Drawing inspiration from contemporary Internet culture and narratives around mental illness, as well as accounts of Victorian insane asylums, “#SoSadSoSexy” is a devised play exploring Western culture’s ongoing fascination with, and misrepresentation of, depressed and unstable women. Through the overlapping stories of Lucy, a Victorian-era asylum patient, and Izzy, a modern-day “Internet sad girl," the piece crosses time and circumstance to reflect the parallels between each period’s approach to mental health, gender politics, and the personal and collective identities we create.

"#SoSadSoSexy" will have its in-person NYC premiere at The Tank on March 24 & 26, 2022; click here for tickets/detailsThe performances will also be live-streamed and available via video-on-demand. In addition to co-writing the play, I have performed in various workshop showings throughout its production history, and will co-produce/perform in the March 2022 production.


Select scenes from "#SoSadSoSexy" were presented on New York's Governor's Island in July 2019 as the culmination of a developmental residency with NYC-based theatre group Rising Sun Performance Company, and as part of The Assembly's "Pop-Up Assembly" at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in August 2021. The play had its first full-length reading via Zoom on November 20, 2021.

Show Graphic by Adam Burns


Devised and Created by Emily Cordes, Alison Leaf, & Kendra Augustin
Directed by and With Additional Contributions from Simha Toledano
Produced by Tapestry Collective
Presented by The Tank, a Home for Emerging Artists
 Special Thanks To:

Production History:
July 20-21, 2019: 
Select scenes developed and presented as part of Rising Sun Performance Company's Laboratorium Artist Residency and New Works Incubator
Colonels Row, Building 407A, Governors Island, NYC
Lucy: Rora Brodwin
Izzy: Jes Davis

Madeline: Megan Smith
Mr. Boucher/Walter/Father/Therapist: Thomas Metelski
Lisa/Mother/Ensemble: Kendra Augustin, Emily Cordes
Irene/Ensemble: Joan Conklin
Directed by Anna Rebek
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August 14, 2021: 
Excerpts presented as part of The Assembly's "Pop-Up Assembly" showcase 
Courtyard of Building 92, Brooklyn Navy Yard
63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Izzy: Janel Koloski
Lisa: Arelis Torres
Lucy: Olivia Konteatis
Mr. Boucher: Terrence Christgau
Nurse/Waiter: Joan Conklin
Directed by Simha Toledano

November 20, 2021: 
Full-length staged reading via Zoom
Presented by Tapestry Collective
Click here for the recording 

(CW: suicide, self-harm, sexual assault, infanticide, medical abuse)
Lucy: Aziza Gharib
Izzy: Manju Bangalore
Lisa: Wren Mitchell
Gabrielle: Ashley V. Scott
Diana: Emily Caffrey
Margaret/Nurse/Mrs. Prather: Saima Huq
Tim/Dr. Charcot/Young French Man/Pageant Coach: Dylan LaRay
Mr. Boucher/Doctor/Counselor/Father: Dave Rideout
Amanda Lorde/Ensemble 1: Melissa Melendez
Ensemble 2: Emily Cordes
Directed by Simha Toledano