Janice Maffei

Janice Maffei

Janice Maffei is a playwright and poet whose work has appeared in The Southampton Review, The Paterson Literary Review and on NY stages. Her full-length play, “How to Bury a Saint,” premiered at The Schoolhouse Theatre, an equity shop in Croton Falls, in June 2016. She has written several short plays including “Re-Upholstered” which won a Netty Award, “The Suffering,” a Turnip Festival finalist, and “Swimming...
Janice Maffei is a playwright and poet whose work has appeared in The Southampton Review, The Paterson Literary Review and on NY stages. Her full-length play, “How to Bury a Saint,” premiered at The Schoolhouse Theatre, an equity shop in Croton Falls, in June 2016. She has written several short plays including “Re-Upholstered” which won a Netty Award, “The Suffering,” a Turnip Festival finalist, and “Swimming Again,” a Little Black Dress INK finalist. Her full-length plays - “How to Bury a Saint,” “Missing Pieces,” and “Saving Sisters” – have been developed at Playwrights Gallery, The Drawing Board, St. Malachy’s (The Actors Studio) and Stony Brook University. Janice has a MFA in playwriting from Stony Brook. She served on the reading panel for the Yale School of Drama 2014’s Charles Nelson Horn Prize.

Janice has studied with Marsha Norman, Francine Volpe and Annie Baker, who mentored “How to Bury a Saint.” She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, serves on the board of The Lilly Awards and, following the world premiere of “Saint” (see above), The Schoolhouse Theatre.

Plays

  • How to Bury a Saint
    A comic drama with political overtones reminiscent of the historic 2016 election, "Saint" explores one woman's quest to be taken seriously within the male power structure. This dramedy explores the generational conflicts around aging, gender roles and whether traditions can be sustained in a world where everyone’s too busy to learn how to make the meatballs.Inspired by true events in Brooklyn!...
    A comic drama with political overtones reminiscent of the historic 2016 election, "Saint" explores one woman's quest to be taken seriously within the male power structure. This dramedy explores the generational conflicts around aging, gender roles and whether traditions can be sustained in a world where everyone’s too busy to learn how to make the meatballs.Inspired by true events in Brooklyn!
    Bocce season is underway in Nutley, NJ and Patsy, an old-school Italian matriarch, wants in as a voting member of the club. Her grandson, Louis, is mystified by his Nonna’s quest and struggling with his own path forward in a high-tech world that feels remote and unfriendly. And his mother, Lucy, continues the simmering feud with his Nonna that has marked his entire life. Is there any way to upend the Old Boy's Club and bring the family together at the same table at the same time?
    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/nyregion/review-in-how-to-bury-a-saint-bocce-the-tarantella-and-relationships.html