Jake Cline

Jake Cline

Jake Cline is a Miami-based playwright, short-story writer and journalist. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Sierra magazine and elsewhere. As a member of the editorial team that covered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, Cline won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. His most recent play, "Jenna &...
Jake Cline is a Miami-based playwright, short-story writer and journalist. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Sierra magazine and elsewhere. As a member of the editorial team that covered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, Cline won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. His most recent play, "Jenna & the Whale," co-written with Vanessa Garcia ("The Amparo Experience"), received a staged reading on Nov. 17, 2019, as part of Miami New Drama's New Play Lab, and a virtual reading on June 30, 2020 that was broadcast via Broadway on Demand. The play is being developed by the Broadway Factor, founded by the producers of "Hadestown," "The Inheritance," "Kinky Boots," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and other Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Cline's previous play, "Purple Hearts," was given a staged reading on Oct. 22, 2018 by Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and in June 2020 was workshopped by The Greenhouse at Florida International University in Miami. Cline was recently named one of four playwrights to the 2019-2021 class of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Playwright Development Program. He lives blocks from Miami's Little Havana neighborhood with his wife and two dogs.

Plays

  • Jenna & the Whale
    Following a surfing accident off the coast of Dunes Beach, Florida, Jenna wakes to find herself in the company of a young man named Jonah. He tells her that they are inside the belly of a whale, that he has been here for three years and that there is no chance of escape. Jenna refuses to accept any of that, and she becomes determined to free them both. Meanwhile, as members of Jenna's hometown worry about...
    Following a surfing accident off the coast of Dunes Beach, Florida, Jenna wakes to find herself in the company of a young man named Jonah. He tells her that they are inside the belly of a whale, that he has been here for three years and that there is no chance of escape. Jenna refuses to accept any of that, and she becomes determined to free them both. Meanwhile, as members of Jenna's hometown worry about her fate, an unexpected visitor arrives to challenge the bonds and beliefs of this already fractured community.

    Co-written with Miami playwright Vanessa Garcia (Amparo; Grace, Sponsored by Monteverde), Jenna & the Whale is about life, death and who we are in a community and as individuals. It’s about the things we see and what we can’t, the things we know and the things we grapple to understand.

    Currently in development with the Broadway Factor, a company founded by producers of Hadestown, The Inheritance, Kinky Boots, Mrs. Doubtfire and other Broadway and off-Broadway shows, Jenna & the Whale received a staged reading from Miami New Drama in November 2019. On June 30, 2020, a reading of the play was broadcast internationally via Broadway On Demand. Proceeds benefited The Sol Project and North Star Projects, both based in New York.
  • No Aloha
    Twenty years after they were last together, at a Nirvana concert in Miami, five friends reunite in an attempt to make peace with the tragic event that drove them apart. Long-buried animosities return and loyalties are tested anew as they quarrel over music, love affairs and the reliability of their individual and collective memories.

    "No Aloha" was written for the Miami-Dade County...
    Twenty years after they were last together, at a Nirvana concert in Miami, five friends reunite in an attempt to make peace with the tragic event that drove them apart. Long-buried animosities return and loyalties are tested anew as they quarrel over music, love affairs and the reliability of their individual and collective memories.

    "No Aloha" was written for the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Playwright Development Program.
  • Purple Hearts
    In this play set in South Florida, the children and grandchildren of a man who attempted to start a new life with a new family reunite at his funeral. Will they be able to bury their troubled history with him?
  • Urgent Care
    In an apartment living room, two brothers spar over healthcare, responsibility and the family truck after their father cracks a tooth.