Rollin Jewett

Rollin Jewett

Rollin Jewett is an award winning playwright, screenwriter, singer/songwriter, author, poet and photographer. His one act comedies “Blind Date”, “Help Me Get Over You” and “Our Little Secret” have been performed onstage and on the radio all over the world. Most recently, “Blind Date” was performed Off-Off Broadway at The Producer’s Club by Love Creek Productions in November 2017. His comedy “Our Little Secret”...
Rollin Jewett is an award winning playwright, screenwriter, singer/songwriter, author, poet and photographer. His one act comedies “Blind Date”, “Help Me Get Over You” and “Our Little Secret” have been performed onstage and on the radio all over the world. Most recently, “Blind Date” was performed Off-Off Broadway at The Producer’s Club by Love Creek Productions in November 2017. His comedy “Our Little Secret” debuted in Aras Inis Gluaire, Irelend in December of 2017. His most recent comedy “Help Me Get Over You” was selected for the first annual East End Fringe Festival in Riverhead, New York in July 2017. It was also a finalist in The Secret Theatre Act One: One Act Play Festival in New York in February of 2018, and was performed at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) in NYC in April 2018, where it won the third place prize. It was also performed at 2018 Boxfest Detroit. It will next be seen at the 2018 10:Ten UAE Play Festival in Dubai. His latest play, the refugee drama “Buzzkill” was a semifinalist in the 2018 LaBute New Theatre Festival and was performed at The Secret Theatre in NYC in July of 2018. It was also the Winner of the ten-minute play category at The Renegade Theatre Festival in Lansing, MI in August of 2018. His play “Teddy Tells All” was performed on the radio in April of 2018 and was be performed onstage at the NC 10 by 10 Festival in Carrboro, NC and at the Cary Theatre in July 2018 as well as The Silver Spring Stage One Act Festival in August of 2018. "Blind Date" was produced in Jan. of 2019 at The Secret Theatre and was a Finalist in their Act One:One Act Festival. His play "Buzzkill" was also chosen as a finalist and will be produced for the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) in April 2019. His play "Help Me Get Over You" was selected for production at On The Edge Theater Company of Chillicothe in 2019.

Rollin is also an award winning singer/songwriter whose songs have been licensed internationally. As a screenwriter, his produced feature film credits include the crime thriller “Laws of Deception” and the cult classic comedy “American Vampire”. An author, poet and photographer, his short stories, poems and photographs have been published in dozens of literary magazines, journals and anthologies. Mr. Jewett lives in Holly Springs, NC with his wife and son and is still undecided as to what he wants to be when he grows up...if he ever does.

Plays

  • Buzzkill
    An American looking to have a good time in Amsterdam is confronted by a foreign refugee with a frightful agenda.

    When young American backpacker Jeff walks into an Amsterdam “coffeeshop”, he gets more than he bargained for in the persona of Tariq, a Syrian refugee with a dark past and a secret agenda that will reveal itself in small moments. Jeff, newly arrived in the city, just wants a place...
    An American looking to have a good time in Amsterdam is confronted by a foreign refugee with a frightful agenda.

