Jennifer Maisel

Jennifer Maisel

JENNIFER MAISEL ‘s Pen West Literary Award finalist There or Here was workshopped at PlayPenn before its critically acclaimed run at New York’s Hypothetical Theatre and is slated for a London premiere. Her The Last Seder premiered Off-Broadway after productions in Chicago, D.C. and LA. Plays include Goody Fucking Two Shoes (ATL’s Humana Festival), birds (Rorschach Theatre), Eden (Theatre of NOTE, Original...
JENNIFER MAISEL ‘s Pen West Literary Award finalist There or Here was workshopped at PlayPenn before its critically acclaimed run at New York’s Hypothetical Theatre and is slated for a London premiere. Her The Last Seder premiered Off-Broadway after productions in Chicago, D.C. and LA. Plays include Goody Fucking Two Shoes (ATL’s Humana Festival), birds (Rorschach Theatre), Eden (Theatre of NOTE, Original Works Publishing) and Match (UArts New Play Festival). Awards: Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award, Charlotte Woolard and Roger L. Stevens awards; SCR’s California Playwrights Competition; two time PEN West Literary Award finalist; five time Heideman Award finalist, STAGES International finalist. Her #Sandy ran in Moving Arts' The Car Plays at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center and LiveGirls! in Seattle. She was commissioned by Chalk Rep for her If You Lived Here I Would Be Home By Now for their site-specific Flash Festival in the fall of 2014. Jennifer received an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan foundation commission for Out of Orbit, developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Gulfshore New Play Festival, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab and Cal Tech; Out of Orbit won the Stanley Award for Drama, made the 2016 Kilroy List for best unproduced plays by women and tran writers, and won the 2017/18 Woodward/Newman Drama award. Out of Orbit will premiere at Williamston Theatre and be produced by Bloomington Playwrights Project in 2018. Jennifer's @thespeedofJake, was Kilroy nominated in 2015 and premiered with Playwrights' Arena in Los Angeles before being named a finalist for the Pen West Literary Award. She also writes for film and television; her screenplay, Prodigal Son, was produced by Mar Vista Entertainment, starring Virginia Madsen. Her newest play, Eight Nights, will be workshopped at Berkshire Playwrights Lab in July of 2017. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA Project, DogEar Playwrights Collective, Playwrights Union and the WGA.

