Jennifer Rumberger

Jennifer Rumberger

Photo Credit: Joe Mazza at Brave Lux

Jennifer Rumberger is a playwright, an essayist, and a performer of live storytelling.  Recent productions include Night in Alachua County with Wildclaw Theatre, Open Blue Sky at Stella Adler/ Tisch School of the Arts and The Bride with the Living Room Playmakers and Chicago Fringe Festival. She is currently under commission with the Gift Theatre Company...
Photo Credit: Joe Mazza at Brave Lux

Jennifer Rumberger is a playwright, an essayist, and a performer of live storytelling.  Recent productions include Night in Alachua County with Wildclaw Theatre, Open Blue Sky at Stella Adler/ Tisch School of the Arts and The Bride with the Living Room Playmakers and Chicago Fringe Festival. She is currently under commission with the Gift Theatre Company in Chicago. Her play, A Little Ghost Story, was a second time selection for the 2019 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference; her play Night in Alachua County was also developed there in 2014. Night in Alachua County was recommended for consideration for the 2018 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. Jennifer was a nominee for the PoNY Fellowship and a semi-finalist for the P73 Fellowship. Jennifer’s work has been developed or presented in New York, Houston, Chicago, and Florida by The Lark Playwrights Center, id Theatre Company, The Gift Theatre Company, Black Box Acting Studio, The Living Room Playmakers, Commission Theatre Company, Wordsmyth Theatre Company, Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company, White Rose Miami, and Northwestern University. She is a founding member and associate playwright with the Living Room Playmakers. MFA: Northwestern.

Plays

  • The Locusts
    When a serial killer goes on a gruesome rampage in Ella’s small hometown of Vero Beach, Florida, she’s called away from her FBI training program to help apprehend him. At home, she’s confronted with the life she left behind: her pregnant and struggling sister, her scared young niece, who like Ella, is desperate to find a life somewhere else, and the dark events of her childhood that she’s tried to forget. As...
    When a serial killer goes on a gruesome rampage in Ella’s small hometown of Vero Beach, Florida, she’s called away from her FBI training program to help apprehend him. At home, she’s confronted with the life she left behind: her pregnant and struggling sister, her scared young niece, who like Ella, is desperate to find a life somewhere else, and the dark events of her childhood that she’s tried to forget. As the murders grow more horrific and the small community is frozen by fear, Ella realizes she has to confront the events of her dark past in order to stop him.
  • A Little Ghost Story
    Lettie doesn’t believe in ghosts, but when her father Jake reports that strange things are happening in the middle of the night she drops everything and heads home; to the house in Florida she grew up in, the house her dad is renovating, the house where – ten months ago – her sister Mara died of an opioid overdose. Convinced her father is in denial, but unable to shake the haunted feeling at home, Lettie calls...
    Lettie doesn’t believe in ghosts, but when her father Jake reports that strange things are happening in the middle of the night she drops everything and heads home; to the house in Florida she grew up in, the house her dad is renovating, the house where – ten months ago – her sister Mara died of an opioid overdose. Convinced her father is in denial, but unable to shake the haunted feeling at home, Lettie calls in her skeptic sister Claire to strengthen her resolve. With the holidays approaching, one family struggles to move forward in a home that, even gutted, holds tight to memories of the past. ​
  • 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.
  • Vulpecula
    One morning in 1875, Harper wakes in her Montana cabin to find her husband murdered and her baby daughter gone, her crib covered in blood. After thirteen years of mourning, her sister Charlotte crosses the country to pull her out of her grief. Vulpecula is a play about the struggle of terrible loneliness, the moral cost of violence, and the importance of our human connections in the great and empty space of a country being born.
  • 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...
    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.
  • 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.
  • Paper Furniture (10 Minute Play)
    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 (10 Minute Play)
    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 (10 Minute Play)
    Two women talk about deep shit on the floor of a bar on Halloween night.
  • The Salmon (10 Minute Play)
    A woman considers the consequences of her life choices on her 32nd birthday.
  • Paperland (10 Minute Play)
    Two women confront their existential terror at the office.
  • entangled black holes (10 Minute Play)
    Two old friends meet up at their 15th high school reunion.
  • Red, Purple, Blue, Green (10 Minute Play)
    Three people play cards after the world has ended.