• July 16, 2017

    The Thief Selected for PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

    Jenny Seidelman's screenplay The Thief, was named a quarterfinalist (Top 10%) for the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.

    The Thief: While working in Paris, British pick-pocket Jack falls for his beautiful, soon-to-be married mark, Madeline. But is this mysterious woman all she appears to be? Jack may never know when his pursuit is thwarted by a band of former victims, three Italian brothers who are out for revenge. Suddenly, Jack and his fellow thieves are coerced into stealing a priceless object on the brothers’ behalf – a highly dangerous operation that may send them all to prison. The Thief is a romantic comedy meets heist film, with charm to spare.

    “The PAGE Awards competition is widely regarded as one of the world’s top sources for new screenwriting talent, both within the Hollywood community and internationally.” – PAGE Awards website

  • February 22, 2017

    Cast Announced for …Because I Love You: A Comedy About Parenting

    Jenny Seidelman's new play ...Because I Love You: A Comedy About Parenting, a Gorilla Tango Theatre-commissioned comedy will feature Alicia Frame (Liz/Olivia), Anthony Urso (Mike/Logan), Gabrielle Lott-Rogers (Sarah/Abigail), Jeff Derrico (Brian/Kevin), Jennifer A. Ryder (Kim/Peyton), Mercedes Rohlfs (Jess/Sasha), Rosie O'Leary (Becky/Emma), and Vinny Tangherlini (Tom/Ethan), in double-cast roles of both parents and children.

    "…Because I Love You: A Comedy About Parenting is a show that celebrates the many different methods of child-rearing. The show centers on five different families working for the greater good of their children; including putting their all into the sometimes insufferable PTA meetings and fundraisers to create the best damn show for their kids! Grab your organic kombucha or your full-bodied cab (no judgement here) sit back and embrace the comedy of this crazy rollercoaster of life. To top it all off, the show is only an hour, so you have time to watch a show, grab drinks, dinner, and get home before you have to go straight to bed because you're too exhausted …that’s right, we have your back!"

    Gorilla Tango Theatre exists to provide artists and organizations of all sizes and genres the opportunity to produce their work in a professional environment.

  • January 27, 2017

    The Candidate Selected for Eclectic Full Contact Reading Series

    Jenny Seidelman’s new political comedy The Candidate has been selected for Eclectic Full Contact Theatre’s First Contact Staged Reading Series. The reading, which takes place on February 19, 2017, will be directed by Eclectic company member Andy Blaustein.

    The Candidate takes place in the run-up to the 2014 mid-term elections that, in a historic moment, swung the Senate from blue to red. African-American Nicole is working as the Assistant Communications Director for the campaign of Barbara, a white Republican running for Senate. When Nicole and her Latino husband Mateo are unexpectedly recruited to star in a campaign ad for Barbara, Nicole discovers that she is becoming uncertain of her own political leanings. With the campaign on the line, Nicole must decide where she stands – for the sake of her job, her family, and her candidate.

    The First Contact Staged Reading Series will also feature a reading of Mia McCullough's "The Squirrel Plays" on February 26, 2017.

    “The Eclectic Theatre Company seeks to provide a welcoming, creative home for professional artists, while producing a diverse array theatrical works that forge an immediate, visceral connection between actor and audience. We will invite our community to become active partners in the process of creation, ensuring relevant exploration and development of personal relationships through the uniquely collaborative medium of theater.”

  • January 10, 2017

    Jenny Seidelman interviewed on Auditioning Mom Blog

    Actress Rachel Spencer Hewitt recently interviewed Jenny Seidelman for her blog Auditioning Mom. The subject was Seidelman's forthcoming new play ...Because I Love You: A Comedy About Parenting, which was commissioned by Gorilla Tango Theatre. The show runs March 4 through April 22 at Gorilla Tango's performance space in Bucktown, in Chicago and will be directed by Jessica Rae, Co-Artistic Director of New Millennium Theatre Co.

    "Rachel Spencer Hewitt received her MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama and was the recipient of the Pierre-André Salim award. She earned her equity card performing at the Yale Repertory Theater, and her professional acting resume includes Broadway Debut in tony-nominated King Charles III at The Music Box theater, regional theater and off-Broadway productions, including the Paula Vogel/Tina Landau New York premiere of A Civil War Christmas. She recently moved to Chicago and is passionate about collecting stories of motherhood in the theater for the purpose of generating dialogue and inciting change and a system of supportive initiatives."

    The interview can be found at AuditioningMom.com.

  • January 3, 2017

    Gorilla Tango Commissions Jenny Seidelman to Write Play About Parenting

    Jenny Seidelman has been commissioned to write a show about parenting for Chicago's Gorilla Tango Theatre. The 1-hour comedy is titled ...Because I Love You: A Comedy About Parenting and runs March 4 through April 22 at Gorilla Tango's performance space in Bucktown, in Chicago. It will be directed by Jessica Rae, Co-Artistic Director of New Millennium Theatre Co.

    Gorilla Tango Theatre exists to provide artists and organizations of all sizes and genres the opportunity to produce their work in a professional environment.

  • October 18, 2016

    Reckoning to Receive Reading at Idle Muse Theatre Company's Athena Festival

    Chicago's Idle Muse Theatre Company will include Jenny Seidelman's Reckoning as part of its 2016 Athena Festival of new plays by women, about women. The reading will take place on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 6 p.m.at the Frontier Theater (1106 W. Thorndale Ave. Chicago, IL) and will be directed by Katherine Seigel

    Reckoning is the story of three generations of travellers (Irish gypsies) – matriarch Mae Deacon, daughter Carrie, and Carrie’s daughter Vivian. When Carrie’s 16-year old niece Jessica announces her impending marriage and asks Mae to make her a wedding dress, unexpected turmoil upsets the Deacon’s quiet life. Together, they are forced to face a past that haunts them – and avenge a grave transgression that was committed against their family.

    Idle Muse Theatre Company produces theatre which is Transporting, Timely and True.

  • June 7, 2016

    Ivy Theatre Company to Produce Premiere of Outside/Inside

    Following a successful reading as part of its Ivy-ISH new play reading series Ivy Theatre Company will produce the premiere of Jenny Seidelman’s play Outside/Inside, September 15-October 1, 2016. The performances takes place at 150 W 30th St, 14th Floor. Outside/Inside will be directed by Ivy Theatre Artistic Director Audrey Alford.

    Outside/Inside is a comedy that explores race and cultural identity in the modern era. When Chinese American Ken meets the China-born, American-raised daughter of his white boss, his ideas about assimilation and who “owns” a culture are turned on their heads. Suddenly, he is certain that he and his white wife Lacy are the perfect couple to adopt a child from China. All he needs to do is convince Lacy, without offending his boss in the process.

    Ivy Theatre Company is “dedicated to dynamic storytelling that explores the human condition in a visceral way in order to provoke thought and challenge both the artist and the audience. Our work climbs up, inside, and over the walls that have confined and silenced the voices of the few and the oppressed.”

  • March 22, 2016

    Outside/Inside to Receive Reading at Ivy Theatre Company

    Ivy Theatre Company will present Jenny Seidelman’s play Outside/Inside as part of its Ivy-ISH new play reading series on April 3, 2016. The performances takes place at 150 W 30th St, 14th Floor at 12:00 p.m. The reading is pay what you can at the door. Outside/Inside will be directed by Ivy Theatre Artistic Director Audrey Alford.

    Outside/Inside is a comedy that explores race and cultural identity in the modern era. When Chinese American Ken meets the China-born, American-raised daughter of his white boss, his ideas about assimilation and who “owns” a culture are turned on their heads. Suddenly, he is certain that he and his white wife Lacy are the perfect couple to adopt a child from China. All he needs to do is convince Lacy, without offending his boss in the process.

    Ivy Theatre Company is “dedicated to dynamic storytelling that explores the human condition in a visceral way in order to provoke thought and challenge both the artist and the audience. Our work climbs up, inside, and over the walls that have confined and silenced the voices of the few and the oppressed.”

  • March 15, 2016

    Jenny Seidelman to Participate in 2016 One Minute Play Festival

    For the fourth year in a row, Jenny Seidelman will take part in the Chicago One Minute Play Festival. This year’s festival was opened exclusively to women and female-identifying writers, with the aim of creating an evening of work created by and about issue affecting women in modern America.

    Seidelman’s play “Cat Call” examines how sexual harassment can lead to escalating violence against women. A director for the play will be announced at a later date.

    The Chicago One Minute Play Festival takes place on May 3 and May 4, 2016 at The Den Theatre
    1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL. Tickets are $18 and available at Brownpapertickets.com

    The Festival will also feature work by Erin Austin, Brooke Allen, Samantha Beach, Dani Bryant, Sarah Bowden, Jo Cattell, Amy Crider, Kristiana Colon, Megan Carney, Rachel Claff, EJC Calvert, Barrie Cole, Teagan Walsh Davis, Guadalis Del Carmen, SL Daniels, Skye Robinson Hillis, Juli Del Prete, Kimberly D Furganson, Brynne Frauenhoffer, Corrie Glanville, Kate Healy, Reeny Hofrincher, Ebony Joy, Chloe Johnston, Rachel Jackson, Laura Jaqumin, Genevive Lally-Knuth, Beth Kander, Britteney Kapri, Danielle R Littman, Jenny Lynn, Whitney LaMora, Lynnette Li, Barbara McDonald, Morgan McNaught, Rohina Malik, Maggie Mascal, Lyndee McPeek, Kim Morris, Arlene Malinowski, Cathy Muskett, Enid Muñoz, Laura Nessler, Corbette Pasko, Sarah Price, Coya Paz, Jenna Jo Pawlicki, Kristi Parker-Barhart, Mallory Primm, Jennifer Rumberger, Janna Ross, Cassandra Rose, Diana Slickman, Tiffani Swalley, Zoe Schwartz, Sheridan Singleton, Sara Sevigny, Jessy Lauren Smith, Lee Stark, Elise Spoerlein, Andi Sharavisky, Leean Kim Torske, Eileen Tull, Maggie Wagner, Dina Walters, Calamity West, Larissa Zageris, and Ariel Zetina.

    “The One-¬Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is an NYC-¬‐based theatre company, founded by producing artistic director Dominic D’Andrea, and is America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company.
    #1MPF is barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus building sessions and a performance of many moments. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres sharing playwright or community-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.

    In each city, #1MPF works with partnering organizations to identify programs or initiatives in each community to support with the proceeds from the work. The goal is to find ways give directly back to the artists in each community. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, teaching artists working in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, and community arts workshops.”

  • February 12, 2016

    August 8, 1974 to be Produced at Nylon Fusion

    Nylon Fusion Theatre Company will produce Jenny Seidelman’s piece August 8, 1974 as part of its popular “This Round’s on Us” short play series, which in 2015-2016 is themed around Time Travel. The February 26 and February 27 performances tell tales from the 1970’s through the 1990’s.

    August 8, 1974 takes place on the eve of President Nixon’s resignation. Two White House cooks witness the devastating effect that scandal can have on a politician’s family.

    “This Round’s on Us” performances take place at The Cave,
    The Cave at St George's Church at 209 E 16th Street, New York, NY at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20.

    August 8, 1974 is directed by Joan Kane and features Mary Monahan (Margie), Cynthia Shaw (Rose), Margaret Kessle (Pat Nixon). It received its world premiere at 20% Theatre Company Chicago in 2012.

    About Nylon Fusion: “Nylon, born of a fusion of New York and London creativity, a theatre company committed to giving voice and perspective to established and emerging artists. We develop and produce plays that explore political, social and cultural awareness.”

    Nylon Fusion previously produced Seidelman's short play The Barber Shop for "This Round's on Us" in 2015.

  • June 11, 2015

    The Barber Shop to be Produced at Nylon Fusion

    Nylon Fusion Theatre Company will produce Jenny Seidelman’s piece The Barber Shop as part of its popular “This Round’s on Us” short play series, which in 2015 is themed around Time Travel. The June 27 and June 28 performances tell tales from the 1930’s and 1940’s. The Barber Shop is based on the Edward Hopper painting of the same name.

