Jennifer Blackmer is a playwright and director based in the Midwest. Most recently, she was playwright in residence with the Ingram New Works Lab at the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, where she developed her latest play, Unraveled, which was featured in the Ingram New Works Festival this spring. Alias Grace, her theatrical adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, received its first performance during summer 2012 with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Jennifer has been a finalist for the David Charles Horn Prize for Emerging Playwrights (Yale Drama Competition), the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest, the Firehouse Festival of New American Theatre and the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference. She was a semi-finalist for the 2012 Princess Grace Award. Her plays have been seen in New York (The Lark, EstroGenius Xtended Festival, MSP Emerging Female Voices), Minneapolis (The Playwrights’ Center, Theatre Unbound), and the Chicago area (Museum of Science and Industry, Illinois Wesleyan University) among others. Recent directing credits include the American premiere of Lost: A Memoir at Indiana Repertory Theatre, and numerous productions at Ball State University.
Praise for Unraveled
"Jennifer Blackmer's remarkable and wrenching drama, Unraveled, paradoxically gleams with splendid wit."
(One of the top ten productions of 2013; Superior Achievement in New Playwriting)
John Townsend, Lavender Magazine
"The scenes with Joy and her older mother pack a wallop like a hammer, while those with George's younger self beautifully illustrate where these two characters have been and what has been cast aside... the end result is a work that is messy, honest and painful... a bit like life at these points."
Ed Hyuck, City Pages
"The painful contrast between past and present that these two outstanding performances embody is one of the most effective elements of Unraveled."
Lisa Brock, Minneapolis Star Tribune
UNRAVELED was recognized by Lavender Magazine as of the top ten productions in the Twin Cities for 2013. Jennifer was also recognized for superior achievement in new playwriting:
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