Claire Zajdel

Claire Zajdel

Claire Zajdel is a BFA graduate of Tisch School of the Arts' Dramatic Writing program. Her plays include The Plot (59E59), Mother Maggie (New York New Works Festival, Theater for the New City), Golden Vanilla (New York Theatre Festival) and Spinny Twirly Things (Dixon Place, The Tank). She is originally from the Chicago area.

Plays

  • Presenting, The Queen of Hearts!
    Jenna just got her first period and she wants the world to know. Only her mom won't let her have a period party and it's totally lame. She decides to throw one at her best friend Aimee's house, but Aimee has some plans for a first of her own.
  • The Plot
    In light of her recent divorce, Frankie and Tyler’s mother has purchased a plot at the local cemetery, and today her children have been summoned to give their stamp of approval to their mother's final resting place. As they wait for her to arrive, Frankie and Tyler's growing realization of their own mortality triggers emotions that causes both siblings to wonder if it's possible for your life to...
    In light of her recent divorce, Frankie and Tyler’s mother has purchased a plot at the local cemetery, and today her children have been summoned to give their stamp of approval to their mother's final resting place. As they wait for her to arrive, Frankie and Tyler's growing realization of their own mortality triggers emotions that causes both siblings to wonder if it's possible for your life to be over before it has even begun.
  • Spinny Twirly Things
    By 2008, Michelle Kwan has retired, the International Judging System has replaced beloved 6.0 scoring, and America has stopped obsessing over figure skating. But for Violet, a fifteen year-old figure skater, skating is more than a fad – it is a calling that inspires and drives her. She races into a competition locker room one day after a terrible skate. It’s only a few weeks until Regionals, and Violet has been...
    By 2008, Michelle Kwan has retired, the International Judging System has replaced beloved 6.0 scoring, and America has stopped obsessing over figure skating. But for Violet, a fifteen year-old figure skater, skating is more than a fad – it is a calling that inspires and drives her. She races into a competition locker room one day after a terrible skate. It’s only a few weeks until Regionals, and Violet has been bombing all season. She’s in an emotional, irrational state, and her distant workaholic mother can’t get through to her. Violet needs to be flawless or quit; her perfectionism is running her life. Her friends, natural talent Krystal and ambitious Robin, don’t understand her anxiety. But all three of them begin to spiral when Jessie, their coach and de facto second mother Jessie tells them that she’s moving in a few months. As they attempt to navigate their changing lives, it’s revealed that Violet might be violent to herself in more ways than one. Spinny Twirly Things explores the pressures of womanhood, figure skating, and perfectionism,
    until they become synonymous.
  • Golden Vanilla
    Lucy, a struggling painter, is working late at an ice cream parlor, when best friend Anthony, a young novelist with a sprained wrist and a mysterious mental illness, comes in begging her for ice cream. When Lucy tells him that she wants to move home to take a break from her art, he suggests that they keep each other accountable – he’ll take his pills this time if she’ll keep at her art in the city. Their pact...
    Lucy, a struggling painter, is working late at an ice cream parlor, when best friend Anthony, a young novelist with a sprained wrist and a mysterious mental illness, comes in begging her for ice cream. When Lucy tells him that she wants to move home to take a break from her art, he suggests that they keep each other accountable – he’ll take his pills this time if she’ll keep at her art in the city. Their pact draws them closer together, until Lucy can no longer suppress her romantic feelings for Anthony. Lucy doesn’t know is that behind Anthony’s bandages and pills, is a messy, broken past that hasn’t quite been mended.