    In Seidelman’s rendering, The Barber Shop takes place in Little Italy in 1931. Georgio disrupts the calm of a barbershop where his wife Rosa and his brother Giuseppe work. The aftermath further deepens the conflict and shared sadness that Rosa and Giuseppe feel over a secret that they both bear.

    “This Round’s on Us” performances take place at Gene Frankel Theatre Workshop, 24 Bond Street, New York City, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $20.

    The Barber Shop is directed by Frank Licato and features Robert Funaro, Jacques Mitchell, and Concetta Rose Rella. It received its world premiere at WNEP Theater in 2010.

    About Nylon Fusion: “Nylon, born of a fusion of New York and London creativity, a theatre company committed to giving voice and perspective to established and emerging artists. We develop and produce plays that explore political, social and cultural awareness.”

  • April 10, 2015

    Tiny Matters to be Featured in Annual One Minute Play Festival

    Jenny Seidelman’s work will once again be featured in the annual One Minute Play Festival in Chicago. Tiny Matters touches on the vaccination debate when a mother gains a new perspective after meeting with an old friend. The One Minute Play Festival takes place Wednesday, April 29th and Thursday, April 30th at The Den Theatre. Performances are at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20.

    Tiny Matters is directed by Lexi Saunders.

    Other playwrights for the One Minute Play Festival include: Jon Steinhagen, Reginald Edmund, Patrick McLean, Dana Lynn Formby, Andrew Bailes, Reeny Hofrincher, Rachel Claff, EJ “Liz” Calvert, David Cerda, Evan Linder, Carolyn Krass, Edgar Sanchez, Mallory Primm, Dani Bryant, Leean Kim Torske, Scott T. Barsotti, Brooke Allen, Randall Colburn, Joe Zarrow, Calamity West, Bilal Dardai, Ike Holter, Mark Mason, Alex Lubischer, Kate Healy, Steve Spencer, Kimberly D. Furgason, Arlene Malinowski, Adam Webster, Tony Werner, Tiffani Swalley, Lonnie Carter, Nambi E. Kelley, Jenni Lamb, Axel Arth, Dan Caffrey, Robert Tenges, Jessy Lauren Smith, Francesca Peppiatt, Julia Weiss, Shawn Pfautsch, Addison Heimann, Ellie Reed, Andrew Hinderacker, Laura Nessler, Ebony Joy, Kim Morris, Kristiana Colon, Coya Paz, Jennifer Rumberger, Manny Buckley, Juan Francisco Villa, Scott Hermes, Megan Carney, Barb Lhota, Jana Ross, Dan Ker-Horbert. Directors include: Brea Hayes, Erica Barnes, Jason Gerace, Juan Francisco Villa, Lee Stark, Lexi Saunders, Patrice Foster, Scott Weinstein, Sydney Chatman, Taylor Bailey, and Thrisa Hodits.

  • February 6, 2015

    Artists Announced for Outside/Inside Reading

    The February 23, 2015 reading of Jenny Seidelman’s play Outside/Inside by Ground UP Productions has been cast. Joining director Phillip Ruvelas on the artistic team are Daniel K. Isaac (Ken), Catya McMullen, Stephanie Hsu (Hannah), Kevin Jones (John), Vivienne Leheny (Ellen).

    The reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheen Center at 18 Bleecker Street., New York, NY. There is a suggested donation of $4.

    Outside/Inside is a comedy that explores race and cultural identity in the modern era. When Chinese American Ken meets the China-born, American-raised daughter of his white boss, his ideas about assimilation and who “owns” a culture are turned on their heads. Suddenly, he is certain that he and his white wife Lacy are the perfect couple to adopt a child from China. All he needs to do is convince Lacy, without offending his boss in the process.

    “Ground UP Productions creates honest, intimate theatre. We believe in telling character driven stories with heart, bringing to life "The New Classics" - new works as well as old favorites produced in unique ways. We take pride in the aesthetic: design, attention to detail, and clever use of space. Theatre should be approachable and fun. We want our audiences to feel included, impressed, and inspired.”

  • February 1, 2015

    Jenny Seidelman interviewed about Reckoning

    In anticipation of the February 8, 2015 reading of her play Reckoning at Asylum Theatre, Jenny Seidelman was interviewed by Desert Companion, a publication of Nevada Public Radio.

    Read the interview here.

  • January 31, 2015

    Outside/Inside to be included in Ground UP Productions Reading Series

    On February 23, 2015, Outside/Inside by Jenny Seidelman, will receive a reading as part of Ground UP Productions’ From the Ground Up New Works Reading Series. It will take place at the Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street) in New York. At 7:30 p.m. Phillip Ruvelas will direct.

    Outside/Inside is a comedy that explores race and cultural identity in the modern era. When Chinese American Ken meets the China-born, American-raised daughter of his white boss, his ideas about assimilation and who “owns” a culture are turned on their heads. Suddenly, he is certain that he and his white wife Lacy are the perfect couple to adopt a child from China. All he needs to do is convince Lacy, without offending his boss in the process.

    The play was a finalist for Polarity Ensemble Theatre’s 2014 Dionysos Cup, for which it received development assistance and three public readings, was in the top 15% of scripts for PlayPenn’s 2014 New Play Development Conference, and was a semi-finalist for Kitchen Dog Theater’s 2014 New Works Festival.

    “Ground UP Productions creates honest, intimate theatre. We believe in telling character driven stories with heart, bringing to life "The New Classics" - new works as well as old favorites produced in unique ways. We take pride in the aesthetic: design, attention to detail, and clever use of space. Theatre should be approachable and fun. We want our audiences to feel included, impressed, and inspired.”

    Jenny Seidelman’s play The Traveller of Tenby was part of Ground UP’s 2014 From the Ground Up New Works Reading Series.

    Additional information about the From the Ground Up reading of Outside/Inside is forthcoming.

  • January 24, 2015

    Quest Chosen for Babes with Blades’ Fighting Words

    Quest, a new play by Jenny Seidelman, has been selected for Babes with Blades Theatre Company’s Fighting Words new play development program for 2015.

    Two public readings will take place at Heartland Studio (7016 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, IL) on Sunday, April 26th at 12pm and Sunday, June 28th at 12pm.

    Quest is an action-fantasy that plays with the mechanics and tropes of myths and fairytales and reimagines the classic adventure story from the perspective of the lowly sidekick character. In Quest, Ryll, an academic with the powers of elemental manipulation, must subvert her status as a mere companion and learn to tell her own story, all while helping the ass-kicking “chosen one” Jo save the world from imminent destruction.

    Through Fighting Words, Quest will receive development support, one private reading and two public readings – one of which will include rehearsed stage combat.

    Quest was initially developed through Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago’s New Play Development Program and the first scene was presented as part of a showcase in May 2014. The play also received an internal reading at Cold Basement Dramatics in September 2014.

    “Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to place women and their stories center stage. Through performance, script development, training, and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.”

    More details about Fighting Words and the Quest readings, including artistic staff, are forthcoming.

  • January 18, 2015

    Artists Announced for Reckoning Reading

    The February 8, 2015 reading of Jenny Seidelman’s play Reckoning by The Asylum Theatre has a cast and director. Asylum Theatre Artistic Director will be directing the reading, which will feature Jessica Hird, Vanessa Coleman, Barbara King, Ashlee Grubbs, Alexa Josey, Jake Taylor, and Scott McAdam.

    The reading will take place at 7 p.m. at Art Square Theatre, 1025 First St., Las Vegas, NV. Tickets are $10.

    Reckoning is the story of three generations of travellers (Irish gypsies) – matriarch Mae Deacon, daughter Carrie and Carrie’s daughter Vivian. When Carrie’s 16-year old niece Jessica announces her impending marriage and asks Mae to make her a wedding dress, unexpected turmoil upsets the Deacon’s quiet life. Together, they are forced to face a past that haunts them – and avenge a grave transgression that was committed against their family.

    It was initially developed through Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago’s New Play Development Program and the first scene was presented as part of a showcase in June 2011.

    The Asylum Theatre "aims to be a useful partner for those who make theatre to present to audiences right here, right now. We introduce new plays to audiences, and artists to each other. Whether through a fresh piece of writing, or an innovative approach, we tell stories to you in person. Our artists are dedicated to quality, diversity, and ingenuity in our collaborations."

  • October 1, 2014

    Henry Moore is Melting Screenplay Named Quarter-Finalist for Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

    Jenny Seidelman's screenplay Henry Moore is Melting, adapted from her stage play by the same name, was recently honored as a quarterfinalist for the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, a high-profile and highly competitive screenwriting competition presented by industry-standard screenwriting software company Final Draft. Nearly 7,000 submissions were received from around the world. Henry Moore is Melting was chosen among the top 10% of all submissions. Winners will be announced in December 2014.

    Henry Moore is Melting is inspired by a true story. In 2005, a 2-ton metal sculpture went missing from the grounds of a museum near London, England. The perpetrators were no art thieves – they were travellers (Irish gypsies) who sold the priceless work for scrap. Henry Moore is Melting imagines the story behind the true-life heist, examining the consequences for one traveller who values art more highly than the bonds of his community.

  • September 28, 2014

    Henry Moore is Melting Chosen as Wolk Award Finalist

    Abingdon Theatre Company has named Jenny Seidelman's play Henry Moore is Melting as a finalist for its 2014 Christopher Brian Wolk Award for Excellence in Playwriting.

    In 2005, a 2-ton metal sculpture went missing from the grounds of a museum near London, England. The perpetrators were no art thieves – they were travellers (Irish gypsies) who sold the priceless work for scrap. Henry Moore is Melting imagines the story behind the true-life heist, examining the consequences for one traveller who values art more highly than the bonds of his community.

    Henry Moore is Melting received its world premiere at Cold Basement Dramatics in 2013 and received readings at Horse Trade Theatre Group and Seidelman's alma mater, Knox College. The screenplay adaption was a 2014 Quarter Finalist for the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and had a reading at The Public House Theatre in 2013.

  • August 17, 2014

    This is Grand to Have Third Production.

    The Chicago-centric short play This is Grand, a romantic comedy by Jenny Seidelman will have its third production - this time as part of Fury Theatre's "Short Attention Span 3" in Chicago, IL September 18-27, 2014.

    The play is directed by Emily Brantz and features Anthony Venturini (John) and Chian Fitzpatrick (Jane).

    "Short Attention Span 3" also feautres work by Aaron Adair (Unwritten Rules), Laura Nessler (Tour Guide), Mary Ruth Clarke (Address Unknown Chapter 1 & 2), John Weagley (Hancock Kong), and Rachel Bykowski (The Invisible Ones).

    This is Grand presents a chance encounter between two would-be lovers as they inadvertently discover an attraction while enduring a ride on public transit. It was previously produced at 20% Theatre Company Chicago and American Theater Company.

    Fury Theatre's mission is to "draw all the passion and conflict and anger and elation and fury out of every line of every play we performed. With an emphasis in physical action and reaction, stage combat and intense physicality, our productions reach for that peak of kinetic emotional potential connecting the audience with the beating heart of the player on the stage."

  • August 13, 2014

    Reckoning to Receive Reading

    Reckoning, a drama by Jenny Seidelman will receive a reading at The Asylum Theatre in Las Vegas, NV in February 2015. Director, cast and performance information is forthcoming.

    Reckoning is the story of three generations of travellers (Irish gypsies) – matriarch Mae Deacon, daughter Carrie and Carrie’s daughter Vivian. When Carrie’s 16-year old niece Jessica announces her impending marriage and asks Mae to make her a wedding dress, unexpected turmoil upsets the Deacon’s quiet life. Together, they are forced to face a past that haunts them – and avenge a grave transgression that was committed against their family.

    The Asylum Theatre "aims to be a useful partner for those who make theatre to present to audiences right here, right now. We introduce new plays to audiences, and artists to each other. Whether through a fresh piece of writing, or an innovative approach, we tell stories to you in person. Our artists are dedicated to quality, diversity,and ingenuity in our collaborations."

  • July 24, 2014

    Henry Moore is Melting Screenplay Named Quarter-Finalist for Nicholl Fellowship

    Jenny Seidelman's screenplay Henry Moore is Melting, adapted from her stage play by the same name, was recently honored as a quarterfinalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, a premiere screenwriting fellowship offered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Over 7,500 submissions were received from around the world and only 356 were chosen for the quarterfinalist round. Finalists will be announced in November 2014.

