David Jacobi

David Jacobi

David Jacobi’s plays have been performed throughout the U.S. and in China, including the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, FringeNYC, Penghao Theatre, and 798 Dashanzi Art District. His work has been developed at Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival (Mai Dang Lao,) Cutting Ball Theater’s RISK IS THIS (Ex Machina,) Great Plains Theatre Conference Mainstage (Mai Dang Lao,) WordBRIDGE, Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s...
David Jacobi’s plays have been performed throughout the U.S. and in China, including the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, FringeNYC, Penghao Theatre, and 798 Dashanzi Art District. His work has been developed at Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival (Mai Dang Lao,) Cutting Ball Theater’s RISK IS THIS (Ex Machina,) Great Plains Theatre Conference Mainstage (Mai Dang Lao,) WordBRIDGE, Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop, and PlayPenn (Widower). He is a winner of the Holland New Voices Award, Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences Award, and has been nominated for the Weissburger Award. He received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College and an MFA from UC San Diego. David is currently a resident playwright at Pig Iron Theatre Company through the Shank Fellowship.

Plays

  • Ready Steady Yeti Go
    In the aftermath of a hate crime, Goon befriends Carly Uhlenbeek, the only black girl in school. Things start to go south when bad parental advice, passive-aggressive acts, and ill-formed gestures of kindness create a “White Guilt Perfect Storm” that threatens to drown their relationship.
  • Misfit Christmas
    Horrible people gather to celebrate Christmas. While going through the motions of yet another empty yuletide holiday, they accidentally summon an ancient, evil, murderous, drug addicted fairy.
  • Ready Steady Yeti Go
    2016 RELENTLESS AWARD SEMIFINALIST In the aftermath of a hate crime, Junior High pariah Goon befriends one of the victims, Carly, the only black girl in school. While the town plans a rally "to destroy racism forever,” a youthful romance blossoms and the two must navigate the pitfalls of falling in love while dealing with the town's prying eyes, especially those of Wikipedia Jones, the crime-...
    2016 RELENTLESS AWARD SEMIFINALIST In the aftermath of a hate crime, Junior High pariah Goon befriends one of the victims, Carly, the only black girl in school. While the town plans a rally "to destroy racism forever,” a youthful romance blossoms and the two must navigate the pitfalls of falling in love while dealing with the town's prying eyes, especially those of Wikipedia Jones, the crime-solving son of the Chief of Police. Passive-aggressive antics, bad parental advice, and ill-formed gestures of kindness create a "White Guilt Perfect Storm” that threatens to make the course of true love a rocky road indeed.
  • Ex Machina
    Two coworkers, a security guard, and a woman about to rob the factory collide in this play about manual factory labor, the thrill of rebellion, dancing, old people candy, language, unions, and meaningful handshakes.
  • Widower
    Jonas is home alone. His drug addict father has disappeared. Hattie, a former professional wrestler who has fallen on hard times, shows up out of the blue. Stuck together in a home in the middle in the New Mexico desert, Jonas and Hattie wrestle with the truth of who they are and the lies they tell to get by. When the Exterminator arrives, Jonas and Hattie soon realize that the only allies they have may be each...
    Jonas is home alone. His drug addict father has disappeared. Hattie, a former professional wrestler who has fallen on hard times, shows up out of the blue. Stuck together in a home in the middle in the New Mexico desert, Jonas and Hattie wrestle with the truth of who they are and the lies they tell to get by. When the Exterminator arrives, Jonas and Hattie soon realize that the only allies they have may be each other. Widower explores what happens when villains turn into heroes, enemies turn into allies, and loss is transformed into something approximating redemption.
  • Mai Dang Lao
    During a tense shift at McDonald's, a young employee gives her notice to her oppressive managers. As she is subjected to humiliation and abuse after being accused of theft, the ubiquitous fast food restaurant becomes a warzone where self-improvement, denial and brutal labor practices are used as weapons.