Jennifer Rumberger

Jennifer Rumberger

Photo Credit: Joe Mazza at Brave Lux Jennifer Rumberger is a Chicago-based playwright and actress. Her play Night in Alachua County will be produced by Wildclaw Theatre in the fall of 2017 at the Den Theatre in Chicago. Most recently, her short play, Entangled Black Holes, was produced as part of the Living Room Playmakers December site specific show, XV. Her short play Mare Cognitum was produced by the...
Photo Credit: Joe Mazza at Brave Lux Jennifer Rumberger is a Chicago-based playwright and actress. Her play Night in Alachua County will be produced by Wildclaw Theatre in the fall of 2017 at the Den Theatre in Chicago. Most recently, her short play, Entangled Black Holes, was produced as part of the Living Room Playmakers December site specific show, XV. Her short play Mare Cognitum was produced by the Gift Theatre Company as a part of TEN 2016, their annual production of ten short plays. Other recent productions include Open Blue Sky at the Stella Adler School of Acting in New York City, and The Bride, produced by the Living Room Playmakers at the Chicago Fringe Festival. Her full length plays Laura’s Party and Open Blue Sky had recent readings with The Gift Theatre Company in Chicago and Black Box Acting Studio, and her short plays were produced this year by the Commission Theatre Company, the Living Room Playmakers, the Gift Theatre Company, and Black Box Acting Studio. Night in Alachua County was selected for development at the 2014 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. She has performed readings of her nonfiction prose with The Genesis Ensemble and the Gift Theatre Company this year. She was a 2015 nominee for the PoNY Fellowship and a 2015 semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, and a 2016 finalist for the Ingram New Works Playwrights Lab. She is an associate playwright and founding member of the Living Room Playmakers. She received an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University.

Plays

  • The Night Swimmers
    On a dreary evening in early spring, Kate and Mamie find themselves stranded at a Radisson Hotel off a highway in Illinois after Kate's car breaks down on the way to Mamie's bachelorette weekend in Chicago.  At the same time, Melissa, a traveling nurse, arrives at the hotel for a job interview with her reluctant niece, Neyla, in tow.  The four women spend the weekend stranded at the hotel pool, along...
    On a dreary evening in early spring, Kate and Mamie find themselves stranded at a Radisson Hotel off a highway in Illinois after Kate's car breaks down on the way to Mamie's bachelorette weekend in Chicago.  At the same time, Melissa, a traveling nurse, arrives at the hotel for a job interview with her reluctant niece, Neyla, in tow.  The four women spend the weekend stranded at the hotel pool, along with the hotel maid, Willie, as they search for their paths as women in America today and confront the deep sense of loneliness that permeates each of their lives.
  • Laura's Party
    On a summer night in Chicago, a party rages for Laura, who just got cast in SNL. On her apartment's back porch, her friends contemplate what this means for them as they try and figure out their paths towards the future.
  • Night in Alachua County
    Violet always knew she’d return to save her sister Lily from the clutches of their unrelenting and controlling mother Crystal one day. But when Lily calls her claiming to have seen a strange man in her bedroom, Violet knows that time is now. Crystal has other plans for Lily, however, and she's not about to let anyone -- not even her own daughter -- stand in her way.
  • Open Blue Sky
    It’s early morning the day before Bailey Lawrence’s wedding in her fading family home. Her sisters, Natalie, Ansley, and Caroline are all there, helping with the preparations, when their estranged sister Abby arrives from New York. Old family tensions arise as the wedding gets closer, and as Bailey tries to find out why Abby truly is there. As the weekend moves on and family secrets arise, the family hinges...
    It’s early morning the day before Bailey Lawrence’s wedding in her fading family home. Her sisters, Natalie, Ansley, and Caroline are all there, helping with the preparations, when their estranged sister Abby arrives from New York. Old family tensions arise as the wedding gets closer, and as Bailey tries to find out why Abby truly is there. As the weekend moves on and family secrets arise, the family hinges on the verge of breaking apart--for good.
  • Paper Furniture
    An adult woman comes to terms with her older parents' divorce, and reflects on how their relationship has affected the way she makes choices in her own relationships.
  • Mare Cognitum
    A father and his adult daughter have a Facetime conversation about where they're both at in their life as they watch a lunar eclipse.
  • Crazy Horse
    Two women talk about deep shit on the floor of a bar on Halloween night.
  • The Salmon
    A woman considers the consequences of her life choices on her 32nd birthday.
  • Paperland
    Two women confront their existential terror at the office.