    Henry Moore is Melting is inspired by a true story. In 2005, a 2-ton metal sculpture went missing from the grounds of a museum near London, England. The perpetrators were no art thieves – they were travellers (Irish gypsies) who sold the priceless work for scrap. Henry Moore is Melting imagines the story behind the true-life heist, examining the consequences for one traveller who values art more highly than the bonds of his community.

  • July 21, 2014

    Outside/Inside Presented at Dionysos Cup Festival

    Along with work by fellow Chicago playwrights Kristiana Colón (Octagon), Helen Valenta (The People of Chicago) and Skye Robinson Hillis (The Running Mate), Jenny Seidelman's new play Outside/Inside received two reading as a finalist for Polarity Ensemble Theatre's 2014 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays. A total audience of approximately 40 people attended the readings on Saturday, July 12 and Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago and provided valuable feedback afterward.

    Outside/Inside featured Gordon Chow (Ken), Emily Demko (Lacy), Zhanna Albertini (Hannah) Richard Engling (John), Denise Hoeflich (Ellen). It was directed by Helen Young. Neil Shaw served as Dramaturg.

    Outside/Inside is a comedy that explores race and cultural identity in the modern era. When Chinese American Ken meets the China-born, American-raised daughter of his white boss, his ideas about assimilation and who “owns” a culture are turned on their heads. Suddenly, he is certain that he and his white wife Lacy are the perfect couple to adopt a child from China. All he needs to do is convince Lacy, without offending his boss in the process.

  • June 11, 2014

    Cast set for Outside/Inside Readings

    The cast for the July readings of Jenny Seidelman’s new play Outside/Inside includes Gordon Chow (Ken), Emily Demko (Lacy), Zhanna Albertini (Hannah) Richard Engling (John), Denise Hoeflich (Ellen). Outside/Inside is a finalist for Polarity Ensemble Theatre's 2014 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays and will receive two readings on Saturday, July 12 and Saturday, July 19, 2014 under the direction of Helen Young. Neil Shaw will serve as Dramaturg.

    Outside/Inside is a black comedy that explores race and cultural identity in the modern era. When Chinese American Ken meets the China-born, American-raised daughter of his white boss, his ideas about assimilation and who “owns” a culture are turned on their heads. Suddenly, he is certain that he and his white wife Lacy are the perfect couple to adopt a child from China. All he needs to do is convince Lacy, without offending his boss in the process.

    Other finalists for the 2014 Dionysos Cup include Octagon by Kristiana Colón, The People of Chicago by Helen Valenta and The Running Mate by Skye Robinson Hillis. Each will receive their own reading at the Greenhouse Theater. Sarah Grant is the Festival Producer; Richard Engling, Artistic Director of Polarity Ensemble Theatre.

    The 2014 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays runs July 10th through July 20 at the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago.

  • May 7, 2014

    Casting Announced for Upcoming Plays

    Jenny Seidelman’s 10-Minute play Wet Work, which will be presented May 9-11 as part of Cold Basement Dramatics's Secret Stash III has been cast. Zach Bartz will be playing the part of Ian with Noor Hamid as Sean. The play is directed by Alex St. John.

    Secret Stash III also features the work of Tori Keenan-Zelt (Burning Lines), John Patrick Bray (Green Sound), Axl Arth (Insomnia%), Jack Bourgeois (Perspective), Mark Harvey Levine (Superhero), Liz Ellison (Ten Minutes to Boston) and Erin Austin (Those of You Who Wait). It is being presented at the Frontier Theatre (1106 W. Thorndale, Chicago). Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00.

    As part of the Women’s Theater Alliance of Chicago’s 2014 New Play Development Workshop, Jenny Seidelman’s play Quest will receive a performance of the first scene. Quest, an action-adventure fantasy play, is directed by Katie Horwitz and features Chelsea Rofles as Ryll and June Thiele as Jo. The performance, which also includes pieces by Tanise Robnett, H.V. Cramond and Cayenne Sullivan, Susan Lieberman, Barbara McDonald, Chuck O’Connor and Julia Ionescu, will take place on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:30 p.m. at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont, Chicago). Tickets are $5.00 at the door.

  • April 14, 2014

    Wedding Bells to Premiere at One-Minute Play Fest

    For 2014, Jenny Seidelman is returning as a writer for the Chicago One-Minute Play Festival with the premiere of her piece Wedding Bells, a celebration of Illinois’ Marriage Equality Act, which takes effect on June 1, 2014.

    The play will be directed by Jeffry Stanton, Artistic Director of Interrobang Theatre Project. The Chicago One-Minute Play Festival will feature the work of over 70 local playwrights including Andrew Bailes, Danny Bernardo, Liz Calvert, Zayd Dohrn, David Cerda, Reginald Edmund, Ike Holter, and Robert Tenges.

    Jenny’s plays Wheeling & Dealing and Crossings premiered at the One-Minute Play Festival in 2013.

    The One-Minute Play Festival will take place May 4 and May 5 at Victory Gardens Theater.

  • April 6, 2014

    Outside/Inside April Reading and Casting

    As a finalist for Polarity Ensemble Theatre's 2014 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays, Jenny Seidelman’s new play Outside/Inside is receiving a reading as part of the Greenhouse Theater's Trellis new play reading series on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The reading will be directed by Helen Young and Neal Shaw will serve as dramaturg.

    The reading will feature Alexander Wu (Ken), Cat Hermes (Lacy), Aja Wiltshire (Hannah), Richard Engling (John), and Maggie Speer (Ellen).

    Outside/Inside is a black comedy that explores race and cultural identity in the modern era. When Chinese American Ken meets the China-born, American-raised daughter of his white boss, his ideas about assimilation and who “owns” a culture are turned on their heads. Suddenly, he is certain that he and his white wife Lacy are the perfect couple to adopt a child from China. All he needs to do is convince Lacy, without offending his boss in the process.

    Other finalists for the 2014 Dionysos Cup include Octagon by Kristiana Colón, The People of Chicago by Helen Valenta and The Running Mate by Skye Robinson Hillis. Each will receive their own reading at the Greenhouse Theater. Sarah Grant is the Festival Producer; Richard Engling, Artistic Director of Polarity Ensemble Theatre.

  • March 5, 2014

    Wet Work to receive New Production

    Jenny Seidelman’s short play Wet Work will be part of
    Cold Basement Dramatics's Secret Stash III May 9-11 at the Frontier Theatre (1106 W. Thorndale, Chicago). Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The piece will be directed by Alex St. John. Other featured work for Secret Stash, cast, and cost will be announced at a later date.

    Wet Work - Outside of an indie rock club in Chicago, two hipster hitmen, one new to the game and one old pro, await their next hit. Comedy and ironic pop culture references ensue.

    This is the third production for Wet Work. It was previously seen at Point of Contention, directed by Brandon Baisden and at n.u.f.a.n. ensemble, directed by Kieley Brennan.

    Cold Basement Dramatics is an itinerant Chicago theatre company committed to telling stories about the things that we hide from ourselves and others. The company previously produced the world premiere of Ms. Seidelman’s full-length play Henry Moore is Melting in January 2013.

  • February 26, 2014

    Outside/Inside Named Dionysos Finalist

    Outside/Inside, a new play by Jenny Seidelman has been selected as a finalist for Polarity Ensemble Theatre's 2014 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays. The play will receive development support from Polarity, a reading in April 2014 and two readings in July 2014 as part of the Festival. It will be directed by Helen Young and Neal Shaw will serve as dramaturg.

    Other finalists include Octagon by Kristiana Colón, The People of Chicago by Helen Valenta and The Running Mate by Skye Robinson Hillis. Sarah Grant is the Festival Producer; Richard Engling, Artistic Director.

    Outside/Inside is a black comedy that explores race and cultural identity in the modern era. When Chinese American Ken meets the China-born, American-raised daughter of his white boss, his ideas about assimilation and who “owns” a culture are turned on their heads. Suddenly, he is certain that he and his white wife Lacy are the perfect couple to adopt a child from China. All he needs to do is convince Lacy, without offending his boss in the process.

    Polarity Ensemble Theatre is a professionally diverse group of artists who strive to advance the state of Chicago theater for both local and international audiences by developing new works and bringing new life to the classics through live performance, workshops, and publishing.

    Ms. Seidelman’s play The Traveller of Tenby was a semi-finalist for the 2013 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays.

  • February 3, 2014

    Jenny Seidelman to participate in WTA Workshop

    Jenny Seidelman will be joining the Women’s Theater Alliance of Chicago’s 2014 New Play Development Workshop, along with fellow playwrights Tanise Robnett, H.V. Cramond and Cayenne Sullivan, Susan Lieberman, Barbara McDonald, Chuck O’Connor and Julia Ionescu. She will develop her new work Quest, an action-fantasy play that manipulates the mechanics and tropes of myths and fairytales and reimagines the classic adventure story from the perspective of the lowly sidekick character.

    The New Play Development Workshop will take place February 5, 2014 through May 15, 2014. A 10-minute scene or short play from each participating playwright will be presented on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Stage 773. Director and casting will be announced at a later date.

    The Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago is an organization devoted to supporting, promoting and showcasing Chicago's female theatre artists. The 2014 New Play Development Workshop will focus on plays that pass the Bechdel Test.

  • January 26, 2014

    Cast for The Traveller of Tenby Reading 2/24/14

    The cast for the Ground UP Productions' reading of Jenny Seidelman’s play The Traveller of Tenby has been set. Kate Middleton, Ground UP's Producing Artistic Director will take on the role of Carrie and Stephen Heskett will be playing Finn. The reading will be directed by Seth Sheldon, a Resident Company Member of Ground UP.

    The performance takes place at TheatreLab 357 W. 36th Street, 3rd Fl. (btwn 8th & 9th Ave.), NYC, 10018 on February 24, 2014. The show is at 8pm, with suggested donation of $4.

  • January 17, 2014

    Outside/Inside Named Semi-Finalist

    Jenny Seidelman’s new play Outside/Inside has been named a semi-finalist for
    Polarity Ensemble Theatre's 2014 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays. Other semi-finalists include: A Midnight Clear: The Christmas Truce by Donna Latham, Alcestis Doesn’t Live Here Anymore by Lynne McMahon, Baby Shower Bomb Shell by Steven Peterson, Between Regrets by M.L. Cullison, Kid Yesterday by Scott Levy & Dan Luebbe, Octagon by Kristiana Colon, The People of Chicago by Helen Valenta, The Running Mate by Skye Robinson Hillis, Tiresias by Robert Eric Shoemaker, and Trade Show by Aline Lathrop.

    Outside/Inside is a black comedy that explores race and cultural identity in the modern era. When Chinese American Ken meets the China-born, American-raised daughter of his white boss, his ideas about assimilation and who “owns” a culture are turned on their heads. Suddenly, he is certain that he and his white wife Lacy are the perfect couple to adopt a child from China, but Lacy is unsure that Ken is seeing things clearly.

    Finalists for the 2014 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays will be announced in mid-February. Polarity Ensemble Theatre is a professionally diverse group of artists who strive to advance the state of Chicago theater for both local and international audiences by developing new works and bringing new life to the classics through live performance, workshops, and publishing.

    Ms. Seidelman’s play The Traveller of Tenby was a semi-finalist for the 2013 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays.

  • January 15, 2014

    Additional Plays, Dates and Times Announced for From the Ground UP Reading Series

    Ground UP Productions' From the Group Up New Works Reading Series, which will feature a reading of Jenny Seidelman’s play The Traveller of Tenby on February 24, 2014, will also mount readings of the following works:

    The Bailey’s Crossroads Opportunity School
    by Hal Corley
    Monday, February 3rd

    Agnes
    by Catya McMullen
    Monday, February 10th

    The Homosexuals
    by Philip Dawkins
    Tuesday, February 18

    All shows are at 8pm, with suggested donation of $4. The readings will take place at TheatreLab 357 W. 36th Street, 3rd Fl. (btwn 8th & 9th Ave.), NYC, 10018.

