Rachel Jendrzejewski

Rachel Jendrzejewski

Rachel Jendrzejewski (yen-shay-EFF-skee) is a writer and interdisciplinary artist who works throughout the U.S. and internationally, most often investigating awareness, embodied experience, and the complexities of “community.” She frequently collaborates with choreographers, visual artists, musicians, fellow writers, and alleged non-artists to explore new performative vocabularies. Her works have been developed...
Rachel Jendrzejewski (yen-shay-EFF-skee) is a writer and interdisciplinary artist who works throughout the U.S. and internationally, most often investigating awareness, embodied experience, and the complexities of “community.” She frequently collaborates with choreographers, visual artists, musicians, fellow writers, and alleged non-artists to explore new performative vocabularies. Her works have been developed and/or presented by the Walker Art Center, Red Eye Theater, Public Functionary, In the Heart of the Beast, Padua Playwrights, The Wild Project, Playwrights’ Horizons, Trinity Rep, A.R.T., and ICA/Boston, among others. She is currently a Core Writer at The Playwrights’ Center. Other honors include a Playwrights’ Center McKnight and Jerome Fellowships, as well as project support from the Network of Ensemble Theaters, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. MFA Playwriting, Brown University.

Plays

  • Early Morning Song
    Early Morning Song explores issues of mortality, legacy, and climate change. The piece revolves around an obscure woman scientist who is engaged in the impossible task of archiving her entire life, despite her knowledge that our planet likely will not be habitable by human beings much longer. The central figure is performed by six women; and the script is deliberately spacious, toward leaving ample room for the...
    Early Morning Song explores issues of mortality, legacy, and climate change. The piece revolves around an obscure woman scientist who is engaged in the impossible task of archiving her entire life, despite her knowledge that our planet likely will not be habitable by human beings much longer. The central figure is performed by six women; and the script is deliberately spacious, toward leaving ample room for the contributions of each creative team that brings it to life.

    This piece was conceived and developed in collaboration with Red Eye Theater, with support from the NEA and Playwrights' Center. Read more about the development process: http://redeyetheater.tumblr.com
  • ENCYCLOPEDIA
    Phases of the moon mark the passing of time for two inhabitants of a remote, dreamlike farm. Lua and Dal alternately support and dismantle their co–created reality as they navigate the magical swells of their daily routine. Encyclopedia explores the beauty and uncertainty of relational complexity — how we trust, how we grieve, how we teeter on the edge of an uncertain consensus, and how we ultimately have only...
    Phases of the moon mark the passing of time for two inhabitants of a remote, dreamlike farm. Lua and Dal alternately support and dismantle their co–created reality as they navigate the magical swells of their daily routine. Encyclopedia explores the beauty and uncertainty of relational complexity — how we trust, how we grieve, how we teeter on the edge of an uncertain consensus, and how we ultimately have only the thinness of our agreement with each other to construct and navigate reality. - Spout Press
  • MERONYMY
    What happens when ancient mnemonic devices collide with hyperspeed technology? What structures and transactions of thinking are innate to being human–and which ones are we rapidly exporting? MERONYMY is a kaleidoscopic portrait of memory in the Information Age.

    This play was originally developed through an experimental collaboration with installation artists Megan and Murray McMillan and composer...
    What happens when ancient mnemonic devices collide with hyperspeed technology? What structures and transactions of thinking are innate to being human–and which ones are we rapidly exporting? MERONYMY is a kaleidoscopic portrait of memory in the Information Age.

    This play was originally developed through an experimental collaboration with installation artists Megan and Murray McMillan and composer Peter Bussigel for Brown University’s Writing is Live Festival. MERONYMY is the text that emerged and continues to be re-imagined for different performative contexts. Megan and Murray’s large-scale installation and subsequent works reflecting on the collaborative process (a single-channel video, site-specific video installation, and series of photographs) have continued life under the title THE REMAINS OF SOMETHING WHOLE.
  • In Which _______ and Others Discover the End
    Emerging from a densely layered collaboration between performers, audience, visual environment, and sound, IN WHICH _______ AND OTHERS DISCOVER THE END grapples with the current generation's collective, unconscious anxiety that the world may in the foreseeable future be uninhabitable for humans. Taking inspiration from scientific discoveries (the identification of a new knee ligament, a new class of...
    Emerging from a densely layered collaboration between performers, audience, visual environment, and sound, IN WHICH _______ AND OTHERS DISCOVER THE END grapples with the current generation's collective, unconscious anxiety that the world may in the foreseeable future be uninhabitable for humans. Taking inspiration from scientific discoveries (the identification of a new knee ligament, a new class of mathematical shape, the previously unknown mating spot of the blue whale) that are continually updating what we think we know, IN WHICH... asks us to acknowledge that we live in a world of uncertainty through an expansive rumination on the ways we embody polarity, mystery, mortality, discovery, and change.

    IN WHICH _______ AND OTHERS DISCOVER THE END originally was a collaboration between performance collective SuperGroup; experimental playwright Rachel Jendrzejewski; installation artist Liz Miller; art rock band Brute Heart; performers Angharad Davies, Hannah Kramer, and Stephanie Stoumbelis; lighting designer Heidi Eckwall; and process correspondent Hannah Geil-Neufeld.

    Publication by Plays Inverse is forthcoming in July 2018!
  • it's [all] highly personal
    This collaboration between contemporary performance ensemble SuperGroup and experimental playwright Rachel Jendrzejewski explores the subtle changes that shape us as we navigate our seemingly contradictory needs for ritual and risk. Primarily drawing on movement and voice, the performance layers abstract and symbolic gestures with weaving narratives, multiplying patterns, and elusive signals to tell the complex story of everyday life.
  • Amber
    Amber is 1/3 of THE HIVE PROJECT, which brings music and performance to bear on three short poetic dramas that straddle the boundaries between humans and bees. Engaging with philosophical issues linked to the long and rich history of human-bee interactions, these plays seek to shed light on those habits of thought that prevent us from responding adequately to the interlocking environmental crises of our time,...
    Amber is 1/3 of THE HIVE PROJECT, which brings music and performance to bear on three short poetic dramas that straddle the boundaries between humans and bees. Engaging with philosophical issues linked to the long and rich history of human-bee interactions, these plays seek to shed light on those habits of thought that prevent us from responding adequately to the interlocking environmental crises of our time, such as the “hive-collapse” syndrome decimating bee populations world-wide. THE HIVE PROJECT was initiated by Padua Playwrights and also includes short pieces by Guy Zimmerman and Gray Palmer.
  • Bacteria
    David sleeps and Abital dreams as the outside world incessantly rings. A fleeting portrait of calling and volition.
  • Grace Note
    A riddle of potential, in which a waitress and librarian meet on the beach; a fisherman and his smiley grandmother pass through; the elements scheme; and time stands still.
  • MEMORY LAW
    An experimental opera on the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, currently in development with Tricklock Company, director Emily Mendelsohn, and composers Chris Hepola and Jenna Wyse. Commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw. More info and script coming soon!