Laura Jacqmin (’07) spent 2019 and 2020 writing for the forthcoming Netflix series, ONE PIECE (based on the longrunning manga series by Eiichiro Oda) and the forthcoming NBCU/Peacock/USA series, JOE EXOTIC (based on the Wondery podcast, starring Kate McKinnon). Her first feature, WE BROKE UP (co-written and directed by Jeff Rosenberg, also an OU alum), starring William Jackson Harper and Aya Cash, will be released in 2021. Also, all three seasons of GET SHORTY are now available free with Amazon Prime.
Just this week the second annual Kilroy List of female and trans theater artists has been announced! On the list there are a small selection of hot new plays that have not been produced enough by female/trans artists as well as a large list of plays that were honorable mentions for the list. The list is supposed to be an advocacy tool for female and trans theater artists and to stop the idea that there’s no good plays by them in the pipeline.
This year Ohio Alum Laura Jacqmin is on the list for her play Residence ! The play is a five person dark comedic drama. Here is the synopsis: When new mom and medical supply saleswoman Maggie moves into an extended-stay hotel in Tempe, Arizona, she brings a troubled history and tenuous grasp on the future with her. While trying to secure her first sale since returning to work, she befriends two hotel employees whose careers and life paths are nearly as shaky as her own.
Ohio alum Dana Lynn Formby is an honorable mention for her play Johnny 10 Beers’ Daughter as well as Cecilia Copeland was on the honorable mention list for her play R Culture !
If a theater is not producing works by these artists, the Kilroy list makes it very easy for them to fix that and produce a strong play that has been vetted by literary managers and other respected theater artists. To read more about the list click here
More about Laura
Laura Jacqmin is a Chicago-based playwright and television writer, originally from Cleveland. She’s the winner of the Wasserstein Prize, two NEA Art Works Grants, the Kennedy Center David Mark Cohen Award, two MacDowell Fellowships, an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, and has been a finalist for the Heideman Award, the Laurents/Hatcher Prize, the BBC International Playwriting Competition, and the Princess Grace Award. Her play Dental Society Midwinter Meeting was named one of New City Stage’s Top Five Plays of 2010, as well as TimeOut Chicago’s Honorable Mentions: Best Theater of 2010. Her television work includes the forthcoming series “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix) and “Lucky 7” (ABC). She received her BA from Yale University, and earned an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University.
Plays include Ghost Bike (Buzz22 Chicago), Do-Gooder (16th Street Theater), January Joiner (Long Wharf Theatre), Ski Dubai (Steppenwolf Theatre), Look, We Are Breathing (Sundance Theater Lab), Two Lakes, Two Rivers (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Royal Court Theatre’s International Residency), and Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (Chicago Dramatists/At Play, remounted 16th Street Theater and Theater on the Lake). Her short play Hero Dad premiered in the 2012 Humana Festival of New Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Her work has been produced and developed by Atlantic Theater Company, Old Vic New Voices, Roundabout Underground, Vineyard Theatre, LCT3, Ars Nova, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Second Stage Theatre, Contemporary American Theater Festival, The 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway, and the inaugural NNPN University Playwrights Workshop at Stanford University, among others. Jacqmin was a member of the inaugural 2010-2011 Playwrights Unit at the Goodman Theatre. She’s taught playwriting at Ohio University, Carthage College, and was the 2012 Faith Broome playwright-in-residence at University of Oklahoma. Commissions: South Coast Rep, Goodman Theatre, Arden Theater Company, InterAct Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater/NNPN, and Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. Her plays are published by Playscripts, Inc. and Smith & Kraus.
More about Dana
Dana Lynn Formby’s play ‘If you Split a Second’ will receive a world premiere this May at Pegasus Theatre. Her play ‘American Beautyshop’, was read at Florida Studio Theatre during their Burdick Reading Series, The Illinois Shakespeare Festival and at Steep theatre this past year. Her play ‘Corazón de Manzana’ was recently co-produced at Storefront Theatre in Chicago by The DCA and Mortar Theatre Company. She is a 2012 P73 Semi-finalist. She is a Wendy Wasserstien 2011 Nominee. Her play ‘The Small of Her Back’, a 2009 Kendeda Finalist which was given a workshop production at The Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, a reading at New York Theatre Workshop, and PICT; ‘Inherit the Whole’, which was presented in readings at Premiere Stages, Victory Gardens, and was Mortar Theatre’s inaugural production in 2010; and ‘Armed with Peanut Butter’, winner of the 2009 Kennedy Center National 10-Minute Playwriting Award and was seen in the 2009 Source Festival. The play has enjoyed various productions throughout the United States. She has received commissions from Ohio University’s School of Medicine to write a play dealing with Type II Diabetes (Sugar Bear) and from the Ohio School of Psychology to write a play tackling Sickle Cell (120 Days). Her play Loaded Gavel was invited to the 2007 Houston Urban Reading Series. Dana’s first full-length, ‘Frequency 98.6’, was given a full production at the University of Wyoming in 2005 and invited to the regional American College Theatre Festival in 2006. Her one-act play ‘Monday After Work’ won her a scholarship to the 2005 Playwright’s Intensive at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Dana is the 2008 recipient of the Scott McPherson Playwriting Award. She teaches playwriting here at Chicago Dramatists. She is a Founding member of Mortar Theatre Company. She is a blue-collar playwright whose attitude has been carved by the relentless Wyoming wind—lips tight, eyes squinted, legs crossed because god knows what could blow in. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University.
More about Cecilia
Playwright, Screenwriter, and Founding Artistic Director New York Madness.
