"Jennifer's... interests are wide ranging, from physics, knitting and the music of the spheres to the current American presence in the Middle East in all its moral ambiguity. She writes rich roles for actors of color and her female characters are exhilaratingly vital, challenging and no less stubbornly problematic than her men... Her characters all have souls and hearts and no one has the uncontested high ground. Her refusal of the easy answers makes [Human Terrain] not only powerful drama but important and wise. The theater community is immensely the better for her presence among us. She is doing work that matters."

 

From the judges' citation - 2015 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Emerging American Playwright Award

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