Jacquelyn Reingold

Jacquelyn Reingold

Jacquelyn writes for theatre and television. Her new play "Kiss Me Somewhere Else" is having a reading in the Theater555 series, NYC, with actors Caroline Aaron, Richard Kind, Gregg Mozgala, and Alison Pill, directed by Melia Bensussen. Her newest one-act play "Like Miriam" had an online reading with the Axial Theater, NY, and with the Barrow Group's First Fridays in 2022. Other plays,...
Jacquelyn writes for theatre and television. Her new play "Kiss Me Somewhere Else" is having a reading in the Theater555 series, NYC, with actors Caroline Aaron, Richard Kind, Gregg Mozgala, and Alison Pill, directed by Melia Bensussen. Her newest one-act play "Like Miriam" had an online reading with the Axial Theater, NY, and with the Barrow Group's First Fridays in 2022. Other plays, which include "String Fever," (starring Cynthia Nixon and Evan Handler), "I Know," "They Float Up," "Up and Down," "A Story About a Girl," "Girl Gone," "A Very Very Short Play," and "Dear Kenneth Blake" have been seen in New York at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels, Theatre for One, the MCC Theatre; at the Actors Theatre of Louisville; Theatre J in Washington DC; Portland Center Stage in Oregon; PlayLabs in Minneapolis; and in London, Dublin, Belgrade, Berlin, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Four of her short plays have been recorded for radio/podcasts by Playing On Air. For television, Jackie is a Writer/Executive Producer for Paramount+'s critically acclaimed "The Good Fight." Other TV writing includes CBS' "East New York," "BrainDead," Netflix's "Grace and Frankie," and all the "Mia" episodes for Emmy nominated Gabriel Byrne and Hope Davis for HBO’s "In Treatment." Playwriting honors and awards include: New York Foundation for the Arts grant, two EST/Sloan Foundation commissions, the Kennedy Center‘s Roger Stevens Award, New Dramatists' Whitfield Cook Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize, the Greenwall Foundation's Oscar Reubhausen Commission, plus MacDowell and Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellowships. Her work has been published in two "Women Playwrights: The Best Plays," several "Best American Short Plays," various "Best Monologues," and by Samuel French, Vintage Books, and Smith & Kraus. A collection of her one-acts, "Things Between Us," is published by Dramatists Play Service. Jacquelyn is an alum of New Dramatists, a member of Ensemble Studio Theater and a founding member of "Honor Roll!" an advocacy group for women+ playwrights over 40--and their allies--whose goal is inclusion in the theater. She wrote the Forward to Applause Books' "10 Minute Plays by Women+ over 40" and "100 Monologues by Women+ over 40." She is currently writing a new Sloan/EST commissioned play. Jackie has taught dramatic writing at: DW and Undergrad Film/TV at NYU, SUNY Stonybrook-Manhattan, Columbia, Fordham, and Ohio University. She has a Playwriting MFA from Ohio University.

