Jessie Salsbury

Jessie Salsbury

Jessie Salsbury is a Kansas City Playwright and has participated in numerous local play readings and new work development. Most recently, she was winner of the 2018 Olathe Civic Theatre's New Works Playwright Competition with "Adoption of Grief." In 2017, “Route 84 House Fire" was an accepted entry into the Midwest Dramatists Center Conference and was included in the Barn Players 6x10 Play...
Jessie Salsbury is a Kansas City Playwright and has participated in numerous local play readings and new work development. Most recently, she was winner of the 2018 Olathe Civic Theatre's New Works Playwright Competition with "Adoption of Grief." In 2017, “Route 84 House Fire" was an accepted entry into the Midwest Dramatists Center Conference and was included in the Barn Players 6x10 Play Festival. A playwright for 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project since 2014, and a member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights and Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • Route 84 House Fire: Three Miles from Train Tracks, Nine From a Hydrant
    (10 Minute Play) A State Fire Marshal interviews a Young Girl who is the only survivor of a farmhouse fire that has presumably killed the rest of her family. However, there are no bodies, little clues, and misleading evidence. The State Fire Marshal works to unwind the Young Girl's haunting and poetic past narratives of her entire life on the farm, while drawing her into the present to solve the origin of...
    (10 Minute Play) A State Fire Marshal interviews a Young Girl who is the only survivor of a farmhouse fire that has presumably killed the rest of her family. However, there are no bodies, little clues, and misleading evidence. The State Fire Marshal works to unwind the Young Girl's haunting and poetic past narratives of her entire life on the farm, while drawing her into the present to solve the origin of the house fire on Route 84.

    (Acceptable alternative short title: Route 84 House Fire)
  • Adoption of Grief
    Desiree Nichols, a college student, seeks answers from a stranger after her sister unexpectedly dies. Cherise Nichols, the decedent, has left notes indicating that her nieces are to be adopted into a white family with her nephew who was secretly given up for adoption years before. Two families struggle with interracial (black/white) adoption, insensitivity of white women, and how legal systems favor nuclear,...
    Desiree Nichols, a college student, seeks answers from a stranger after her sister unexpectedly dies. Cherise Nichols, the decedent, has left notes indicating that her nieces are to be adopted into a white family with her nephew who was secretly given up for adoption years before. Two families struggle with interracial (black/white) adoption, insensitivity of white women, and how legal systems favor nuclear, white families over other family groups. This play doesn't indicate right or wrong, but percolates bits and pieces of true stories of adoption into a fictional dramatic framework.
  • Light a Candle for the EXvangelical
    On a Christmas Eve, two church employees leave their religion.
    With love and admiration for Prisca.
  • Tattooed Quilt
    A white supremacist gets a tattoo covered.
  • Mentally Ill / Gun Free
    (10 minute play) - A woman who lost her only child to a school shooting years before purposely submits herself to situations that will trigger her PTSD, as those are the times that she remembers her daughter the clearest.
  • White Women
    A Monologue about us White Women and how we use our hurt and pain and push it onto people of color.
  • HeLa
    (Short Play) The story of Henrietta Lacks is told by one woman playing the roles of Henrietta, her daughter, a medical assistant and a researcher. Henrietta Lacks was treated for cancer, and her cells were used for the research changing HeLa line of immortal cell lines. Her cells were used to develop the polio vaccine and cancer drugs.
  • Non Traditional Hijab
    Reserta's mother has just passed away, so Reserta is going through her mother's old scarves to see what might possibly fit her neighbor Mariam for a hijab, a recent Iranian immigrant. They discuss pieces of Mariam's past life and her reason for her immigration to American.
  • Ava
    Ava DuVernay gives a short speech to a graduating class on art and representation.
  • Fangirls An Improbable Cosplay
    (60 Minute One Act) Fanboys decide that girls don't belong. Three girls decide to take over Comicon, taking what belongs to them, staging their own type of protest. "A Protest Isn't Always a Picket Line."
  • Fire Fountain
    The Ottawa Indian Tribe Chief and the Ottawa University president meet at a dedication ceremony for a new library and artistic display. They disagree on the reasoning behind the display.
  • Fangirls
    A young girl partners with a playwright as part of her Make-a-Wish final excursion. Based on a true person and produced with permission of the girl's mum.
  • Pink Dust of Field Corn
    Work in Progress