Gina Stevensen

Gina Stevensen

Gina Stevensen is a playwright based in NYC. Her plays include TELL ME WHAT I WANT (The Tank's Ladyfest), THE COLONY (Winner: Columbia@Roundabout New Play Reading Series; American Stage’s 21st Century Voices New Play Festival; Semifinalist: Austin Film Festival Playwriting Competition & Bay Area Playwrights Festival), CRUEL SISTER (Semi-Finalist: O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), KIDS (...
Gina Stevensen is a playwright based in NYC. Her plays include TELL ME WHAT I WANT (The Tank's Ladyfest), THE COLONY (Winner: Columbia@Roundabout New Play Reading Series; American Stage’s 21st Century Voices New Play Festival; Semifinalist: Austin Film Festival Playwriting Competition & Bay Area Playwrights Festival), CRUEL SISTER (Semi-Finalist: O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), KIDS (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and BOOK OF ESTHER (Top Ten Finalist: Jewish Playwriting Contest; Semi-Finalist: Princess Grace Award). She was a 2019 nominee for the Mentor Project at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Gina has been a guest lecturer at NYU’s Open Arts program and is an Affiliated Artist with The Hess Collective. She teaches playwriting at Tribeca Performing Arts Center and The Writer’s Rock. MFA Playwriting: Columbia University. www.ginastevensen.com

Plays

  • The Colony
    In 1924 Virginia, a dirt-poor young woman named Carrie Buck is brought to a mysterious medical facility. No one will tell her why she’s here, or where her two-month-old daughter is. The Doctor in charge is a charming progressive, a student of the new science of heredity and genes. In Carrie, he finds the missing link his entire movement has been searching for, placing her at the center of an unbelievable chain...
    In 1924 Virginia, a dirt-poor young woman named Carrie Buck is brought to a mysterious medical facility. No one will tell her why she’s here, or where her two-month-old daughter is. The Doctor in charge is a charming progressive, a student of the new science of heredity and genes. In Carrie, he finds the missing link his entire movement has been searching for, placing her at the center of an unbelievable chain of events that will lead all the way to the Supreme Court. Based on true events, THE COLONY asks the question: how does our society, past and present, determine the value of its female bodies?
  • Book of Esther
    When 17-year-old Esther enters the annual yeshiva high school poetry slam, she knows that everything is about to change. She will have to decide which world to live in: the world of her Orthodox Jewish family, or the world of modern-day Brooklyn. As we follow Esther in the year leading up to the poetry slam, strange things happen. The mythic figure Queen Esther mysteriously appears to instruct her on how a...
    When 17-year-old Esther enters the annual yeshiva high school poetry slam, she knows that everything is about to change. She will have to decide which world to live in: the world of her Orthodox Jewish family, or the world of modern-day Brooklyn. As we follow Esther in the year leading up to the poetry slam, strange things happen. The mythic figure Queen Esther mysteriously appears to instruct her on how a woman ought to behave. Esther forges a secret friendship with a hipster barista who shows her things she’s never seen before, like chai lattes and electricity bills. Will her own questioning take Esther too far to come home?
  • Cruel Sister
    Dawn and Shelby are twins struggling with popularity and body image. They long to connect with their lonely father, but lately he is only interested in communicating through his food. When a mysterious new teacher comes into their lives, introducing them to a folktale about jealous sisters ending in bloody violence, reality and myth start to blur.

Recommended by Gina Stevensen

  • Ada
    24 Sep. 2019
    A thrilling and thought-provoking exploration of humanity in a technologically fraught world. How do we define consciousness? What is our collective responsibility to the life-like things we create? As the characters struggle with questions of identity, morality, and revenge, it becomes impossible not to turn those questions on ourselves.
  • Outer Banks
    24 Sep. 2019
    Stephen Foglia's writing brims with heart, tenderness, and resilience, and "Outer Banks" is no exception. The setting and characters are exquisitely grounded from the very first page, making it all the more exhilarating as the the boundaries of reality begin to break down. Junie is rich and complex, as are all of Stephen's female protagonists. This play will leave you holding your breath.
  • Imagine That
    6 Oct. 2018
    Such a delight! A wickedly funny absurdist comedy that is at times brutal, tender, and desperate. In wildly theatrical ways, the play raises surprisingly dark questions about value in contemporary American society.