Jessica Chipman

Jessica Chipman

Jessica Chipman (she, her) is a playwright, director, and educator whose plays have been produced across the United States and Canada. A proud Heideman finalist, Jessica's retelling of the myth of Icarus received the top award at the Minnesota State High School League State One Act Play Festival in 2017, as well as the Wells Fargo Award of Excellence. Most recently, her feminist one-act adaptation of...
Jessica Chipman (she, her) is a playwright, director, and educator whose plays have been produced across the United States and Canada. A proud Heideman finalist, Jessica's retelling of the myth of Icarus received the top award at the Minnesota State High School League State One Act Play Festival in 2017, as well as the Wells Fargo Award of Excellence. Most recently, her feminist one-act adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's Yerma earned accolades at the MSHSL One Act Play Festival. Jessica is the proud co-founder of Dynamo Creative, a female-led theatre company dedicated to amplifying the stories of women, and Chip and Jack's Theatre School, an educational theatre podcast.

Plays

  • You Can Unmute
    Mel, KJ, and Amanda are former college roommates on a Zoom call from their homes in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Des Moines, Iowa in late summer, 2020. When Mel shares information about a woman who lived in their hall, long-held secrets are revealed and the friendship starts unraveling. A play about long-time friendship, complicity, and what is left unsaid. Designed for virtual performance/livestream with traditional staging option.
  • It Comes in Waves
    Jae is thirty-five and struggling. She's working a demanding journalism job, serving as conservator and caretaker for her sister with mysterious memory issues, comforting her sister's broken-hearted, butterfly wing-wearing therapist, and bemoaning her non-existent romantic life. Plus there's a song she can't get out of her head and a feeling she can't shake. It's a lot. When Jae...
    Jae is thirty-five and struggling. She's working a demanding journalism job, serving as conservator and caretaker for her sister with mysterious memory issues, comforting her sister's broken-hearted, butterfly wing-wearing therapist, and bemoaning her non-existent romantic life. Plus there's a song she can't get out of her head and a feeling she can't shake. It's a lot. When Jae's boss assigns her a story covering a mother orca who is carrying her dead baby through the ocean off the coast of Washington state, she reluctantly agrees to go. Her boat captain is uncooperative, she's worried about her sister, and her phone won't stop ringing. Then she comes face-to-face with the orca and everything changes. It Comes in Waves is a dramatic comedy about family and memory, and asks the question, "Are you listening?"
  • Neighbour Rosicky
    Anton Rosicky is an immigrant farmer in a small Nebraska town in the 1930s. He's told by his doctor he has a few good years left, but there's still work to do: his daughter-in-law deals with depression and his son is having financial difficulty. A memory play with interwoven storylines, a surprising Christmas guest, and a really important stuffed goose, Neighbour Rosicky asks the question, "How...
    Anton Rosicky is an immigrant farmer in a small Nebraska town in the 1930s. He's told by his doctor he has a few good years left, but there's still work to do: his daughter-in-law deals with depression and his son is having financial difficulty. A memory play with interwoven storylines, a surprising Christmas guest, and a really important stuffed goose, Neighbour Rosicky asks the question, "How does one live a good life?" Neighbour Rosicky is adapted from Willa Cather's "Neighbour Rosicky" from Obscure Destinies, with permission from the Willa Cather Foundation.
  • Yerma
    Based on Frederico Garcia Lorca's play of the same title, Yerma is the story of a young woman who is desperate to have a child, despite her husband's indifference. She tries every tactic she can think of until her desperation mounts to a breathtaking breaking point. Removed from Lorca's original setting to the Dust Bowl-era rural Midwest, this feminist one-act retelling explores the intersection...
    Based on Frederico Garcia Lorca's play of the same title, Yerma is the story of a young woman who is desperate to have a child, despite her husband's indifference. She tries every tactic she can think of until her desperation mounts to a breathtaking breaking point. Removed from Lorca's original setting to the Dust Bowl-era rural Midwest, this feminist one-act retelling explores the intersection of isolation, societal pressure, and traditional gender roles.
  • Neighborhood Sampling
    When seventeen-year-old purse thief Jeremy climbs through his bedroom window with some loot, the last thing he expects is to be followed by the middle-aged, asthmatic husband of the woman whose purse he stole. This is Leon, and he wants his wife's purse back. Jeremy and Leon supposedly meet for the first time in Jeremy's bedroom, but as the play goes back in time, we find this isn't the first...
    When seventeen-year-old purse thief Jeremy climbs through his bedroom window with some loot, the last thing he expects is to be followed by the middle-aged, asthmatic husband of the woman whose purse he stole. This is Leon, and he wants his wife's purse back. Jeremy and Leon supposedly meet for the first time in Jeremy's bedroom, but as the play goes back in time, we find this isn't the first convergence between Jeremy and Leon's families. This comedy explores how our worlds are smaller than we think and how our similarities connect us more than our differences. [Full-length]
  • Icarus
    This Greek myth follows the inventor Daedalus, who commits a crime in Athens and is banished to Crete to serve King Minos. Determined to right his wrongs, Daedalus becomes a father to Icarus, a daring and precocious boy whose eyes are on all the glories of the world around him--the sky, the sea, the stars--while Daedalus buries himself in his work, attempting to save the people of Crete from King Minos's...
    This Greek myth follows the inventor Daedalus, who commits a crime in Athens and is banished to Crete to serve King Minos. Determined to right his wrongs, Daedalus becomes a father to Icarus, a daring and precocious boy whose eyes are on all the glories of the world around him--the sky, the sea, the stars--while Daedalus buries himself in his work, attempting to save the people of Crete from King Minos's shrewd plans, which include sacrificing humans to a ravenous minotaur. After adventures involving a sea god, the Labyrinth, the slaying of the minotaur, and a broken heart, Daedalus and Icarus find themselves in a tower surrounded by Minos's ships. As Icarus uses Daedalus's final invention, a pair of wings made of wax and feathers, he teaches Daedalus the joy of noticing the beauty around us and the bravery it takes to fly toward our fate. [60 min.]

