Julie Zaffarano

Julie Zaffarano

Julie Zaffarano is a Philadelphia area playwright who believes everyone’s lives are made of a myriad of stories. While her work spans multiple genres and forms, as well as varied characters, she is devoted to creating strong roles for women, with a special focus on women of mature age.
Upcoming: Above the Fold (Artemisia Theatre Podcast Series) and Allen’s Lane Theatre (Reading). Most recent:...
Julie Zaffarano is a Philadelphia area playwright who believes everyone’s lives are made of a myriad of stories. While her work spans multiple genres and forms, as well as varied characters, she is devoted to creating strong roles for women, with a special focus on women of mature age.
Upcoming: Above the Fold (Artemisia Theatre Podcast Series) and Allen’s Lane Theatre (Reading). Most recent: Celebration Bread, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival; Destiny is a Careless Waiter and Other Plays produced by Juniper Productions, Philadelphia Fringe Festival; The PlayMakers, produced by Rover Dramawerks and by What If? Productions, South Carolina, (Winner in the What If? Productions Playwrights Festival Best New Work); Destiny is a Careless Waiter, Pittsburgh New Work Festival (Winner, Best Production); Naughty Marietta (Revised 2018), Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra: Turkey Baby with Juniper Productions (reading); Sweet Revenge, Dramatist Guild Philadelphia Footlights and PlayPenn Foundry Reading Series (readings); Not So Charming, R-Act Productions; Inside Out, ReVamp Collective.
Recent recognitions and readings: Semi Finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (Kentucky Lemonade); Winner, Maryland Ensemble Theatre (METLab) Festival; Winner Best Production, Pittsburgh New Works Festival; Finalist, First Works, Boston; “Playwright of the Month,” A Work in Progress Theatre, Baltimore; “Readings at the Drake” PlayPenn (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, Dayton FutureFest; Finalist, Shakespeare in the Burg Contest; Honorable Mention, Ohio State University New Play Fest; Finalist, Villanova University Sue Winge Playwriting Competition; Finalist, Strange Sun Theatre Greenhouse; and Semi-Finalist, 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 Philadelphia PlayPenn Foundry, 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 loves spending time with her charming and supportive husband, Dave, and their growing family. Find her on the new play exchange: https://newplayexchange.org/users/12137/julie-zaffarano or her website: www.juliezaffarano.com.

Plays

  • Above the Fold
    Above the Fold is set during the 1935 grand jury investigation of the death of rising musical theater star Evelyn Hoey in Glenmoore Pennsylvania. A group of reporters are covering the grand jury whose job it is to determine if there is sufficient evidence to conduct a trial for the murder of singer Evelyn Hoey by her lover Henry Huddleston Rogers III, the son of one of the richest men in the world. Reporter...
    Above the Fold is set during the 1935 grand jury investigation of the death of rising musical theater star Evelyn Hoey in Glenmoore Pennsylvania. A group of reporters are covering the grand jury whose job it is to determine if there is sufficient evidence to conduct a trial for the murder of singer Evelyn Hoey by her lover Henry Huddleston Rogers III, the son of one of the richest men in the world. Reporter Dorothy Walton wants to tell Evelyn’s real story, not a typical hyped-up news story.

    “A couple months ago, Evelyn Hoey was a living, breathing person with hopes and dreams and fears. Family that loved her. Toast of the town. How does a woman like that end up with a bullet in her brain?”

    Dorothy fights convention to be considered an equal partner with her male colleagues. She has to convince her editor to believe in her and in the importance of telling a truthful story. In addition, Dorothy needs to face her own feelings about her colleague and former lover, Carl, who is also assigned to cover the grand jury.

    This is a story of victimization, of truth vs. sensationalism, of justice vs. power, and coping with personal demons.

    While the incidents on this play are inspired by real events, this is a work of fiction.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Spices, Pinball, and Guacamole
    Sydney, proud of her new café, invites her sister, Madison, to lunch. Sydney is excited to show Madison the plans for the renovations and assumes Madison will make good on her promise to provide financial support
  • The Sign
    Rene parks her car in front of Petey’s house to attend a Black Lives Matter Rally. When Petey sees her sign, he accosts her. Will this chance meeting divide or heal?
  • Picnic on Squire Cheyney Farm Park
    A visit to an historic cemetery brings out tension between a parent and teen. Can they move beyond their loss and differences?
  • The Jar
    Bailey and Trip reach back to a night of drunken ideas to “spice up” their evening. Can they see beyond their fears?
  • Celebration Bread
    Celebration Bread is the story of a mother (Felicia) and her daughter (Mag) who do not see eye to eye. The conflict comes to a head as Mag prepares to return to college, which is also the one hundredth anniversary of the 19th suffrage amendment. A reminder from their ancestors helps them see the bigger picture.
  • The Roast
    Mom has been setting four places at the Sunday dinner table even though only she and Frankie are dining. Why?
  • 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.
  • Guardian To Be
    Taylor has adopted two small children and wants to have a plan for them should something happen. Taylor reaches out to a new friend, Carmen, rather than a sibling, Addison. Is this the best choice?
  • Pizza Rolls and Politics
    Kaye and her son Shawn spar over their political differences and pizza rolls.
  • 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?
  • True Colors
    Colleagues meet virtually during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic and their true colors show.
  • 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.
  • 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.