Fly Jamerson

Fly Jamerson

Fly (they/them) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg currently living in Lincoln, Nebraska where they teach at the University of Nebraska. Fly has an MFA from the University of Arizona and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, as well as a resident playwright with The Commoners at Great Plains Theatre Commons in Omaha.

Fly's play FROZEN FLUID was a semi-finalist for the O'Neill and...
Fly (they/them) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg currently living in Lincoln, Nebraska where they teach at the University of Nebraska. Fly has an MFA from the University of Arizona and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, as well as a resident playwright with The Commoners at Great Plains Theatre Commons in Omaha.

Fly's play FROZEN FLUID was a semi-finalist for the O'Neill and Bay Area Playwrights Festival, as well as a finalist for new play initiatives at Kitchen Dog Theater and Unicorn Theatre. Fly's work continues to be supported by their mentor, Lauren Gunderson, who provided the initial commission for HOT MONEY, Fly's current project in development. Additional support for the development of HOT MONEY has been provided by the Network of Ensemble Theatres, Great Plains Theatre Commons, and K+R Strategies.

Fly is also currently working on a short commission about wildfires and disturbance ecology for Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado, and a new musical about the global impacts of agriculture that they hope to workshop in 2022/2023.

For more info: www.flyjamerson.com

Plays

  • FROZEN FLUID
    An Antarctic Gender Non-Conforming Creation Myth

    Finalist: Kitchen Dog New Works Festival (2020)
    Semi-Finalist: Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference 2020; Playwrights Foundation Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2020; The Mitten Lab (2019)
    Second Round Selection: The Austin Film Festival Playwriting Competition (2019)

    Featured on:
    New Play Exchange...
    An Antarctic Gender Non-Conforming Creation Myth

    Finalist: Kitchen Dog New Works Festival (2020)
    Semi-Finalist: Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference 2020; Playwrights Foundation Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2020; The Mitten Lab (2019)
    Second Round Selection: The Austin Film Festival Playwriting Competition (2019)

    Featured on:
    New Play Exchange list by Britt A Willis: A New Queer Theatre
    Broadway World's 28 Queer Plays to read in 28 Days (February 2021)

    Somewhere in Mythic Antarctica, three scientists at a research facility live and conduct research out on the ice, continuously becoming and unbecoming themselves as they play out the creation of the world. Through a series of fables, Frozen Fluid chronicles the arrival of phytoplankton scientist Tay and the unraveling of the fantastic Antarctic world in which they find themself. Together, the scientists construct and deconstruct notions of gender, identity, religion, climate, and time itself.

    The play centers Trans and Gender Non-Binary characters and performers.
  • HOT MONEY
    HOT MONEY: A Zoological Quest for Immortality in the Madagascar Vanilla Boom

    With the help of Manogman, a strange produce clerk whose wares only smell and taste of vanilla, Smash, a zoologist, searches the depths of the rainforest for the Malagasy Crowned Eagle. Supposedly extinct for over five hundred years, Smash believes one still lives and this mythical and immortal bird may hold the secret...
    HOT MONEY: A Zoological Quest for Immortality in the Madagascar Vanilla Boom

    With the help of Manogman, a strange produce clerk whose wares only smell and taste of vanilla, Smash, a zoologist, searches the depths of the rainforest for the Malagasy Crowned Eagle. Supposedly extinct for over five hundred years, Smash believes one still lives and this mythical and immortal bird may hold the secret to living forever. Elsewhere in the rainforest, the wild vanilla orchids--which an endangered species of chameleons relies upon for sustenance--have transformed into dollar bills. Doc, a neurosurgeon, examines the perspectives of the many people whose lives are impacted by the rise and fall of the price of vanilla across the globe, while Smash and the Mangoman embark on an epic romp through the life spans of various animals and find out what it means to truly live.
  • INSIGNIFICANCE IS SICKENING AND LOVE MEANS NOTHING AT ALL; ALL IT IS IS THE STRENGTH TO KEEP GOING ON NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS
    An adaptation of Chekov's Three Sisters.

    From the program note for the 2018 production at The University of Arizona, by dramaturg Anna Jennings:

    "Adaptations of Chekhov abound, ranging from translations to radical usurpations of the original plays. Contemporary playwrights do not erase Chekhov but accompany his signature language and mood with their own. Elements of...
    An adaptation of Chekov's Three Sisters.

