Jennifer Lynne Roberts

Jennifer Lynne Roberts

Jennifer Lynne Roberts is a Bay Area playwright and producer with an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of Arts. She Head Writer and an associate artist with Wily West Productions, and former president of the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco. THE KILLING JAR, was a finalist for Dayton Playhouse's FutureFest 2014. BEEKEEPER had its world premiere with Virago Theatre Company in 2011....
Jennifer Lynne Roberts is a Bay Area playwright and producer with an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of Arts. She Head Writer and an associate artist with Wily West Productions, and former president of the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco. THE KILLING JAR, was a finalist for Dayton Playhouse's FutureFest 2014. BEEKEEPER had its world premiere with Virago Theatre Company in 2011. Her short plays, MARS ONE PROJECT (2014 SF Theater Pub STUEY winner for BEST NEW PLAY) and MEET CLAUDIA were part of SUPERHEROES, a short play production with Wily West, and PHOTO DYNAMIC THERAPY premiered in Sheherezade 14, a co-production with PCSF. SUPERHEROES and Sheherezade both received nominations for the Theatre Bay Area 2014 BEST ANTHOLOGY award. FACTORY FARM: A DOCUMENTARY was staged for Repro Rights! a benefit for Planned Parenthood in San Francisco and later for the Disreputables SLUT Festival in Washington, DC. DEATH OF A RIVER IN 3/4 TIME was commissioned by the San Francisco Olympians Festival V, 2014. Other commissions include TO THE LIGHT ALIVE for SF Olympians V; ELEMENTS OF BEING A MASCOT for All Terrain Theatre; ZERO HOUR: The Mars Experiment, and I SAW IT for Wily West Productions; COWBOY NOIR: TALL TALES OF THE UNNATURAL for Pacific Play Company; and a yet-to-be titled play for REPRO RIGHTS! Women@RIsk, in collaboration with 3 Girls Theatre Company. Other short play productions include PABLUM, FREEZE TAG, and TWELVE POLE CREEK (PCSF's 24-Hour Fest), and CHYROSOMELIDAE HIDE NO MORE (Wily West).

Plays

  • The Killing Jar
    Ava, a painter and curator, arrives in the Philippines to convince artist Jefford Huso to exhibit at the 1964 New York World's Fair. A great admirer of his work, she is also hoping for an apprenticeship during her time at his studio outside Manila. But her desire for a mentor, his addiction to alcohol and women jeopardize the show and Ava's career, which hinges on this rare opportunity in a male dominated field.
  • Beekeeper
    Oleta’s estranged father Francis dies suddenly, forcing her to return to the small Oregon town she left behind. Oleta, an entomologist studying the mystery of disappeared bees known as Colony Collapse Disorder, is confronted by the ghosts of her apiarist father and the bees he kept, and struggles to come to terms with the horrific events of one afternoon long ago that created her family's own colony collapse.
  • Zero Hour: The Mars Experiment
    This play was written by a group of playwrights for Wily West Productions: Head writer Jennifer Lynne Roberts, Karl Schackne, Bridgette Dutta Portman, Morgan Ludlow, Melissa Keith, Jaene Leonard, Laylah Muran de Assereto, and Charles Lewis II.

    Would you leave everything behind, all the comforts of earthly life—friends, family, ice cream, sex—for the experiment? Would you live in isolation and...
    This play was written by a group of playwrights for Wily West Productions: Head writer Jennifer Lynne Roberts, Karl Schackne, Bridgette Dutta Portman, Morgan Ludlow, Melissa Keith, Jaene Leonard, Laylah Muran de Assereto, and Charles Lewis II.

    Would you leave everything behind, all the comforts of earthly life—friends, family, ice cream, sex—for the experiment? Would you live in isolation and have the experience taped for a reality show for the people back home on Earth so that you can be among the first humans to colonize Mars? These six people did. They left their jobs. They left their families. They underwent physical and mental evaluations. They signed contracts. They trained. They made love for the last time. And at ZERO HOUR, they made peace with their decision. But that was six months and sixty-eight days ago...
  • A Love Story
    Lucretta and Elon have been married for a long time. Life is routine, but Lucretta is feeling unsettled. Can she break through the wall that's been built between them? Will a tree swing or an outdoor tub or gin or affair give her what she lacks?
  • Photo Dynamic Therapy
    Gwyn likes Sionil. Sionil likes Gwyn. But wrinkles, parasites, and grief get in the way.
  • Mars One Project
    Antonia Cather is a mother. She is also one of the civilian finalists for a mission to form a permanent human settlement on Mars. Her application has been approved, leaving only the final stage: psychological evaluation. Mrs. Cather's ride to Mars rides on Mr. Rollins' thumbs up or thumbs down, who is concerned with how the public will react to a mother leaving her young child to take off in a spaceship.
  • It Farcely Seems Possible
    Nellie enters what she thinks is a health care center to obtain an abortion, but actually has entered a farcical, vaudevillian twilight zone.
  • Elements of Being A Mascot
    Julie is a mascot for the Maven Ravens sports team and YouTube host of "Be The Mask," a channel focused on training new mascots. During one of her video workshops, Julie begins to discover just how heavy wearing the mask can be.
  • The Pennsylvanian (a play with original music by Rick Homan)
    The Pennsylvanian is a seventy five minute one-act drama with original music about a brother and sister who are reunited to prevent their father from committing suicide set in the living room of a house falling off its foundation. The play has elements of magical-realism.

    Pixie returns home eight months after her mother’s death to help her brother, Macon, stop their father from committing...
    The Pennsylvanian is a seventy five minute one-act drama with original music about a brother and sister who are reunited to prevent their father from committing suicide set in the living room of a house falling off its foundation. The play has elements of magical-realism.

    Pixie returns home eight months after her mother’s death to help her brother, Macon, stop their father from committing suicide. But when she arrives, she is more troubled to discover her brother has found God and tries desperately to hang on to something familiar as the house literally shifts beneath her feet. On top of it all, she carries a secret that could either save them all or destroy them.
  • Meet Claudia
    Claudia is walking down the street, comfortable with her life and routine until her life becomes a trailer for a movie she didn’t write.
  • Chyrosomelidae Hide No More
    tests the notion that motherhood is innate, and explores a mother/daughter relationship as it traverses through years of miscommunication and misunderstanding in one, short lunch, to transform into something new.