Jillian Blevins

Jillian Blevins

Jillian Blevins is a Massachusetts-based playwright, actor, director, and dramaturge. Her short play 'Tipping' was produced for Providence's Bar Plays series, and 'Wake' for Elemental Theatre's 3.a.go.go. In 2020/21, she conceived and produced 'Digital Dionysia', a six-week online new works festival of 24 original plays by playwrights from all over the country and the...
Jillian Blevins is a Massachusetts-based playwright, actor, director, and dramaturge. Her short play 'Tipping' was produced for Providence's Bar Plays series, and 'Wake' for Elemental Theatre's 3.a.go.go. In 2020/21, she conceived and produced 'Digital Dionysia', a six-week online new works festival of 24 original plays by playwrights from all over the country and the world, which featured her plays 'Izzy at Zoom Therapy' and 'Be The Bacchae'. In 2022, ‘No Clock In The Forest’ was performed at Shakespeare On The Sound’s Short New Play Festival, and her queer historical dramedy, 'Romeo & Her Sister' received a developmental staged reading at Orlando's Whiskey Theatre Factory.

Plays

  • Romeo & Her Sister
    FULL LENGTH. In 1845, Charlotte Cushman is the most famous American actress in the world, well-known for playing men's roles in the plays of Shakespeare. Despite her international fame, she harbors a secret that she hides in plain sight: she loves women. Celebrated in her own country, she has brought her sister Susan to London to play Juliet to her Romeo. Old resentments between the sisters surface as...
    FULL LENGTH. In 1845, Charlotte Cushman is the most famous American actress in the world, well-known for playing men's roles in the plays of Shakespeare. Despite her international fame, she harbors a secret that she hides in plain sight: she loves women. Celebrated in her own country, she has brought her sister Susan to London to play Juliet to her Romeo. Old resentments between the sisters surface as Charlotte--along with Sallie, her dresser and closest confidant--struggles to balance her exploding career, her tumultuous relationship with writer Matilda Hays, and her affair with another young woman, all while keeping her personal life hidden from her fans, her sister, and her bitter rival, Edwin Forrest. Will the play be a success or a flop? Will Charlotte and Susan put aside their differences and come together in time for the curtain to rise? Will Forrest uncover Charlotte's secret and use it to ruin her career? And can Charlotte allow anyone close enough to know the real her?
  • Space Laser, In Space!
    10 MINS: Talia and David are coworkers on a laser-armed satellite orbiting Earth. Faced with an unexpected and consequential choice, their disagreement about what to do becomes a greater argument about identity, faith, and survival.
  • The Bed Trick
    30 MINUTE. A man wants a woman who doesn't want him back. To protect her purity, she enlists a decoy to pretend to be her. A comic device as old as time isn't so funny for the decoy or her target in this play inspired by Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, classical tropes and modern love.
  • Izzy at Zoom Therapy
    30 MINUTES, Izzy, a people-pleasing young woman with a tragic family history, attends her first online therapy session. Her sister just died, and what's worse, the plague has returned. Is she going crazy, or is the curse that claimed her whole family coming for her? And what is her therapist hiding?

    Inspired by The Oedipus cycle, IAZT may be performed online or in person.
  • Be The Bacchae: an Interactive Drunken Tragedy
    ONE ACT, INTERACTIVE. Audiences are invited to attend the best party in the world, hosted by the god of wine himself.

    Part irreverent adaptation of Euripides' most famous tragedy, part drinking game, and all chaos, BTB was conceived for Zoom but can and should be performed in a bar, theatre, or any venue where audiences can play (and drink) along with actors.
  • Last Call and Other Bar Plays
    FULL LENGTH. Strangers meet at a bar where the bartender is mysteriously missing. A college professor’s martini-time is interrupted as he and his student negotiate over a recommendation. Three drunks swap drinks and personalities. This triptych, created to be performed on a unit set or in a real bar, explores themes of love, sex, betrayal, and the power of a good drink.
  • Tipping
    10 MINUTES. Two strangers meet in a bar, both waiting for a bartender who never comes. Will opposites attract? Or will it be their shared unhappiness that brings them together?

    (Tipping may be performed on its own, or together with Recommendation and Last Call.)
  • Recommendation
    30 MINUTES. Lane wants her professor to write her a recommendation to her university’s graduate philosophy program. Her simple request becomes a power struggle, a seduction, and a debate on the morality of revenge.

    (Recommendation may be performed on its own, or together with Tipping and Last Call.)
  • Last Call
    10 MINUTES. A bartender wields power over his customers as they swap seats, drinks, and personalities.

    (Last Call may be performed on its own or together with Tipping and Recommendation.)
  • I'm Not Wearing The Green Dress
    10 MINUTES. Teenaged siblings Jason and Jen are getting ready to take their annual Christmas card photos when a disagreement about what to wear threatens to ruin their picture perfect family.
  • Great Hollow
    15 MINUTES. Clara is enjoying a night to herself, watching her favorite scary movie in her dilapidated beach house. Kendra, who has inherited the house from her grandmother, arrives to claim it. Will Clara stand her ground, or will an unexpected connection change the fate of both young women?
  • No Clock In The Forest
    20 MINUTES: Orlando and Rosalind are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. Orlando just wants to go to dinner, but Rosalind has something else in mind. In a series of vignettes taking place over 20 years, the Shakespearean lovers navigate disparate expectations for marriage, break each other's hearts, and seek answers in the forest where they once fell in love.

    NO CLOCK IN THE FOREST...
    20 MINUTES: Orlando and Rosalind are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. Orlando just wants to go to dinner, but Rosalind has something else in mind. In a series of vignettes taking place over 20 years, the Shakespearean lovers navigate disparate expectations for marriage, break each other's hearts, and seek answers in the forest where they once fell in love.

    NO CLOCK IN THE FOREST was written for Shakespeare On The Sound’s 2022 New Play Festival.