Jessica Andrewartha

Jessica Andrewartha

Jessica Andrewartha is a Seattle based writer of more than 6 full length plays. Choices People Make won the Neukom Institute inaugural Literary Arts Award for Playwriting and received workshops in the Vox Festival at Dartmouth and at Northern Stage as part of the award. Light Delay was workshopped at Free Spirit Theatre in the UK in May 2019 after receiving a staged reading at the Ground and Field Theatre...
Jessica Andrewartha is a Seattle based writer of more than 6 full length plays. Choices People Make won the Neukom Institute inaugural Literary Arts Award for Playwriting and received workshops in the Vox Festival at Dartmouth and at Northern Stage as part of the award. Light Delay was workshopped at Free Spirit Theatre in the UK in May 2019 after receiving a staged reading at the Ground and Field Theatre Festival at UC, Davis and a workshop at Parley Productions in Seattle. Her latest full-length play, Finding Ruth, was workshopped with Parley in Jan. 2020.
Other full length plays include Enter Starlighter and W.H.I.P., which have both received staged readings at Theatre Battery, Where Do We Start?, which was read at Seattle Playwrights Circle, and Ready to Start, which was read at Southern Methodist University. Her short plays have been produced in Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, London, and Dunedin, New Zealand. Jessica is an Associate Playwright at Parley Productions and an alumnus of SMU.

Plays

  • Light Delay
    Dr. Triona Fitton is working alone in Mission Control to help secure the last minute launch of a colony ship that will take humanity to the stars. On that ship is Lucas, her former fiancé. As the play moves forward, Light Delay tells the story both of humanity’s last chance to spread into the universe and the consequences it has for those left on Earth. But as the characters get farther and farther apart, their...
    Dr. Triona Fitton is working alone in Mission Control to help secure the last minute launch of a colony ship that will take humanity to the stars. On that ship is Lucas, her former fiancé. As the play moves forward, Light Delay tells the story both of humanity’s last chance to spread into the universe and the consequences it has for those left on Earth. But as the characters get farther and farther apart, their communication is interrupted by the delay in light signals between Lucas’s ship and the Earth. In those moments, we see flashbacks working backwards through their relationship from recent breakup to earlier conflicts and the happy moments before. From the seeds of conflict between two people to environmental disaster, Light Delay examines the choices of two people and the world of consequences those decisions create.
  • Choices People Make
    Dr. Rosalinda Tamayo and her research partner Dr. Harold Cooper have created one of history’s greatest scientific breakthroughs. Her name is Athena. Now Dr. Roz and Athena are showing up at Roz’s mother’s door with a problem. It turns out that just because Athena and her body are bleeding edge technology doesn’t mean they’re not subject to the same questions women have been grappling with for centuries.
  • Finding Ruth
    Ruth can remember every detail of her trip to Jamaica 50 years ago, but not what happened yesterday. Her granddaughter, Natalie, is staying for the summer, and she's got her own problems ... all of which she'd like to forget. Natalie longs to start over; Ruth hopes to make peace with choices she made when she was her granddaughter's age. Both are determined to enjoy what could be their last...
    Ruth can remember every detail of her trip to Jamaica 50 years ago, but not what happened yesterday. Her granddaughter, Natalie, is staying for the summer, and she's got her own problems ... all of which she'd like to forget. Natalie longs to start over; Ruth hopes to make peace with choices she made when she was her granddaughter's age. Both are determined to enjoy what could be their last summer together.
    But how do you manage that when your brain seems to be working against you?
  • Puck You
    The waiting room for an audition quickly becomes violently Shakespearean as four actors fight for the role of Puck -to the death.
  • Last Man Standing
    In the midst of the zombie apocalypse, Stephanie is stranded alone with the most horrifying of horrors - her ex-boyfriend.
  • The 'S' Word
    A bored Seattle meteorologist decides to try and inject a little excitement into Christmas week...and gets some unexpected help from a fed up intern.
    A 3 minute play written for Seattle's DG holiday party.
  • W.H.I.P.
    WHIP, or the Women with Historical Image Problems, was founded by Eurydice and Guinevere as a support group for women of myth whose stories get overshadowed by the men in their lives. But when WHIP stumbles across an evil plot they must fight not just to be heard, not just to be respected, but for the fate of the world. WHIP is a campy 21st century take on sexual politics, mythology, and superheroes.
  • Where Do We Start?
    Caleb just wants to be a voice for the entire Millennial generation. No big deal, right? He’s going to open his new solo performance piece and change the world. And when you add a brand new fiancé, a mother who can’t stop planning the wedding, a bet with a disapproving father, and a director/best friend who’s fighting with her girlfriend, what could possibly go wrong? Where Do We Start is an exploration of...
    Caleb just wants to be a voice for the entire Millennial generation. No big deal, right? He’s going to open his new solo performance piece and change the world. And when you add a brand new fiancé, a mother who can’t stop planning the wedding, a bet with a disapproving father, and a director/best friend who’s fighting with her girlfriend, what could possibly go wrong? Where Do We Start is an exploration of what it takes to get married, pay rent, be an artist, and have a good time in 21st century American. After all, you only live once.