  • January 7, 2014

    The Traveller of Tenby to Receive Reading

    Jenny Seidelman’s play The Traveller of Tenby has been selected for Ground UP Productions' From the Group Up New Works Reading Series. The reading will take place on Monday, February 24, 2014 and will be directed by Ground UP Productions company member Seth Sheldon.

    Cast, time and location will be announced at a later date, as will the other plays selected for the reading series.

    In The Traveller of Tenby, Finn Barrett has done an unconscionable thing to save his family and himself. Now he’s come to a small coastal town in Wales to seek absolution and bring peace to the lives he has destroyed. The Traveller of Tenby is the third in a series plays about Irish travellers, which also includes Reckoning and Henry Moore is Melting.

    The play was developed through Stockyard Theatre Project’s Play for Keeps program and was a semi-finalist for Polarity Ensemble Theatre’s 2013 Dionysos Cup Festival New Plays.

  • October 19, 2013

    Reading for Screenplay Adaptation of Henry Moore is Melting

    A screenplay adaptation of Jenny Seidelman’s Henry Moore is Melting will be presented as part of The Public House Theatre's weekly “Put ‘Em Up” reading series on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. The reading is directed by Mikey Laird and features Mickey O’Sullivan, Ryan Hallahan, Brian Rohde, Casey Kells, Sarah Shirkey, Adam Overberg, Dennis Davies, Kasey O’Brien, Adam Schulmerich and Kit Ryan.

    Henry Moore is Melting is inspired by a true event. In 2005, a 2-ton metal sculpture went missing from the grounds of a museum near London, England. The perpetrators were no art thieves – they were travellers (Irish gypsies) who sold the priceless work for scrap. The film imagines the story behind the real-life heist, examining the consequences for one traveller who values art more highly than the bonds of his community.

    The original stage version of Henry Moore is Melting had its world premiere by Cold Basement Dramatics in January 2013 and received readings at Horse Trade Theatre Group and Knox College.

    “Put ‘Em Up” takes place at The Public House Theatre at 3914 N. Clark St. Admission is $7 and includes a free drink.

  • August 26, 2013

    This is Grand included in Snapshots Festival.

    This is Grand a ten-minute play by Jenny Seidelman, was presented at 20% Theatre Company Chicago's 8th Annual Snapshots 10 Minute Play Festival. The fest took place August 22 - August 25, 2013 at the Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, Chicago.

    This is Grand presents a chance encounter between two would-be lovers as they inadvertently discover an attraction while enduring a ride on the CTA. The production for 20% Theatre Company Chicago was directed by Anneliese Toft and featured Ryan Cleary (John) and Alisa Rosenthal (Jane).

  • June 22, 2013

    This is Grand to Receive Second Production

    Jenny Seidelman's short play This is Grand will receive a second production as part of 20% Theatre Company Chicago's 8th Annual Snapshots 10 Minute Play Festival. The fest will take place August 22 - August 25, 2013 at the Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, Chicago. The play will be directed by Anneliese Toft.

    This is Grand received its world premiere as part of American Theater Company's Big Shoulders festival in June 2012.

    Jenny's play August 8, 1974 was seen last year at the 7th Annual Snapshots festival.

    The full line-up for Snapshots:

    The Salmon, by JL Rumberger. Directed by Deanne McDonald
    These Words by Melissa Albertario. Directed by Kallie Rolison
    Holy #$%* by Megan Tabaque. Directed by Rachel Mayer
    A Fish Named Jockamo by Kimberly Furganson. Directed by Kara Karstedt
    Space Jogger by Liz Siedt. Directed by Sarah Ballema
    Pay Phone by Rachel Bykowski*. Directed by Kate Leslie.
    This is Grand by Jenny Seidelman. Directed by Anneliese Toft.
    The Great Escape by Wendy Schmidt. Directed by Trina McGee.
    Out the Window by Trisha Himmler. Directed by Rachel Bykowski.
    Cat in the Box by Marsha Harman. Directed by Claire Yearman.

    "20% Theatre Company Chicago is dedicated to strengthening the presence and raising public awareness of women artists in theatre. It is estimated that only 20% of theatre professionals are women. By building a community of theatre professionals and fostering emerging female artists through workshops and new plays, we provide opportunities for women directors, producers, designers, and playwrights. 20% Theatre Company Chicago strives to increase the number of women in theatre."

  • June 19, 2013

    One-Minute Play Festival a Success

    The 3rd Annual One-Minute Play Festival in Chicago, hosted by Victory Gardens Theater drew crowds of nearly 600 over 2 nights on June 17th and 18th at the Biograph Theater.

    Jenny Seidelman's play Crossings was directed by Sydney Chatman and was featured as part of a set of works focusing on themes of race, culture, identity, class, and rights. The works were performed by Victoria Caciopoli, Mykele Callicutt, Mike Dailey, Jeffrey Owen Freelon, Jr., Brandon Markell Holmes, Enid Munoz, Paula Ramirezm Alyssa Vera Ramos and Tiffany Smith.

    Her piece Wheeling & Dealing was included in a set about Chicago, which was directed by Jason Gerace and featured Marilyn Camacho, Janyce Caraballo, Wardell Clark, Collin Geraghty, John Mark Jernigan, Chase McCurdy, Danielle Rennalls and Hannah Toriumi.

    In addition to Ms. Seidelman's work, the following playwrights also had work in the Festival: include David Cerda, Phillip Dawkins, Lonnie Carter, Randall Colburn, Dana Lynn Formby, Stephen Grush, Patrick McLean, Joel Drake Johnson, Bilal Dardai, Usman Ally, Laura Jacqmin, Mike Ervin, Seth Bockley, Evan Linder, Jake Minton, Nick Patricca, Caitlin Montanye Parrish, Arlene Malinowski, Nambi E. Kelley, Robert Tenges, Carlos Murillo, Emily Schwartz , Reeny Hofricher, Joe Wescott, Scott T. Barsotti, Joe Zarrow, Rachel Claff , Aaron Weissman, Jon Steinhagen, Edgar Sanchez, Brian Golden, Leean Torsky, Ike Holter , Tanya Saracho, S.L. Daniels, Calamity West, Tim Paul, Joel Kim Booster, Dani Bryant , Emma Stanton, Rachel Caris-Love, Stephen Ptacek, Andrew Bailes, Axel Arth, Francesca Peppiatt, Reginald Edmund, Caroline Moseley, Tiffani Swalley, Andrew Bayiates, Alex Lubischer, Carolyn Kras, Tony Werner, Dan Caffrey, Brooke Allen, Lily Mooney and Tania Richard

    The Festival was a "Critics Pick" in both Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Reader.

    The One-Minute Play Festival (OMPF) is an "NYC-based theatre company, founded by Dominic D’Andrea, which works in partnership with theatres who share playwright or community-specific missions across the country. OMPF creates local playwright-focused community events, using a specific playmaking process, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing the culture of playwrights of different age, gender, race culture, and points of career. OMPF attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice."

    OMPF has partnered with theaters in over a dozen cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Brunswick, Trenton, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and others.

  • May 9, 2013

    Directors Announced for Jenny Seidelman's Entries in One-Minute Play Festival

    Sydney Chatman will be directing Jenny Seidelman's play Crossings, which will be part of a set of works focusing on themes of race, culture, identity, class, and rights, as part of the 3rd Annual One-Minute Play Festival in Chicago, hosted by Victory Gardens Theater on June 17th and 18th at the Biograph Theater.

    In addition, Seidelman's work Wheeling & Dealing will be featured in a set about Chicago, directed by Jason Gerace.

  • May 4, 2013

    Writers and Directors Announced for One-Minute Play Festival

    In addition to Jenny Seidelman, announced playwrights for the 3rd Annual One-Minute Play Festival in Chicago, hosted by Victory Gardens Theater now include David Cerda, Phillip Dawkins, Lonnie Carter, Randall Colburn, Dana Lynn Formby, Stephen Grush, Patrick McLean, Joel Drake Johnson, Bilal Dardai, Usman Ally, Laura Jacqmin, Mike Ervin, Seth Bockley, Evan Linder, Jake Minton, Nick Patricca, Caitlin Montanye Parrish, Arlene Malinowski, Nambi E. Kelley, Robert Tenges, Carlos Murillo, Emily Schwartz , Reeny Hofricher, Joe Wescott, Scott T. Barsotti, Joe Zarrow, Rachel Claff , Aaron Weissman, Jon Steinhagen, Edgar Sanchez, Brian Golden, Leean Torsky, Ike Holter , Tanya Saracho, S.L. Daniels, Calamity West, Tim Paul, Joel Kim Booster, Dani Bryant , Emma Stanton, Rachel Caris-Love, Stephen Ptacek, Andrew Bailes, Axel Arth, Francesca Peppiatt, Reginald Edmund, Caroline Moseley, Tiffani Swalley, Andrew Bayiates, Alex Lubischer, Carolyn Kras, Tony Werner, Dan Caffrey, Brooke Allen, Lily Mooney and Tania Richard.

    Directors include Will Rogers, Jeffry Stanton, Jess McLeod, Jason Gerace, Adam Webster, Sydney Chatman, Sarah Gitenstein, James Palmer, Lavina Jadhwani, and Scott Weinsten.

    The event will take place on June 17th and 18th at the Biograph Theater.

    Details regarding the director and casting for Jenny Seidelman's work are forthcoming.

  • April 23, 2013

    Jenny Seidelman to Participate in One-Minute Play Festival

    Jenny Seidelman will be contributing to the 3rd Annual One-Minute Play Festival in Chicago, hosted by Victory Gardens Theater. The event will take place on June 17th and 18th at the Biograph Theater and it will feature the work of dozens of other local playwrights.

    Details regarding the chosen play, director and casting are forthcoming.

  • April 14, 2013

    Henry Moore is Melting Reading Opens Knox New Play Festival

    On Friday, April 12th, Jenny Seidelman's play Henry Moore is Melting kicked off Knox College’s 1st Annual New Plays Festival. The Festival, which runs through May 25, features new work by Knox alumni and students that is presented as staged readings and bare-bone and full productions.

    Over one hundred students, faculty and community members attended the Henry Moore is Melting readings over two nights. The play was paired with Joel Pierson ’89's Mitch in the Morning. A talk-back session with the actors, directors and playwrights took place after the April 13th performance.

    Henry Moore is Melting was directed by Isaac Miller '12 and took place in the Studio Theater at Knox College. The cast included: Sammie Zimay '16 (Carrie), Isaac Miller '12 (Charlie), Mitchell Wise ' 16 (Finn), Professor Sherwood Kiraly '72 (Jimmy), Boe Chiml ' 16 (Mac), Jorge Guzman ' 16 (Serg) and Micah Snow-Cobb '16 (Tommy).

    Additional plays being presented at the Festival include Portrait of a Ukulelist by Becky Gonshak ’15, Sips and Drags by Isaac Miller ’12, Filthy Hands by Dan Blask ’96, A Good Roll by Oscar Hallas ‘15, On the Day of the Shooting by Noah Devros ’15, Summer Song by Jon Hewelt ’14 and McComb 1964 by Niki Acton ’16, The Mumbling Waitress by Hali Engelman ’13, Scared Money by Sherwood Kiraly ’72, Peloponessus by Tim Lord ’98 and Crash by Ben Lee ‘12. Jenny is a ’99 alum of Knox, having graduated with a degree in Writing.

    Founded in 1837, Knox College is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Galesburg, IL, devoted to providing a personalized education in a diverse & vibrant community.

  • March 18, 2013

    Additional Details for Henry Moore is Melting Reading

    Henry Moore is Melting, which was chosen for Knox College’s 1st Annual New Plays Festival, will be receiving a reading on April 12, in addition to the presentation on April 13. Both readings will be directed by Isaac Miller '12 and will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theater at Knox College in Galesburg, IL.

    All performances are free and open to the public.

    The Festival features the work of Knox College alumni and students including: Mitch in the Morning by Joel Pierson ’89, Portrait of a Ukulelist by Becky Gonshak ’15, Sips and Drags by Isaac Miller ’12, Filthy Hands by Dan Blask ’96, A Good Roll by Oscar Hallas ‘15, On the Day of the Shooting by Noah Devros ’15, Summer Song by Jon Hewelt ’14 and McComb 1964 by Niki Acton ’16, The Mumbling Waitress by Hali Engelman ’13, Scared Money by Sherwood Kiraly ’72, Peloponessus by Tim Lord ’98 and Crash by Ben Lee ‘12. Jenny is a ’99 alum of Knox, having graduated with a degree in Writing.

