Jen Silverman

Jen Silverman

Jen’s theatre work includes: THE ROOMMATE (Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf, South Coast Rep, among others); COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES (Woolly Mammoth, Southwark Playhouse in London, Boston Court in LA, MCC); THE MOORS (Yale Rep, The Playwrights Realm, Red Stitch in Melbourne); DANGEROUS HOUSE (Williamstown Theatre Festival; originally InterAct Theatre in an earlier...
Jen’s theatre work includes: THE ROOMMATE (Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf, South Coast Rep, among others); COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES (Woolly Mammoth, Southwark Playhouse in London, Boston Court in LA, MCC); THE MOORS (Yale Rep, The Playwrights Realm, Red Stitch in Melbourne); DANGEROUS HOUSE (Williamstown Theatre Festival; originally InterAct Theatre in an earlier iteration); and WITCH (new commission upcoming at Writers Theatre, Chicago). Jen is a member of New Dramatists, an affiliated artist with The Playwrights Center, New Georges, and SPACE on Ryder Farm, and has developed work with the O’Neill, New York Theatre Workshop, Playpenn, The Ground Floor Residency at Berkeley Rep, and the Royal Court in London among other places. She’s a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Fellowship, the Yale Drama Series Award, the Helen Merrill Award, and a Lilly Award. She was the 2016-2017 Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark. Random House recently published her first book, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, a collection of interlinked stories; her novel is also forthcoming with them. Jen also writes for TV and film, most recently on Netflix’s TALES OF THE CITY. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard. More info: www.jensilverman.com

Plays

  • The Roommate
    Recently divorced and living in an old house in Iowa, Sharon finds a sensible roommate like herself—a woman in her fifties—to make ends meet. But she quickly learns that Robyn is a fugitive of sorts, who couldn’t be further from the ladies in her book club. As both women become close, each recognizes in the other an overwhelming desire to transform her own life. But the only question is: what will be the price...
    Recently divorced and living in an old house in Iowa, Sharon finds a sensible roommate like herself—a woman in her fifties—to make ends meet. But she quickly learns that Robyn is a fugitive of sorts, who couldn’t be further from the ladies in her book club. As both women become close, each recognizes in the other an overwhelming desire to transform her own life. But the only question is: what will be the price of that transformation. A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life - and what happens when the wheels come off.
  • The Moors
    Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, and dream of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility.
  • COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES;IN ESSENCE A QUEER & OCCASIONALLY HAZARDOUS EXPLORATION; DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND YOU READ ABOUT SHACKLETON & HOW HE EXPLORED THE ARCTIC?;IMAGINE THE ARCTIC AS A PUSSY & IT’S SORT OF LIKE THAT
    Betty is rich. Betty is lonely. Betty’s a dutiful wife, but Betty’s busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love, and Betty wants Betty, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from…what’s it called? Summer’s Midnight Dream? In Collective...
    Betty is rich. Betty is lonely. Betty’s a dutiful wife, but Betty’s busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love, and Betty wants Betty, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from…what’s it called? Summer’s Midnight Dream? In Collective Rage, five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “thea-tah.”
  • STILL
    41 year old Morgan's son was born dead, queer dominatrix Dolores is pregnant with a child she doesn't want, and failed midwife Elena seeks either redemption or a career change. All three women confront their fears, desires, and each other, while Morgan's baby Constantinople roams the world, searching for the meaning of the word “wow,” a satisfying explanation of love, and above all, his mother.
  • Wink
    Sofie is an unhappy housewife. Gregor is her bread-winning husband. Dr. Franz is their psychiatrist. Wink is the cat. And Gregor has just skinned the cat. Violent desires, domestic terrorism, and feline vengeance at any cost make WINK a dark comedy about the thin, thin line between savagery and civilization.
  • Phoebe In Winter
    When three brothers return home from a distant war, they prepare to settle into their old lives. But a knock at the door yields a girl named Phoebe who accuses them of killing her own three brothers, and demands reparations—that they must become her new family instead. As Phoebe's presence changes the very structure of their family, a war that was once far away now threatens to re-ignite inside their home.
  • All The Roads Home
    Madeleine wanted to be a dancer, her daughter, Max, wanted to be a cowboy, and Max’s daughter, Nix, has no idea what she wants, but knows it has to be enough for all of them. Three generations of headstrong women choose which dreams to sacrifice and when to keep fighting.
  • Dangerous House
    Pretty Mbane runs a safe-house for lesbians in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in South Africa. Her former lover, Noxolo, has fled to London on a soccer scholarship, and plans never to return. But when Pretty Mbane vanishes, Noxolo must return to Capetown, in the chaos of the 2010 World Cup, and face the world she thought she left behind. As Noxolo joins forces with an American journalist who has his...
    Pretty Mbane runs a safe-house for lesbians in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in South Africa. Her former lover, Noxolo, has fled to London on a soccer scholarship, and plans never to return. But when Pretty Mbane vanishes, Noxolo must return to Capetown, in the chaos of the 2010 World Cup, and face the world she thought she left behind. As Noxolo joins forces with an American journalist who has his own agenda, she must confront not only the work Pretty has done, but also Noxolo’s own complicated relationship to her identity and her nationality.