Short Works by Jennifer Maisel

GOODY FUCKING TWO SHOES

The drama club. The new girl. The lead in the school play. High school politics get dirty.   Heideman  Finalist and produced in the 29th Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville,  directed by Wendy McClellan

 

CHOKE CHAIN

Originally produced in THE CAR PLAYS by Moving Arts.  A daily drive takes an unusual turn.   A dream derailed.  How long do you have to be your sister's keeper? 

SOAR

An adolescent’s rebelliousness turns to tragedy. Now a mother cannot sleep. Can the late night arguments with the daughter who deceived her finally give her the strength to cut the ties to her debilitating grief? escent’s rebelliousness turns to tragedy. Now a mother cannot sleep. Can the late night arguments with the daughter who deceived her finally give her the strength to cut the ties to her debilitating grief? 

 

fisssshhhh

A mother and a daughter.  How is it that you can no longer communicate with someone who used to live inside you?  Anne and Rachel must find each other again. 

 

HOW I LEARNED TO SPELL

Madeline dives into puberty by using her phone sex operator mom as a role model. 

 

DESPERATE FOR UNFETTERED

An invitation wrapped in an eggshell.  A funeral that is a party of memories.   A love triangle that spans time and art.

OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR

A crosscountry custodial battle hits every McDonalds possible as Babe, a Nevada stripper, chases after her ex, trying to get her daughter back. 

 

STORYTELLER

A couple whose marriage is collapsing finds the only way to communicate is through their dance teacher's lessons in fantasy. 

 

SEEN AND NOT SEEN

Lunch with her mother turns out to be an elaborate blind date ruse for Marilyn. 

 

THE WAITER

A musical adaptation of SEEN AND NOT SEEN - with Sheilah Rae and Michelle Brourman

 

WELCOME TO NUCLEAR BEACH

A hairdresser,  a stockbroker and  her mentally challenged twin brother. A world where chemicals have twisted nature and love defies all. 

 

THE COMFY CHAIR

For young audiences - originally commissioned  and produced by The Virginia Avenue Project -  a fantastical friendship in a virtual world between two boys must brave distance and floods in the real one to save each itself.

 

OPEN SEASON

The deerboy who lives in the woods just may be Marge and Rafe's lost son. 

SHORT PLAYS

 

ANIMAL DREAMS

Natalie sums up her life from the depths of her coma. 

IMPENETRABLE

A romance despite technological advances 

10 MINUTE PLAYS

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