Jordan Elizabeth Henry

Jordan Elizabeth Henry

Jordan Elizabeth Henry is a playwright currently living and writing in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her short plays have been produced throughout North America, most notably in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, NYC, Toronto, and Vancouver, B.C. She's a member of The Dramatist's Guild and is currently serving as a playwriting mentor for the Muse Of Fire Project.

Plays

  • Barriers
    [Monologue]: In 2028, Francisca searches for her daughter, Angeles, who was kidnapped 10 years ago.
  • A Little Thing
    TEN MINUTES: Gen is just trying to run her meeting on her first day at a new job, but she keeps being interrupted by obnoxious male coworkers. When things get heated, Gen is left to defend and fend for herself.
  • I'm Here For You
    TEN MINUTES: Dana is finishing up a project for her boss when her coworker, James, tries to start up a conversation with her about their workplace environment.
  • A Different Sense of Place
    MONOLOGUE: Rohini watches her infant daughter sleep. Inspired by the Washington Naval Yard Shooting of September 16, 2013. Dedicated to the memory of Vishnu Pandit, and the 11 others whose light is gone from the world.
  • Conditions
    TEN MINUTES: Tris and Harley's relationship is going along smoothly, until Tris smells deceit.
  • Petticoat Despot
    SHORT: Abigail Adams and her husband, John, have a bit of a disagreement about the way things are looking for women's rights in the months before the creation of the Declaration of Independence. --Exclusively taken from correspondence between Abigail and John between March and May of 1776 (except for Abigail's last line, which I would like to think she was saying in spirit).
  • Neighbors
    SHORT: A woman reflects on her childhood, with the help of a musician.
  • Apollo's Comeuppance
    SHORT: Cassandra and Apollo dispute the terms of their arrangement.
  • Hyenas: A One-Minute Play
    Chuki is just trying to finish up a project when she's cornered by a group of male coworkers.
  • Goat-Sucker: A One-Minute Play
    A woman tells a spooooky story.
  • Manticore!: A One-Minute Play
    She's just trying to get ready for a meeting when she is rudely interrupted by a handsy male coworker.
  • Shake It, Baby: A One-Minute Play
    She's feeling confident today: she's got her Confidence Outfit, her Confidence Coffee, her Confidence Hair. She's ready to start her workday. That is, until she gets sidetracked by a male coworker.
  • In Good Company
    SHORT: October 20, 2012. Seal Beach, California. In a reality where no shooter ever touched any gun. Dedicated to the memory of Michele Fast, murdered during the Seal Beach Shooting, October 14, 2011.
  • Til I Waltz Again With You
    SHORT: On his 90th birthday, a man tries to convince his wife of 64 years to dance with him in a crowded airport terminal. Inspired by the Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooting, January 6, 2017. Dedicated to Olga Woltering, who dearly loved to dance. ---Included in ALL TOO SHORT, an anthology of gun control plays, compiled by Code Red Playwrights---
  • Crazy Happy Noise
    MONOLOGUE: T. remembers his father, who was gunned down during the Damageplan Show shooting on December 8, 2004 in Columbus, Ohio. Dedicated to Nathan Bray. ---Included in ALL TOO SHORT, an anthology of gun control plays, compiled by Code Red Playwrights---
  • A Holy Word
    SHORT: On October 24, 2014, a 15-year-old invited his best friends to skip class and eat lunch with him in the cafeteria at Marysville Pilchuck High School. He met them there and shot them each in the head using his father's illegally-purchased handgun. Then he turned the gun on himself. There was one survivor.

    "We cannot get rid of mankind's fleetingly wicked wishes. We can get...
    SHORT: On October 24, 2014, a 15-year-old invited his best friends to skip class and eat lunch with him in the cafeteria at Marysville Pilchuck High School. He met them there and shot them each in the head using his father's illegally-purchased handgun. Then he turned the gun on himself. There was one survivor.

