The Cataract is a play written by Lisa, directed by Katie. Set in Minneapolis in 1883, this poetic drama explores one week in the lives of Cyrus and Lottie Finch when they take in a vagabond couple from the South.  As the week moves forward, dams break, emotions run wild and dream logic pushes its way into every day life. 

Produced by the Women’s Project, New York City, 2005, performed by Kelly McAndrew, Barnaby Carpenter, Tug Coker and Vanessa Aspillaga, and designed by Rachel Hauck (set), Sarah Sidman (lights), Sarah Beers (costumes), and Daniel Baker (sound, with original music by Broken Chord Collective).

The Cataract won the Whitfield Cook Award for New Writing, administered by New Dramatists.


Curtain Up

“It is surprising, sexual, and physical.” (source)

Brooklyn Rail

“D’Amour and Pearl have figured something out about how to innovate artistically…” (source)


“The Cataract” [is] so painfully grand. For all its flights of fancy, it never forgets that living a dream can be very hard work. (source)


Produced by ArtSpot Productions in 2000 at the State Palace Theater in New Orleans.

2003 Tour:  Southern Repertory Theater, New Orleans;  ALLGO, Austin;  HERE Arts Center, New York

2005 Tour:  Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis;  HERE Arts Center, New York (some nice pictures of the show at HERE can be seen here.)

Also presented at the Magdelena Conference at Brown University, Providence, RI; and the KO Festival in Amherst, MA.

Set Design by Shawn Hall Costume Design By Olivia Wildz Video Design by Maria Cataldo Sound composition by Greg Wildes

Special Thanks to Anne-Liese Juge, the original Zita in our developmental workshops.