Selected Full-Length Plays

Charlotte’s Letters (6F/1M)

Winner/Staged Reading: Rising Artists Playwriting Award
Winner/Staged Reading: 1st Place Henley Rose Award
Winner/Staged Reading: NEWvember Festival Dublin
Staged Reading: Irish Rep’s New Works Reading Series
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A fresh take on the Brontë sisters, intertwining Charlotte Brontë’s two years as an unpublished young woman at a Belgian school—where she became close to her married tutor and employer, Monsieur Heger—with biographer Mrs.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)

Finalist: Southwest Theatre Productions
Staged Reading: Twilight Theatre Productions 

In 1940s Hollywood, irreverent, wealthy, nearly-alcoholic movie star W.C. Fields grudgingly hires a young English manservant of uncertain origins, while Fields’ live-in mistress 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 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 eager but inexperienced new therapist whose sessions with Nathan begin to blur the lines between helping and harming. A play about the psychological effects of gun violence and our public mental-health system.

Ellery (5F/1M)

Reading/Workshop: The Bechdel Group
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/Staged Reading: MTWorks Newborn Festival
Honorable Mention/runner-up: Pandora’s Box New Plays Festival
Finalist: NEWvember New Plays Festival
Semifinalist: Southwest Theatre Productions
Staged Reading: Wild Rumpus 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 dark comedy about love, loss and the power of memory. 

Quasars (2F/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 a young 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 love.

Selected Short Plays

(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:
 LowellArts Theater’s Playbytes by Playwrights
Production: The Hive Collaborative’s The Ten Show
Production: Heartland Theatre Company’s Ten-Minute Play Festival
and others

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)

Selected for The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021 (Applause Books)
Production: OnStage Atlanta’s Merry Little Holiday Shorts

 

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

Fridge (1F/3 gender-neutral)

To be published in The Best 10-Minute Plays 2021 (Smith and Kraus)
Production: Short+Sweet Perth 2021
Production: Theater Three’s Off-stage/On-line Series 
Audience-Choice Award: Kairos Italy Theater’s International Women in Comedy Festival

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 U.K.
Production: Rover Dramawerks
Production: Caravan Theatre U.K.

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)

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

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 (1F/2M)

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

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
Production: Rover Dramawerks 

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)

Published in Stage It! 3: Twenty Ten-Minute Plays
Production: Stage It’s Ten-Minute Play Festival

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.