Jack Seamus Conley

Jack Seamus Conley

Jack Seamus Conley (he/they) is a proud neurodivergent, disabled, and queer playwright and director who lives and works in the Greater Seattle Area. He holds a BA in Psychology and Theatre Arts from the University of Puget Sound, and between the years of 2017-2019 took a break from theater to obtain a Masters of Health Administration from Columbia University, after which he got back into the performing arts...
Jack Seamus Conley (he/they) is a proud neurodivergent, disabled, and queer playwright and director who lives and works in the Greater Seattle Area. He holds a BA in Psychology and Theatre Arts from the University of Puget Sound, and between the years of 2017-2019 took a break from theater to obtain a Masters of Health Administration from Columbia University, after which he got back into the performing arts scene which has felt like a breath of fresh air. Still fairly new to the playwright scene, Jack largely draws on a mixture of history and lived experiences to create his work, which draws heavily from psychology and interpersonal relationships and often takes the form of a combination of dramatic realism and semi-abstract realism, depending on the piece. In all his work, Jack makes it a priority to center his pieces around amplifying marginalized voices and re-imagining the past, and co-runs a small theatre group, Rainy Day Artistic Collective, whose core mission is exactly that.

Plays

  • Dee With The Devil
    Dee makes a deal with the Devil... but things don't go exactly as planned for either party involved.
  • Dinner And A Show
    Ella shows up to meet Jesse, a man she met on Tinder, for a first date. However, the plans he's made for "dinner and a show" take her by surprise.
  • Boyself/Girlself
    A pre-transition transmasculine person (Girlself), who is in the early stages of "coming out" and uncertain of what the future may hold for them, receives a surprise visit from a future version of their self (Boyself), who only has foggy memories of the exchange from the “other” side. As they talk together about everything and nothing, both “selves” learn something unexpected about who they are collectively.
  • Gia
    A young academic loses the love of his life and reluctantly remarries... but the first wife, who died young, isn't done with him yet, and unknown forces may have some unusual plans. This short piece is loosely based on the short story "Ligeia" by Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Lasagna: A Short Play on Grief
    Through a series of text messages, as well as live conversations with their best friend, Morgan, a young "twenty-something" named Jaz deals with the sudden death of their father from cancer. Jaz is accompanied by Morgan as they clean out Jaz's family home and reflect on what has been left behind.
  • Wasting Time
    In the wake of a loss, two lovers have a chat about what makes life meaningful, and what it means to waste time.
  • The Death of Annabel Lee
    The year is 1859, the place, somewhere in the United States. In this experimental dramatic short play interlaced with poetry, which is inspired by and drawing from the poem, "Annabel Lee," a Poet narrates as the young newlyweds, Annabel and Allan Lee, find out that their future will be interrupted as Annabel contracts a deadly case of tuberculosis. Annabel has only two dying requests: for her husband...
    The year is 1859, the place, somewhere in the United States. In this experimental dramatic short play interlaced with poetry, which is inspired by and drawing from the poem, "Annabel Lee," a Poet narrates as the young newlyweds, Annabel and Allan Lee, find out that their future will be interrupted as Annabel contracts a deadly case of tuberculosis. Annabel has only two dying requests: for her husband to take care of her widowed mother, and for him to read her a poem she loved one last time.

    NOTE: This work is the first installment in a series of interconnected short plays inspired by the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, the working title for which is “Edgar and Allan: A Brotherhood in Poetry.” The poem featured in this piece is an excerpt of Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” for which the young lovers, Annabel and Allan Lee, are partly named. Though the pieces in this anthology can be performed together as a single play, "The Death of Annabel Lee" can also be performed on its own.
  • Fur Eliseo
    The place? Vienna, Austria. The year? 1811. A successful classical composer, Ludwig, inspired by his lover (an opera singer named Eliseo), writes a piano piece one sunny summer afternoon while suffering from creative block. After Ludwig dies, Eliseo and his old friend, Viktoria, conspire to get the never-publicized but deeply meaningful piece recognized and published, in Ludwig’s memory. This takes a number of...
    The place? Vienna, Austria. The year? 1811. A successful classical composer, Ludwig, inspired by his lover (an opera singer named Eliseo), writes a piano piece one sunny summer afternoon while suffering from creative block. After Ludwig dies, Eliseo and his old friend, Viktoria, conspire to get the never-publicized but deeply meaningful piece recognized and published, in Ludwig’s memory. This takes a number of years to be successful, but when it does, the results may be surprising.
  • Viktoria's Letter (Monologue)
    Viktoria, a middle-aged opera singer living in 1800s Amsterdam, is writing a letter to her old friend, Eliseo, from her days in the Viennese opera. Twenty-four years prior, Eliseo’s composer boyfriend, Ludwig, died, leaving behind a piano piece that he’d dedicated to Eliseo. Eliseo gave the only copy of the piece to Viktoria, whose brother was a publisher, to try to publish, but said brother lost the piece. Now...
    Viktoria, a middle-aged opera singer living in 1800s Amsterdam, is writing a letter to her old friend, Eliseo, from her days in the Viennese opera. Twenty-four years prior, Eliseo’s composer boyfriend, Ludwig, died, leaving behind a piano piece that he’d dedicated to Eliseo. Eliseo gave the only copy of the piece to Viktoria, whose brother was a publisher, to try to publish, but said brother lost the piece. Now, Viktoria is writing to Eliseo, who she has lost touch with over the years, to tell him that the piece has recently been found and successfully published… but with an interesting error. Excerpted from the short play "Fur Eliseo" but can also be performed on its own as a one-woman short piece.
  • The Footbridge
    Marley, a college student lost on their way home from a waitressing shift at a local bar, has an unexpected and mysterious encounter with Charon, a toll operator for a footbridge in a local park. Marley is initially unable to pay the toll, but receives some help from Charon, on whom Marley leaves a lasting impression.
  • Cinderellis and His Fairy Wing-Woman
    In a queer modern take on Cinderella, a young man named Ellis has fallen in love with his old boarding-school classmate, who just so happens to be the prince. With the help of his (perhaps too enthusiastic, but well-meaning) fairy godmother, Ellis hatches a plan to crash a party and hopefully win back the heart of his old school paramour.
  • Kris & Missy
    Newly engaged couple Kris and Missy travel to a remote winter wonderland so Missy can meet Kris' parents for the first time. When they narrowly avoid a traffic accident and encounter an unusual road safety officer, Kris reveals a surprising secret and Missy finds herself faced with a difficult and fantastical choice.