Jacob Marx Rice

Jacob Marx Rice

Jacob’s work has been produced and developed at The Flea Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The New Ohio, Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, and others. His play series The Suicidal Comedies - consisting of Chemistry, Coping, and Cracks - has been produced around the country and has won the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Excellence in Playwriting Award...
Jacob’s work has been produced and developed at The Flea Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The New Ohio, Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, and others. His play series The Suicidal Comedies - consisting of Chemistry, Coping, and Cracks - has been produced around the country and has won the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Excellence in Playwriting Award and FringeFAVE at the NY Fringe Festival, Producer's Pick at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and Producer’s Encore Pick at the Hollywood Fringe. Jacob is a 2017 Playwright Observer at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a member of The Shelter, and an MFA candidate at NYU for Dramatic Writing.

Plays

  • Cracks
    Nicole is trying to unboil an egg. A grad student at a lab at Stanford, Nicole is working on a new project to refold denatured egg proteins, creating world-changing applications for medicine, food storage, and bioengineering. But when a young programmer stumbles into her lab, the two women are drawn into a budding relationship that forces Nicole to confront the explosive ending of her last one. Weaving...
    Nicole is trying to unboil an egg. A grad student at a lab at Stanford, Nicole is working on a new project to refold denatured egg proteins, creating world-changing applications for medicine, food storage, and bioengineering. But when a young programmer stumbles into her lab, the two women are drawn into a budding relationship that forces Nicole to confront the explosive ending of her last one. Weaving seamlessly between two timelines, the play follows Nicole attempt to escape flood of memories constantly threatening to drown her, with the help of a giant talking egg named Humpty Dumpty.
  • Leni & Joseph
    Leni Riefenstahl is a dancer, actor, and perhaps Germany’s most influential director. Joseph Goebbels is the charmingly brutal Minister of Propaganda, intent on consolidating power for the Nazi Party. When the ambitious minister hires the even more ambitious filmmaker to shoot the greatest propaganda movie ever made, it will pull two brilliant and dangerous minds into one of most productive, powerful, and...
    Leni Riefenstahl is a dancer, actor, and perhaps Germany’s most influential director. Joseph Goebbels is the charmingly brutal Minister of Propaganda, intent on consolidating power for the Nazi Party. When the ambitious minister hires the even more ambitious filmmaker to shoot the greatest propaganda movie ever made, it will pull two brilliant and dangerous minds into one of most productive, powerful, and deeply antagonistic relationships in the history film. Leni & Joseph explores the wild true story of two giants as they flirt, fight, and shape the lives and deaths of millions.
  • Chemistry
    Steph is a recovering depressive. Jamie overachieved himself off the deep end. When they meet in their psychiatrist's office, they can't deny their chemistry, but can they survive it? A pitch black and piercing comedy about being crazy in love.

    Winner of the 2014 Excellence in Playwriting Award at the New York International Fringe Festival and the 2015 Producer's Pick at the...
    Steph is a recovering depressive. Jamie overachieved himself off the deep end. When they meet in their psychiatrist's office, they can't deny their chemistry, but can they survive it? A pitch black and piercing comedy about being crazy in love.

    Winner of the 2014 Excellence in Playwriting Award at the New York International Fringe Festival and the 2015 Producer's Pick at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Named "One of the 10 Best Plays of 2015" by The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  • Coping
    Coping follows the aftermath of 25-year-old Connor’s suicide, as his friends and loved ones try to piece together the smoking remains of his life. His girlfriend, Sarah, struggles with the guilt of inadvertently handing Connor the means to kill himself. His sister, Jessica, attempts to control every detail of the funeral and punish anyone who questions her, while her girlfriend plays peacemaker. His roommate,...
    Coping follows the aftermath of 25-year-old Connor’s suicide, as his friends and loved ones try to piece together the smoking remains of his life. His girlfriend, Sarah, struggles with the guilt of inadvertently handing Connor the means to kill himself. His sister, Jessica, attempts to control every detail of the funeral and punish anyone who questions her, while her girlfriend plays peacemaker. His roommate, Lucas, wanders through life in a stoned haze to avoid the horror of what has happened. As each of them tries desperately to make things right, place blame, and confront their own battles with mental illness, they must find a way to come together and accept the unacceptable, or destroy the memory of the one person they all loved.

    “A finely crafted theatrical piece that knocks the wind right out of the audience.” - Quick Theatre.
    “It is doubtful the audience will ever understand the process of coping in traditional ways again after seeing Coping.” - OnStage
  • Ripper
    In London, 1888, a bold young woman reporter desperate to make a name for herself starts tracking a string of gruesome murders. When she accidentally finds herself face to face with the killer, they begin an elaborate and deadly game of cat and mouse. Can she stop him and become famous in the process, or will he rip the city, and her, apart? Wickedly playful and deliciously terrifying, Ripper asks how far would...
    In London, 1888, a bold young woman reporter desperate to make a name for herself starts tracking a string of gruesome murders. When she accidentally finds herself face to face with the killer, they begin an elaborate and deadly game of cat and mouse. Can she stop him and become famous in the process, or will he rip the city, and her, apart? Wickedly playful and deliciously terrifying, Ripper asks how far would you go for the story of the century?
  • Uncertainty/Principle
    Isaac, a highly regarded theoretical physicist, spends her time touring the country debunking creationists and researching a new technique to disprove God using a quirk of quantum mechanics. But when her religious mother is diagnosed with cancer, long-buried doubts begin to surface and the appearance of a mysterious stranger with an inexplicable knowledge of theoretical physics forces her to justify her beliefs.
  • Peabrain
    Jess and Tracy are impatiently waiting for Breadman. Connor is trying to get back together with Jess. It's a classic comedy about sex and death, except they’re all pigeons.
  • Trust
    A trenchant and terrifying exploration of the mysteries of men's bathrooms. Paul goes to the restroom to take a simple pee. But when a mysterious stranger starts chatting with him at the urinal, things quickly take a hilarious and disturbing turn.
  • A Brief List of Everyone Who Died
    Graciela would really like everyone to stop dying. After the scarring loss of her beloved dog Buster at the age of five, Graciela decides that no one she loves will ever die. But stopping death is easier said than done. Time rolls on inescapably and, as she grows, Graciela will, like everyone else, gain and lose the people most important to her to the eternal absence of mortality. Wickedly funny and deeply...
    Graciela would really like everyone to stop dying. After the scarring loss of her beloved dog Buster at the age of five, Graciela decides that no one she loves will ever die. But stopping death is easier said than done. Time rolls on inescapably and, as she grows, Graciela will, like everyone else, gain and lose the people most important to her to the eternal absence of mortality. Wickedly funny and deeply humane, A Brief List of Everyone Who Died tells the story of all the deaths that make up a life.