Jennie Webb

Jennie Webb

Jennie Webb is an independent Los Angeles playwright, dramaturg and new play/gender parity advocate currently in residence at Rogue Machine (where her dark retail comedy "Yard Sale Signs" premiered) and Theatricum Botanicum (where she runs workshops and "Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights"). Her plays, including "Currency," "Remodeling Plans,"...
Jennie Webb is an independent Los Angeles playwright, dramaturg and new play/gender parity advocate currently in residence at Rogue Machine (where her dark retail comedy "Yard Sale Signs" premiered) and Theatricum Botanicum (where she runs workshops and "Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights"). Her plays, including "Currency," "Remodeling Plans," "Unclaimed Assets," "GreenHouse," "On Tuesday," "It's Not About Race" and "Buying a House," have been produced in LA (most recently at Inkwell Theater, Santa Monica Rep. and Theatre of NOTE), on stages across the country and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has been a part of The Playwright Center's PlayLabs, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Little Black Dress INK Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Festivals, the Virginia Avenue Project, PlayGround-LA, Moving Arts MADlab, Blank Theatre Living Room Series and The Road Theatre's Summer Playwrights Festival with plays including "The Complete Story of the War," "Color Separation," “Rebecca on the Bus,” "Crazy Bitch," "Chicken Shoot," "Jilt" and "Footprint"; her work is published by Heinemann Press and ICWP. She is currently a member of The Playwrights Union, EST/LA's Playwrights Unit and the Dramatists Guild. She is the recipient of a Women in Theatre Red Carpet Award, and co-founded and acts as editor-at-large for the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI).

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and housecats Molly and Mick.

Plays

  • Footprint
    Anna is suddenly having difficulties navigating her life in LA—is it being without a car or being stalled by a “Denver Boot of Sorrow?” And then there’s that body following her around, in a new reality where death gets up close and virtual in ways we might not expect. FOOTPRINT is a play about loss, mystery and leaving one’s mark.
  • Jilt
    In the not-so-distant future, the .1% is ensconced in the Ivory Towers of Academia, having broken off from the Center States. There, a privileged few pride themselves on creating a culture of fluid gender identity, filled with celebrity and free of sexual violence. A young woman named Aika may have something to say about that. Except that no one can hear her. Of course. So who will tell her story in a world...
    In the not-so-distant future, the .1% is ensconced in the Ivory Towers of Academia, having broken off from the Center States. There, a privileged few pride themselves on creating a culture of fluid gender identity, filled with celebrity and free of sexual violence. A young woman named Aika may have something to say about that. Except that no one can hear her. Of course. So who will tell her story in a world that’s lost the words to deal with unspeakable crimes? JILT is a play about power, beauty and justification set in a post-rape culture
  • Currency
    CURRENCY is a love story set in changing times of overextended trust and inflated intimacy. After sharing a night of unexpected romance, a 40-something couple is waylaid by even more surprises and left searching for value in a world that’s moving way too fast.

    It’s the “morning after,” and Dan and Helen are navigating toast and coffee in Helen’s enormous bedroom when Dan receives a phone call:...
    CURRENCY is a love story set in changing times of overextended trust and inflated intimacy. After sharing a night of unexpected romance, a 40-something couple is waylaid by even more surprises and left searching for value in a world that’s moving way too fast.

    It’s the “morning after,” and Dan and Helen are navigating toast and coffee in Helen’s enormous bedroom when Dan receives a phone call: there’s been a horrible family tragedy. Life’s sometimes like that.

    But in today’s surreal age of virtual connections, hyper-consumption and global financial meltdowns, who’s got a way of getting through life that still works? What truly has worth and meaning anymore? Is the only real thing we have left to hang onto, each other? And is that enough?
  • Crazy Bitch
    CRAZY BITCH is play about jellyfish and genealogy and rogue taxidermy. In a world where unbelievable brutality happens every day, three women in Los Angeles find themselves suspended between the extraordinary and real life expectations.

    After Eva, a respected scientist, is savagely attacked late at night when walking in LA, the women in her life—her ex-lover, her sister and her cousin—try to...
    CRAZY BITCH is play about jellyfish and genealogy and rogue taxidermy. In a world where unbelievable brutality happens every day, three women in Los Angeles find themselves suspended between the extraordinary and real life expectations.

