Jean Ann Douglass

Jean Ann Douglass

Jean Ann Douglass is a playwright, performer, and artist. Much of her writing focuses on the interior lives of women, and "as Albee did so violently to the sanctity of families, Douglass does to female friendships" (Helen Shaw, Time Out New York).

Her play The Providence of Neighboring Bodies has received productions in New York, Edinburgh, and Brussels, and is published by Oberon...
Jean Ann Douglass is a playwright, performer, and artist. Much of her writing focuses on the interior lives of women, and "as Albee did so violently to the sanctity of families, Douglass does to female friendships" (Helen Shaw, Time Out New York).

Her play The Providence of Neighboring Bodies has received productions in New York, Edinburgh, and Brussels, and is published by Oberon Books. It was named one of the Best Shows at the Edinburgh Festivals in 2018 by the Guardian, who called it a "surreal and wonderfully written drama... pure poetry".

With her partner Eric John Meyer, she is the co-director of Human Head Performance Group, a company best-known for The Truck Project: a series of plays performed in Budget rental trucks for small audiences. Together, they have created Due to Events, Obfuscation, and FISH, and will premiere Thought Leadership Pleasure Cruise in 2020. Human Head has received residencies at The Brick and Drop Forge & Tool, and taught collaborative playmaking at Concordia University and Hamilton College.

Jean Ann's other plays include Seneca Falls, Ladycation, and Some Editing and Some Theme Music, which have been produced and developed with Playwrights Horizons, New Georges, Dutch Kills Theater, and WildWind Performance Lab. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a former Artist-in-Residence at MASS MoCA, and was an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Brooklyn College. Jean Ann holds an MFA from Brooklyn College in Performance & Interactive Media Arts, and a BFA from Tulane University in Dance & Theatre.

Plays

  • Seneca Falls
    Carrie defines the rules; Amelia envisions a husband who darns her bloomers; Frederick renounces his manhood; Margaret rides the train; Eileen drinks sherry; and Mabel lets someone else bandage her wounds. Variously platonic, romantic, and erotic, Jean Ann Douglass's Seneca Falls is an anachronistic triptych through late-nights in the first 72 years of the women’s suffrage movement: 72 years of mostly a lot of waiting.
  • Ladycation
    It’s been ten years since college graduation, and this group of seven ladyfriends has gathered for their annual ladycation. When it all gets to be too much, they each have an object they can talk to. The women are women. The objects are men.
  • The Providence of Neighboring Bodies
    It’s an exciting day for Dora here in North Providence, Rhode Island. Today is the day Dora is going to make coffee, go outside, and make friends with Ronnie. Ronnie lives in the apartment next door, so of course they were meant to be friends. Ronnie isn’t sure how she wound up living in North Providence for all these years, with a balcony overlooking the parking lot and the weird hill across the street. But...
    It’s an exciting day for Dora here in North Providence, Rhode Island. Today is the day Dora is going to make coffee, go outside, and make friends with Ronnie. Ronnie lives in the apartment next door, so of course they were meant to be friends. Ronnie isn’t sure how she wound up living in North Providence for all these years, with a balcony overlooking the parking lot and the weird hill across the street. But here they both are, where nothing exciting has really happened since the great beaver purge of the mid-20th century. That is, until Jane shows up at Ronnie’s door. Maybe she’s just the distraction they need.