesca…) shows an obvious fascination for and insight into Woodman’s working methods and experimental approach to her subject matter.” – Clare Crines, “Mumble Theatre”

(anti)Matter (4F, 4M)  Production History: The Pocket Theater, Seattle, WA (Oct. 2016), Coffeehouse Theatre, California Institute of the Arts (2013)

Sonic Insurgency (2 F, 1M) Production History: 2013 New Works Festival, California Institute of the Arts


Order d e e r  |  w o m a n:

Chelsea DuVall’s poems in d e e r  |  w o m a n offer a dramatic coming-of-age story spiked with elements of an eerie fairy tale. The poet’s use of repetition to suggest incantation and ritual, oratorical flourish and waves of emotion is striking as she vividly catalogs the betrayals that press a girl into womanhood, or, as DuVall writes: when “the dragon [is] inside the damsel.” – Douglas Kearney (poet, performer, librettist), author of Buck Studies, Someone Took They Tongues, Mess and Mess, PATTER, The Black Automaton, and FEAR, SOME