Justice Hehir

Justice Hehir

Justice Hehir is an unabashed New Jersey native, living in the Garden State and working in NYC. She is a resident playwright/member of Colt Coeur and a member of the 2020 Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers’ Group. freeplay, her play about dildos and women in engineering, is under development through an EST/Sloan Project commission. She graduated from Hunter College in May 2018 with an MFA in Playwriting, under...
Justice Hehir is an unabashed New Jersey native, living in the Garden State and working in NYC. She is a resident playwright/member of Colt Coeur and a member of the 2020 Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers’ Group. freeplay, her play about dildos and women in engineering, is under development through an EST/Sloan Project commission. She graduated from Hunter College in May 2018 with an MFA in Playwriting, under the tutelage of Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and from Rutgers University in 2016 with a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and English. Her thesis play, fury, or the frat play (directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt) was awarded the Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Prize. Her play, Night Creatures, will receive its world premiere in Jackalope Theater’s 2019/2020 season (Chicago, directed by Gus Menary). She is an animal rescuer, a vegan, a feminist, and a postpartum doula, in case being a playwright wasn’t “fun” and “different” enough for typical dinner party conversation. Her work tends to center around bodies and their capacity for pleasure and pain, the valleys and fissures between who we say we are and who we know ourselves to be.

Plays

  • fury, or the frat play
    It's been three years since the Sigma Rho fraternity, once a famed women's college, was rocked by a massive scandal and indictment of a brother on rape charges. Moving in to start the school year, the brothers of the fraternity are eager to move on and leave the past behind them. But when the past refuses to stay hidden, in a house that seems to have a life of its own, the brothers of Sigma Rho have...
    It's been three years since the Sigma Rho fraternity, once a famed women's college, was rocked by a massive scandal and indictment of a brother on rape charges. Moving in to start the school year, the brothers of the fraternity are eager to move on and leave the past behind them. But when the past refuses to stay hidden, in a house that seems to have a life of its own, the brothers of Sigma Rho have decisions to make about how far they'll go to protect themselves, their brothers, and their past.
  • Kitten Season
    A two-legged kitten brings novice animal rescue workers to a run-down apartment complex, where a feral cat colony has grown to enormous proportions. Their good intentions are met with hesitancy by the residents at first; but a pronouncement that feeding the cats will result in eviction changes everything. Residents and non-residents alike are left to figure out what their responsibility is to these creatures,...
    A two-legged kitten brings novice animal rescue workers to a run-down apartment complex, where a feral cat colony has grown to enormous proportions. Their good intentions are met with hesitancy by the residents at first; but a pronouncement that feeding the cats will result in eviction changes everything. Residents and non-residents alike are left to figure out what their responsibility is to these creatures, and how far they’ll go to keep them safe.
  • true believer
    An underfunded abortion clinic in rural New York debuts their newest initiative to reach young people in a conservative small town: "Teen Night." An ill-timed blizzard, however, ensures that no one is showing up. As the employees dutifully keep the clinic open, exchange Secret Santa gifts, and try to pass the time, they don't notice someone outside is watching. A look at the last night of the...
    An underfunded abortion clinic in rural New York debuts their newest initiative to reach young people in a conservative small town: "Teen Night." An ill-timed blizzard, however, ensures that no one is showing up. As the employees dutifully keep the clinic open, exchange Secret Santa gifts, and try to pass the time, they don't notice someone outside is watching. A look at the last night of the lives of those on the front lines of the battle for abortion rights.
  • Night Creatures
    On a snowy day after Christmas, three NJ animal shelter employees hold down the fort. With the inclement weather comes a lull in the everyday bustle of the shelter, and the group's interactions soon expand to fill the space. This play is about animals, the humans who disappoint them, and the unexpected individuals who try to make things right.
  • Big Adult Conversations
    Jen, a 20th century poetry professor, is ready to get back to work after the birth of her daughter. Doing so means introducing Kay, a nanny, into the delicate ecosystem of her condo, where her husband, Mark, works from home and housekeeper, Nell, manages the bulk of the housework. The introduction of both a new baby and nanny to the condo upends the balance that Jen, Mark, and Nell didn't know they had.
  • dear dashboard
    Home for winter break, best friends Alex and Nella eat breakfast in a bagel shop parking lot, procrastinating for the day ahead of them. Alex has agreed to give Nella a ride to the clinic, where she's scheduled a medical abortion. Sure of her decision, but not sure what to expect, Nella sets out to make the day as normal as possible.
  • freeplay
    FreePlay is a growing feminist sex toy company, popular in part to its deconstructed take on the modern dildo, whose founders pride themselves on their non-phallo-centric aesthetic. Run by best friends since college, engineer Amy and sculptor Sara, the Brooklyn-based business is intimate and casual, their office shared by environmentalist artist (and ulcerative colitis activist) Travis, and their devoted intern...
    FreePlay is a growing feminist sex toy company, popular in part to its deconstructed take on the modern dildo, whose founders pride themselves on their non-phallo-centric aesthetic. Run by best friends since college, engineer Amy and sculptor Sara, the Brooklyn-based business is intimate and casual, their office shared by environmentalist artist (and ulcerative colitis activist) Travis, and their devoted intern, Emma. As Amy starts IVF and Sara begins fantasizing about Travis, the equilibrium the pair had thought they reached begins to crumble. What ensues is a story about engineering, the painful intimacy of female friendships, dildoes, and the people who make them.
  • Conversations on My Back
    Two women are bound by a devastating act of violence. A play about relationships and survival in the time of Trump- all on the horizontal axis.