Jan Rosenberg

Jan Rosenberg

Jan is the author of GUSHER!, How To Destroy An American Girl Doll, What's Wrong With You, Janie Wants A Dog, and many other coming of age stories with a dark twist. Their plays have been finalists for The O'Neill, the Princess Grace Award, and the Theatre503 World Playwriting Award. They have collaborated with the LAByrinth Theater Company, Seattle Rep, IAMA Theatre, The Cherry Lane, The Lark, The...
Jan is the author of GUSHER!, How To Destroy An American Girl Doll, What's Wrong With You, Janie Wants A Dog, and many other coming of age stories with a dark twist. Their plays have been finalists for The O'Neill, the Princess Grace Award, and the Theatre503 World Playwriting Award. They have collaborated with the LAByrinth Theater Company, Seattle Rep, IAMA Theatre, The Cherry Lane, The Lark, The Last Frontier Conference, Possibilities Theater Company, Vertigo Theater, Wide Eyed Productions, and countless others. They were the playwright in residence at Stella Adler Studio and The Farm Theater. They are a member of the Playwright/Directors Unit at The Actors Studio. Their work has been produced and performed at numerous schools. They also write for film and scripted audio dramas. [They/Them].

Plays

  • How To Destroy An American Girl Doll
    Gen and Vee are best friends. Gen teaches Vee how to throw up. Vee sells Gen weed. Gen teaches Vee how to pretend like you don't hate sex. Vee tries to pretend like she doesn't love Gen a little too much. Through parties, treatment centers, and college, they keep each other's secrets. Because that's what friends are for--right? A dark comedy about toxic friendships, asexuality, and addiction.
  • GUSHER!
    Davie and her girlfriend Jules are trying to enjoy their vacation — but Davie can't stop bleeding. A storm is brewing, and when some unexpected visitors show up, things get more than a little freaky... and messy.
  • Pluck
    Fourteen year-old Cleo and Bea are twins. Cleo can't stop running away from womanhood. Bea can't stop running away, period. A play about gender dysphoria, twins, and (as always) monsters.
  • Janie Wants A Dog
    You're invited to Janie's sleepover party! I know we're all a little uncomfortable after what happened, but PLEASE be nice to Janie and don't tell her your parents forced you to come. Don't say anything that will "trigger" her or whatever. Her Moms just really want her to have a nice, normal time with her friends, okay? So bring your cutest PJs, leave your stuffed animals at...
    You're invited to Janie's sleepover party! I know we're all a little uncomfortable after what happened, but PLEASE be nice to Janie and don't tell her your parents forced you to come. Don't say anything that will "trigger" her or whatever. Her Moms just really want her to have a nice, normal time with her friends, okay? So bring your cutest PJs, leave your stuffed animals at home, AND your bras-let's be honest, you don't have anything to put in a training bra anyway, Sierra.
    RSVP to let Janie's Moms know you're coming! And remember! PRETEND LIKE EVERYTHING IS NORMAL!
  • What's Wrong With You
    When troubled student Caden sees his classmate have a seizure on a train, it sets off an increasingly dangerous chain of events as he and his new friends embark on a sick game that's based on shock value.
  • N0 D@Y BU+ +0D@Y
    The year is 2007. The war in Iraq is booming. Steve Jobs is about to release the first ever iPhone. More importantly, RENT is one year away from closing its doors forever on Broadway. And life for a group of RENTheads is about to change forever.

    This play is a love letter, an apology, a memory, a diary entry.
  • In The Dream I Was A Werewolf
    As Mickey and Gory break up (for the 19th time), Mickey can no longer hide the secrets she's been keeping about what she really is and the person who raised her.

    It was Mickey's job to feed the monster. But how much longer can she keep it up?

    A play about inherited trauma, addiction, harm reduction, and where we go when we go away.
  • A Little Piece Of You
    Fen finds a lost, feral child in the woods and decides to become his friend. But some might call Fen dangerous, and the price of keeping his new friend a secret could have deadly consequences for those around him. A play about found family and monsters.
  • Never Have I Ever
    A college student faces a forced medical leave when rumors that she has relapsed in her Eating Disorder spread. Callie is fighting hard to for her recovery...so who's the one that's really struggling? It isn't who you think!
  • Eggplant
    A theater nerd and a punk kid meet in a mosh pit hours before one of them has gender affirming surgery.
  • The Discarded
    A ventriloquist dummy, a cabbage patch kid, and a furby have been dumped inside a clothing donations bin. They are bruised and broken, but they are not trash.
  • Swallow
    My body is a haunted house. A monologue. Maybe part of a full-length.

    Trigger Warning: ghosts, phantoms, bulimia.

  • Playthings
    It's Kelly's first time. She's nervous because she's heard the first time hurts, and he's in college, but she's got her friend Agatha for moral support. And it's okay, because you know even if someone gets hurt-it's gonna be SO worth it.
  • A Cure For Women
    We've found the antidote for that pesky female problem.
  • I Wanna Die On the Same Day As You
    Em needs to go to rehab. And if anything happens to her beloved dog Ploops while she's gone, there'll be hell to pay.
  • On The Surface Of Things
    What do you do for someone who was always sick?
  • The Last Halloween
    There used to be this thing called Trick or Treating. You could wear a mask and knock on people's doors, and you wouldn't even get shot!
  • Spider Girl
    Tarantulas hate flash photography.

    Written on request from Shenandoah Conservatory.