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Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS

  (1984 - )

Nationality:    African American
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Literary Agent:    William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC  represented by Derek Zasky

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a Brooklyn-based playwright, dramaturg, and performer. His work has been seen at the Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, PS122, Soho Rep, New Dramatists, the Matrix Theatre, Theater Bielefeld in Bielefeld, Germany and the National Theatre in London and he is working on commissions from Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 and Yale Repertory Theater. He is a former New York Theatre Workshop Playwriting fellow, an alum of the Soho Rep Writers/Directors Lab and Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, and a member of the Ars Nova Playgroup. His honors include a Princess Grace award, the Dorothy Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship, and a fellowship in playwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He won an OBIE AWARD in June 2014 for his plays Appropriate and An Octoroon, and that he has an Artists Diploma awarded in 2012 from The Julliard School, NY. He also holds an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU.

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2015)

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        Appropriate         Gloria         Missed Connections         Neighbors         Octoroon, The



Appropriate

Appropriate
the Lafayette family patriarch (and compulsive hoarder) is long dead, and it's time to deal with the deserted and heavily mortgaged arkansan homestead. When his three adult children descend upon the former plantation to liquidate the estate, a gruesome discovery among his many belongings become just the first in a serious of treacherous surprises. a play about family secrets, memory loss and the art of repression.

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Actor's theatre of Louisville in their 2013 Humana Festival

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Contained in: "Humana Festival 2013: The Complete Plays" published by Playscripts
Dramatists Play Service, Inc. NY (2015)   978-1623840020

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Gloria

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This funny, trenchant and powerful new play follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn thirty. But when an ordinary humdrum workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story become higher than ever. Developed at The Vineyard during Brandens residency

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Missed Connections

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Part of A program of short plays And killer live music inspired by Ads for the ones that got Away. Featuring plays by Annie Baker, Bekah Brunstetter, Dylan Dawson, Kristoffer Diaz, Zayd Dohrn, Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Amy Herzog, Samuel D. Hunter, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Steven Levenson, Matthew Lopez, Janine Nabers, And Samuel Brett Williams, All of the play titles Are taken directly from Actual Craigslist Missed Connections Ads.
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Ars Nova, NY    26 Jan 2010

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Neighbors

Neighbors
Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins: Black face, not on my doorstep, not today. Richard Patterson is not happy. the family of black actors that has moved in next door is rowdy, tacky, shameless, and uncouth. and they are not just invading his neighborhood-they're infiltrating his family, his sanity, and his entirely post-racial lifestyle. This wildly theatrical, explosive play on race is an unconventional comedy which uses minstrelsy both to explore the history of black theater and to confront tensions in 'post-racial' America.

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Methuen Drama
Dramatists Play Service, Inc. NY (2015)   978-1408173077

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Octoroon, The

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This is an adaptation of 19th century Irish playwright Dion Boucicault's notorious meloDrama about Americans. (and slavery.). Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peytons handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful octoroon. But the evil overseer MClosky has other plansfor both Terrebonne and Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote this play about slavery in America. