Selected Full-Length Plays

Charlotte’s Letters (6W/1M)

Rising Artist Playwriting Award
1st Place Henley Rose Award
NEWvember Festival Dublin
The Irish Rep’s New Works Reading Series
Semifinalist: O’Neill National Playwrights Conference
Selected for The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2022
and other honors

A fresh, theatrical take on the Brontës, intertwining Charlotte Brontë’s two years as an unpublished young woman at a Belgian school—where she became increasingly close to her married tutor/employer, Monsieur Heger—with biographer Mrs.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 play about love, friendship and the making of art and identity.

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

Southwest Theatre Productions Finalist

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 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.

Slanted Light (2W/3M)

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. (Play 3 in the  Ghost Trilogy of standalone plays)

Ellery (5W/1M)

Bechdel Group Workshop Selection
Selected for
The
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 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 new play about living responsibly and being different. (Play 2 in the Ghost Trilogy of standalone plays)

Paranormal Love (2W/5M)

MTWorks National Newborn Festival
Honorable Mention/runner-up: Pandora’s Box New Works Festival
Finalist: NEWvember New Plays Festival Finalist
and 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. (Play 1 in the Ghost Trilogy of standalone plays)

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

Selected for The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2014 (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 her 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. A play about our need for human connection and the uncertain comforts of faith and art.

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
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 (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.