    Founded in 1837, Knox College is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Galesburg, IL, devoted to providing a personalized education in a diverse & vibrant community.

  • February 27, 2013

    Henry Moore is Melting Chosen for New Play Festival

    Jenny Seidelman’s play Henry Moore is Melting has been chosen for Knox College’s 1st Annual New Plays Festival running April 13 through May 25, 2013. The play will receive a reading on April 13.

    The Festival features the work of Knox College alumni and students including: Mitch in the Morning by Joel Pierson ’89, Portrait of a Ukulelist by Becky Gonshak ’15, Sips and Drags by Isaac Miller ’12, Filthy Hands by Dan Blask ’96, A Good Roll by Oscar Hallas ‘15, On the Day of the Shooting by Noah Devros ’15, Summer Song by Jon Hewelt ’14 and McComb 1964 by Niki Acton ’16, The Mumbling Waitress by Hali Engelman ’13, Scared Money by Sherwood Kiraly ’72, Peloponessus by Tim Lord ’98 and Crash by Ben Lee ‘12. Jenny is a ’99 alum of Knox, having graduated with a degree in Writing.

    Founded in 1837, Knox College is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Galesburg, IL, devoted to providing a personalized education in a diverse & vibrant community.

    Additional details about the New Play Festival are forthcoming.

  • January 21, 2013

    Successful Run for Henry Moore is Melting

    Cold Basement Dramatics recently closed Jenny Seidelman’s Henry Moore is Melting, January 8 through January 20th at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, IL. This world-premiere production played to sold-out houses and was Cold Basement's most successful to date. It garnered positive reviews in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader and Gapers Block, amongst others.

    The play was directed by Mikey Laird, Artistic Director of Nothing Special Productions. The cast featured Mickey O'Sullivan (Tommy), Ryan Hallahan (Finn), Brian Rohde (Mac), Sarah Shirkey (Carrie), Adam Overberg (Jimmy), Casey Kells (Serg), and Christopher Donaldson (Charlie).

    The Production team included Joe Pindelski (Dramaturg), John Kelly (Set Designer), Jeff Shields (Props Designer), Sophie Blumberg (Lighting Designer, Sam Hubbard (Violence Designer), Rachel Boylan (Costume Designer), Morgan Maul-Smith (Production Manager), and Kit Ryan (Stage Manager).

    Cold Basement Dramatics is a Chicago theatre ensemble committed to offering new, lesser known, and canonized works exploring that which we hide from ourselves and others.

  • January 14, 2013

    Outstanding Review for Henry Moore is Melting

    In her review on gapersblock.com Sarah Shuel calls Henry Moore is Melting a “fast-paced, whiskey-filled, understatedly witty and passionate tale”.

    Read the full review.

    Cold Basement Dramatics's Henry Moore is Melting runs through January 20, 2013 at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago.

  • January 11, 2013

    Henry Moore is Melting Opens

    On January 10, 2013, a nearly sold-out crowd enjoyed the opening night performance of Cold Basement Dramatics's Henry Moore is Melting by Jenny Seidelman. The world-premiere production will run through January 20, 2013 at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago.

    About Henry Moore is Melting: In 2005, a 2-ton metal sculpture went missing from the grounds of a museum near London, England. The perpetrators were no art thieves – they were travellers (Irish gypsies) who sold the priceless work for scrap. Henry Moore is Melting imagines the story behind the true-life heist, examining the consequences for one traveller who values art more highly than the bonds of his community.

    The play is directed by Mikey Laird, Artistic Director of Nothing Special Productions. The cast features Mickey O'Sullivan (Tommy), Ryan Hallahan (Finn), Brian Rohde (Mac), Sarah Shirkey (Carrie), Adam Overberg (Jimmy), Casey Kells (Serg), and Christopher Donaldson (Charlie).

    The Production team includes Joe Pindelski (Dramaturg), John Kelly (Set Designer), Jeff Shields (Props Designer), Sophie Blumberg (Lighting Designer, Sam Hubbard (Violence Designer), Rachel Boylan (Costume Designer), Morgan Maul-Smith (Production Manager), and Kit Ryan (Stage Manager).

    Cold Basement Dramatics is a Chicago theatre ensemble committed to offering new, lesser known, and canonized works exploring that which we hide from ourselves and others.

  • December 18, 2012

    Tickets on sale for Henry Moore is Melting

    Tickets for Cold Basement Dramatics' production of Jenny Seidelman’s Henry Moore is Melting are now on sale at www.athenaemtheatre.org.

    Performances will run at the Athenaeum Theater (2936 N. Southport, Chicago, IL) Thursday, January 10th through Sunday, January 20th – Thursday, Friday Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be two preview performances on Tuesday, January 8th and Wednesday, January 9th, as well as an additional matinee on Saturday, January 19th at 2 p.m. The proceeds for the additional performance will go directly to the actors in the production.

  • December 17, 2012

    Henry Moore Kickstarter Exceeds Goal

    Thanks to the generous support of 38 wonderful donors, Cold Basement Dramatics' Kickstarter campaign in support of Jenny Seidelman’s Henry Moore is Melting has exceeded its $1,800 goal, and raised $2,140. This is the largest amount raised via Kickstarter in the company’s history.

    Henry Moore is Melting will open on Thursday, January 10th, 2013. The production is directed by Mikey Laird and features Mickey O'Sullivan (Tommy), Ryan Hallahan (Finn), Brian Rohde (Mac), Sarah Shirkey (Carrie), Adam Overberg (Jimmy), Casey Kells (Serg), and Christopher Donaldson (Charlie).

    The Production team includes Joe Pindelski (Dramaturg), John Kelly (Set Designer), Jeff Shields (Props Designer), Sophie Blumberg (Lighting Designer, Sam Hubbard (Violence Designer), Rachel Boylan (Costume Designer), Morgan Maul-Smith (Production Manager), and Kit Ryan (Stage Manager).

  • November 29, 2012

    The Traveller of Tenby Chosen as Semi-Finalist for Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays

    Polarity Ensemble Theatre, Chicago, IL, has chosen Jenny Seidelman's play The Traveller of Tenby as one of 10 semifinalists for its 2013 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays.

    In The Traveller of Tenby - Finn Barrett has done an unconscionable thing to save his family and himself. Now he’s come to a small coastal town in Wales to seek absolution and bring peace to the lives he has destroyed. The play is the third in a series about travellers, which also includes Reckoning and Henry Moore is Melting

    Polarity Ensemble Theatre is a professionally diverse group of artists who strive to advance the state of Chicago theater for both local and international audiences by developing new works and bringing new life to the classics through live performance, workshops, and publishing.

    The 10 semifinalists for the 2013 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays are: Badfic Love by Adam Pasen, Blisters on My Fingers by Jeremy Schaefer, Miracles in the Fall by Chuck O’Connor, More Than a House by Jane Goldenberg, Netta at Ninety by Susan Lieberman, Once Upon a Time in Detroit by Steven Simoncic, The Runaway Gene by Skye Robinson Hillis, The Traveller of Tenby by Jenny Seidelman, White America by Reginald Edmund and Witness to an Accident by Darren Callahan.

  • November 19, 2012

    World Premiere of Henry Moore is Melting in 2013

    Cold Basement Dramatics, Chicago, IL, is proud to announce the world-premiere of Jenny Seidelman's Henry Moore is Melting. The production will run January 10 through January 20, 2013 at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago.

    The play is directed by Mikey Laird, Artistic Director of Nothing Special Productions. The Production team includes Joe Pindelski (Dramaturg), John Kelly (Set Designer), Jeff Shields (Props Designer), Sophie Blumberg (Lighting Designer, Sam Hubbard (Violence Designer), Rachel Boylan (Costume Designer), Morgan Maul-Smith (Production Manager), and Kit Ryan (Stage Manager).

    The cast features Mickey O'Sullivan (Tommy), Ryan Hallahan (Finn), Brian Rohde (Mac), Sarah Shirkey (Carrie), Adam Overberg (Jimmy), Casey Kells (Serg), and Christopher Donaldson (Charlie).

    Play synopsis: In 2005, a 2-ton metal sculpture went missing from the grounds of a museum near London, England. The perpetrators were no art thieves – they were travellers (Irish gypsies) who sold the priceless work for scrap. Henry Moore is Melting imagines the story behind the true-life heist, examining the consequences for one traveller who values art more highly than the bonds of his community.

    Cold Basement Dramatics is a Chicago theatre ensemble committed to offering new, lesser known, and canonized works exploring that which we hide from ourselves and others.

    A Kickstarter campaign has been launched in an effort to raise funds in support of the production.

    Further details, including performance times and ticketing availability for Henry Moore is Melting, is forthcoming.

  • October 2, 2012

    Henry Moore is Melting Receives Reading in New York

    Jenny Seidelman's play Henry Moore is Melting was part of the October 2012 Drafts Reading Series at Horse Trade Theatre Group, which also included a reading of Roadkill Man by Sarah Fenner King.

    The Henry Moore reading was directed by Christopher Burris and featured Eddie Jackson, Brett Diggs, Drew Moerlein, Wei-Yi Lin, Emma Healey, Blaze Mancillas, Misha Calvert, Victoria Wallace, Alex Hodgins, and Claire Duncan.

    The Drafts are the resident acting ensemble of Horse Trade Theater Group supporting the work of its artistic community. Committed to new play development, The Drafts monthly reading series has featured over 100 original scripts and inspired several full productions. The Drafts reading series has featured notable emerging playwrights Pia Wilson (The Public’s EWG), Michael McGuire, Kelley Girod, Paul David Young, Megan Mostyn-Brown (LAByrinth), Terence Patrick Hughes, Augusto Federico Amador (The Public’s EWG), Ziella Bryars, and Micheline Auger.

  • August 2, 2012

    Tickets on Sale for Snapshots Play Festival

    Tickets for 20% Theatre Company Chicago's Snapshots 2012 are now on sale via Brown Paper Tickets.

    This annual short play festival highlights work written and directed by women. The fest, which runs August 23 through August 26, 2012 in Chicago, will feature Jenny Seidelman's August 8, 1974. The play will be directed by Jackie Stone.

    August 8, 1974 takes place on the eve of President Nixon’s resignation. In it, two White House cooks witness the devastating effect that scandal can have on a politician’s family.

    20% Theatre Company Chicago's mission: "20% Theatre Company Chicago is dedicated to strengthening the presence and raising public awareness of women artists in theatre. It is estimated that only 20% of theatre professionals are women. By providing educational opportunities for women directors, producers, designers, and playwrights, 20% Theatre Company Chicago strives to increase the number of women in theatre. "

  • June 13, 2012

    Details Set for Henry Moore is Melting Reading at Horse Trade Theater Group

    As reported on December 1, 2011, Horse Trade Theater Group will present a 30-minute excerpt from Jenny Seidelman’s play Henry Moore is Melting as part of its Horse Trade Reading Series.

    Additional details for the reading are now confirmed. The event will take place on October 1, 2012, 7 p.m. in the Red Room at Horse Trade Theater Group, 85 East 4th Street, Manhattan, New York.

    The Horse Trade Reading Series features The Drafts, Horse Trade’s acting ensemble. Each month The Drafts read portions from the work of two different playwrights. The event is free and open to the public.

    Horse Trade’s continuing mission is to seek out new art, new artists, and new audiences. To create an accessible community of varied voices that values collaboration, resourcefulness, and innovation. To provide a home for independent theater artists by nurturing their development and helping to establish their artistic careers . To expose their work and promote it to local, national, and international audiences.

  • May 26, 2012

    American Theater Company to Premiere This is Grand

    As part of its BIG SHOULDERS new play festival, American Theater Company
    will premiere Jenny Seidelman’s 10-minute piece This is Grand. The play will be directed by Gus Menary.

    This is Grand presents a chance encounter between two would-be lovers as they inadvertently discover an attraction while enduring a ride on the CTA.

