ALL MY LITTLE WORDS: A Performance Lecture on Art and Failure

Created and Performed by Ashley Hollingshead


I’m afraid of being an artist who doesn’t make art. 

In 2004 Ashley Hollingshead met Nate Harpel while they were both undergrads at Western Washington University. They became best friends and life long artistic collaborators…or that was the plan anyways. 

In ALL MY LITTLE WORDS Ashley uses Nate’s unfinished graduate playwriting thesis as a jumping off point to explore the concepts of artistic failure, practice, and success. All the while examining their changing relationship with their collaborator and with their own artistic practice in this interactive performance/lecture/essay.


4/7 @ 7:30pm Old Main Theater Bellingham, Wa

4/8 @ 7:30pm New Prospect Theatre Bellingham, Wa

5/5-5/7 @ 7:30pm Headwaters Theatre, Portland, Or – With Devon Granmo’s Untitled Human Composting Play

DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION: Emma Goldman’s American Years is a new play written and directed by Ashley Hollingshead based upon the feared and famed Anarchist’s life. Starting with her infamous misquote “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution” and ending with her deportation, DDR explodes the idea of Goldman: revolutionary Anarchist, free-love advocate, and “the most dangerous woman in America”. 

A mash-up of contemporary dialogue, pop music, and the text from some of Goldman’s greatest speeches combine to explore the enduring concept of how to live your ideal when the world seems stacked against you. Of course, there will be dancing.

Featuring Cosmo Reynolds, Austyn Stone, Virginia Thayer, and kd sweaney 

Written and Directed by Ashley Hollingshead 

With Stage Management by Talle Selhorst 

Projection Design by Tamara Carroll 

Costume Design by Debra Muir 

Light design by Sophina Flores