    When young American backpacker Jeff walks into an Amsterdam “coffeeshop”, he gets more than he bargained for in the persona of Tariq, a Syrian refugee with a dark past and a secret agenda that will reveal itself in small moments. Jeff, newly arrived in the city, just wants a place to “chillax” and partake of the delights in which the city is known. When he’s suddenly confronted by Tariq, in subtle ways at first, little by little their interaction becomes more intense. Jeff becomes more and more uncomfortable as Tariq’s tragic story unfolds until we find out the real reason Tariq is in Amsterdam. The juxtaposition between the two characters, the easy going American and the intense Syrian refugee, and the diametrically opposed motivations for being in Amsterdam is what makes this gripping short play an intense experience with very immediate relevance.
  • A Blind Date
    A case of mistaken identity turns out to have the potential for a serious relationship.
  • Help Me Get Over You
    John is in love with Phyllis. Unfortunately, he only realizes it after he breaks up with her. Now she's moved on and John can't seem to get her out of his mind. What's a lovestruck fool to do? Ask her to help him get over her, of course. The question is: What's in it for her?
  • Our Little Secret
    OUR LITTLE SECRET is a romantic screwball comedy about a lonely young lady, DARLENE FENTON (20’s), who is watching television alone in her one room apartment when her door is abruptly and violently kicked in around midnight by a stranger in a black ski mask and black clothing. Since it’s Miami in the summertime, you can bet it’s not the meter man. Oh, and he has a gun.
    The masked man informs Darlene...
    OUR LITTLE SECRET is a romantic screwball comedy about a lonely young lady, DARLENE FENTON (20’s), who is watching television alone in her one room apartment when her door is abruptly and violently kicked in around midnight by a stranger in a black ski mask and black clothing. Since it’s Miami in the summertime, you can bet it’s not the meter man. Oh, and he has a gun.
    The masked man informs Darlene that he needs a place to hide out as the police are in the building searching for him. He promises her that she will not come to harm as long as she doesn’t make any noise or scream until it’s safe for him to go. Since the man has a gun and seems pretty threatening, Darlene does not have much choice and agrees to keep quiet until the police leave the building. As time passes, Darlene and the man begin to talk. She questions his motives for why he’s in the building and he gives her no good answer. A curious type, Darlene continues to question him and little by little he reveals his story. It appears he’s broken into the building to kidnap his son, whom he says is being abused by his ex-wife and her new boyfriend. When she questions him about why he doesn’t go through the proper legal custody channels, he states that the court system process takes too long and he’s afraid that he will lose him.
    A knock on the door from a police officer, LIEUTENANT BANKS, who insists on questioning the young lady, quickly changes the dynamic of the situation. He is intent on questioning Darlene as some of the neighbors mentioned noticing a man near her door. She does not open the door for him and tries stalling him, but he states he will be coming back later with a warrant if she does not comply. He gives her ten minutes to make a choice.
    Meanwhile, the man is getting a rash on his face and is forced to take off his mask. Darlene instantly recognizes him as a guy she went to high school with, SAM GALLAGHER, whom she once had a school girl crush on. Apparently, he was a very popular boy in school, but he does not remember her too well. She decides to help him since she knows he’s a good person and she feels he’s simply making a poor decision based on emotion, not malice. With the police closing in, together they devise a plan that will allow her to speak to the police, but not give him away. They decide Sam will pretend to be her boyfriend and she will tell the police that he is sleeping and should not be woken up. He dons some of her “unisex” clothing and lies down in her sleeper sofa under a blanket, pretending to be asleep.
    When Lieutenant Banks returns to question her, she reluctantly allows him into her apartment for questioning. She does her best to assure him that she and her “boyfriend” have been alone all night quietly resting. However, Lieutenant Banks is not to be dissuaded from his line of questioning. He insists on waking her “boyfriend” up to question him as well. She relents and they wake Sam up. Sam feigns a foreign accent and a bizarre affectation to throw the lieutenant off his trail. Together, Darlene and Sam create a fake history and try to convince Lieutenant Banks they are who they appear to be. After some confusing questions and answers, Lieutenant Banks finally gives up and leaves the two alone, noting that he will have men posted around the building until the morning. Sam and Darlene are stuck together in her apartment, where they spend the rest of the night deciding a better way for Sam to get his son back. And, of course, romance blooms.
  • Teddy Tells All
    TEDDY TELLS ALL is a one act play which takes place in a mental institution. The main character, Andy, is a young man (although he could be almost any age from 12-25, he is very child-like) who has been institutionalized for behavioral problems. His parents have been abusive to him and he is obviously emotionally scarred by their treatment of him. Hence, although he has been institutionalized for several...
    TEDDY TELLS ALL is a one act play which takes place in a mental institution. The main character, Andy, is a young man (although he could be almost any age from 12-25, he is very child-like) who has been institutionalized for behavioral problems. His parents have been abusive to him and he is obviously emotionally scarred by their treatment of him. Hence, although he has been institutionalized for several months or even years, he is no hurry to be released and actually prefers the institution to his home.
    His favorite nurse, NURSE TODD, tells Andy that the new director of the institution, DR. BAXTER, will be coming to evaluate him later that day to determine whether he is well enough to go home. This upsets Andy considerably, as he is very afraid to go home and wishes to remain there indefinitely. Nurse Todd assures Andy he is ready to go home and encourages Andy to behave during the director’s visit so that he may be released to resume a normal life again. As she discusses this with Andy, he continually refers to his Teddy bear, whom he simply calls “Teddy”. Andy appears to be using Teddy as a sounding board for his thoughts – an imaginary friend. Nurse Todd warns Andy to stop this behavior before he meets with Dr. Baxter or his chances of release will be jeopardized.