    Originally produced under pseudonym J.L. Sheridan.

    Scripts/rights available from Eldridge Plays and Musicals: www.histage.com.
  • 99 Balloons
    Matt and Ginny Mooney are thrilled to find out they are expecting a baby. When they discover their child will be born with Trisomy 18, a condition that typically results in death within a few days, Matt and Ginny must decide how to move forward. Feeling pressured by their community and adrift from their faith, Matt and Ginny's relationship is tested. Based on a true story, 99 Balloons is about the...
    Matt and Ginny Mooney are thrilled to find out they are expecting a baby. When they discover their child will be born with Trisomy 18, a condition that typically results in death within a few days, Matt and Ginny must decide how to move forward. Feeling pressured by their community and adrift from their faith, Matt and Ginny's relationship is tested. Based on a true story, 99 Balloons is about the unconditional love of parents for their children, the power of faith, and celebration of all lives. [45 min.]
  • Denver
    Denver and Sal are siblings dealing with the deaths of their parents. When Sal asks Denver for his signature on documents releasing her inheritance, things take a dark turn. [11 min.]
  • Kite
    Louisa is a quirky, hopeless romantic with a sweeping imagination. On Louisa's sixteenth birthday, she and her first love, Sam-o, celebrate by flying a kite on a storybook day when they meet Kip, a teenager who has lost his way on a trail run. As Louisa gives Kip directions to the trail, she finds her heart moving in a new direction of its own. In this short comedy about the power of our imagination and...
    Louisa is a quirky, hopeless romantic with a sweeping imagination. On Louisa's sixteenth birthday, she and her first love, Sam-o, celebrate by flying a kite on a storybook day when they meet Kip, a teenager who has lost his way on a trail run. As Louisa gives Kip directions to the trail, she finds her heart moving in a new direction of its own. In this short comedy about the power of our imagination and the power of true love, Louisa's reality collides with her dream world. Before Kip runs off, Louisa must decide whether to follow the man of her dreams or her dream of a man. [17 min.]
  • The Braves One
    When sixteen-year-old Jeremy climbs through his bedroom window carrying a stolen purse, he doesn't expect an allergy-prone, wheezing middle-aged man to follow. The man is Leon, and he wants his wife's purse back. [17 min.]
  • Broposal
    Leo and Stan are brothers and complete opposites. Leon needs Stan's help running errands on the day he's going to propose to his girlfriend, but little does he know Stan has some news to break. [11 min.]
  • Conjoyned
    Essie is a hapless girl in a television-watching rut. Little does she know when she places a call for help fixing a leaky toilet that her life is about to change. The handymen who arrive at her place are conjoined twins, and they fix more than leaky toilets. A comic romp. [12 minutes]
  • Fourth Grade Girl Pact
    Violet is a fourteen-year-old high school try-hard and Elena is a fourteen-year-old Harry Potter superfan. Despite their differences, Violet and Elena have been best friends since fourth grade, when they made a pact to be friends forever. When Elena makes a choice that changes Violet's chances at making student council, they must determine whether their friendship is worth saving. [Ten minutes.]