Jennifer Maisel’s THE LAST SEDER premiered Off-Broadway with Gaby Hoffmann and Greg Mullavey after productions around the country and abroad. Her Sundance-developed OUT OF ORBIT was awarded an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P Sloan rewrite commission for plays about science and technology, made the 2016 Kilroy List and won both the Stanley Award and the Woodward Newman Award for Drama before premiering at Williamston Theatre and Bloomington Playwrights Project. Her Pen West Literary finalist THERE OR HERE had its London premiere in January, 2018. Her @thespeedofJake, also a Pen West Literary finalist, premiered in LA with Playwrights’ Arena. Jennifer has written movies for major networks and cable, as well as independent features; she sold a pilot to Super Deluxe with MomentumTV. Jennifer was one of five writers invited into the prestigious Humanitas 2018 PlayLA workshop where she developed her new play, BETTER. Her newest play, THIRD PERSON, was developed in the inaugural UNDER CONSTRUCTION workshop at The Road Theatre. Her EIGHT NIGHTS premiered to critical acclaim at Antaeus Theatre in the fall of 2019 as part of their foray into new plays they deem “future classics”. With a mission for linking the arts to socio-political issues, a nationwide series called 8 Nights of EIGHT NIGHTS - readings of the play in different cities followed by panel discussions - raised tens of thousands of dollars for HIAS and RAICES' Families First Fund.
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Why do I keep doing theatre?* The magic of the moment of the first read, the rehearsal room, the words coming to life, the collaboration, the intimacy, the energy. And now? I keep going back to Oscar Brockett's quote "Don't you people ever ask yourself why the theatre is still here after all of these years? It's because you can't kill it. You can't kill the theatre."
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
Polishing my new plays, THIRD PERSON - kind of a Spaulding Gray meets Love Letters, perfect for socially distant theatre - and BETTER - about a woman who invites a "family architect" into their home to scrutinize their life and make it better.
Female-forward, Diverse casting: Jewish, Black, Muslim, South East Asian, Asian. LGBTQ. Dysfunctional family, Relationships
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