Gina Stevensen

Gina Stevensen

Gina Stevensen is a playwright, dramaturg, and writing instructor based in NYC. Her play THE COLONY was a 2019 winner of the Columbia@Roundabout New Play Reading Series and will receive its world premiere production in August of 2020 at Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company in Reno, Nevada (cancelled due to COVID-19). Gina’s plays have been developed in NYC and regionally with American Stage, Urban Stages,...
Gina Stevensen is a playwright, dramaturg, and writing instructor based in NYC. Her play THE COLONY was a 2019 winner of the Columbia@Roundabout New Play Reading Series and will receive its world premiere production in August of 2020 at Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company in Reno, Nevada (cancelled due to COVID-19). Gina’s plays have been developed in NYC and regionally with American Stage, Urban Stages, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hartford Stage, The Tank, Isle of Shoals, and The Joust Theatre Company. She has been a finalist for the Jewish Playwriting Contest, Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition, and MFA Playwrights Workshop at The Kennedy Center, and a semifinalist for the Princess Grace Award, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor. Gina was a 2019 nominee for the Mentor Project at the Cherry Lane Theatre and is an Affiliated Artist with The Hess Collective (THC). She was the dramaturg for THC’s recent production of SPOILED at La MaMa E.T.C (cancelled due to COVID-19). She has been a guest lecturer at NYU’s Open Arts program and 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.
  • Tell Me What I Want
    When Gloria, a middle school health teacher, gets fired after teaching her students about masturbation, she doesn’t know what to do. Until she realizes that the adults around her are nearly as clueless as the kids: there’s Karen, the head of the PTA, newly recruited into the mysterious hulking throes of menopause; Maxine, a math teacher whose partner can’t keep up with her Hummer limo sex drive; and Sharon, a...
    When Gloria, a middle school health teacher, gets fired after teaching her students about masturbation, she doesn’t know what to do. Until she realizes that the adults around her are nearly as clueless as the kids: there’s Karen, the head of the PTA, newly recruited into the mysterious hulking throes of menopause; Maxine, a math teacher whose partner can’t keep up with her Hummer limo sex drive; and Sharon, a mom with a yoga obsession whose Down-There Parts are lately as dry as her favorite white wine. Understandably, they have questions. And honestly...don’t you?