    The BIG SHOULDERS festival will take place at American Theater Company in Chicago on June 19, 2012.

  • May 23, 2012

    Reading of The Dreamer and the Devil a Success

    An enthusiastic audience of supporters and theater-industry professionals attended a reading of the new, full-length musical The Dreamer and the Devil on May 21, 2012 at Stage 773 in Chicago. The show features book and additional lyrics by Jenny Seidelman and music, lyrics and additional book by Jonathan Wagner. Richard Shavzin served as director and Claire Shavzin was stage manager/assistant director.

    The cast featured an outstanding array of talent including: Larry Adams (Daniel Burnham); Michael Mahler (H.H. Holmes); George Keating (John Root); Doug Pawlik (Sol Bloom); Kevin Gudahl (Carter Harrison); Marc Pera (Patrick Prendergast); Charissa Armon (Julia Conner); Karl Hamilton (Detective Geyer); Erin Myover-Piotrowski (Annie Howard); Andrew Roy Ritter (Ned Conner); Dave Nadolski (Ben Pietzel); Sharriese Hamilton (ensemble); Mandy Modic (ensemble); Jeny Wasilewski (ensemble); Chris Gorton (ensemble); Dave Carmona (ensemble); Ed Rutherford (ensemble).

    The reading of The Dreamer and the Devil was supported through a major fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, which also helped to pay for a forthcoming cast recording.

    The Dreamer and the Devil's artistic team are currently determining the next steps for the show.

  • April 21, 2012

    August 8, 1974 to Premiere at Snapshots Play Festival

    Jenny Seidelman's short play August 8, 1974 will have its world premiere at 20% Theatre Company Chicago's Sixth Annual Snapshots Play Festival, which will run August 23 through August 26, 2012 in Chicago.

    August 8, 1974 takes place on the eve of President Nixon’s resignation. In it, two White House cooks witness the devastating effect that scandal can have on a politician’s family.

    20% Theatre Company Chicago's mission: "20% Theatre Company Chicago is dedicated to strengthening the presence and raising public awareness of women artists in theatre. It is estimated that only 20% of theatre professionals are women. By providing educational opportunities for women directors, producers, designers, and playwrights, 20% Theatre Company Chicago strives to increase the number of women in theatre. "

    August 8, 1974 was created through WNEP Theater's Write Club new play development program in 2008. Details about the production by 20% Theatre Company Chicago are forthcoming.

  • April 11, 2012

    Reading of The Dreamer and the Devil Scheduled

    The Dreamer and the Devil, a new musical by Jenny Seidelman (book and additional lyrics) and Jonathan Wagner (music, lyrics and additional book) will receive a second reading on May 21st of 2012.

    It will be directed by Richard Shavzin (Strawdog Theatre Company, American Blues Theater, Chicago Dramatists), who directed the first reading on May 16, 2011. Casting will be announced at a future date.

    The Dreamer and the Devil tells the true tale of architect Daniel Burnham, serial killer H.H. Holmes and the 1893 World's Fair that bound their lives together.

    The reading is supported by the funds raised by Ms. Seidelman, Mr. Wagner and Mr. Shavzin through a Kickstarter campaign, which was successfully completed in February 2012, with gifts from 93 backers.

  • March 27, 2012

    Successful Reading of The Traveller of Tenby

    A group of 30 industry professionals and theater enthusiasts gathered on March 26, 2012 to experience a reading of Jenny Seidelman's new play The Traveller of Tenby and provide feedback, which will be utilized as the play is developed further.

    The Traveller of Tenby featured Catherine Dughi as Carrie and Ed Porter as Finn. Mallory Primm served as director and facilitated a discussion with the audience that followed the performance.

    Originally developed through Stockyard Theatre Project's Play for Keeps program, The Traveller of Tenby is the third and final play of Ms. Seidelman's travellers trilogy, which also includes Reckoning and Henry Moore is Melting. Reckoning was developed at Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago and Henry Moore is Melting will receive a reading by Horse Trade Theatre Group in September 2012.

    Photos from the March 26th reading, taken by Rich Seidelman, may be found here.

  • March 9, 2012

    Cast Announced for The Traveller of Tenby Full Reading

    The March 26, 2012 reading of Jenny Seidelman's new play The Traveller of Tenby has been cast.

    Catherine Dughi will be playing the role of Carrie and Ed Porter will be playing Finn. Ms. Dughi previously appeared in readings of Reckoning at Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago in June 2011 and in an independent reading of the play in November 2011. Both readings were directed by Jennifer Olson. She was also an ensemble member in a reading of Ms. Seidelman's adaptation of Antoine de Saint Exupéry's The Little Prince at Around the Coyote, which was directed by Lavina Jadhwani. Mr. Porter played the role of Finn in an earlier reading of The Traveller of Tenby which was produced by Stockyard Theatre Project in October 2011. Mallory Primm was director and will serve in that capacity for the March 26 reading.

    The Traveller of Tenby, is the third and final play of Ms.Seidelman's travellers trilogy, which also includes Reckoning, which was developed at Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago and Henry Moore is Melting, which will receive a reading by Horse Trade Theatre Group in September 2012.

  • March 2, 2012

    The Traveller of Tenby to Receive Full Reading

    Jenny Seidelman's new play The Traveller of Tenby, the third and final play of her travellers trilogy, will receive a full reading on March 26, 2012. It will be directed by Mallory Primm. Casting will be announced at a later date.

    In The Traveller of Tenby - Finn Barrett has done an unconscionable thing to save his family and himself. Now he’s come to a small coastal town in Wales to seek absolution and bring peace to the lives he has destroyed.

    The March 26th event will feature a pre-show reception, the play reading and a feedback session, which will help Ms. Seidelman to develop The Traveller of Tenby further.

    The play was developed through Stockyard Theatre Project's Play for Keeps program and received a partial reading in October 2011. It was directed by Mallory Primm and featured Merrie Greenfield and Ed Porter.

    Ms. Seidelman's traveller's trilogy also includes Reckoning, which was developed at Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago and Henry Moore is Melting, which will receive a reading by Horse Trade Theatre Group in September 2012.

  • February 12, 2012

    Kickstarter Campaign for The Dreamer and the Devil Reaches 103% of Goal

    The Kickstarter campaign that was launched by Jenny Seidelman, Jonathan Wagner and Richard Shavzin concluded on February 12, 2012 at 103% of its original goal. The project had 92 backers and ran for 3 weeks.

    Funds from the campaign will support an upcoming reading of The Dreamer and the Devil, which will occur in the spring of 2012. It will be presented for investors, producers and leaders in the non-profit performing arts community. Donors of $50 or more to the Kickstarter campaign will also be invited to attend with a guest.

    More information on the reading, including a full cast listing, is forthcoming.

    The Dreamer and the Devil is a compelling new musical that tells the true tale of architect Daniel Burnham, serial killer H.H. Holmes and the 1893 World's Fair that bound their lives together. A previous reading was presented in May of 2011.

  • January 22, 2012

    Seidelman and Wagner Launch Kickstarter Campaign for The Dreamer and the Devil

    Jenny Seidelman and composer Jonathan Wagner are thrilled to announce a second reading of their new musical The Dreamer and the Devil, which will occur in the spring of 2012. This reading will be directed by Richard Shavzin and will be presented for investors, producers and leaders in the non-profit performing arts community.

    In support of the project, Ms. Seidelman, Mr. Wagner and Mr. Shavzin have launched a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign will run for 3 weeks.

    Donors who make a gift of $50 or more will be invited to attend the reading.

    More information on the reading, including a full cast listing, is forthcoming.

    The Dreamer and the Devil is a compelling new musical that tells the true tale of architect Daniel Burnham, serial killer H.H. Holmes and the 1893 World's Fair that bound their lives together. A previous reading was presented in May of 2011.

  • December 1, 2011

    Horse Trade Theater Group to Present Excerpt from Henry Moore is Melting

    In September 2012, Horse Trade Theater Group will present a 30-minute excerpt from Jenny Seidelman’s play Henry Moore is Melting as part of its Horse Trade Reading Series. The reading will take place in Horse Trade’s Red Room at 85 East 4th Street, Manhattan, New York.

    The Horse Trade Reading Series features The Drafts, Horse Trade’s acting ensemble. Each month The Drafts read portions from the work of two different playwrights. The event is free and open to the public.

    Henry Moore is Melting - In 2005, a 2-ton metal sculpture went missing from the grounds of a museum near London, England. The perpetrators were no art thieves – they were Irish travellers who sold the priceless work for scrap. Henry Moore is Melting imagines the story behind the true-life heist, examining the consequences for one traveller who values art more highly than the bonds of his community.

    It is the second in a series of plays about travellers, which also includes Reckoning and The Traveller of Tenby.

    Horse Trade’s continuing mission is to seek out new art, new artists, and new audiences. To create an accessible community of varied voices that values collaboration, resourcefulness, and innovation. To provide a home for independent theater artists by nurturing their development and helping to establish their artistic careers . To expose their work and promote it to local, national, and international audiences.

    More details on the September 2012 reading from Henry Moore is Melting are forthcoming.

  • November 15, 2011

    Full Reading for Reckoning

    An audience of over twenty industry members, friends and colleagues attended the November 14, 2011 reading of Jenny Seidelman’s new play Reckoning. The reading was preceded by a reception and followed by a feedback discussion with the audience.

    Reckoning was directed by Jennifer Olson and featured Catherine Dughi (Carrie), Barbara Berndt (Mae), Justine Serino (Pauline), Lyla Whedbee (Jessica), Emily Garman (Vivian), Sean McGill (Tommy) and Dave Goss (Bill). The reading took place at at Strawdog Theatre (3829 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL).

    The pre-show reception was made possible by support from Laurel and Rich Seidelman. Ivan Lee provided the postcard and program design for the event.

    Reckoning is the story of three generations of travellers (Irish gypsies) – matriarch Mae Deacon, daughter Carrie and Carrie’s daughter Vivian. When Carrie’s 16-year old niece Jessica announces her impending marriage and asks Mae to make her a wedding dress, unexpected turmoil upsets the Deacon’s quiet life. Together, they are forced to face a past that haunts them – and avenge a grave transgression that was committed against their family.

    It is the third in a series of plays about travellers, which also includes Henry Moore is Melting
    and The Traveller of Tenby

    The play was originally developed through Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago's “New Play Development Workshop”. An excerpt from Reckoning was presented as part of WTA’s Space and Time – The Continuum of YOUR work in June 2011.

    It will now undergo revisions and will possibly receive a second reading in 2012.

  • November 7, 2011

    Additional Casting Announced for ”Reckoning”

    The November 14 reading of Jenny Seidelman’s new play Reckoning has two new actors that have joined the cast. Lyla Whedbee has come aboard as Jessica, Pauline’s daughter and Emily Garman will be playing Carrie’s daughter Vivian.

    They join previously announced cast members Catherine Dughi (Carrie), Barbara Berndt (Mae), Justine Serino (Pauline), Sean McGill (Tommy) and Dave Goss (Bill).

    Reckoning is the story of three generations of travellers (Irish gypsies) – matriarch Mae Deacon, daughter Carrie and Carrie’s daughter Vivian. When Carrie’s 16-year old niece Jessica announces her impending marriage and asks Mae to make her a wedding dress, unexpected turmoil upsets the Deacon’s quiet life. Together, they are forced to face a past that haunts them – and avenge a grave transgression that was committed against their family.

    It is the third in a series of plays about travellers, which also includes Henry Moore is Melting and The Traveller of Tenby.

    The reading is directed by Jennifer Olson and it will take place at Strawdog Theatre (3829 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL).

    Reckoning was originally developed through Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago’s “New Play Development Workshop”. An excerpt from Reckoning was presented as part of WTA’s Space and Time – The Continuum of YOUR work in June 2011.

  • November 1, 2011

    ”Reckoning” to Receive Reading

    Jenny Seidelman’s new play Reckoning is to receive a full reading on November 14, 2011.

    Reckoning is the story of three generations of travellers (Irish gypsies) – matriarch Mae Deacon, daughter Carrie and Carrie’s daughter Vivian. When Carrie’s 16-year old niece Jessica announces her impending marriage and asks Mae to make her a wedding dress, unexpected turmoil upsets the Deacon’s quiet life. Together, they are forced to face a past that haunts them – and avenge a grave transgression that was committed against their family.

