Jean Koppen

Jean Koppen

Jean Koppen is a playwright living in Northern Virginia. Jean's plays have been produced in the D.C. metro area at Keegan Theatre, Active Cultures Theater (2012 "Sportaculture" playwriting competition winner), D.C.'s Capital Fringe Festival, Port City Playhouse, Atlas Intersections Festival, and across the country and Canada at Strangeloop Theatre (Chicago), The Alumnae Theater's New...
Jean Koppen is a playwright living in Northern Virginia. Jean's plays have been produced in the D.C. metro area at Keegan Theatre, Active Cultures Theater (2012 "Sportaculture" playwriting competition winner), D.C.'s Capital Fringe Festival, Port City Playhouse, Atlas Intersections Festival, and across the country and Canada at Strangeloop Theatre (Chicago), The Alumnae Theater's New Ideas Festival (Toronto), and Kumu Kahua Theater (Hawaii). Jean's work has been read at the Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival (2013, 2015, 2017) and Pipeline Playwrights reading series (2017, 2018, 2019). Jean is an alumnae of the Kennedy Center Playwrights Intensive, a founding member of Pipeline Playwrights and a Dramatist Guild member.

Plays

  • Got a Light?
    Joan of Arc tied at the stake argues for her life as a modern-day feminist, while her executioner attempts to get the fire lit.
  • Unprotected
    Sarah learns from her teenage daughter Grace that some boys called Grace a slut at school. Both are upset by the event, compounded by the fact that Grace’s cousin Zach was among the boys harassing Grace. Sarah shares the incident with her husband Ed, who wants to confront Zach’s parents (Sarah’s brother Doug and wife Regina) arriving for a birthday celebration. Sarah delays the confrontation, but eventually...
    Sarah learns from her teenage daughter Grace that some boys called Grace a slut at school. Both are upset by the event, compounded by the fact that Grace’s cousin Zach was among the boys harassing Grace. Sarah shares the incident with her husband Ed, who wants to confront Zach’s parents (Sarah’s brother Doug and wife Regina) arriving for a birthday celebration. Sarah delays the confrontation, but eventually they share what Grace has told them and the couples argue over what happened. The adults bring the kids together and find out the harassment was more serious and disturbing, bringing up painful memories and unresolved conflict between Doug and Sarah. In the aftermath, Sarah makes a strong choice for her and her daughter, hoping to gain the strength needed to survive a world in which she feels unprotected.
  • The Best Worst That Can Happen
    Joanna is worried about her mother's failing memory. Margie is concerned about her daughter's career and love life. In truth, both are terrified about how they will handle the worst that can happen - Margie contracting Alzheimer's Disease. When an unlikely new housemate enters their lives and his movie producer brother pays an unexpected visit, both Margie and Joanna discover the best that can happen in the worst situation.
  • Unfocused
    In this modern day comedy, a quirky group of characters assemble for a focus group while the neurotic moderator tries and fails to keep the conversation focused. Unfocused is about election apathy and its effect on American democracy.
  • Kavanaugh
    Justice Kavanaugh petitions the court of American Women for official classification as a "good guy."
  • Capsmittment
    Two hockey friends discuss whether they are ready for the commitment of season tickets. (note: a "clean" version without swearing is also available)
  • Scared Straight
    Lyla shows up excited for an audition, but instead finds three bitter, depressed and defeated actors discouraging her from her dream.
  • Slight Delay
    Ever have a flight delayed or cancelled? Then you know the frustration Passenger feels when confronted with an Attendant who just doesn't seem to get it. Even the airline announcements seem part of the conspiracy!
  • The Aloha Life
    A couple vacationing in Hawaii are surprised by an unexpected missile alert.
  • Black Hole
    In the wake of her mother’s death, Jane attempts to de-clutter her childhood home, confronting her father Marty about his hoarding problem. Jane discusses with her husband Drew her family issues and her desires to reconcile with her estranged brother Jim and his family. With Drew’s reluctant agreement, Jane invites her family for Christmas dinner, but the event devolves into a fierce argument between Jane and...
    In the wake of her mother’s death, Jane attempts to de-clutter her childhood home, confronting her father Marty about his hoarding problem. Jane discusses with her husband Drew her family issues and her desires to reconcile with her estranged brother Jim and his family. With Drew’s reluctant agreement, Jane invites her family for Christmas dinner, but the event devolves into a fierce argument between Jane and her brother over Jane’s enforcement of her mother’s DNR, suddenly interrupted by Marty suffering a stroke. While awaiting Marty’s recovery Jane brings Jim to their childhood home and pushes him to reveal the cause of their relationship rift. Jim reveals a different interpretation of their childhood experience. Jane emotionally re-examines her past choices, creating tension in her marriage. Jane looks to Jim’s daughter, her niece Christina, to fulfill her growing need for a family connection. But after Marty’s death and a final, irreparable fight with Jim and his wife Patty, Jane and Drew’s differences over the decision to not have children sever Jane from her only remaining human connection, forcing her to find solace in the things her parents valued as she herself becomes a hoarder.
  • Final Assignment
    Patricia has been assigned an android programmed with memories of her daughter, Maggie. The only problem is that Patricia says she never had a daughter. The two women tackle the question of who created Maggie, for what purpose, and how will Maggie achieve her goal of becoming fully human.
  • Housekeeping
    While cleaning a wealthy client’s home, three house cleaners make a surprise discovery and disagree over what course of action to take.
  • The Delivery
    A woman makes an ordinary delivery stop at an art gallery that turns out to be anything but. Not only is the item being delivered unusual, the gallery owner's connection to the item, and to the delivery woman, is magical.
  • The Lesson (a monologue)
    Ms. Houndsworth has a lesson her class is not suspecting. A lesson that is far more personal than they've had before.
  • Wearing White After Labor Day (and other acts of terrorism)
    When Jenny’s mother Merrill arrives for their weekly lunch date, their usual bickering takes a turn neither suspects.
  • Married Bliss
    A couple discuss hypothetical infidelity.