Jude Cramer

Jude Cramer

Jude Cramer is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied journalism, gender and sexuality studies, and theatre, with a concentration on playwriting. His work focuses on (un)sexiness, drag, and the dramatics of queer men. Jude’s full-length play 'Regicide' received a workshop from Vertigo Productions at Northwestern University in 2022, and his 10-minute fable 'When a Faggot...
Jude Cramer is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied journalism, gender and sexuality studies, and theatre, with a concentration on playwriting. His work focuses on (un)sexiness, drag, and the dramatics of queer men. Jude’s full-length play 'Regicide' received a workshop from Vertigo Productions at Northwestern University in 2022, and his 10-minute fable 'When a Faggot Finds a Flower' was produced in Vertigo’s 10-Minute Playfest in 2023. He’s currently a playwriting intern for the Eugene O’Neill Studio at The Playwrights Theater.

Outside of playwriting, Jude is a GLAAD Media Award-nominated journalist, telling stories about entertainment and queer culture with bylines for INTO Magazine, Queerty, and Fast Company. By night, he’s also Miriam Webster, Brooklyn’s most grammatically correct drag queen.

Plays

  • When a Faggot Finds a Flower
    Charlie doesn’t wish he were straight. He just wishes he could pretend to be. He wishes he could convince someone he was, or that he could attract one of the boys who can pull it off. But when presented with the chance to make his dream a reality, Charlie discovers the curious nature of fairies — in every sense of the word. "When a Faggot Finds a Flower" is a 10-minute fable about a boy who’s sick of...
    Charlie doesn’t wish he were straight. He just wishes he could pretend to be. He wishes he could convince someone he was, or that he could attract one of the boys who can pull it off. But when presented with the chance to make his dream a reality, Charlie discovers the curious nature of fairies — in every sense of the word. "When a Faggot Finds a Flower" is a 10-minute fable about a boy who’s sick of his bent wrist, and what he stands to lose by straightening it out.
  • Regicide
    When a veteran drag queen takes "death drop" too literally, a hosting gig is up for grabs at one of Milwaukee’s last gay bars. A seasoned queen bee and a talented newcomer are both poised to take her crown and secure their spot at the top of the food chain — but only one can reign supreme. Let the queer catfight commence! "Regicide" is a drag dramedy dripping with shade, show stopping lip...
    When a veteran drag queen takes "death drop" too literally, a hosting gig is up for grabs at one of Milwaukee’s last gay bars. A seasoned queen bee and a talented newcomer are both poised to take her crown and secure their spot at the top of the food chain — but only one can reign supreme. Let the queer catfight commence! "Regicide" is a drag dramedy dripping with shade, show stopping lip syncs, and existential dread, probing why anyone, queer or otherwise, wants to be special in the first place, and what it means if you’re simply not.
  • Quantum Gravity
    Arthur has a miraculous ability to travel through time. Unfortunately for him, so does Reid, a stranger from the present desperate to keep the timeline intact. As they race through iconic eras in queer history, the two find connection where they least expect it, and wonder if it's worth losing your future for a chance to change your past. In sci-fi melodrama "Quantum Gravity," the legacy of gay...
    Arthur has a miraculous ability to travel through time. Unfortunately for him, so does Reid, a stranger from the present desperate to keep the timeline intact. As they race through iconic eras in queer history, the two find connection where they least expect it, and wonder if it's worth losing your future for a chance to change your past. In sci-fi melodrama "Quantum Gravity," the legacy of gay men’s sexuality comes face to face with its ugly present in an epic, expansive and romantic adventure across time.

Recommended by Jude Cramer

  • SEEING EYE
    30 Mar. 2023
    A masterclass in writing romance and fleshed-out characters. All three of them were jumping off the page.
  • Polar Bear in a Fish Tank in a Mall in China
    29 Mar. 2023
    This is the kind of play I want to write! Unabashed in its indulgent horror, this show is both larger than life and true to reality (and to reality TV). This would be a dream for a director, actor, or any creative — what I’d give to see a production of this sometime soon, both for the quality of the play and to see how they’d pull it off!
  • The Madonna of Logan Square
    29 Mar. 2023
    This play expertly blends realism and myth like I feel great art about queerness should! It’s funny, tear-jerking, thought-provoking, all the things you want from theater — I highly recommend.