Selected Full-Length Plays

Charlotte’s Letters (6W/1M)

2020 Rising Artist Playwriting Award
1st Place Henley Rose Award
NEWvember Festival Dublin
Selected for the Irish Rep’s New Works Reading Series
Semifinalist, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference
The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2022 (Smith and Kraus)
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A fresh new take on the Brontës, intertwining Charlotte Brontë’s two years as an unpublished young woman at a Belgian school—where she became close to her married tutor/employer, Monsieur Heger—with her friend and biographer Mrs.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 play about love, friendship, and the making of art and identity.

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

2020 Finalist, Southwest Theatre Productions New Play Contest
Selection, Twilight Theatre Productions January Reading

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 girlfriend 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.

Slanted Light (2W/3M)

2022 Bechdel Group Shortlist

Joanna is a poet and single parent working part-time in a funeral home–an odd choice, considering that Joanna can see dead people. When a dead teenage boy follows her home and ensconces himself in her attic, Joanna and her teenage daughter Miranda must learn some hard truths about living and dying.

Ellery (5W/1M)

2019 Bechdel Group Workshop Selection
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Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2017 (Smith and Kraus)

Becca hates her 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 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 (2W/5M)

MTWorks National Newborn Festival Award
Honorable Mention, Pandora’s Box New Works Festival
NEWvember New Plays Festival Finalist
other honors

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. 

Fertile Ground (3W/1M)

2022 Semifinalist, Eugene O’Neil Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference
2022 Semifinalist, Princess Grace Award in Playwriting/Fellowship at New Dramatists

Novelist Leigh wants a baby but struggles with unexplained miscarriages. Her younger sister Olivia, parent of twins, wants to be done with her academic book about maternal filicide, which seems to be having a weird impact on her mental health. Leigh’s husband Max wants to be done with fertility treatments so that he and Leigh can move on. Into their lives comes an incarcerated woman who will have devastating consequences for both sisters. A new play about the darker side of motherhood and the biological clock.

Selected Shorts

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

Persephone (3W/1M)

Published in The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2019 (Applause)
Produced by theaters and schools around the U.S.

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

Most Wonderful (1W/1M)

Published in 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 (1W/3 gender-neutral)

Published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2021 (Smith and Kraus)
Selected for Short+Sweet Perth (Australia) 2021 and other productions
Audience-Choice Award: KIT’s 2020 International Women in Comedy Festival

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

Expectations (1W/1M)

Selected for Short+Sweet Sydney (Australia) 2021 and other productions

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 (3W/1M)

Published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017 (Smith and Kraus)

At a 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 (1W/2M)

Published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2016 (Smith and Kraus)
Produced by theaters and colleges around the U.S.

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 (2W/1M)

Audience-Choice Award: Weathervane Playhouse 2019 8×10 Theatrefest and other productions

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.

Sugar (2W)

Premiering in Lakeshore Players 2022 Ten-Minute Play Festival
Selected for Rockford New Words 2022

Lilia is startled when her new neighbor Jaden knocks on her door and asks to borrow sugar. But Jaden has an ulterior motive that has nothing to do with sugar, and everything to do with Lilia.