Plays

  • OUT OF ORBIT
    A mother and her teenage daughter. The Jet Propulsion Lab Scientist and the underachiever. Sara lives on Mars time, spearheading the Mars Rover Expedition, visiting a planet she cannot touch, while her daughter, Lis, on earth time, falls under the spell of the cyber-cypher Edgar2330. Sometimes it takes being worlds apart for an exploring woman and a longing-to-be-explored girl to find each other in our...
    A mother and her teenage daughter. The Jet Propulsion Lab Scientist and the underachiever. Sara lives on Mars time, spearheading the Mars Rover Expedition, visiting a planet she cannot touch, while her daughter, Lis, on earth time, falls under the spell of the cyber-cypher Edgar2330. Sometimes it takes being worlds apart for an exploring woman and a longing-to-be-explored girl to find each other in our increasingly disconnected universe.
  • @thespeedofJake
    Emily, a professor, and Clark, a tech wizard, had that perfect soccer parent life until their 10 year old died in an inexplicable random accident. Three years later, their son gone, their marriage shattered, Emily wants Clark to release her, so she can move on, so he can move on. But Clark has another plan. He thinks he can use technology to contact Jake – where-ever it is death has taken him. A...
    Emily, a professor, and Clark, a tech wizard, had that perfect soccer parent life until their 10 year old died in an inexplicable random accident. Three years later, their son gone, their marriage shattered, Emily wants Clark to release her, so she can move on, so he can move on. But Clark has another plan. He thinks he can use technology to contact Jake – where-ever it is death has taken him. A meditation on love, connection and disconnection in this increasingly distant time, @thespeedofJake contemplates the universal desire to cheat death against the backdrop of our rapidly evolving technological world. The first draft was Kilroy nominated in 2014. The second draft received an Honorable Mention from The Kilroys in 2015.
  • MATCH
    Leo has a wife and needs a kidney. Ben needs a kidney and is desperate for human connection. Maddy believes giving her kidney away will redeem her. Leyla longs to live her life and thinks that means she may have to leave Leo behind. Moss deals in flesh, seeking the highest bidder. As we go deeper into the play we come to wonder about Maddy and her motivations as she becomes more and more...
    Leo has a wife and needs a kidney. Ben needs a kidney and is desperate for human connection. Maddy believes giving her kidney away will redeem her. Leyla longs to live her life and thinks that means she may have to leave Leo behind. Moss deals in flesh, seeking the highest bidder. As we go deeper into the play we come to wonder about Maddy and her motivations as she becomes more and more entrenched in Leo, Leyla and Ben’s psyches. Who is this woman who has the power to change their lives? Is there any such thing as a gift with no strings attached? What if it meant every thing you owned, but you get to keep your life? A journey into the underbelly of bartering for your organs…and perhaps for your soul.
  • EDEN
    A bride's cold feet, a mother seeking her daughter's saviour and a downtown New York City nightclub that disappears. Three women face the battles of our time -es of our time - AIDS, alienation, commitment, loyalty and rootlessness - armed only with the power of love and friendship. EDEN is the story of Maura's search for the man she is certain saved her from death in the Holocaust in hope he can...
    A bride's cold feet, a mother seeking her daughter's saviour and a downtown New York City nightclub that disappears. Three women face the battles of our time -es of our time - AIDS, alienation, commitment, loyalty and rootlessness - armed only with the power of love and friendship. EDEN is the story of Maura's search for the man she is certain saved her from death in the Holocaust in hope he can save her daughter, Cecelia, who is HIV-positive. It is the story of Cecelia, who escapes to a club called Eden, waiting to die until she can somehow learn to live. It is the story of Cecelia's two closest friends who, on the verge of love, can't love without her. Their stories are woven together by Harvey - executor of divine coincidence - who must somehow bring these women and their loves together in the few hours before the wedding takes place.
  • THERE OR HERE
    "Ms. Maisel has written a thought-provoking play that touches on reproductive yearnings, sexual desire, cultural imperialism and more." - New York Times A hotel room in a third world country. The middle of the night. A jetlagged American couple, Robyn and Ajay (she of Eastern European Jewish descent, he was born here but he’s fully Americanized and has no memory of this country), are wide awake....
    "Ms. Maisel has written a thought-provoking play that touches on reproductive yearnings, sexual desire, cultural imperialism and more." - New York Times A hotel room in a third world country. The middle of the night. A jetlagged American couple, Robyn and Ajay (she of Eastern European Jewish descent, he was born here but he’s fully Americanized and has no memory of this country), are wide awake. Tomorrow they will meet the woman who will have her frozen egg and his sperm implanted inside her to have their baby. Tonight they won’t have sex even though they want to. The play moves between the past and the present, and between America and this third world country, connected by the tenuous threads of time zones and technology. Robyn and Ajay find themselves confiding in the anonymous beings on the other end of their phone lines rather than in each other; computer technicians, fast food order takers and phone sex operators whose work has been outsourced to another country become the refuge they can’t be for each other right now. Character Breakdown: 2M, 3F Set/Technical: simple bare bones set, smooth transitions Running Time: 100 minutes Finalist - PEN West Literary Award PlayPenn Conference. Finalist, Sundance Theatre Lab Finalist, O'Neill Theatre Conference Finalist, STAGE International Competition Finalist, Abingdon Theatre Christopher Brian Wolk Award Finalist
  • THE LAST SEDER
    THE LAST SEDER is the heartbreaking, fiercely funny story about MICHELLE PRICE, who is going to the last Seder in her family home before the house is sold and her charismatic father is put in a facility for Alzheimer’s. Well she would be going if she could bring herself to get on the train and face her mother, sisters and all the relatives and reminders that her life is going by too fast and definitely not...
    THE LAST SEDER is the heartbreaking, fiercely funny story about MICHELLE PRICE, who is going to the last Seder in her family home before the house is sold and her charismatic father is put in a facility for Alzheimer’s. Well she would be going if she could bring herself to get on the train and face her mother, sisters and all the relatives and reminders that her life is going by too fast and definitely not according to plan. And then Michelle sees a guy in a suit also waiting for a train - a guy who looks like the guy she should be bringing home with her, if she actually had someone to bring home with her. A guy who looks right. Maybe he likes matzah? Bringing this stranger home for Seder triggers a weekend full of unexpected connections and confrontations for the entire Price family - and a magical moment with her father where Michelle and her sisters get the answers they’ve been longing for. The play addresses universal themes of love and loss by using the steps of a Seder to illustrate and comment on the differing perspectives on the dynamics of this modern Jewish family. Winner of the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays Award as well as the Kennedy Center's Charlotte Woolard Award for plays of extraordinary promise Full-length without intermission New York Times review: Ms. Maisel has sketched a touching portrait of an aging family facing enormous change...her play is steeped in universal themes audiences of any affiliation can appreciate.
  • Goody Fucking Two Shoes
    The drama club. The new girl. The lead in the school play. High school politics get dirty. (there is a PG version available upon request)