Plays

  • A Story About a Girl
    Once upon a time there was a girl who had no words. She met a boy who had no friends. They make their own language of love, friendship and ultimate betrayal as they journey through life with and without each other. This play, with its play within a play, and its fairy tale flair, tells the story of a silenced girl who finds love, loss, and a voice in the theatre.
  • Acapulco
    It's 1966, it's Brooklyn, it's Acapulco. Meet Doris, a soon to be divorced New Yorker, her frisky boyfriend who dyes his chest hair, a mysterious woman who’s really a man, her lying sociopath of a husband, a scheming laundress mother-in-law, and the Whore of Brooklyn. A swinging 1960’s comedy, except it isn't.
  • A Very Very Short Play
    A tiny woman meets a nervous man in an airplane. An impossible yet romantic comedy while flying and dancing in the clouds.
  • They Float Up
    It's a bar in post Katrina New Orleans. Joan, white, 40s, from upstate NY, meets Darnell, 20s, Black, a local, and wants him to help her find a job as .... dancer. In a bar. In New Orleans. A comedic drama with a political heart.
  • I Know
    Lila and Daniel, together for decades, are theater actors in their 70s. When he comes home after another failed audition, Lila is kicking him out. Surprise. Then another surprise. Then another. A short comedic drama about love: for each other, for the theatre, forever.
  • Things Between Us
    Nine short plays that have been produced in NY at Ensemble Studio Theater, Naked Angels, HB Playwrights Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, at theaters across the country. Included are short plays about a woman who falls for a bee; a bee who falls for a man; a romance at Henny Youngman’s funeral; a sea monster in a hospital room; a bittersweet memory on a beach; two theatre-loving cockroaches at the end of...
    Nine short plays that have been produced in NY at Ensemble Studio Theater, Naked Angels, HB Playwrights Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, at theaters across the country. Included are short plays about a woman who falls for a bee; a bee who falls for a man; a romance at Henny Youngman’s funeral; a sea monster in a hospital room; a bittersweet memory on a beach; two theatre-loving cockroaches at the end of the world; a Cambodian immigrant who proposes to a homeless man; and a young woman without a vagina—who finds a way to get one. The collection includes JOE AND STEW’S THEATRE OF BROTHERLY LOVE AND FINANCIAL SUCCESS (2 men); DOTTIE AND RICHIE (1 man, 1 woman); FOR-EVERETT (2 men, 1 woman); 2B (OR NOT 2B) (1 man, 1 woman); JILEY NANCE AND LEDNERG (2 women); CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT (1 man, 10 women); 2B (OR NOT 2B) PART 2 (1 man, 1 woman); TUNNEL OF LOVE (2 men, 4 women); DEAR KENNETH BLAKE (1 man, 1 woman).
  • String Fever
    In this comedy, which starred Cynthia Nixon and Evan Handler Off-Broadway, Lily juggles the big issues: turning forty, artificial insemination and the elusive scientific Theory of Everything. Lily’s world includes an Icelandic comedian, her wisecracking best friend, a cat-loving physicist, her no-longer-suicidal father and an ex-boyfriend who carries around a chair. “A funny offbeat and touching look at...
    In this comedy, which starred Cynthia Nixon and Evan Handler Off-Broadway, Lily juggles the big issues: turning forty, artificial insemination and the elusive scientific Theory of Everything. Lily’s world includes an Icelandic comedian, her wisecracking best friend, a cat-loving physicist, her no-longer-suicidal father and an ex-boyfriend who carries around a chair. “A funny offbeat and touching look at relationships…an appealing romantic comedy populated by oddball characters.” —NY Daily News. “Where kooky, zany, and madcap meet…whimsically winsome.” —NY Magazine. “STRING FEVER will have audience members happily stringing along.” —TheaterMania.com. “Reingold’s language is surprising, inventive, and unique.” —NYTheatre.com. “…[a] whimsical comic voice.” —Time Out NY.
  • Girl Gone
    Tish is a young woman who dances in a topless bar. When her best friend is brutally murdered, Tish becomes obsessed with who killed her friend and why. The action moves rapidly from the past to the present, in and out of Tish’s mind from a topless bar, to a hustler’s apartment, to the middle of the street, as she tries to put together a fractured world where the pieces no longer fit. Tish finds a saxophone...
    Tish is a young woman who dances in a topless bar. When her best friend is brutally murdered, Tish becomes obsessed with who killed her friend and why. The action moves rapidly from the past to the present, in and out of Tish’s mind from a topless bar, to a hustler’s apartment, to the middle of the street, as she tries to put together a fractured world where the pieces no longer fit. Tish finds a saxophone playing suspect and risks her own life by coercing him into a reenactment of the crime. In a shocking turnaround, Tish finds what she’s looking for. “The mysteries of life, death and survival in the city, of friendships among women and relationships between the sexes are explored…in Jacquelyn Reingold’s GIRL GONE…the playwright display[s] admirable talent and generate[s] plenty of interest, tension and ideas.” —NY Times. “…an authentic and authentically theatrical voice…” —Variety. “[A] taut and sufficiently tawdry suspense drama…” —Daily Record.
  • Freeze Tag
    When 20something Andrea tries to buy a newspaper in New York's East Village, the newsstand vendor, also 20something, seems to know the most intimate secrets of her entire life. She even knows who her boyfriend is sleeping with and why. In this funny and touching play, two women are forced to confront who they are, who they were, and what it means to be a friend. “Gripping... the revelations rise from the...
    When 20something Andrea tries to buy a newspaper in New York's East Village, the newsstand vendor, also 20something, seems to know the most intimate secrets of her entire life. She even knows who her boyfriend is sleeping with and why. In this funny and touching play, two women are forced to confront who they are, who they were, and what it means to be a friend. “Gripping... the revelations rise from the amusing to the hilarious.” – The New York Times “An extraordinary play... unforgettable.” – Back Stage “Really terrific.” – The New York Press