    From the program note for the 2018 production at The University of Arizona, by dramaturg Anna Jennings:

    "Adaptations of Chekhov abound, ranging from translations to radical usurpations of the original plays. Contemporary playwrights do not erase Chekhov but accompany his signature language and mood with their own. Elements of Chekhov’s Three Sisters remain visible in INSIGNIFANCE[...]; Steffens’ voice strikes a remarkable harmony with Chekhov’s. Illustrating the human capacity for love and destruction through haunting images and poetic language, this new adaptation joins countless other in reorienting the Chekhovian mood for contemporary theatre.

    But, why so many Chekhov adaptations? Through the process of this new play’s development, we found that it is the Chekhovian belief in the individual, absurd impossibility of existence, and optimism for the future that keeps theatre artists returning for more. We hope this production’s humor, pain, and hope allows you to recognize and embrace your Bear.

    'Life is long and there will be many good and bad happenings, Mother Russia is so vast.' -Anton Chekhov."
  • BELL AND BLISS
    Set in the sweltering Washington DC summer of 1881, President James Abram Garfield lays dying behind a curtain in the White House - Charles Guiteau has buried a bullet deep in the President's belly, and Dr. D Willard Bliss is trying desperately to find it. Enter Alexander Graham Bell, overwhelmed and exhausted by the success of his revolutionary telephone. Both men seek greatness: for Bell, an invention...
    Set in the sweltering Washington DC summer of 1881, President James Abram Garfield lays dying behind a curtain in the White House - Charles Guiteau has buried a bullet deep in the President's belly, and Dr. D Willard Bliss is trying desperately to find it. Enter Alexander Graham Bell, overwhelmed and exhausted by the success of his revolutionary telephone. Both men seek greatness: for Bell, an invention that will redefine his success as a scientist; for Bliss, to be the ultimate medical savior of the nation. As Garfield slowly succumbs to sepsis, their failed attempts to save him fully charge the motivations of Bell's assistant, Charles Sumner Tainter, as what he hears from Bell's machine suggests what they're searching for may not be a piece of lead.

    BELL AND BLISS was inspired by primary resource materials that include not only the personal journals and letters of the titular characters, but also visceral artifacts such as President Garfield's spine and the bullet that wounded him. The playwright interacted with these primary resources at institutions including the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, the Historical Society of Washington DC, and the National Museum of Health and Medicine.
  • TILLAGE
    A musical in development about the environmental and sociopolitical impact of agriculture on individuals and communities across the globe, including the flood plains in Nebraska and the Failed Mega Rice Project in Indonesia.
  • Through the Magic Door
    An adaptation of the biographical works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring Mrs. Hudson and the adventures she embarks on through her love of reading.
  • LOVE IS A HORSE WITH A BROKEN LEG TRYING TO STAND WHILE 45,000 PEOPLE WATCH
    A man, haunted by the death of his childhood pet, is on the verge of eviction. A business school drop out wagers everything to get the girl of his dreams. A lovesick photographer turns her subjects into stone. All are plagued by the inability to change. All are offered an opportunity to do so. Drawing from influences and experiences ranging from Bukowski to Joyce to life-as-a-twenty-something to the Absurd,...
    A man, haunted by the death of his childhood pet, is on the verge of eviction. A business school drop out wagers everything to get the girl of his dreams. A lovesick photographer turns her subjects into stone. All are plagued by the inability to change. All are offered an opportunity to do so. Drawing from influences and experiences ranging from Bukowski to Joyce to life-as-a-twenty-something to the Absurd, LOVE IS A HORSE explores stories of addiction, existentialism, and the absurd.
  • CHICKEN
    Polly needs pink roses. Badly. But with four weddings, three proms and two days to Mother's Day, there's only one place left in town to get them - Flora's Festive Flowers - and they're all being used in a casket spray to honor the tragic death of a young woman. This piece explores the commodity of the grieving process, and asks: Why do we so often face our demons by becoming them?
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    Polly needs pink roses. Badly. But with four weddings, three proms and two days to Mother's Day, there's only one place left in town to get them - Flora's Festive Flowers - and they're all being used in a casket spray to honor the tragic death of a young woman. This piece explores the commodity of the grieving process, and asks: Why do we so often face our demons by becoming them?

    "Fly Steffens' 'Chicken' is about the disturbingly symbiotic relationship between a bully and her victim - and how that victim's self-loathing is enmeshed in unwilling admiration for her tormenting oppressor. [...] The night's smartest, bravest and most ambitious piece." - Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2013