Jenni Lamb

Jenni Lamb

Jenni Lamb is a Chicago-based playwright and former improviser. She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and her plays include Mother Lode, Quiver, 12th and Clairmount, Candy Store, Memento Polonia, Period Piece, Sickly Sulphur/Florid Arabesque, and Ellen Bond, Union Spy. Jenni’s plays have had readings or productions with The Road Theatre (LA), The Goodman Theatre, Route 66, The Gift, American...
Jenni Lamb is a Chicago-based playwright and former improviser. She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and her plays include Mother Lode, Quiver, 12th and Clairmount, Candy Store, Memento Polonia, Period Piece, Sickly Sulphur/Florid Arabesque, and Ellen Bond, Union Spy. Jenni’s plays have had readings or productions with The Road Theatre (LA), The Goodman Theatre, Route 66, The Gift, American Theatre Company, Stage Left Theatre, Black Box Acting Studio, Commission Theatre, Okapi Theatre, Wordsmyth Theatre (Houston), Northwestern University, and Chicago Dramatists. In addition to traditional plays, she wrote Thou Proud Dream, a site-specific adaptation of Henry V. She also creates site-specific plays with Living Room Playmakers where she is a Producing Playwright. Jenni's play Quiver was cited by the Kilroy List, and she has been a member of the Goodman Playwrights Unit. As an improviser, she performed on many Chicago stages as well as national comedy festivals in New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. Jenni holds an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University. Currently she is at work writing a new play, Pit 91, which will receive a workshop with Pivot Arts this November.

Plays

  • Transaction
    When her sister comes to visit, Haley takes her Freida to a furniture store in her trendy city neighborhood and offers to buy her a new dresser for her room. But Haley's generosity isn't so quickly accepted by Freida who has been taking care of their ailing father in their working class hometown. This ten-minute play explores sibling relationships and the role consumerism plays in family love and guilt.
  • Mother Lode
    First-time mother Lauryn must navigate her career in the music industry and motherhood while trying not to lose herself (or her child) on the journey.

    **Mother Lode (previously titled Messina) was commissioned by Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL.
  • Suicide Kills
    Vera, a stand-up comedian, is thrown when a long-lost friend attends her open mic. This play received production with the Living Room Playmakers and American Theatre Company's Big Shoulders Festival.
  • Quiver
    For over twenty years, Adam and Diane (twin brother and sister) have spent a week at their cabin in Northern Michigan waking at dawn and heading into the woods armed with compound bows and coffee. After missing the last three years, Adam is desperate for the silence of the woods and Diane needs to fill her freezer with venison for the winter. The twins’ hunting plans are interrupted when Cassie (Adam’s wife)...
    For over twenty years, Adam and Diane (twin brother and sister) have spent a week at their cabin in Northern Michigan waking at dawn and heading into the woods armed with compound bows and coffee. After missing the last three years, Adam is desperate for the silence of the woods and Diane needs to fill her freezer with venison for the winter. The twins’ hunting plans are interrupted when Cassie (Adam’s wife) arrives with Pearl (Cassie and Adam’s daughter), who has been suspended from school for drinking. She also leaves Adam with the task of telling Pearl that their marriage is ending. Quiver explores our relationship to our surroundings and habitat, and our deep need to connect with nature. It also delves into the way we experience the end of relationships, childhood, and life itself.
  • 12th and Clairmount
    It is July 1967 in Detroit. Roderick, an up-and-coming Motown singer, brings a suit to be repaired by Dot, a talented Polish seamstress. Through a series of fittings, the unlikely pair find themselves drawn to each other. And as the riots break out, they reveal their traumatic pasts. This play with music explores the power of sharing stories of human suffering, and the connection and turmoil it can create in...
    It is July 1967 in Detroit. Roderick, an up-and-coming Motown singer, brings a suit to be repaired by Dot, a talented Polish seamstress. Through a series of fittings, the unlikely pair find themselves drawn to each other. And as the riots break out, they reveal their traumatic pasts. This play with music explores the power of sharing stories of human suffering, and the connection and turmoil it can create in our communities. Original music composed by Janice Lowe.