Jerry Polner

Jerry Polner

Jerry Polner’s Like Money in the Bank, a romantic comedy about the founding of the Federal Reserve System, was produced at the Theatre Row Studio Theatre in New York. Quit the Road, Jack, a comedy about the North American Free Trade Agreement, was a guest production of TheaterLab the previous year. More recently, Jerry’s play Works for Me was chosen as an alternate for the William Inge Theater Festival and...
Jerry Polner’s Like Money in the Bank, a romantic comedy about the founding of the Federal Reserve System, was produced at the Theatre Row Studio Theatre in New York. Quit the Road, Jack, a comedy about the North American Free Trade Agreement, was a guest production of TheaterLab the previous year. More recently, Jerry’s play Works for Me was chosen as an alternate for the William Inge Theater Festival and his play She Started It was a finalist for the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His earlier play Fix Number Six was presented by the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and was nominated for six Planet Connections awards including Outstanding Playwriting for a New Script. Jerry's short play There Is No Other Path was presented at the Secret Theatre One-Act Festival in 2020. His earlier short plays Florence Farewell, Gone With The Masha, Thank You For Applying, and Saute Your Face were produced by the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective at the Manhattan Theatre Source, the Brecht Forum, and Galapogos Artspace. He has also contributed short plays to each of the first nine seasons of New York Madness. Included in his other full-length plays are Half Baked, produced by the Story People, Man Overboard, produced by High Five Productions, and the comedy revues National Lunch and What’s So Funny (co-author) presented by Brooklyn Playworks and Manhattan Punch Line Theatre respectively. Jerry’s plays have been published by Samuel French and Next Stage Press. He is a company member of New York Madness and a member of the Dramatists Guild and the National Writers Union.

Plays

  • LIE LIKE A RUG
    A D student with a chip on his shoulder, Denny leaves home to start his own business. His resume-writing service, Lie Like a Rug, will empower any jobseeker to fraudulently land their dream job. Three charismatic potential partners each brag to Denny about their street-level artisanship and how he absolutely has to take them into his business in order to beat out their competitor, the notorious Lady Godfrey...
    A D student with a chip on his shoulder, Denny leaves home to start his own business. His resume-writing service, Lie Like a Rug, will empower any jobseeker to fraudulently land their dream job. Three charismatic potential partners each brag to Denny about their street-level artisanship and how he absolutely has to take them into his business in order to beat out their competitor, the notorious Lady Godfrey. He agonizes over losing control of his baby, right up until he discovers the conspiracy – each of his partners is secretly on Godfrey's payroll, all working to guarantee that Denny will fail.
  • DON'T TRY ANYTHING FUNNY
    What is the horrible accounting truth and why doesn't anyone want to hear it? Gwen is a mid-career CPA who secretly always wanted to be the class clown, and now she's running out of time. She might be able to make a career transition if only she wasn't the deputy state auditor charged with getting a corrupt state government out of bankruptcy. Gwen gives the authorities her accounting truth,...
    What is the horrible accounting truth and why doesn't anyone want to hear it? Gwen is a mid-career CPA who secretly always wanted to be the class clown, and now she's running out of time. She might be able to make a career transition if only she wasn't the deputy state auditor charged with getting a corrupt state government out of bankruptcy. Gwen gives the authorities her accounting truth, only to find that what they really wanted was the class clown.
  • SHE STARTED IT
    Suppose you’re a smart, talented high school senior and you know for a fact that nothing is true. On learning that her bomb-thrower online exposé of the school board will prevent her from graduating, Mimi decides to stop believing in anything. But she loves her Dad. How can she give up without betraying him?
  • WORKS FOR ME
    Did that last temp job seem like the beginnings of a police state, or was it just your imagination? In a gig-economy world where the biggest temp agency has all but taken over the government, civil rights have gone the way of pension plans. Desperate for a job, Claire takes a promising position snuffing out a popular rebellion. She’s certain she can do whatever the job requires until discovering that her...
    Did that last temp job seem like the beginnings of a police state, or was it just your imagination? In a gig-economy world where the biggest temp agency has all but taken over the government, civil rights have gone the way of pension plans. Desperate for a job, Claire takes a promising position snuffing out a popular rebellion. She’s certain she can do whatever the job requires until discovering that her best friend is the one leading the revolution.
  • FLOOD STAGE
    In a city wracked by a climate change superstorm, the city fathers respond by telling flood victims to immediately share all their mops and sponges with their neighbors. Only two women have the chops and the pubic spirit to save their hometown. And today, they both set out to destroy each other.
  • DIRTY LOOKS
    Dirty Looks is a less-than-romantic comedy about a youth empowerment program, Juventud de la Tierra, with a reputation as a sanctimonious cult, but a really well managed one. Our main character Bronwyn, an ex-teacher with a shady past, is desperate to make the transition to being a fundraiser. At her final job interview at Juventud, Bronwyn is told that she has the job, and that she is expected to become the...
    Dirty Looks is a less-than-romantic comedy about a youth empowerment program, Juventud de la Tierra, with a reputation as a sanctimonious cult, but a really well managed one. Our main character Bronwyn, an ex-teacher with a shady past, is desperate to make the transition to being a fundraiser. At her final job interview at Juventud, Bronwyn is told that she has the job, and that she is expected to become the program director’s girlfriend.
  • HOT AND BOTHERED
    A comedy about the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Our main character Minerva, an exchange student from the Dominican Republic, is failing at the subject miserably, and she will do absolutely anything to avoid the embarrassment and shame of returning home as a failure.
  • LIKE MONEY IN THE BANK
    In 1910 Chicago, a suffragist-social reformer woman asks an immigrant mechanic to build her a new steam boiler. But instead of central heating, the pair gets drawn into the Progressive Era political struggle over how money and labor will collide. The first ever romantic comedy about the founding of the Federal Reserve Bank.
  • FIX NUMBER SIX
    Jane the Travel Agent, hounded by an idiot boss, dreams of pursuing her true calling as an international spy. When her rich, lovesick customer wants to hire Jane to “fix” his life with whatever tawdry subterfuge is necessary, she jumps at the chance.
  • QUIT THE ROAD, JACK
    When the son of a divorced and miserable couple of burnt-out ex-musicians runs away from home to join up with the immigrant worker rights movement, mom and dad are forced to travel across North America together to find their boy.
  • 98 PERCENT SOLUTION
    A child-hungry couple discovers a new path to adoption.
  • MEDICI LOVE
    At the Medici Institute of Cleveland, a torrid love affair threatens the careers of all three employees.
  • NEEDS WORK
    A young gig worker finally gets her due.
  • THERE IS NO OTHER PATH
    In the world of engagement marketing, a young professional learns the secret of selling cosmetics to teens.
  • SCAPEGOAT
    Two goats have a disagreement about U.S. immigration policy.