    When Dr. Baxter arrives to meet with Andy, Andy uses Teddy to antagonize him and make him think he is still mentally disturbed. After some questioning, Dr. Baxter realizes that Andy is actually quite intelligent and is bating him in a ploy to remain at the institution. However, it soon also becomes evident that Andy knows a lot more about Dr. Baxter’s dealings within the institution than he could possibly know from a locked room – and he says he gets all his information from his stuffed bear, Teddy.
    Through Teddy, Andy reveals more and more of Dr. Baxter’s dark secrets, such as the fact that he has tried to seduce Nurse Todd and threatened her termination if she does not comply. Teddy also reveals that Dr. Baxter is releasing many of the poorer patients in order to get richer people into the institution, as well as changing the financial ledger and siphoning money into his own personal account.
    Upon hearing that his undercover dealings have been discovered, the enraged Dr. Baxter first verbally threatens Andy, then physically threatens him. Dr. Baxter goes after Andy, who has nowhere to hide. As Dr. Baxter begins to strangle Andy, he quietly explains that he will simply tell the staff that Andy attacked him and he killed Andy while defending himself. In the final moment, Andy escapes his clutches and rings for Nurse Todd and security, who pull Dr. Baxter off Andy and lead him away, babbling about the Teddy bear who knew too much. It appears he’s gone off his rocker. As the deranged Dr. Baxter is taken from the room, he begs to be given Andy’s Teddy bear. Taking pity on him, Andy gives him the bear and Dr. Baxter laughs maniacally that Andy will now have no witnesses to anything that happened between them. He is then led down the hall, laughingly out of his mind. The door is locked and Andy sits quietly on his bed a moment.
    Soon after, Andy reaches under his bed and pulls another Teddy bear out, setting it on the bed next to him. He then places a chair on top of his small desk and opens an air conditioning vent in the ceiling. He climbs up into the crawl space that circuits throughout the building, where he can watch and listen to all the happenings of the institution at will.
  • The Big Dream
    THE BIG DREAM is an edgy dramatic comedy which details the life and times of an actor who may or may not be on the verge of success. JACK is a late 20’s serious actor who has apparently dedicated his life to his craft, but has little to show for it. Another girlfriend has just left him due to his lack of success and his inability to commit to a lasting relationship.
    As Jack discusses the various...
    THE BIG DREAM is an edgy dramatic comedy which details the life and times of an actor who may or may not be on the verge of success. JACK is a late 20’s serious actor who has apparently dedicated his life to his craft, but has little to show for it. Another girlfriend has just left him due to his lack of success and his inability to commit to a lasting relationship.
    As Jack discusses the various reasons for how and why he got into show business, characters appear and scenes are acted out to illustrate the life he has lead to this point. Frustrated at not having become financially successful or famous as an actor, he enlists the aid of a THERAPIST to sort out his feelings and foibles and try to make sense of where he has come from and where he is heading.
    The THERAPIST acts as a foil or sounding board for Jack and essentially facilitates the transitional scenes from Jack’s life. These scenes take place as flashbacks in which Jack participates and interacts with characters from his past in order to make his points and dramatize the action. Characters Jack encounters and interacts with are ex-girlfriends, drama teachers, childhood friends and family, and assorted characters which have had an impact on his life and his decision to pursue what he describes as “The Big Dream”. In Jack’s mind, “The Big Dream” is when he gets everything he ever wanted as an actor – fame, riches, respect, family and wife – the whole shebang.
    As the play progresses, it becomes evident that Jack is not quite the person he at first appears to be and is soon revealed to be a rather egotistical cad. Most of his life has been spent in pursuit of ego gratification and opportunistic schmoozing to get ahead. Not that he hasn’t worked hard as well, but part of his charm is his delusion and inability to see himself for what he really is. In the end, just as it appears Jack is going to achieve his “Big Dream”, we realize that he may have been dreaming the entire time he’s been on stage. Hence, the dream-like sequences and comings and goings of the characters that inhabit the stage with him are meant to emphasize the stream-of consciousness quality of the play as a whole.
    The play has several characters that can be played by 5 or more actors in several different roles using costumes, wigs, etc. as the character demands.
  • Fun Guys
    Two Las Vegas 'leg breakers' (mobsters) come to a run-down bar to collect a debt from the son of the deceased owner that owed them money.
  • Hey, Now...
    Four people who've been killed in a bank robbery await the robber that killed them.
  • The Blackness
    A man discusses an episode of abuse in his life when dealing with someone who has been through the same thing.
  • Petie
    An old man loses his dog in an accident and ruminates about his time with him.

  • Good As Jack

    An actor confronts a casting director when he doesn't get the job he's auditioning for.
  • The Prize
    "The Prize" is a short play about a son visiting his aging father, an ex-cowboy star, who is facing Alzheimer’s. While visiting, the son finds out that his stepmother has planned an award ceremony for his father before he completely loses his memory.
  • The Devil and Tom Walker
    Adapted from the classic public domain short story by Washington Irving, "The Devil and Tom Walker" tells a Faustian tale of avarice and greed as poor Tom Walker makes a reluctant deal with the devil. In return for solving his monetary problems and disposing of his shrewish nagging wife, Tom must in return give up his eternal soul.