the joy experiments

The Joy Experiments is a solo show based on poems written by Kate Frank, adapted into a play by Kate Frank & Esme Rodriguez Vaandrager. It was first performed in May 2012 at Hampshire College, with Kate in the starring role. That version of the show was directed & choreographed by Esme.

Kate Frank, The Joy Experiments, Hampshire College 2012

It is a play about transformation & loss. An attempt to perform what bell hooks terms, “the alchemy of grief.” The subjects of the show are women, queer women, & moths; a scientist who may be her subject, a woman who may be a moth, a lover. It is a map of a potential path to joy, written on the body, tracing the lines trauma has left.


Carriage House Theatre in Ann Arbor, MI (with Esme as star)
June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, & 30

SOLOFEST at the Filling Station in Albuquerque, NM (with Esme as star)
TBA, between July 16-29

Majestic Theater in Corvallis, OR (with Kate as star)