Selected Full-Length Plays

Charlotte’s Letters (6F/1M)

Winner/Filmed Reading: 2020 Rising Artist Playwriting Award, Attic Salt Theater Co. (NC)
Winner/Staged Reading: 1st Place Henley Rose Award, Yellow Rose Productions (TN)
Winner/Staged Reading: NEWvember Festival Dublin (Ireland)
Staged Reading: Irish Rep’s New Works Reading Series (NYC)
Semifinalist: O’Neill Playwrights Conference
Top 25 Plays: Pandora’s Box New Works Festival
Second Rounder: Austin Film Festival Playwriting Award
and other honors

A fresh new take on the Brontës, intertwining Charlotte Brontë’s two years as an unpublished young woman at a Belgian school—where she became increasingly close to her married tutor/employer, Monsieur Heger—with biographer Mrs.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 feminist novels. When an alarming letter arrives from Brussels, Mrs. Gaskell is forced to investigate just how much of Charlotte’s novels–including the bestselling but scandalous Jane Eyre–was based on her own life. A theatrical play about love, friendship, and the making of art and identity.

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

Staged Reading: Twilight Theatre Productions (KY)
Finalist: Southwest Theatre Productions

In 1940s Hollywood, wealthy, irreverent, nearly-alcoholic movie star W.C. Fields–shunned by film studios and eager for work–grudgingly hires a young English manservant, while Fields’ live-in mistress Carlotta and 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 poignant 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 still grappling with survivor’s guilt years after a school shooting. While her own life falls into crisis Anthea is forced to hire Christine, an inexperienced therapist whose sessions with Nathan begin to blur the lines between helping and harming. An exploration of the psychological effects of gun violence and our public mental-health system’s ability to help the living.

Ellery (5F/1M)

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

Becca hates her own psychic abilities and is suddenly 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)
Honorable Mention/runner-up: Pandora’s Box New Plays Festival
Finalist: NEWvember New Plays Festival
Semifinalist: Southwest Theatre Productions

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 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 blocked sculptor Josh’s wife Erin becomes seriously ill but won’t slow down, Josh takes secretive measures to keep Erin at home. But their nine-year-old daughter witnesses his ploys, bringing unwanted scrutiny from an uncertain Catholic priest. As Erin’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. Poetic and imagistic, Quasars explores our need for human connection and the uncertain comforts of faith and love.

Selected Shorts

(Find Jennifer’s many other plays and monologues at New Play Exchange)

Persephone (3F/1M)

Published in The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2019 (Applause)
Production:
 Lowell Arts Theater’s Playbytes by Playwrights (MI)
Production: The Hive Collaborative’s The Ten Show (UT)
Production: Heartland Theatre Company’s Ten-Minute Play Festival (IL)
and other productions

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)

Published in The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021 (Applause Books)
Production: OnStage Atlanta’s Merry Little Holiday Shorts (GA)
Production: PlayZoomers

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

Fridge (1F/3 gender-neutral)

Published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2021 (Smith and Kraus)
Production: Short+Sweet Perth 2021 (Australia)
Production: Theater Three’s Off-stage/On-line Series  (NY)
Production/Audience-Choice Award: KIT’s International Women in Comedy Festival
and other productions
Shortlist: Short+Sweet Dubai 2022 and 2021

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

Expectations (1F/1M)

Production: Short+Sweet Sydney (Australia)
Production: Ladies Briefs by Valley Players  (CA)
Shortlist: Short+Sweet Dubai 2022 and 2021

Novelist Charles Dickens and his wife Kate Dickens speak about the legal separation Dickens initiated after 22 years of marriage and nine children–narratives that differ substantially from each other. A play about power and women’s lives.

First Day in Trade (3F/1M)

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

At a major New York publishing house an impoverished young 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)

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

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

Listening (2F/1M)

Production: PlayZoomers
Production/Audience-Choice Award: Weathervane Playhouse (OH)

Stuck for the weekend at her preoccupied, divorced dad’s house (and never mind having to deal with Dad’s new girlfriend, Sandra), sixteen-year-old Hailey learns that listening to old-people music can actually be life-altering.

Pre-War (2F)

Published in Stage It! 3: Twenty Ten-Minute Plays
Production: Stage It! Ten-Minute Play Festival (FL)

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 women discover they have more in common than they realized.