Arts + Culture Texas

Finding Mythic Spaces: Q + A with Lisa D'Amour

In her play “Anna Bella Eema,” which is being presented by Houston’s Catastrophic Theatre, D’Amour invites us into the densely lyrical world that she imagines somewhere between the trailer homes. A contemporary Alice in Wonderland, “Anna Bella Eema” is the story of a mother, her daughter, and the twin her daughter sculpts from living mud.

Houston art-lovers are no stranger to D’Amour’s work. Her art installation piece, “How to Build a Forest,” was presented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts in 2009. “How to Build a Forest” invited audience members to watch — and participate — while D’Amour and her collaborator built a forest from scratch, and then dismantled it.