Jennifer Blackmer is a playwright, screenwriter and Professor of Theatre at Ball State University. Her plays have been produced off-Broadway and across the country, and her writing has won numerous awards, including the Joseph Jefferson Award, the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award for Emerging American Playwright, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation prize from the Tribeca Film Institute. Read Jennifer’s full biography here.
"The theater community is immensely the better for her presence among us. She is doing work that matters."
Judges' Citation, PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Emerging American Playwright Award
I consider my work as a storyteller to be a natural extension of my favorite childhood pastime: lying in the damp grass after dark, staring at the stars, contemplating ridiculously large notions such as “light year,” “infinity,” “multiple dimensions.” The rural Indiana skies of my girlhood were boundless, and I wanted nothing more than to fly into them; I wanted to experience a light year, feel infinity and explore those other dimensions.
This deep longing for “bigness” eventually found solace in writing, plays first, then screenplays, where the entire POINT is to make the impossible possible. Writing is my way of wrestling with an unruly cosmos. Through my work, I seek to create deep and complex roles for women as central protagonists, struggling with dilemmas usually reserved for men.
I want audiences to bond with these women and feel that they, too, can fall up into the sky and soar (if they want it badly enough). And I hope to tell stories that challenge and celebrate a uniquely child-like, very human propensity to ask ridiculously large questions while staring at the stars.
Predictor to be Featured in National Showcase of New Plays
Jennifer Blackmer's new play, Predictor, is one of the featured works in the National Showcase of New Plays in Atlanta, GA, December 6-8. Established in 2002, the National Showcase of New Plays is an annual three-day event that highlights unproduced plays from across the country. The Showcase creates a unique and invaluable opportunity for production-ready new plays to be viewed by NNPN’s Core and Associate Members’ artistic directors and literary managers, as well as literary agents, publishers, and independent producers invited from around the country.
Predictor is the real-life story of Margaret Crane who, in 1967, defied all odds and expectations to become the inventor of the first home pregnancy test.
For more information, visit the National New Play Network.
West Coast Premiere of Unraveled Opens November 15
Collaborative Artists Ensemble is producing the West Coast premiere of Jennifer Blackmer's play Unraveled, November 15-December 8 at the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood, CA,
Unraveled tells the story of a professor trying to come to terms with her mother's battle with cancer, and the effects it has on both her body and mind.
Directed by Steve Jarrard, the show features Carolyn Crotty, Drew Lee Davis-Wheeler, Kathy Bell Denton, Jake Jensen, Heidi Shon and Meg Wallace.
The Sherry Theater is located at 11052 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601.
For more information and tickets, visit the Collaborative Artists Ensemble.