Generator: A Disastrous Love Story appeared during July and August at Manhattan’s Tank Theater as part of their Dark Festival. It was fun!

In every life, disaster will strike.

When Hurricane Sandy rips through one couple’s life, it caps off an already disastrous year of failure, loss and death. Left in the dark, trapped in their unheated home, forsaken by Con Ed, the two battered lovers seek solace and comfort not from each other, but from a machine: the shrieking, gas-guzzling, and potentially deadly GENERAC GP7500E generator. Generator, a long-form, theatrical storytelling piece, puts you on the ground in post-Sandy Yonkers — where fear, resentment and cold noses run amuck. Featuring a very special appearance by Dr. Abraham Maslow.


Generator is a loosely autobiographical adaptation of personal journals written by the author during 10 days of post-Sandy privation in Yonkers, NY. It was originally developed at The Tank, a New York City home for emerging artists.

Creative Team

Julie Threlkeld
Julie Threlkeld has been performing in storytelling shows in and around New York City since 2011. She has appeared as an invited storyteller in numerous shows, including RISK!, Talk Therapy Stories, Ask Me Stories, Narratively After Dark, Local Stories, Speak Up!, Tell It: Brooklyn, and The Happy Hour Story Hour All-Star Show. Podcast appearances include RISK!, Ask Me, A Funny Thing by Splitsider, and Succotash: The Comedy Podcast Podcast. Julie is also the creator and host of Modern Stories Mix, a studio-recorded podcast that turns a sonic Klieg light on one story (and one storyteller) each episode. In addition to storytelling, Julie occasionally performs standup comedy. Even less frequently she engages in random acts of journalism, having written about anxiety for The New York Times and about the strange, obsessive world of professional distance running for Runner’s World and Running Times.

Michelle Walson
Michelle Walson is a writer, director, and producer with a passion for story. As a founding producer of the storytelling show and podcast, RISK!, she has developed stories with SNL’s Rachel Dratch, Comedy Central’s Lisa Lampanelli, The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi, This American Life’s Starlee Kine, The Moth’s Dan Kennedy, actress Lili Taylor, and others. She has taught storytelling at The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT), The Story Studio, and The Women in Comedy Festival, and has directed solo shows for the L.A. Women’s Theater Festival and The PIT’s SOLOCOM. In addition she has worked as a comedy development consultant on a wide range of projects for screen, stage and print.

Julie Polk
Voice/Performance Coach
Julie Polk trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of Delaware, has an MFA in creative writing from the New School, and teaches acting and playwriting at Manhattan College. She has told stories for RISK!, Talk Therapy Stories, Yum’s the Word, The Moth, and Tell It: Brooklyn, and was thrilled to be the inaugural storyteller on the Modern Stories Mix podcast.

Sound Credits

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