Destiny Estimate is a play about fate, life and possibility through movement, mythology, storytelling, and song. 

Photo by Plate 3 Photography

Photo by Plate 3 Photography


A New Play by
MJ Kaufman

Myles is trying to decide what to think about destiny. They’re trying to figure it out while they mourn their father, their uncle, their childhood best friend, and their roommate. They’re wondering why some funerals are huge and long and full of things to say and others are very, very small. Destiny Estimate, a play with movement and song, is about the deaths we memorialize and the ones that remain invisible. It’s about Louisa May Alcott and the Greek fates and Mother Courage. Most of all, it’s about asking how stories affect our beliefs and how in turn those beliefs can govern our lives.

October 19 - 29, 2017

Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

Co-directed by MJ Kaufman and Mark McCloughan.

This project has been supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.


Louisa: What happened?

Mother: She drowned in the ice-covered pond. She was trampled by a horse and carriage.  A hit and run. Consumed by a bear.  Struck by lightening.  Swallowed by a ditch.

Louisa: What happened?


Our Collaborators

Destiny Estimate features design by Masha Tsimring and Katherine Fritz, and composition by Emily Bate. The ensemble is: Jenna Horton, Paloma Irizarry, Melissa Krodman, Jenson Titus Lavallee, Kevin Meehan, Daniel Park, Jackie Soro, and Mary Tuomanen.