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Local Hero: An Interview With Award-Winning Writer/Performer Heather Woodbury

Heather Woodbury in 'As The Globe Warms.' | Photo: Phil Norwich
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Two things writer/performer Heather Woodbury doesn’t lack are talent and ambition. Her 1996 solo play What Ever was ten hours long and featured 100 characters, all of which she performed (often as several characters in conversation with each other), and it was described by the New York Times as “a masterwork of the solo form.” Her ensemble play Tale of 2Cities: An American Joyride on Multiple Tracks won a 2007 Obie for performance, and Woodbury was the recipient of the inaugural Spalding Gray award, which recognizes “fearless innovators” who “fully realize the writing/performing aspects of Gray’s legacy.”

Her current project, As the Globe Warms, is no less impressive of an undertaking. It’s a multi-character solo serial written week to week, performed live in Los Angeles, then posted online for a global audience. The story concerns ecology, Christianity and the Internet, among other things. Woodbury is now an expert innovator at this type of theatre, but she was initially inspired by the converging worlds of punk rock and performance art she encountered when she moved to New York City at 17.