playwright | novelist | teaching artist
An intelligent and thoughtful writer providing a new definition for American theatre… Revelatory.
An amazingly powerful play targeting rather somber subject matter with humor and wit… Jennifer Lane deserves praise and notice [for] her writing.
Saucy and unapologetic… runs the gamut from the comedic to the truly macabre. Innovative [and] imaginative.
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FICTION WRITING & PLAYWRITING & FREELANCE WRITING & POETRY
We have been storytellers since we first painted on cave walls: our minds are designed to organize things into narrative. And it is through story that we can come to understand ourselves, and the people around us. We are united by the commonality of our tales, and healed through the revelation of character experience. At least I think that's so.
90 minutes – 2 Women, 3 Men. After suffering a potent physical trauma, Harlowe loses her sense of touch. When her sister brings her home to convalesce, she retreats to the bathroom and spends hour after hour languishing in the tub. Harlowe is a story of sisters and bodies; it is a story of how we heal.
September & Her Sisters
85 minutes - 3 Women, 1 Man. When September's two sisters show up at her run-down SoCal motel, she is bound and determined not to openly discuss the circumstances that drew them to her in the first place. But September is a spoken word poet, and she and her sisters set about deciphering the truth of what she's going through via her poetry.
to Fall in Love with Anyone, do This
60 minutes - 1 Woman, 1 Man. Scientists claim that there are 36 questions you can ask to fall in love with anyone, coupled with four minutes of uninterrupted eye contact. But can this exercise save a marriage, splintered by a horrible accident?
The Burning Brand
90 minutes – 4 Women, 2 Men. The Grey family home rests on burning land, filling its rooms with poisonous gas and its gardens with rising steam. When Lumen returns to the house to convince the rest of her family to move out, she begins to unearth an array of startling family secrets that threaten to pull her back in to a life she struggled to leave behind.
The Seer & The Witch
100 minutes – 3 Women, 2 Men. The past and present collide in the forms of Eleanor and Emily, two women living a century apart who both haunt the same corner room at the Elgin Institute of Mental Health. They are each other’s only solace in a story that explores the nature of the female experience and how it has changed over the course of a hundred years, and how it has not.
Reasons for leaving
100 minutes - 5 Women, 2 Men. June’s life in a quiet desert trailer gets upended with her teenage daughter's pregnancy, the return of her estranged ex-husband, and a box full of unsent letters. She must come to realize that a home on wheels is not a license to leave in this charming, heartfelt play.
Short Plays & One Acts
TUMMY BUBBLES (10 MINUTE)
Performed at the 14th Street Y as part of the terraNOVA Collective’s Fizz Plays, directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman, January 2012. Winner of NYCPlaywrights Play of the Month, February 2013. Produced as part of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, 2013. Produced as part of the Women Center Stage Festival, 2013.
SEPTEMBER & HER SISTERS (ONE ACT)
Performed as part of the 4th annual Out on a Limb Festival at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Later developed into a full-length play.
THE WOULD-BE ROOM (ONE ACT)
Produced by Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago, IL, and The Washington Rogues in Washington, D.C.
I AM THE GIRL WITH THE SPUN GOLD HAIR (10 MINUTE)
Premiered with Columbia Stages as part of the On The Edge Series, directed by Jess K. Smith, April 2009. Produced at LiveGirls! Theater in June, 2013.
A FEVER IN THE FEAST (10 MINUTE)
Performed at Columbia University, performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
PIN (10 MINUTE)
Performed at Columbia University, performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
URIEL’S GARDEN (10 MINUTE)
Developed with Anne Bogart at Columbia University.
Fiction & Poetry
Novel. Genre: Contemporary YA. Completed at 75,000 Words.
In the wake of a sexual assault, Sarah runs away to her Aunt’s orchard, where she spends the summer working alongside her brooding cousin, Margot, and the effervescent orchard employee, Paley. All she wants is to feel ok again, and she searches desperately for a way back to normal in the arms of an older boy and in the bottoms of bottles. Paley becomes her only solace, and she clings fiercely to their time together, time spent playing music and drawing pictures, dreaming of futures and revealing secrets. But there’s one secret Sarah can’t tell, and it’s rotting her from the inside out.
Novel. Genre: YA Thriller w/ Romantic Elements. Completed at 65,000 words
Julia's revenge is a masterful symphony, and none of her targets deserve to be spared. Not after they projected naked videos and pictures of her all over the gym for the entire homecoming dance to see. She's going to make her former friends feel just as she did: like all her deepest fears and failures are on display.
If Julia is the composer, Milo is her maestro. It's not his revenge, but he'll do anything to help her, driven by how much he loves her and how little he has to lose. Together they plot and punish Julia's list of enemies, fueling each other and falling hand-in-hand further down an angry, dangerous hole they'll never climb back out of. They destroy cars, they poison shampoo, they beat someone with a baseball bat... Their classmate is dead and Julia claims it happened one way but Milo says it went down another way. One of them is lying. Both of them are guilty.
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Services for Writers & Playwrights
Because writing alone in a room only gets you so far.
I have been a reader for professional theaters in New York and California, and I know what literary managers are looking for. When you send me your script, I will review your plot, characters, and conflict, as well as provide a thematic analysis so that I can help determine what is at the heart of your play. I can also help you figure out what theaters across the country might be a good fit for your play, and aid you in composing a letter of inquiry that will get it noticed. Please contact me for rates.
Proof Reading & Copy Editing
Sometimes, you just need another pair of eyes on your writing before you feel comfortable sending it off. I have several years of experience as a professional freelance writer and editor, with a keen eye for detail. I will red-line edit your draft, looking out for spelling and grammar errors, ensuring that your writing is polished and typo-free. Please contact me for rates.
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Please direct all inquiries regarding Jenny's dramatic writing to:
Abrams Artists Agency
275 Seventh Ave. 26th Floor
New York, NY 10001