Julie Zaffarano

Julie Zaffarano

Julie Zaffarano is a Philadelphia playwright and proud member of the PlayPenn Foundry who believes everyone’s lives are made of a myriad of stories. Most recent: The PlayMakers, produced by What If? Productions, South Carolina, 2017 (Winner in the 2016 What If? Productions Playwrights Festival Best New Work); Destiny is a Careless Waiter, Pittsburgh New Work Festival (Winner, Best Production);
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Julie Zaffarano is a Philadelphia playwright and proud member of the PlayPenn Foundry who believes everyone’s lives are made of a myriad of stories. Most recent: The PlayMakers, produced by What If? Productions, South Carolina, 2017 (Winner in the 2016 What If? Productions Playwrights Festival Best New Work); Destiny is a Careless Waiter, Pittsburgh New Work Festival (Winner, Best Production);
Turkey Baby with Juniper Productions (reading); Not So Charming, R-Act Productions; Inside Out, ReVamp Collective. Scheduled production: The PlayMakers, Dramawerks, Texas, Feb, 2019 and Naughty Marietta (Revised 2018), new book, Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra, Spring 2019.

Recent recognitions and readings: Semi Finalist, 2017 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (Kentucky Lemonade); Winner, Maryland Ensemble Theatre (METLab) 2017 Festival; Winner Best Production, Pittsburgh New Works Festival; “Playwright of the Month,” A Work in Progress Theatre, Baltimore; “Readings at the Drake” PlayPenn series (Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia); Philadelphia Dramatists Center (PDC) Playwrights Showcase; Cloverdale Playhouse, Winner “Page to Stage Contest; Kentucky Lemonade (reading), Town and Country Players; Semi Finalist, 2017 Dayton FutureFest; Honorable Mention, Ohio State University New Play Fest; Finalist, Villanova University 2016 Sue Winge Playwriting Competition; Finalist for the Strange Sun Theatre Greenhouse 2016; and Semi-Finalist for Actors Theatre of Charlotte Nuvoices. Short works have been presented by Pittsburgh New Work Festival, Juniper Productions, RL Productions, Town and Country Players, South Street Players, Plays & Players, ReVamp Collective, and Everyone’s Theatre Company.

Julie is a member of Dramatist Guild, Philadelphia Dramatists Center, and the Minneapolis Playwrights Center. She holds two Masters Degrees: MA in Classical Studies and an MS in Organization Science from Villanova University. She lives in Broomall, PA with her husband, Dave, and loves spending time with their five children.

Plays

  • The PlayMakers
    Lisa and Sebastian were a successful romantic comedy playwriting team, and lovers, whose professional and personal relationship crashed and burned. After several years apart, they are thrown together by a producer create a new play. As Lisa and Sebastian try to recapture their signature spark, the characters in the play revolt as the line between reality and fantasy disappears.
  • Kentucky Lemonade
    Kentucky Lemonade is the story of two sisters, their mother and their aunt, brought together by the death of their father. In the midst of their grief and practical needs to move on, a family secret is revealed that changes how they define themselves. Funerals often bring out both the best and worst in people, both in what is said and what is not – this story is no exception.
  • Stray Cats and Pecan Pie
    Olivia, a college freshman, seeks out her birth mother, Darlene. While Olivia is “super excited” about the meeting, Darlene is significantly less enthralled. When Olivia pushes Darlene for in-formation about her birth father, Darlene reluctantly reveals far more than Olivia expects. Darlene is suspicious of Olivia – whose tales don’t quite add up. Can these two find their way to acceptance?
  • Sweet Revenge
    Sunny, a sixty year old perpetual hippie, and her sister, Joni, own “Sweet Revenge,” a quaint bakery in Spring Lake, NJ. Joni’s boyfriend, Brian, convinces them to take an extensive loan using the family home as collateral to renovate the bakery and enter a contest with the Treats and Tweets reality show in order to increase sales. The host of the show, Maurice Bailee and his assistant, Charlie, show up for...
    Sunny, a sixty year old perpetual hippie, and her sister, Joni, own “Sweet Revenge,” a quaint bakery in Spring Lake, NJ. Joni’s boyfriend, Brian, convinces them to take an extensive loan using the family home as collateral to renovate the bakery and enter a contest with the Treats and Tweets reality show in order to increase sales. The host of the show, Maurice Bailee and his assistant, Charlie, show up for filming a week early in the midst of the renovations. Expected and unexpected chaos ensues.
  • Destiny is a Careless Waiter
    Sean invites Emily to dinner to propose marriage. He brings his grandmother’s engagement ring to the restaurant and instructs the server to place the ring in Emily’s dessert. Justin invites Bria to the same restaurant at the same time, planning to break up with her. When the engagement ring intended for Emily ends up in Bria’s dessert, the chaos begins.
  • Hotter Than Thoreau
    Coke and Denny meet face to face after “meeting” on line. They are both expecting a simple hook-up, but the meeting takes some unexpected twists.
  • Cream Pie Shoot-Out at Rock Creek
    Morgan returns home from college on Spring break to fill in last minute for a lead role in her father’s theatre. She is to play opposite Jennifer, her old secret crush, who is annoyed she wasn’t asked to fill in for the role. Is there healing in whipped cream?
  • Pizza Rolls and Politics
    Kaye and her son Shawn spar over their political differences and pizza rolls.
  • Good Morning
    Shelly awakes from a coma after 16 years. One day, she is 34. The next day she is 50. Her daughter is grown and married. Her husband, responsible for her injuries, has moved on.
  • Turkey Baby
    Maryann has chosen a special time to tell her sixteen year old daughter Kelly how she was conceived. Kelly’s feelings are decidedly mixed.
  • The Roast
    Mom has been setting four places at the Sunday dinner table even though only she and Frankie are dining. Why?
  • Hailey's Perfect Day
    Hailey and her bridal party are preparing for Hailey and Evan’s wedding. As they wait in their hotel room, both Hailey and her carefully laid plans start to fall apart. Some quick decisions are needed to save this most important day.