Jen Huszcza

Jen Huszcza

Jen is a playwright based in Los Angeles. Her work has been produced in Arizona and California. BFA in Dramatic Writing, MFA in Musical Theatre Writing both from NYU.

Plays

  • Heroes in the Seaweed
    While migrating down the coast of California to the Baja, a female gray whale travels with two male gray whales. If one male does not mate with her, she has a spare.
  • Snakes
    After eating their animals, two female snakes reflect on their food choices before they are interrupted by pesky humans.
  • Big Belly
    Two very pregnant women confront their life choices and the society they live in.
  • Prankquean
    Prankquean is a play about the 16th century female Irish pirate named Grace O’Malley as told by a present-day Irish American woman. Both women live in difficult times, and the American woman is trying to draw courage and tenacity from the Grace O’Malley story in order to finish the work she began.

    Grace O’Malley plied her trade off the west coast of Ireland. Her father was an Irish chief, but...
    Prankquean is a play about the 16th century female Irish pirate named Grace O’Malley as told by a present-day Irish American woman. Both women live in difficult times, and the American woman is trying to draw courage and tenacity from the Grace O’Malley story in order to finish the work she began.

    Grace O’Malley plied her trade off the west coast of Ireland. Her father was an Irish chief, but during her time, many of the Irish chiefs were submitting to the English who had colonized Ireland. A master sailor and games player, she outwitted English governors and officers to maintain her independence and control her destiny. When she is finally backed into a corner, she travels to England and gains a private meeting with Queen Elizabeth. While the details of the meeting are not known, Grace emerged from the meeting with a pension and freedom for her imprisoned family members.

    The American woman in the course of the play finds not only courage but a balance between various parts of her life. She embraces the adventure of it all.
  • Hot/Mess
    When the World's Most Handsome Man shows up in hell, a clerk finds herself feeling feelings she's never felt before.
  • Boxes
    On a bare stage, four boxes try to claim their spaces. As they shift and move, they rub up against each other, but they can never form true connections.
  • orange hollywood: a war dance through an enchanted grove

    orange hollywood is a modern retelling of the Beauty & The Beast story set in Hollywood in the new millennium.

    Beauty has left her Beast in the East and comes out to Hollywood with a head full of ideas. She soon meets a new Beast who warns her to go back before she becomes a beast herself. However, Beauty is determined to pursue her dreams of writing for motion pictures as she meets...

    orange hollywood is a modern retelling of the Beauty & The Beast story set in Hollywood in the new millennium.

    Beauty has left her Beast in the East and comes out to Hollywood with a head full of ideas. She soon meets a new Beast who warns her to go back before she becomes a beast herself. However, Beauty is determined to pursue her dreams of writing for motion pictures as she meets a variety of Hollywood characters.

    Beauty has to work a series of temp jobs to make ends meet and soon discovers that she is not the beauty she once was. In fact, she finds herself disappearing.

    Still, she keeps writing through day jobs and hiking injuries. She writes the story of the Beast and succeeds in rediscovering the Beauty in herself. Finished with her story and cheered on by the Beast, she leaves Hollywood because her adventures go beyond the standard three act structure.
  • Fake
    A young woman sits outside in constantly changing weather as she tries to figure out how things got that way.
  • It Has To End In Tears
    A cat is most displeased when her humans get a dog.
  • Death Valley
    Two down-on-their-luck prospectors meet three female superheroines and end up in a mess of trouble in the lowest of places. As their luck changes from bad to awful, the prospectors find themselves in the middle of war between the bridge builders and the pup fish. Will they get out of Death Valley alive?
  • Fly Fly Butterfly
    Behind his restaurant in the middle of a forest in early spring, Gabriel, a chef, feeds the starving deer and his neighbor, Cate, an unemployed pilot. When his girlfriend, Elaine, a stewardess, comes back from Florida with her new friend, Brad, an injured baseball player, Gabriel takes to the drink and questions his loyalty to everyone around him. Is love just a savage hunger which forces humans to crash in...
    Behind his restaurant in the middle of a forest in early spring, Gabriel, a chef, feeds the starving deer and his neighbor, Cate, an unemployed pilot. When his girlfriend, Elaine, a stewardess, comes back from Florida with her new friend, Brad, an injured baseball player, Gabriel takes to the drink and questions his loyalty to everyone around him. Is love just a savage hunger which forces humans to crash in each other? Will the chef who feeds everyone find a way to feed himself? Will the pilot fly again? Will the deer find food?
  • I've Always Wanted to Do This
    A female writer works in an office and fantasizes about movies, adventure, and death.
  • Rebec, CA
    Bear is a construction laborer and marijuana grower who lives with his mother in a small town in California called Rebec. He has a nice life growing his plants and hanging out with his best friend Russell and even writes a blog about it. Once day, an agent’s assistant named Ashley Ashe (or Ash for short) shows up with an offer for movies and television shows. Bear falls hard for Ash who smashes her smart phone...
    Bear is a construction laborer and marijuana grower who lives with his mother in a small town in California called Rebec. He has a nice life growing his plants and hanging out with his best friend Russell and even writes a blog about it. Once day, an agent’s assistant named Ashley Ashe (or Ash for short) shows up with an offer for movies and television shows. Bear falls hard for Ash who smashes her smart phone and moves in with him. Meanwhile, his mother is carrying on an affair with Russell. As Bear’s life moves more out of his control, he realizes there is only one thing he can do. . .call his sister. Rebec, CA is a comical look at how our present day lives are becoming commodified into entertainments.