    It is the third in a series of plays about travellers, which also includes Henry Moore is Melting and The Traveller of Tenby.

    The reading will be directed by Jennifer Olson and will feature Catherine Dughi (Carrie), Barbara Berndt (Mae), Justine Serino (Pauline), Sean McGill (Tommy) and Dave Goss (Bill). Additional casting to be announced.

    It will take place at Strawdog Theatre (3829 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL) and will be preceded by a reception. A feedback session with the audience will occur afterward.

    Reckoning was originally developed through Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago’s “New Play Development Workshop”. An excerpt from Reckoning was presented as part of WTA’s Space and Time – The Continuum of YOUR work in June 2011.

  • October 16, 2011

    Stockyards Theatre Project Presents Excerpt from “The Traveller of Tenby”

    On Sunday, October 16th, Stockyards Theatre Project concluded its "Play for Keeps" play development program by presenting excerpts from new works by local women writers. Included in the evening was a reading from Jenny Seidelman's The Traveller of Tenby. The play was directed by Mallory Primm and featured Merrie Greenfield (Carrie) and Ed Porter (Finn).

    The event, which took place at Café Ballou (939 N. Western Ave.) and also featured work by Mallory Primm (Hawaii), Anna Hodges (poetry) and Lorraine Harrell (To Enter a Walled Garden). An similar reading series on October 9th featured pieces by "Play for Keeps" participants Naomi Finkelstein (Chocolate Cake and Moby Dick, The Touch Method), Francesca Peppiatt (By the Light) and Lucca Suvi (Laura and Brit Make Toast).

    In Seidelman's The Traveller of Tenby - Finn Barrett has done an unconscionable thing to save his family and himself. Now he’s come to a small coastal town in Wales to seek absolution and bring peace to the lives he has destroyed. It is the third in a series of plays about travellers, which also includes Reckoning and Henry Moore is Melting.

    A reading of the full script of The Traveller of Tenby is tentatively scheduled for March of 2012.

    Stockyards Theatre Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is devoted to “improving women’s lives via the theatre and performance art.” Stockyards Theatre Project serves as a collaborative, ongoing theatre project whose mission is to help support and promote women as theatre and performance artists, to explore gender roles and gender issues in the theatre arts, and to explore both traditional and experimental theatre and performance art. Stockyards Theatre Project is an enthusiastic venue for many women theatre artists. It is a sad fact that according to the theatrical literature canon, principle men's roles outnumber principle women's roles by an average of 3 to 1; fewer than 10% of working directors are women and the majority of published playwrights are men. Stage management and set/lighting design are also traditionally male careers. Stockyards Theatre Project actively works to change these statistics.

    Stockyards Theatre Project is committed to:
    • providing a supportive venue for the advancement of women in the theatre arts;
    • providing a platform through which Chicago-based, female performance artists can submit and perform their work for a larger audience;
    • providing a supportive, enthusiastic venue for the many women theatre artists (directors, designers, technicians & writers) who often find it difficult to present their talent to the public in a theatre community dominated by men;
    • providing a place for talented women to work and focusing on women’s issues when selecting what works to perform, whether they are feminist re-examinations of theatrical classics, the premiere of new works (such as those by women playwrights nurtured in our “Play For Keeps” program).

  • October 8, 2011

    Casting and Director Announced for “The Traveller of Tenby” Reading.

    Casting for the reading of Jenny Seidelman’s new play The Traveller of Tenby has been completed. Taking on the role of Carrie is Merrie Greenfield and in the role of Finn is Ed Porter. Mallory Primm will direct.

    The Traveller of Tenby was developed through Stockyards Theatre Project’s Play for Keeps new play development program.

    On Sunday, October 16th, 7 p.m., Stockyards Theatre will present an excerpt from The Traveller of Tenby at Café Ballou (939 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL). Other writers whose work will also be presented include Mallory Primm (Hawaii), Lorraine Harrell (To Enter a Walled Garden) and Anna Hodges (poetry).

    In The Traveller of Tenby - Finn Barrett has done an unconscionable thing to save his family and himself. Now he’s come to a small coastal town in Wales to seek absolution and bring peace to the lives he has destroyed. It is the third in a series of plays about travellers, which also includes Reckoning and Henry Moore is Melting.

    Stockyards Theatre Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is devoted to “improving women’s lives via the theatre and performance art.” Stockyards Theatre Project serves as a collaborative, ongoing theatre project whose mission is to help support and promote women as theatre and performance artists, to explore gender roles and gender issues in the theatre arts, and to explore both traditional and experimental theatre and performance art. Stockyards Theatre Project is an enthusiastic venue for many women theatre artists. It is a sad fact that according to the theatrical literature canon, principle men's roles outnumber principle women's roles by an average of 3 to 1; fewer than 10% of working directors are women and the majority of published playwrights are men. Stage management and set/lighting design are also traditionally male careers. Stockyards Theatre Project actively works to change these statistics.

    Stockyards Theatre Project is committed to:
    • providing a supportive venue for the advancement of women in the theatre arts;
    • providing a platform through which Chicago-based, female performance artists can submit and perform their work for a larger audience;
    • providing a supportive, enthusiastic venue for the many women theatre artists (directors, designers, technicians & writers) who often find it difficult to present their talent to the public in a theatre community dominated by men;
    • providing a place for talented women to work and focusing on women’s issues when selecting what works to perform, whether they are feminist re-examinations of theatrical classics, the premiere of new works (such as those by women playwrights nurtured in our “Play For Keeps” program).

  • September 7, 2011

    Stockyards Theatre Project to Present Scene from “The Traveller of Tenby”.

    In October 2011, Stockyards Theatre Project will close the current session of its Play for Keeps new play development program with readings of scenes from participants – including Jenny Seidelman.

    Performances will take place on Sunday, October 9th, 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 16th, 7 p.m. at Café Ballou (939 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL).

    Jenny’s new play, developed through Play for Keeps, is entitled The Traveller of Tenby. It is the third in a series of plays about travellers, which also includes Reckoning and Henry Moore is Melting.

    In The Traveller of Tenby - Finn Barrett has done an unconscionable thing to save his family and himself. Now he’s come to a small coastal town in Wales to seek absolution and bring peace to the lives he has destroyed.

    Additional information regarding director and casting as well as additional Play for Keeps projects being presented on October 9th and October 16th is forthcoming.

    Stockyards Theatre Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is devoted to “improving women’s lives via the theatre and performance art.” Stockyards Theatre Project serves as a collaborative, ongoing theatre project whose mission is to help support and promote women as theatre and performance artists, to explore gender roles and gender issues in the theatre arts, and to explore both traditional and experimental theatre and performance art. Stockyards Theatre Project is an enthusiastic venue for many women theatre artists. It is a sad fact that according to the theatrical literature canon, principle men's roles outnumber principle women's roles by an average of 3 to 1; fewer than 10% of working directors are women and the majority of published playwrights are men. Stage management and set/lighting design are also traditionally male careers. Stockyards Theatre Project actively works to change these statistics.

    Stockyards Theatre Project is committed to:
    • providing a supportive venue for the advancement of women in the theatre arts;
    • providing a platform through which Chicago-based, female performance artists can submit and perform their work for a larger audience;
    • providing a supportive, enthusiastic venue for the many women theatre artists (directors, designers, technicians & writers) who often find it difficult to present their talent to the public in a theatre community dominated by men;
    • providing a place for talented women to work and focusing on women’s issues when selecting what works to perform, whether they are feminist re-examinations of theatrical classics, the premiere of new works (such as those by women playwrights nurtured in our “Play For Keeps” program).

  • July 20, 2011

    Spotlight in IM Wire

    Jenny Seidelman was recently profiled in TCG's IM Wire, an electronic newsletter for individual members of the Theater Communications Group. IM Wire features insider news from TCG, exclusive content from AMERICAN THEATRE magazine, pre-publication book offers from TCG Books, advocacy and international news and more.

    The bimonthly newsletter profiles three members in each edition. Jenny has been a member of TCG since 2009.

    In addition, she recently joined the Dramatist Guild of America as an Associate artist.

    Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is the national organization for the American theatre and its mission is “To strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre." They have nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide.

    The Dramatists Guild of America is the professional association of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters. Through a variety of activities, it “works to ensure that theater in America will continue to flourish and that the voices which give it life will continue to reflect and celebrate the richness and diversity of the American experience.”

    Click here to check out Jenny's profile in IM Wire.

  • July 4, 2011

    Jenny Seidelman to Develop New Work Through Play for Keeps

    Jenny Seidelman will be taking part in Stockyard Theatre Project’s Play for Keeps new play development program. Through Play for Keeps, Ms. Seidelman will create a brand-new play – the final in her trilogy of works about travellers (Irish gypies), which includes Reckoning and Henry Moore is Melting. This piece will be a 2-person play and it is currently titled The Traveller of Tenby.

    The Play for Keeps program, which runs from early July through October, will culminate in a play reading for all participants.

    Launched in 2007, Stockyards Theatre Project’s “Play for Keeps” continues to fulfill the Stockyards mission of giving volume to the voice of women by creating positive, substantial roles in plays for women performers.

    Stockyards Theatre Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is devoted to “improving women’s lives via the theatre and performance art.” Stockyards Theatre Project serves as a collaborative, ongoing theatre project whose mission is to help support and promote women as theatre and performance artists, to explore gender roles and gender issues in the theatre arts, and to explore both traditional and experimental theatre and performance art. Stockyards Theatre Project is an enthusiastic venue for many women theatre artists. It is a sad fact that according to the theatrical literature canon, principle men's roles outnumber principle women's roles by an average of 3 to 1; fewer than 10% of working directors are women and the majority of published playwrights are men. Stage management and set/lighting design are also traditionally male careers. Stockyards Theatre Project actively works to change these statistics.

    Stockyards Theatre Project is committed to:
    • providing a supportive venue for the advancement of women in the theatre arts;
    • providing a platform through which Chicago-based, female performance artists can submit and perform their work for a larger audience;
    • providing a supportive, enthusiastic venue for the many women theatre artists (directors, designers, technicians & writers) who often find it difficult to present their talent to the public in a theatre community dominated by men;
    • providing a place for talented women to work and focusing on women’s issues when selecting what works to perform, whether they are feminist re-examinations of theatrical classics, the premiere of new works (such as those by women playwrights nurtured in our “Play For Keeps” program).

  • June 23, 2011

    Women's Theatre Alliance Showcases "Reckoning"

    On June 22, 2011, an audience of approximately 75 industry professionals, colleagues and friends gathered at the Viaduct Theatre to experience the Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago's “Space and Time – The Continuum of YOUR work" evening of new works. This exciting event featured performances from five new plays, Shifted by Barb Lhota, directed by Dan Foss; A Fool to Your King by Nancy Ewing, directed by Alison Dornheggen; Faithfully by Tanise Aida Robnette, directed by Elana Elyce; Reckoning by Jenny Seidelman, directed by Jennifer Olson; and All are Welcome by Anna Carini, directed by Brea Hayes.

    Jenny Seidelman’s Reckoning featured Catherine Dughi (Carrie), Barbara Berndt (Mae), Justine Serino (Pauline), Elyse Hartman (Vivian) and Meredith Lyons (Jessica). The scene presented was the first in the play. It introduced the audience to the Deacons and their family and presented the initial conflict that drives the rest of the work.

    Reckoning is the story of three generations of travellers (Irish gypsies) – matriarch Mae Deacon, daughter Carrie and Carrie’s daughter Vivian. When Carrie’s 16-year old niece Jessica announces her impending marriage and asks Mae to make her a wedding dress, unexpected turmoil upsets the Deacon’s quiet life. Together, they are forced to face a past that haunts them – and avenge a grave transgression that was committed against their family.

    An independent reading of the full-script of Reckoning is planned by the playwright for later this year.

    The Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago is an organization devoted to supporting, promoting and showcasing Chicago's female theatre artists.

