The reviews are in
As I Was, Not As I Am
"It’s remarkable how developed [August's] playwright voice is in relation to her journey. This mature instinct for how to tell her stories mixed with youthful ‘fuck-it’ energy is exciting.... The final scenes of the play are so beautiful in their precision of character – Zarya flees, Melissa attacks, and steady Jeanine tries to hold on." -Meredith Bartmon
"A lovely story of human connection, perceived toxicity, and the things we bury. The stellar imagery manifests in neon markings that physically exhibit the transformational power of intimacy. Dell and Mara captured my heart and mind, and gave me hope for future generations." - Anne Mason
"[August] lives in her work authentically. She writes young women in relatable circumstances & treats them as beautiful, layered beings. They do not have to exist in extraordinary circumstances to make up for it either - because, while we are not often taken as seriously as our cis-male counterparts, we too have rich inner lives, needs and desires. These characters stand on their own in the text and give us the important stories we have been so desperately craving." - Hannah Postlewait
"Ultimately, her search to understand her pain, to find meaning in her pain, resulted in her finding language to describe her pain. Those metaphors turned into Atrytone…. Because this is an epic human struggle, that can sometimes be illuminated by turning to ancient stories, ancient myth, and that is what [August] does.” - Erica Funke
Marjie Southerland as Dell and Calie Bain as Mara in Acute Exposure. Dir. by Nora Ogunleye
Kayla Cleary as Az in Atrytone. Dir. by Michael Stahler.
Caren Bermudez as Jeanine, Boris Dansberry as Melissa, Lorenza Bernasconi as Laurel, and Kimie Muroya as Zarya in As I Was, Not As I Am. Dir. Julianne Schaub.