Photo by Dane Laffrey

Photo by Dane Laffrey

JEN SILVERMAN

Playwright


Jen Silverman has been produced off-Broadway by the Playwrights Realm (CRANE STORY), Clubbed Thumb (PHOEBE IN WINTER), Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (THE ROOMMATE, Humana 2015; WONDROUS STRANGE, Humana 2016), Yale Rep (THE MOORS), and InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia (THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE, Barrymore Award, Steinberg Award finalist). She has work upcoming at Woolly Mammoth (COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BOOPS) and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (ALL THE ROADS HOME). She is a member of New Dramatists, a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center, and has developed work at SPACE on Ryder Farm, the O’Neill, Playpenn, Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Williamstown, NYTW, Portland Center Stage, and the Royal Court in London among others. She’s a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of the Helen Merrill Award for emerging playwrights, and the Yale Drama Series Award for STILL. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard.

 

What projects did you work on at SPACE?

During the Working Farm residency, I worked on THE ROOMMATE which was produced in Humana in 2015, and has upcoming second productions around the country next season. As part of the regular residency season, I wrote the first draft of MY FATHER THE SPEEDING BULLET: NINCEST which will be further developed at the Ground Floor residency at Berkeley Rep. I also fled to Space when my New York apartment was taken over by hundreds of angry wasps who had been living in my wall. No I'm not kidding. This project was called: survival.

 

Modernizing the Victorian Gothic in ‘The Moors’ by Frank Rizzo


Diep Tran's American Theatre Magazine interview about THE ROOMMATE


The Roommate by Jen Silverman directed by Mike Donahue. Recently divorced and living in an old house in Iowa, Sharon finds a sensible roommate like herself-a woman in her fifties-to make ends meet.