    WTA is a union of theatre artists (female and male) and theatre organizations which support women, helping to promote leadership and provide opportunity within the theatre community. Alliance members are encouraged to share their advice, knowledge and expertise in the hopes of creating an environment of mutual support and unity in which women's theatre can flourish. WTA works to build a unified voice so that we can more effectively be advocates for women in theatre, publicize and promote our members and increase positive public awareness of our goals. WTA has been serving the Chicago community since 1992.

    WTA is committed to:

    *facilitating the development of dramatic works with, by and about women.

    *promoting women's leadership in the Chicago theatre community.

    *providing a unique network of theatre artists and share in their diversity.

    *creating artistic opportunities for theatre artists.

  • May 26, 2011

    Additional Casting Announced for “Reckoning”

    Elyse Hartman and Meredith Lyons have joined the cast of Jenny Seidelman’s new play Reckoning, a scene from which is being presented by Women’s Theatre Alliance on June 22nd, 2011. The reading will be directed by Jennifer Olson.

    Ms. Hartman will play the role of Vivian, a young traveller and Ms. Lyons will take on the role of Jessica, Vivian’s cousin. They will join the previously announced actors Catherine Dughi (Carrie), Barbara Berndt (Mae) and Justine Serino (Pauline).

    Other playwrights whose work will appear in the June 22nd performance include Anna Carini (All are Welcome), Nancy Ewing (A Fool to Your King), Barbara Lhota (Shifted) and Tanise Robnett (Faithfully).

    The performance will take place on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 at the Viaduct Theatre (3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 or pay-what-you-can.

    For more information, please visit the Women’s Theatre Alliance at www.wtachicago.org.

  • May 17, 2011

    “The Dreamer and the Devil” Receives Successful Reading

    On May 16, 2011, approximately 125 theater patrons and artists gathered at Stage 773 in Chicago to hear the first reading of the new musical The Dreamer and the Devil, book and additional lyrics by Jenny Seidelman, music and lyrics by Jonathan Wagner.

    The reading, which was directed by Richard Shavzin (Strawdog Theatre Company, American Blues Theater, Chicago Dramatists) featured Larry Adams (Daniel Burnham), Michael Mahler (H.H. Holmes), Marc Pera (Sol Bloom), Rob Lindley (John Root), Kevin Gudahl (Carter Harrison), Brandon Dahlquist (Patrick Prendergast), Maggie Portman, Jenny Lamb, Erin Myover-Piotrowski (Annie Howard), Kate Carson-Groner, Jeny Wasilewski, Jeff Diebold, Jeremy Rill, Andrew Ritter and Ed Rutherford. Claire Shavzin was Assistant Director/Stage Manager.

    Special production assistance was provided by Porchlight Theatre’s Off the Porch Series. Bil Ingraham served as Production Coordinator for Porchlight.

    Following this successful reading, the creators will revise the work. A second reading is tentatively scheduled for early winter 2012.

    The creators and director of The Dreamer and The Devil wish to thank the following people and organizations for their support of this project and the May 16th reading:

    Supporters
    Abbie Colton
    Jen Ellison
    Matt Fabian
    Sarah Greywitt
    Ivan Lee
    Rebecca Langguth
    Fred Mowrey
    Dave Stinton
    Wishful Thinker Clothing

    In-Kind
    Ivan Lee Creative
    Porchlight Theatre/Off the Porch Series

    Special Thanks
    Judy Blue
    Jeffrey Fauver
    Jonathan Pitts
    Laurel and Rich Seidelman

    The reading was partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

  • May 12, 2011

    Casting Announcement for “Reckoning”

    Initial casting for Jenny Seidelman’s new play Reckoning has concluded. Taking on the role of Carrie, a traveller, is Catherine Dughi, who previously appeared in a reading of Jenny's adaptation of The Little Prince at Around the Coyote in Chicago, IL. Joining Ms. Dughi in Reckoning will be Barbara Berndt as Carrie’s mother Mae and Justine Serino as Carrie’s sister Pauline.

    Ms. Dughi, Ms. Berndt and Ms. Serino will perform a scene from Reckoning as part of the Women’s Theatre Alliance’s 2011 WTA New Play Development Workshop. Reckoning will be directed by Jennifer Olson. Additional casting will be announced soon.

    The performance will take place on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 at the Viaduct Theatre (3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL). Admission is $5 or pay-what-you-can.

    Other playwrights whose work will appear in the June 22nd performance include Anna Carini (All are Welcome), Nancy Ewing (A Fool to Your King), Barbara Lhota (Shifted) and Tanise Robnett (Faithfully).

    Reckoning features characters from Jenny’s play Henry Moore is Melting and is part of a planned trilogy about travellers.

    The Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago is an organization devoted to supporting, promoting and showcasing Chicago's female theatre artists.

    WTA is a union of theatre artists (female and male) and theatre organizations which support women, helping to promote leadership and provide opportunity within the theatre community. Alliance members are encouraged to share their advice, knowledge and expertise in the hopes of creating an environment of mutual support and unity in which women's theatre can flourish. WTA works to build a unified voice so that we can more effectively be advocates for women in theatre, publicize and promote our members and increase positive public awareness of our goals. WTA has been serving the Chicago community since 1992.

    WTA is committed to:
    *facilitating the development of dramatic works with, by and about women.
    *promoting women's leadership in the Chicago theatre community.
    *providing a unique network of theatre artists and share in their diversity.
    *creating artistic opportunities for theatre artists.

  • April 29, 2011

    Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago to Premiere Scene from "Reckoning"

    On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011, the Women’s Theatre Alliance will conclude its 2011 WTA New Play Development Workshop with staged readings of scenes written by workshop participants – including Jenny Seidelman.

    The scene from Jenny’s new play Reckoning will be directed by Jennifer Olson. The performance will take place at the Viaduct Theatre (3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL).

    Other participants in the 2011 WTA New Play Development Workshop include Anna Carini (All are Welcome), Nancy Ewing (A Fool to Your King) Brenda Kelly (Trigger, WTA President), Barbara Lhota (Shifted) and Tanise Robnett (Faithfully).

    Reckoning features characters from Jenny’s play Henry Moore is Melting and is part of a planned trilogy about travellers.

    The Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago is an organization devoted to supporting, promoting and showcasing Chicago's female theatre artists.

    WTA is a union of theatre artists (female and male) and theatre organizations which support women, helping to promote leadership and provide opportunity within the theatre community. Alliance members are encouraged to share their advice, knowledge and expertise in the hopes of creating an environment of mutual support and unity in which women's theatre can flourish. WTA works to build a unified voice so that we can more effectively be advocates for women in theatre, publicize and promote our members and increase positive public awareness of our goals. WTA has been serving the Chicago community since 1992.

    WTA is committed to:
    *facilitating the development of dramatic works with, by and about women.
    *promoting women's leadership in the Chicago theatre community.
    *providing a unique network of theatre artists and share in their diversity.
    *creating artistic opportunities for theatre artists.

  • April 17, 2011

    Porchlight Music Theatre Partners on "The Dreamer and the Devil"

    The award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre is partnering with bookwriter Jenny Seidelman and composer/lyricist Jonathan Wagner on a reading of their new musical The Dreamer and the Devil.

    The reading, which will be directed by Richard Shavzin (Strawdog Theatre Company, American Blues Theater, Chicago Dramatists) will take place on May 16, 2011. It will feature Porchlight Theatre Artistic Associate Rob Lindley (John Root) as well as Larry Adams (Daniel Burnham), Michael Mahler (H.H. Holmes), Marc Pera (Sol Bloom), Kevin Gudahl (Carter Harrison), Brandon Dahlquist (Patrick Prendergast), Maggie Portman, Jenny Lamb, Erin Myover Piotrowski (Annie Howard), Kate Carson-Groner, Jeny Wasilewski, Jeff Diebold, Jeremy Rill, Andrew Ritter and Ed Rutherford. Porchlight’s Bil Ingraham will serve as production coordinator.

    Porchlight Theatre’s mission: “By uniting the arts of music, drama, dance, and design we transform stories into thrilling, passionate and relevant events, which affect the lives of artists and audiences alike. As professionals and leaders in this field, we nurture and develop new artists and works, expanding and redefining the music theatre genre while matching artistic vision with fiscal responsibility.” Porchlight has received 11 Joseph Jefferson Awards, 34 Joseph Jefferson Nominations and 28 After Dark Awards.

    The Dreamer and the Devil tells the true tale of architect Daniel Burnham, serial killer H.H. Holmes and the 1893 World's Fair that bound their lives together. The May 16 reading is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

  • April 3, 2011

    Three Stars for Chaos Festival

    Chicago Theater Blog's Katy Walsh gave Point of Contention's 6th Annual Chaos Festival 3 out of 4 stars.

    She noted that "'Wet Work' written by Jenny Seidelman is an intriguing, comedic encounter between two very opposite men. Under the direction of Brandon Baisden, Ray Ready plays it perky, irritant to an established, smoldering Joshua Volkers. The odd duo captivates to an unexpected conclusion."

    Read the full review here.

  • March 23, 2011

    Illinois Arts Council grant awarded to Jenny Seidelman

    On March 23, 2011, Jenny Seidelman was awarded an IAS (Illinois Artist Support) Artist Project grant in the area of Theatre from the Illinois Arts Council. This prestigious grant will support the upcoming reading of a new musical, tentatively titled The Dreamer and the Devil, for which Jenny is serving as book writer. Composer Jonathan Wagner is creating the original music and lyrics.

    Jenny was one of 46 artists to receive project-based support statewide.

    The Dreamer and the Devil tells the true tale of architect Daniel Burnham, serial killer H.H. Holmes and the 1893 World's Fair that bound their lives together.

  • March 16, 2011

    Jenny Seidelman selected for Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago's New Play Development Workshop 2011

    Beginning March 23, 2011, Jenny will be participating in Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago's New Play Development Workshop. This bi-weekly workshop will run through June 6, 2011 and will allow for time to write and to discuss work in development with other participants. During the Workshop, Jenny will be developing a new play entitled Reckoning.

    Reckoning is the story of three generations of Irish travellers (gypsies) – matriarch Mae Deacon, daughter Carrie and Carrie’s daughter Vivian. When Carrie’s 16-year old niece Jessica announces her impending marriage and asks Mae to make her a wedding dress, unexpected turmoil upsets the Deacon’s quiet life. Together, they are forced to face a past that haunts them – and avenge a grave transgression that was committed against their family.

    The play features characters from her full-length work Henry Moore is Melting.

    A scene from Reckoning will be performed in mid-June, 2011, at the completion of the New Play Development Workshop.

  • March 9, 2011

    "A Crime in a Rhyme" to be produced at CPS magnet school

    A Crime in a Rhyme will receive a production at Franklin Fine Arts Center, a CPS Magnet School, Chicago, IL on March 29 and March 31, 2011.

    This play for young people and their families takes place in Nursery Rhyme Land, where all of the children are characters from the Book of Mother Goose. The story begins when poor Little Bo Peep has lost her favorite lamb Lamberta. Soon after, Mary Had A Little Lamb shows up at school with an adorable lamb. Failing to hide her from Mrs. Pumpkineater, Mary is accused of stealing Bo Peep's lamb. After a heated trial, Lamberta is returned to her rightful owner and Mary and her accomplice Tom Tom, The Piper's Son are sentenced for their wrongdoing. A Crime in a Rhyme adds a twist to traditional nursery rhymes and offers a chance for the audience to delight in a story of trickery and justice.

    A Crime in a Rhyme was originally produced at the Children's Theater of Western Springs in Western Springs, IL and went on to win TADA! Youth Theater's New Scriptwriting Content in 1995. It subsequently received a Staged Reading at TADA! and is now published by TADA!.

  • January 30, 2011

    "Wet Work" accepted into Chaos Festival

    Jenny's short play Wet Work was accepted into Point of Contention's 6th Annual Chaos Festival, running March 28, 29, 30 and April 4, 5, 6 at Lincoln Square Theatre (4754 N. Leavitt, Chicago, IL).

    Wet Work takes place outside of an indie rock club in Chicago. Two hipster hitmen, one new to the game and one old pro, await their next hit. Comedy and ironic pop culture references ensue.

    The play was developed by WNEP Theater and had its premiere at n.u.f.a.n. ensemble's 7 Plays in 7 Days Festival in 2009.

    To buy tickets, visit Point of Contention's website.