Mari Moriarty is a queer writer, director, and performance artist with a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. We worked with Mari in 2017 when she played the title character in Roddy Bottum’s wonderfully weird Sasquatch, The Opera, and this year we’re helping her bring her own darkly intense project, Jet of Blood, to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Jet of Blood

Part musical, part protest piece, Jet of Blood is an autobiographical hybrid of docudrama, ballet, opera and performance art that explores a highly personal trauma with brutal honesty. Trigger warnings include (but are not limited to): rape, graphic pornography, excessive drug use, violence, the musical styling of Miley Cyrus, self-mutilation, corruption, anorexia/bulimia, and the not-so-unique but true story of one 14-year-old boy in the oldest and most prestigious prep school in North America.

Jet of Blood is not for the faint of heart.

Jet of Blood at the Edinburgh Fringe

A full run of Jet of Blood was presented at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (in ZOO Venues), August 2018, supported by Civil Disobedience.

A bit more about Mari

Mari has written, directed, and devised site-specific and touring theatre pieces; created festivals and art centred support groups; organised protests; written and implemented public policies; and designed and executed a national advocacy campaign – all in the service of under-served communities.

She is a member of the ASTEP Future Leaders Network and a rape crisis counsellor at Mount Sinai Hospital. In August 2017 she played the title role in Roddy Bottum’s Sasquatch, The Opera, produced by Civil Disobedience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Other recent collaborations include The Public Theater, Guthrie Theater, The New Group, Ars Nova, Geffen Playhouse, Powerhouse Theater, New York Stage & Film, The Tank, Theater for the New City, and La Mama.

Check Mari out in this music video for Cheese on Bread’s track, ‘Bad Friend’, playing a young Justin Vivian Bond: