Gina Stevensen

Gina Stevensen

Gina Stevensen’s plays include THE COLONY (Selected: American Stage’s 21st Century Voices New Play Festival, Semifinalist: Austin Film Festival Playwriting Competition, Off-Broadway Reading: Urban Stages, Finalist: The Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwrights Workshop), CRUEL SISTER (Semi-Finalist: O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), KIDS (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and BOOK OF ESTHER (Reading: Hartford...
Gina Stevensen’s plays include THE COLONY (Selected: American Stage’s 21st Century Voices New Play Festival, Semifinalist: Austin Film Festival Playwriting Competition, Off-Broadway Reading: Urban Stages, Finalist: The Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwrights Workshop), CRUEL SISTER (Semi-Finalist: O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), KIDS (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and BOOK OF ESTHER (Reading: Hartford Stage, Top Ten Finalist: Jewish Playwriting Contest, Semi-Finalist: Princess Grace Award). Gina was a 2019 nominee for the OBIE Award-winning Mentor Project at the Cherry Lane Theatre. She teaches playwriting through Tribeca Performing Arts Center’s Writers in Performance Workshop and The Writer’s Rock. She recently assisted playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler on the New York premiere of her solo show IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD at Manhattan Theatre Club. BFA Drama: NYU Tisch. 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

  • 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.