Jessica Austgen

Jessica Austgen

Jessica Austgen is an actor, improviser and playwright living in Denver, Colorado. After earning her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Jessica spent three seasons as a member of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s acting company. Her first play, DragOn (a comic con-themed drag adventure!), was commissioned by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and premiered at the...
Jessica Austgen is an actor, improviser and playwright living in Denver, Colorado. After earning her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Jessica spent three seasons as a member of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s acting company. Her first play, DragOn (a comic con-themed drag adventure!), was commissioned by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and premiered at the DCPA’s Garner Galleria Theatre in June 2017. Jessica's newest play, Sin Street Social Club (an adaptation of Aphra Behn's The Rover) will have its world premiere as part of the Arvada Center's Black Box Repertory in 2019. Jessica is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Dramatist’s Guild, and serves as the Artistic Director of the Denver Improv Festival.

Plays

  • Sin St. Social Club
    FULL-LENGTH. In this modern reworking of Aphra Behn's THE ROVER, Helen, a novice nun, and Florie Mae, her nightclub singing sister, hit the streets of 1916 New Orleans in a last-ditch effort to save their departed daddy's dance hall, The Basin Street Social Club, and get their own futures "taken care of." Florie Mae is desperate to marry Belville, while Helen is looking for an excuse--any...
    FULL-LENGTH. In this modern reworking of Aphra Behn's THE ROVER, Helen, a novice nun, and Florie Mae, her nightclub singing sister, hit the streets of 1916 New Orleans in a last-ditch effort to save their departed daddy's dance hall, The Basin Street Social Club, and get their own futures "taken care of." Florie Mae is desperate to marry Belville, while Helen is looking for an excuse--any excuse--to avoid being confirmed as a full-fledged nun. Their brother Pete, however, insists that Florie Mae marry his friend Tony Trudeau, a local alderman with dubious motives.
    Belville, equally determined to find Florie Mae, arrives on the scene with a couple of friends in tow--Blunt, a rustically-inclined client, and Wilmore, a rakish captain. While Belville obsesses over saving his beloved, Wilmore is equally attracted to the lively Helen as well as Angie B, an aging madame whose recent return to the Crescent City has caused quite a stir on the streets of Storyville.
    After a night of romantic rendezvous, mistaken identities and way too many fistfights, the lovers are reunited, the club is saved and Helen finds her own particular brand of happiness.
  • A Murther of Crows
    FULL-LENGTH. In the back room of a grimy Elizabethan tavern, a trio of cutthroats—burly butcher Ned, the mysteriously aristocratic Sir and young, idealistic Kit--prepare for their final job. The mood is grim—Joan, the barmaid is late delivering their orders, they’re short a lookout, and no one is willing to talk about whatever the hell happened in Scotland. Matters are further complicated when Ned’s daughter...
    FULL-LENGTH. In the back room of a grimy Elizabethan tavern, a trio of cutthroats—burly butcher Ned, the mysteriously aristocratic Sir and young, idealistic Kit--prepare for their final job. The mood is grim—Joan, the barmaid is late delivering their orders, they’re short a lookout, and no one is willing to talk about whatever the hell happened in Scotland. Matters are further complicated when Ned’s daughter Edie arrives, disguised as her brother Edward, to volunteer as their fourth.
    When the dispatch is finally delivered, however, the target is more complicated than expected, leading to a charged, steel-crashing confrontation at midnight on a lonely road outside the gates of London.
  • DragOn
    FULL-LENGTH. A fledgling drag queen must go through the tests and trials of legendary cosplay divas to find her swagger. Whether you’re a fabulous fantasy fan or just love a fierce drag number, there’s something for you. It's a geeky kiki that will leave you laughing.
  • Apollo Flies
    ONE ACT. "What if we uncrossed our stars?" wonders Juliet (or maybe Jane Eyre, or is it Anna Karenina?). In this short play, a pair of literary lovers are growing tired of their readers favorite genre--tragic romance--and are looking for some better options.
  • Self Promoted
    TEN-MINUTE. A pair of cubicle mates spar for a promotion while being cheered on by a suspiciously supportive coworker.
  • A Boys Guide To Brutal Honesty
    A young scout, motivated by merit badges, has a difficult discussion with his dad.