Selected Full-Length Plays

Charlotte’s Letters (6F/1M)

1st Place Winner/Staged Reading: Henley Rose Award
Winner/Staged Reading: NEWvember Festival Dublin
Staged Reading: Irish Repertory Theatre (NYC)
Semifinalist: O’Neill Playwrights Conference
Semifinalist: BETC’s Generations Award
Second Rounder: Austin Film Festival Playwriting Award
Top 25 Plays, Pandora’s Box New Works Festival

A fresh, theatrical take on the Brontë sisters, intertwining Charlotte Brontë’s two years at a Belgian school—where she became increasingly close to her married tutor/employer, Monsieur Heger—with biographer Mrs. Gaskell’s struggle to salvage Charlotte’s posthumous reputation and trailblazing but scandalous novels including Jane Eyre. A play about love, friendship, and the making of art and identity.

Juggling with Mr. Fields (1F/3M)

Staged Reading: Twilight Theatre Productions (KY)
Nominated for The Kilroys List

In 1940s Hollywood irreverent, wealthy, and nearly-alcoholic movie star W.C. Fields grudgingly hires a young English valet, while Fields’ live-in mistress and his rising-actor friend Anthony Quinn vie for his attentions. But new servant Rodney brings a link to the past that will have shattering consequences, in this imagined look at the hidden side of an iconic film star, and drama about longing and belonging.

Complex Analysis (3F/3M)

Anthea heads a struggling trauma clinic, where she sees Nathan, a gifted but failing math student struggling with survivor’s guilt years after a school shooting. While her own life falls into crisis Anthea is forced to hire Christine, an inexperienced new therapist whose sessions with Nathan quickly blur the lines between helping and harming, and between danger and love. 

Ellery (5F/1M)

Reading: The Bechdel Group (NYC)
Selected for The
Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2017 (Smith and Kraus)

Becca hates her psychic abilities and is being haunted by her dead but still-critical mother and dead grandmother, for reasons none of them understands. When a dead young woman appears and pleads confusingly for help, Becca turns away–but unwittingly gives her best friend the chance to pursue a dangerous course that could harm Becca and another living woman. A play about living responsibly and being different. 

Paranormal Love (2F/5M)

Winner/Staged Reading: MTWorks Newborn Festival (NYC)
Staged Reading: Wild Rumpus Productions (NYC)
Finalist: NEWvember Festival
Honorable Mention/runner-up: Pandora’s Box New Works Festival

Kevin and David were a loving couple, but now Kevin is dead and stuck in a boring afterlife with little to do but eat popcorn and watch the living. When David decides to marry a woman, Kevin seizes the chance to wrap up unfinished business with the aid of two dead friends including a former drag queen–until things begin to go wrong. A play about love, loss, and the power of memory. 

Quasars (2F/2M/1 female child)

Selected for The Best Women’s Stage Monologues (Smith and Kraus)  and Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35 (Applause Books)

When sculptor Josh’s wife becomes ill but won’t slow down, Josh takes secretive measures to keep Karen at home. But their nine-year-old daughter witnesses his ploys, bringing unwanted scrutiny from an uncertain Catholic priest. As Karen’s illness worsens Josh must learn to let go, and try to grow up, with help from a troubled priest and a strange young woman with piercings. Quasars explores our need for human connection and the uncertain comforts of faith and love.

Selected Short Plays

(See Jennifer’s many other plays at New Play Exchange)

Persephone (3F/1M)

Production: LowellArts Theater (MI)
Production: The Hive Collaborative (UT)
Production: Heartland Theatre Company (IL)
Published in The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2019 (Applause)

A modern riff on the myth of Persephone, forced to leave her life and her family behind forever. This Persephone returns to give her small child an unusual gift–a new mom.

Emily’s Room (3F/1M)

Production: Rover Dramawerks (TX)

54-year-old recluse Emily Dickinson and her 44-year-old Irish maid reach an unspoken understanding that, unknown to either of them, will forever alter the course of American literature. 

Domestic Service (2F/2M)

Production: White Mouse Theatre Productions at FSU (Tallahassee, FL)

When Oscar-nominated, African-American actor Louise Beavers is cast as yet another maid in another Hollywood movie, but this has one a very shocking twist, she finds herself forced to make a difficult decision. 

The Mysterious Affair at the Christies (1F/1M)

Production: Saw It Here First Productions (London)
Production: Rover Dramawerks (TX)

An imagined glimpse into mystery-writer Agatha Christie’s troubled first marriage and the roots of her long career as a novelist. 

First Day in Trade (3F/1M)

Production: Rover Dramawerks (TX)
Published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017 (Smith and Kraus)

At a New York publishing house an impoverished assistant learns that one of the world’s wealthiest women–editor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis–might want to bum cigarettes from her. (Inspired by a true incident)

The Great Gaffe (1F/2M)

Production: Monster Box Theatre (MI)
Published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2016 (Smith and Kraus)

Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton gives a tea party for F. Scott Fitzgerald, struggling young author of The Great Gatsby, with disastrous results.

Admiral Grace Hopper Revisits (1F)

Production: Sixth Street Playhouse (CA)
Production: Rover Dramawerks (TX)

Former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and computer pioneer Grace Hopper speaks about life, computer compilers, and kicking some ass in this short solo play about perseverance and passion.

Pre-War (2F)

Production: Bonita Springs Center for the Arts (FL)
Reading: 29th Street Playwrights Collective (NYC)
Reading: 13th Street Repertory Theatre (NYC)
Published in Stage It 3: Twenty Ten-Minute Plays

Traumatized by a recent loss, Elena finds it hard to leave her NYC apartment until she meets Clara, her seventy-nine-year-old neighbor, and the two women discover they have more in common than they realized.