    After Eva, a respected scientist, is savagely attacked late at night when walking in LA, the women in her life—her ex-lover, her sister and her cousin—try to assemble a picture they can live with: of the events surrounding Eva’s attack, of the nature of Eva’s work with the immortal jellyfish, and of their future, where “forever” may be a real possibility and evil really exists.

    Sure, life must go on. But in this particular corner of Los Angeles, what happens next? Can a wild taxidermy creation breathe new life into tragedy? Can genealogy research create connections that really matter? And what if Eva never recovers? Who’ll take care of the jellyfish, then?
  • Rebecca on the Bus
    Oh, that Rebecca, always running late. This time, when she meets her friends at their local coffee spot, her unexpected (or is it?) excuse pulls back the curtain on what living in a rape culture could really mean. REBECCA ON THE BUS is a dark comedy about a most absurd reality.
  • It's Not About Race
    A black comedy at the beach. A visit to Santa Monica's "Ink Well" gives two friends an unexpected perspective on what it means to belong, and to be "the other."
  • Brand New Script
    A short, dark comedy about drama, denial & permission that takes a slightly absurdist look at the role of prescription drugs on high school campuses.
  • The Big Red Naugahyde Booth (Or, Would-be Elks)
    A comedy about acceptance and the cost of belonging, The Big Red Naugahyde Booth (Or, Would-be Elks) tracks the cocktails and confessions of a group of larger than life women who regularly meet to drink and dish. But on this particular evening, what’s brought to the table raises issues much bigger than the bar bill.

    Here, girls’ night out becomes an extravagantly surreal exploration of uniquely...
    A comedy about acceptance and the cost of belonging, The Big Red Naugahyde Booth (Or, Would-be Elks) tracks the cocktails and confessions of a group of larger than life women who regularly meet to drink and dish. But on this particular evening, what’s brought to the table raises issues much bigger than the bar bill.

    Here, girls’ night out becomes an extravagantly surreal exploration of uniquely female bonds. Among dedicated friends, who’s to dictate who’s a “member,” and what that really means? What kind of dues do we pay as part of a group, and how are we punished when we break the rules? Martinis, fried food and white wine go a long way toward putting power struggles and personal betrayals in perspective. Just one of the many things women enthusiastically embrace and at the same time can’t stand… about women.

    And ultimately, the power of red naugahyde comes into play.
  • Chicken Shoot
    When two half-sisters visit an abandoned aerospace compound, absurd government secrets shed an unexpected light on toxic family truths. CHICKEN SHOOT is a short comedy about crimes and validation.
  • Blood Replacement
    A comedy about drama and authenticity and finding stand-ins, Blood Replacement finds three women who are waiting for a rugby match to begin. Only there’s something a bit off about this particular playing field. Otherworldly, even. Oh, and it’s gay rugby.

    At very different points in their lives, these friends grapple with their pasts, uncover hidden motives, and cross all sorts of lines as their...
    A comedy about drama and authenticity and finding stand-ins, Blood Replacement finds three women who are waiting for a rugby match to begin. Only there’s something a bit off about this particular playing field. Otherworldly, even. Oh, and it’s gay rugby.

    At very different points in their lives, these friends grapple with their pasts, uncover hidden motives, and cross all sorts of lines as their search for common ground becomes more and more absurd. In the end, they must embrace their differences—as well as the unexpected changes in one another and the world around them—to open up new possibilities.
  • About What Matters
    A short, pointed play about, among other things, priorities, boundaries, certainties and letting life get to you. Waiting together for an acknowledgement that may never come, two friends find themselves caught up in a dangerously circular game of logic and loyalties, as they realize they’ve probably missed lunch.
  • Color Separation
    At the heart of COLOR SEPARATION is a couple contemplating an important decision... at a time when the world is connected in very revealing ways at the same time it's divided along red and blue lines, and the meaning of "choice" takes on heavier and heavier implications. The dark comedy is a somewhat surreal look at what happens when we let people into our lives, time runs out, and we take what...
    At the heart of COLOR SEPARATION is a couple contemplating an important decision... at a time when the world is connected in very revealing ways at the same time it's divided along red and blue lines, and the meaning of "choice" takes on heavier and heavier implications. The dark comedy is a somewhat surreal look at what happens when we let people into our lives, time runs out, and we take what's been given to us for granted.
  • On Tuesday
    A play with an end which considers possibilities, ON TUESDAY takes a dark and slanted look at our innate desire to have some control over the events and people around us, to make a connection and have an impact. How powerful is our need to make sense of the inconceivable, in any way we can?