Jeremy Kareken

Jeremy Kareken

As a playwright, Jeremy been produced in a number of places domestically and internationally - Australia, Ireland, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Playwrights Center, Center Stage Baltimore, as well as HereArts in NYC. Along the way, he's won a few awards, including the EST Next Step Fellowship, the Walter Dakin Fellowship at the Sewanee Writers Conference, the Hamptons Film Festival's...
As a playwright, Jeremy been produced in a number of places domestically and internationally - Australia, Ireland, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Playwrights Center, Center Stage Baltimore, as well as HereArts in NYC. Along the way, he's won a few awards, including the EST Next Step Fellowship, the Walter Dakin Fellowship at the Sewanee Writers Conference, the Hamptons Film Festival's screenwriting conference, the Playwrights Center/Guthrie Theater's Two-Headed challenge, and the 25th Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Awards. He's written the dramatic adaptation of the comic book writer Peter Bagge's The Bradleys, and co-authored the adaptation of John D'Agata and Jim Fingal's Lifespan of a Fact, now playing on Broadway.

Plays

  • The Red Wool
    A comedy about the birth of poetry, and the awakening of a national conscience.

    Public sex, castration, illiteracy, bad poetry — if you think Trumpian America is bad, wait until you see 9th century BCE Assyria. Selardi, the upwardly mobile slave girl, recruits the palace scribe to overthrow the bloody King Ashurnasirpal II while his Queen, the lusty Melissu plots her own vengeance. All...
    A comedy about the birth of poetry, and the awakening of a national conscience.

    Public sex, castration, illiteracy, bad poetry — if you think Trumpian America is bad, wait until you see 9th century BCE Assyria. Selardi, the upwardly mobile slave girl, recruits the palace scribe to overthrow the bloody King Ashurnasirpal II while his Queen, the lusty Melissu plots her own vengeance. All narrated by the jazzy (and strangely baritone) Eunuch.
  • 80 Cards
    A play on a deck of cards. No rehearsal necessary, only a stack of 3x5 cards, a couple rubber bands - and a deep existential fear of death and the nature of identity. The easiest monolog to perform in history. Instant 10 minute play - just add actor.
  • Farblondjet
    1997, and the Catskills are falling down. A recently divorced neuropsychologist must contend with his Jewish identity and religion as he travels with his father to a crumbling Catskill resort hotel. During his excruciating visit with his father, he accidentally meets and falls for a woman he cannot have.
  • The Bradleys
    Babs Bradley tries to grow up totally normal, and totally not be a skank, but still be cool, and like not a dork or anything like her brother Butch, a greaseball stoner space case like her other brother, Buddy. But Mom and Pops Bradley make it so hard sometimes. And they're gross. Based on the comic series by Peter Bagge. For mature teens and kids who don't mind mildly salty and inappropriate language.
  • The Lifespan of a Fact
    Based on the true story of D'Agata's essay What Happens There, The Lifespan of a Fact follows Fingal, who has a small job: to fact-check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. His boss has given him a big assignment: to apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author D'Agata. But now Fingal has a huge problem: D'Agata made up a lot of his article. What starts...
    Based on the true story of D'Agata's essay What Happens There, The Lifespan of a Fact follows Fingal, who has a small job: to fact-check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. His boss has given him a big assignment: to apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author D'Agata. But now Fingal has a huge problem: D'Agata made up a lot of his article. What starts professional quickly becomes profane. Co-written with David Murrell and Gordon Farrell. Script on request, inquire about rights. On Broadway Autumn 2018.