    "We cannot get rid of mankind's fleetingly wicked wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true. I give to you a holy word: DISARM."
  • Sistering
    TEN MINUTES: Sisters Kate and Liz are repairing damaged joists in their mother's home -- Kate wants to sell the house to pay for their mother's assisted living home, but Liz wants to hold onto it. When Liz suggests a little friendly competition, old grievances and past hurts resurface to undermine the foundation of their relationship.
  • The Sound
    TEN MINUTES: Sarah's son, Anthony, has been living on the street for nearly four years. After she sees a video of Anthony on the Internet saving a boy from drowning in Puget Sound, Sarah finds him so she can finally speak her peace.
  • Yorkie Moms
    TEN MINUTES: The Yorkie Moms are a group of women (and Brent) who connected on social media to increase the online presence of their Yorkies. But their newly-appointed leader, Donna, has some, er, grave plans about how to Make Yorkies Great Again. (In case it's not clear, these are Yorkie Supremacists we're talking about.)
  • Polar Bear Love Triangle at the End of the World
    TEN MINUTES: It's the year 2100 and the end of the Earth is upon us. Tomorrow morning, the final ships will take off all over the world, carrying all remaining human life to a new planet home. Chloe has a secret that she's been hiding out in the woods, and she needs her partner's help to ensure her secret is protected. But at what cost? 
  • Paradoxysm
    TEN MINUTES: Julian must fight her own future to save her sisters, Catherine and Lucy, whose lives are threatened in two different times.
  • Paradoxysm
    ONE ACT: In a secluded town in the far north, a mysterious Chamber beneath the sea ice is about to be permanently flooded. Julian, a woman riding the tides of her mania and depression, has returned home to visit this mysterious Chamber one last time -- but she meets a surprising stranger below the ice who changes everything.
  • Paradoxysm
    FULL LENGTH: In a secluded town in the far north, a mysterious Chamber beneath the sea ice is about to be permanently flooded. Once the main source of revenue for the small adjacent town, it has been abandoned for years after a half-forgotten tragedy. Julian, a woman riding the tides of her mania and depression, has returned home to write a book with her best friend, Hector, about the loss of her twin sister,...
    FULL LENGTH: In a secluded town in the far north, a mysterious Chamber beneath the sea ice is about to be permanently flooded. Once the main source of revenue for the small adjacent town, it has been abandoned for years after a half-forgotten tragedy. Julian, a woman riding the tides of her mania and depression, has returned home to write a book with her best friend, Hector, about the loss of her twin sister, Lucy, at a young age. But Julian has ulterior motives that she's hiding from Hector and her older sister, Catherine - and it all hangs on the mysterious Chamber beneath the ice.

    NOTE: can be produced in black box and/or with limited set pieces
  • Elephants
    TEN MINUTES: Sue has lived with her Aunt Jeanie since her mother disappeared when she was a little girl. With the aid of her vivid imagination, Sue holds a special communion with her absent mother. But where did her mother go? And when will she come back?
  • Northern Lights
    TEN MINUTES: Lisa, five days post-op from open-heart surgery, wants to convince her partner, Candice, that life is too short to play it safe.
  • Birds of Paradise
    TEN MINUTES: After a tragic loss, Rhonda and Pete try to mend their fractured relationship.
  • Ava
    TEN MINUTES: Tammy and her visually-impaired daughter, Ava, have a close bond built on trust and respect. But the foundations of their relationship begin to change on one last mother-daughter trip before Ava goes off to college.
  • The Dress
    TEN MINUTES: Siblings Caroline, Dani, and Jimmy come together for the first time in several years on the eve of their mother's funeral to search through her garage for a treasured item: her favorite dress. But what they find instead surprises them all.
  • Something Blue
    TEN MINUTES: On Rachel's wedding day, her sister, Beckie, tries to convince her to leave her fiance at the altar.
  • Down Cellar
    IN DEVELOPMENT
  • Return
    IN DEVELOPMENT
  • [in development] Sandbaggin'
    TEN MINUTES: Leonora reads Peter Pan aloud into a C.B. radio in the middle of the night, thinking no one can hear her. But when Mark, a truck-driver in the middle of a long haul, tunes into her frequency, the pair connect in an unlikely way.

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    "Sandbaggin'" was originally part of the full-length devised project, LESSONS, developed with the following artists: ...
    TEN MINUTES: Leonora reads Peter Pan aloud into a C.B. radio in the middle of the night, thinking no one can hear her. But when Mark, a truck-driver in the middle of a long haul, tunes into her frequency, the pair connect in an unlikely way.

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    "Sandbaggin'" was originally part of the full-length devised project, LESSONS, developed with the following artists: 

    Michael Bachman
    Natalie Brouwer-Wilson
    Dan Buck
    Jillian Spears-Ivey
    Jonathan Swindle
  • A Very Stable Genius: An Ubu Roi BakeOff Play
    ---A play by Sharai Bohannon, Ben Brinkley, Diana Burbano, Greg Burdick, Rachael Carnes, and Jordan Elizabeth Henry. --- Every year, Paula Vogel (long may she reign) invites artists to organize Bake Offs based on a theme and assigned elements. The 2018 prompt was Alfred Jarry's bizarre, absurdist play UBU ROI.
  • SUDDENLY, A HOMELAND: Some Voting Rights Plays
    IN DEVELOPMENT
  • CORPORATE: Some #meToo Plays
    IN DEVELOPMENT
  • Assisted Living
    IN DEVELOPMENT
  • Sufficiently White: A Monologue
    MONOLOGUE: As Mariko prepares for her high school valedictorian speech, she reflects on her heritage.