Selected Full-Length Plays by Jennifer

Charlotte’s Letters (6W/1M)

2024 Hudson Valley Theatre Festival Selection
Winner, Rising Artist Playwriting Award
Winner, 1st Place Henley Rose Award
Winner, NEWvember Festival Dublin
Selected for The Irish Rep’s New Works Reading Series
Semifinalist, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference
Selected for The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2022
and other awards

A fresh, theatrical take on the Brontës, the play intertwines novelist Charlotte Brontë’s two years as an unpublished young woman at a Belgian school—where she became increasingly close to her married tutor and employer, Monsieur Heger—with her friend and biographer Mrs. Gaskell’s struggle to salvage Charlotte’s posthumous reputation and feminist novels. In Victorian England, the novels of recently deceased author Charlotte Brontë’ are now widely banned for being too passionate. Gaskell intends to prove that Charlotte was innocent and her reclusive life, blameless–but when an alarming letter arrives from Brussels, Gaskell feels forced to investigate just how much of Charlotte’s novels–including the bestselling but scandalous Jane Eyre–was based on her own life. A  new play about love, friendship, and the making of art and identity.

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

Finalist, Southwest Theatre Productions New Play Contest
Staged Reading: Twilight Theatre Productions
and other honors

In 1940s Hollywood, wealthy, irreverent, aging and nearly-alcoholic movie star W.C. Fields–shunned by film studios and eager for work–grudgingly hires a young English manservant to help get his life in order, while Fields’ live-in girlfriend Carlotta and his rising-actor friend Anthony Quinn vie for his attentions. But new servant Rodney brings a secret, unwanted link to the past, in this imagined look at the hidden side of an iconic film star. and a new and poignant drama about longing and belonging.

Slanted Light (2W/3M)

Bechdel Group Shortlist

Joanna is a struggling poet and single parent working part-time in a funeral home–an odd choice, considering that Joanna can see dead people. When Jake, a dead teenager, follows her home one night and secretly ensconces himself in her attic–where he’s forced to share space with Mac, a noisy and gruff older ghost inexplicably searching for his socks–Joanna and her lonely teenage daughter Miranda must learn some hard truths about living and dying. (Play 3 in The Ghost Trilogy of standalone plays)

Paranormal Love (2W/5M)

Winner, MTWorks Newborn Award
Honorable Mention, Panndora’s Box New Works Festival
Finalist, NEWvember New Plays Festival
and other awards

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 Lila, a woman, Kevin seizes the chance to wrap up unfinished business–making sure David is happy, and reuniting two living friends, Joe and DeeDee, once best friends now mysteriously estranged–which Kevin attempts with the aid of two reluctant dead friends, Craig and Waldo–until things begin to go wrong. A new play about love, loss, and the power of memory. (Play 1 in The Ghost Trilogy of standalone plays)

Fertile Ground (3W/1M)

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

Leigh wants a baby but struggles with unexplained miscarriages. Her younger sister Olivia, a parent and psychologist on the tenure track, is having trouble finishing her new study of maternal filicide due to one of her subjects, whose motivations are disturbingly unclear. Leigh’s husband Max wants to be done with fertility treatments so that he and Leigh can move on. As Olivia and Max begin leaning on each other for support, Leigh begins writing a novel about filicide, and fact and fiction begin to collide and will have devastating consequences. A new play about motherhood including its darker side.

Ellery (5W/1M)

2024 Finalist, WATERWORKS Festival
Bechdel Group Reading Workshop Selection

Selected for The
Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2017

Becca hates her psychic abilities and is suddenly being haunted by her dead but still critical mom Linda and dead grandmother Ida, 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. Linda and Grandma Ida see all and try coming to the rescue, but can ghosts impact the living? A new play about living responsibly and being different. (Play 2 in The Ghost Trilogy of standalone plays)

Selected Short Plays by Jennifer

(Find Jennifer’s many other plays at her New Play Exchange page.)

Sugar (2W)

Published in  The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2023 and Stage It! 7: Thirty Ten-Minute Plays
Selected for Little Fish Theatre’s “Pick of the Vine,” Lakeshore Players 10-Minute Play Festival, City Theatre’s City Reads and other productions
2024 Audience Choice Award, Authenticity Theater
2023 Winner, Stage It! Ten-Minute Play Contest
2023 Finalist, Gary Garrison Playwriting Award for Ten-Minute Plays

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

Chem Class (1W/1M)

Published in The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival 2022: The Short Plays
Selected for the The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival, City Lights Theatre Company’s Lights Up! Festival and other productions

On their morning walk to school, Alex asks his friend Sofia to their Junior Prom. But Sofia’s reaction isn’t what Alex expected–or so he thought. A play about taking risks and being ourselves.

Fridge (1W/3 gender-neutral)

Published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2021
Selected for Short+Sweet Perth and other productions
Audience-Choice Award, KIT’s International Women in Comedy Festival

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

Most Wonderful (1W/1M)

Published in The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021
Selected for OnStage Atlanta’s “Merry Little Holday Shorts” and other productions

Two unemployed roommates learn the meaning of Christmas with help from a can of beans and some dental floss.Selected for Short+Sweet Sydney and other productions

Persephone (3W/1M)

Published in  The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2019
Winner of Heartland Theater Company’s 10-Minute Play Contest and other productions

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.

First Day in Trade (3W/1M)

Published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017
Selected for Rover Dramawerks’ 365 Women a Year Festival and others

At a major 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 (1W/2M)

Published in  The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2016
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.

Expectations (1W/1M)

Selected for Short + Sweet Sydney, Valley Players 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.