Selected Full-Length Plays

Charlotte’s Letters (6F/1M)

Winner: Rising Artists Playwriting Award 2020
Winner/Staged Reading: 1st Place Henley Rose Award
Winner/Staged Reading: NEWvember New Plays Festival Dublin
Selection/Staged Reading: New WorksSeries, Irish Repertory Theatre
Finalist: Lance Hewitt Series, Isle of Shoals Productions
Finalist: Talk Back Theater
Semifinalist: O’Neill Playwrights Conference
Semifinalist: BETC’s Generations Award
Top 25 Plays: Pandora’s Box New Works Festival
Second Rounder: Austin Film Festival Playwriting Award

A fresh take on the Brontë sisters, intertwining Charlotte Brontë’s two years as an unpublished young woman at a Belgian school—where she became increasingly close to her married tutor and employer, Monsieur Heger—with biographer Mrs. Gaskell’s struggle to salvage Charlotte’s posthumous reputation and trailblazing novels. Linking both stories is the mystery of Charlotte’s attraction to Heger, who encouraged her writing ambition while helping inspire scandalous books like Jane Eyre. A vividly theatrical play about love, friendship, and the making of art and identity.

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

Twilight Theatre Productions January Reading
Nominee: The Kilroys List

In 1940s Hollywood, irreverent, wealthy, nearly-alcoholic movie star W.C. Fields grudgingly hires a young English manservant, 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 feels forced to hire Christine, an inexperienced therapist whose sessions with Nathan quickly blur the lines between helping and harming. An exploration of the psychological effects of gun violence and our public mental-health system.

Ellery (5F/1M)

Selection: The Bechdel Group Reading Series 2019
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: MTWorks Newborn Festival of New Plays
Finalist: NEWvember Festival
Honorable Mention/Runner-up: Pandora’s Box New Works Festival 2019
Wild Rumpus Productions Fall Reading

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–until things begin to go wrong. A dark comedy 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 blocked sculptor Josh’s wife becomes seriously 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 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 and monologues at New Play Exchange)

Persephone (3F/1M)

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

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

Most Wonderful (1F/1M)

Production: OnStage Atlanta (GA)
Selected for The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021 (Applause)

Two unemployed roommates learn the meaning of Christmas with help from a can of beans and some dental floss.

Fridge (1F/3 gender-neutral)

Production: Theater Three (NY)
Production: Kairos Italy Theater (NY)
Production: Fractured Time Productions (UK)
Reading: Lucodisottile Festival (Italy)
Reading: The Social Distancing Short Play Festival (FL)
Audience Choice-Award: KIT’s Women in Comedy Festival 2020
Semifinalist: Stage It! 2020

A woman and her fridge. A play about failure and acceptance.

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

Production: Saw It Here First Productions (UK)
Production: Rover Dramawerks (TX)
Production: Caravan Theatre (UK)
Reading: Fractured Time Productions (UK)

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)
Reading: Caravan Theatre (UK)
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: 6th 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: Stage It! (FL)
Reading: Plays for Us/The Actors Center (online))
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.