Copeland’s plays have been Presented or Produced at the HERE Arts Center, Ensemble Studios Theatre, New Perspectives, Cherry Lane Theatre, New Dramatists, Culture Project, Open Hydrant Theatre, Venus Theatre, IATI Theatre, Chrysalis Theatre, The Anarchist Theatre Festival of Montreal, Stage Left Productions, 13th Street Rep, New York Madness, CAPSLOCK PRODUCTIONS, The Disreputables, and Metro Screen Australia among others. She’s Developed work with terraNOVA collective and the Lark Play Development Center. Copeland has been Commissioned by The Drilling Co, Overturn Theatre Ensemble, The Pink Ribbon Project, The Performing Arts High School, New Perspectives, and Lerer Productions.
Copeland is the recipient of the Lennis J. Holm Playwriting Scholarship from University of Iowa for her Honors Thesis, One Woman which was produced in SWAN Day 2008. She is an inductee into the Indie Theater Hall of Fame, a Semi-Finalist for The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The David Calicchio Emerging Playwright’s Prize, Seven Devil’s Playwright’s Conference, Multi-Stages and a Finalist for Mabou Mines Artist Residency.
Copeland is a Kilroys List Nominee for her play, Light of Night.
Alumni Laura Jacqmin’s play “A THIRD” will premiere at Finborough Theatre in London this July! If your are in the UK, check it out! Congrats Laura!
SYNOPSIS of the Play:
“We just want a third. And that third is going to be there for us. Not an equal: just there for us. For whatever we want him to do.”
The world premiere of A Third by award-winning Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin runs at the Finborough Theatre for twelve performances, on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees.
Young marrieds Paul and Allison have everything going for them. They have money, they’re in love, and their sex life is great. But could it be better? Instead of being monogamous, why not try “monogam-ish”? What would happen if they invited “a third” into their bedroom and into their lives?
Allison and Paul convince themselves that they are being just about as liberal and adventurous as modern society seems to want. But as they transition from threesomes to couple-swapping, they discover the fragility of their own liberal attitudes. Just how flexible can one person’s sexuality truly be? And how far can “monogam-ish” go before it’s simply cheating? Can a couple go back to simply being a couple?
A funny, provocative and unflinching look at modern attitudes to sex, relationships and polyamorous love.
COME SEE IT!
The show will be running: Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 June, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 July 2015
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm.
Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.
Performance Length: Approximately 95 minutes with no interval.
Tickets £18, £16 concessions
Our address is
118 Finborough Road
To get more info on the production click here
MORE ABOUT LAURA:
Playwright Laura Jacqmin is a Chicago-based playwright and television writer. She was the 2008 winner of the Wasserstein Award, and previous International Playwright-in-Residence at the Royal Court Theatre. Other awards include two NEA Art Works Grants, the ATHE-Kennedy Center David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award, two MacDowell Fellowships and an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. She was a finalist for the Heideman Award, the Laurents/Hatcher Prize, the BBC International Playwriting Competition and the Princess Grace Award. She took part in the Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot US/UK Exchange in 2012. Her play Dental Society Midwinter Meeting was named one of New City Stage’s Top Five Plays of 2010, as well as Time Out Chicago’s Honorable Mentions for the Best Theatre of 2010. Other productions include Ski Dubai at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, and Dead Pile at XIII Pocket, Chicago. She is also a staff writer on forthcoming Netflix series Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. http://www.laurajacqmin.com/
You can check out TimeOut’s review of GHOST BIKE here.
GHOST BIKE is produced by hot, young theater company, Buzz22 Chicago.
Buzz 22 Chicago’s synopsis of GHOST BIKE: Ora and Eddie fell in love with Chicago on their bikes. But when Eddie is hit by a car and killed, Ora refuses to let him go. Instead, she rides beneath our city to bring him back, facing off against underworld gods and ghosts -some interested in helping her, some determined to get in her way. The more difficult her journey becomes, the more Ora must question what it is she’s journeying towards. In Ghost Bike, Chicago culture skitches off of Greek, African, and Chinese mythology, sparking a spirited mash-up of underworld and after-life as seen from the seats of fixies, BMX’s and ten-speeds.
Ghost bikes can be found in Chicago and in cities all over the country. Learn more about them at http://ghostbikes.org/chicago.
From their website: “Ghost Bikes are made from bikes and bike parts which are no longer rideable, painted all white, and installed where cyclists were killed by motorists. They are grim but necessary reminders of the hazards cyclists face on our roadways. They remember the victim and raise awareness of the need to combat reckless and aggressive driving and fix our streets to be safer for all users.”
Laura Jacqmin’s Do-Gooder is starting to rack up a lot of good reviews. This week’s Timeout Chicago gave it 4-Stars.
Gwen Purdom writes: (I)ts Jacqmin’s subtle script that leaves the lasting impression. In a play that ponders whether goodness comes from a life of privilege or passion, this is one story that’s far more compelling than its ordinary cover would suggest.
Do-Gooder is playing at the 16th Street Theater.
Check out Laura’s site: www.laurajacqmin.com
Laura Jacqmin’s Do-Gooder was “Recommended” in this weeks’ review by the Chicago Reader.
Jack Helbig writes Do-Gooder is “a remarkable, slyly told meditation on gender and racial politics, and how genuinely hard it is to really make a difference.”
Learn more about Laura from her website http://www.laurajacqmin.com/
The Jeff Awards are Chicago’s version of the Tony’s. “The designation of “Jeff Recommended” is given to a production when, after the opening night of its run, at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed excellent by the opening night judges of the Joseph Jefferson Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.”
For more information about the play, check out Do-Gooders webpage and video.
You can learn more about Laura Jacqmin by visiting http://www.laurajacqmin.com/