Jackie Martin

Jackie Martin

Jackie Martin is a teacher and playwright from Norwood, Massachusetts. Her plays include Hallmark Doesn’t Make Cards for Us, Goodbye Denny Jacobs, Impressions, and Abigail, For Now. Jackie’s work has been produced by Shadblow Theatre, Playwrights’ Round Table, 2Cents Theater, Open Theatre Project, Stone Independent School, The Warner Theatre, and Firehouse Center for the Arts. Awards include the Peter Honegger...
Jackie Martin is a teacher and playwright from Norwood, Massachusetts. Her plays include Hallmark Doesn’t Make Cards for Us, Goodbye Denny Jacobs, Impressions, and Abigail, For Now. Jackie’s work has been produced by Shadblow Theatre, Playwrights’ Round Table, 2Cents Theater, Open Theatre Project, Stone Independent School, The Warner Theatre, and Firehouse Center for the Arts. Awards include the Peter Honegger Prizes for Best One Act and Best Short Play in 2019, as well as the Audience Choice award at the Shadblow Theatre’s Short Play Fest in 2020. Jackie has a degree in Theatre from UMass Amherst and a post-bacc in Secondary Education-English from Bridgewater State University.

Plays

  • Abigail, For Now
    FULL LENGTH. WIP, currently being revised.
    Everyone wants what's best for Abigail. That's why, after she shares her secret - that she is an extraterrestrial - she is immediately admitted to a psychiatric ward for adolescents. While there, Abigail finds herself reluctantly learning more about being human while still remaining true to who she really is inside.
  • Impressions
    Full Length version.
    It's the biggest opening ever for Ashby's Galleria, and everyone is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Jonathan Bixby, hermit billionaire. When an uninvited guest shows up, he throws a wrench into the evening, and more than one life is forever changed. A play about money, art, and the BS that surrounds it all.

    Finalist, B Street Theatre's 2020 New Comedies Festival
  • Corrections
    ONE ACT. Joe visits his wife Laney in prison, but he carries more than the photographs she has requested of their son. He also brings with him news of his future plans, which do not include her. As a result, the pair must confront the tragic past that ties them together and decide how to negotiate a future that they can both live with.
    Winner, Peter Honegger Prize for Best One-Act, Firehouse Center for the Arts, 2019
  • Heartbreak at the Putt-Putt Palace
    ONE ACT.
    Mike has the perfect proposal planned out for his girlfriend - and it's all going down at the Putt-Putt Palace, Alyssa's favorite childhood mini-golf course. Unfortunately, while they wait their turn and discuss the highs and lows of relationships with a more experienced couple, Alyssa's ambiguous feelings about lifelong commitment come to light.
  • The High Ground
    ONE ACT: The funeral is over and the mourners have gone home, leaving a mother and son alone to try and come to terms with their loss.
  • Impressions (One Act Version)
    One Act Version.
    It's the biggest opening ever for Ashby's Galleria, and everyone is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Jonathan Bixby, hermit billionaire. When an uninvited guest shows up, he throws a wrench into the evening, and more than one life is forever changed. A play about money, art, and the BS that surrounds it all.
  • The Banishment Room
    SHORT. Diane is distraught when her career takes an unexpected turn - right into a dead end. Her new office mate offers words of wisdom and a passive - very passive - way to fight back.
  • CareLess™ (a 10 minute play)
    Nina is ready to try a new approach to life, and Delia has just the thing to help her.
  • Commencement (a 10 minute play)
    SHORT. Maria and Gabby are inching closer to high school graduation and their new lives as college students. One evening, the two friends discover their views on the subject differ - except for when they don’t.

    *A version of this play which has been adapted for virtual performance is available upon request.
  • FOMO: The Prodigal Son Play
    TEN MINUTES.
    After losing everything, Gideon has returned to his family's homestead. His father is overjoyed.
    His brother? Not so much.
  • Goodbye, Denny Jacobs
    SHORT.
    Maddie Dickson-DeWitt has witnessed many executions in her job as a prison reporter in Huntsville, Texas, known as the “death penalty capital” of the country - but only one has ever made her question what she believes about good and evil.
  • Hallmark Doesn't Make Cards for Us
    SHORT. Jenna and her mother, Maggie, have a complicated relationship, strained by a rocky past. Now that Jenna has left her husband, she's reluctantly taken her daughter to stay with Maggie for the summer. One late night, Maggie tries to connect with Jenna and unspoken thoughts, unresolved resentments - and maybe first steps toward an understanding? - begin to emerge.

    Winner, Peter Honegger...
    SHORT. Jenna and her mother, Maggie, have a complicated relationship, strained by a rocky past. Now that Jenna has left her husband, she's reluctantly taken her daughter to stay with Maggie for the summer. One late night, Maggie tries to connect with Jenna and unspoken thoughts, unresolved resentments - and maybe first steps toward an understanding? - begin to emerge.

    Winner, Peter Honegger Prize for Best Short Play, Firehouse Center for the Arts, 2019
    Winner, Audience Choice, Short Play Festival, Shadblow Theatre, 2020
  • Harold's Island
    SHORT. Recently revised.
    When Daniel washes ashore on a (mostly) deserted island, he is understandably dazed, afraid, and desperate for help.
    Unfortunately, he's really getting in the way of Harold's peace and quiet.
  • No Right Time, a virtual play in 10 minutes
    After a difficult night in the ER, Kevin checks in with his husband, David. Kevin’s ready for a tough conversation about the future. David isn’t.
  • Teddy
    10 MINUTES.
    Remember your favorite childhood toy? There's a chance it remembers you too...
    Oakley and Teddy Ruxpin reconnect in an unexpected encounter.
  • We're Alright
    Janelle and Paul are high school seniors who are missing out on the end of their school year due to a stay-at-home order. They are friends during their one class together, but otherwise exist in very different social circles. Paul has asked Janelle to meet him online for a virtual prom date, but she’s somewhat suspicious of his motives. Published and licensed with YouthPLAYS.
  • AHHH! (A Five Minute Play)
    Three friends gather the nerve to get into the damn water, already.
  • Office Hours (A One Minute Play)
    A professor and student meet to discuss a grade.
  • Beached (a one minute play)
    Jack and Caroline get some news on their last day of vacation.
  • One Minute More (A One Minute Play)
    Danica and Joel are about to find out whether this round of IVF worked... they just need to wait one more minute.
  • Baggage
    Siblings meet unexpectedly in the night.
  • Denny's Monologue (from Goodbye, Denny Jacobs)
    Denny Jacobs is a 46 year old man who has been serving time on death row in Huntsville, TX since murdering his parents at the age of 17. Here, he speaks with journalist Maddie Dickson-Dewitt on the eve of his execution, recounting the actual circumstances of his crime for the first time.

    Full script posted separately.
  • Quiet, Not Shy (a monologue for a middle schooler)
    After a parent-teacher conference the night before, Layla seeks out her teacher to correct a misconception.
  • Table for One (A Monologue)
    Middle schooler Cam is an only child...which was pretty cool until a pandemic hit and everyone had to stay home all day. Now, Cam's sort of wishing for an annoying sibling.
  • Waiting (a virtual one act play)
    Two pregnant women end up in the same virtual waiting room and bond over their shared experience.
    Well, sort of.
  • Cookies for Bethany
    Kathy unexpectedly shows up at her neighbor's house to collect her mail and helps herself to a few of the freshly baked cookies sitting out on the table.
    But Myriam didn't make those cookies for Kathy. She made them for Bethany.
    And Kathy's about to learn a lesson about taking things that don't belong to you.
  • Canes Urbana
    SHORT. Two coyotes lament the current state of their world.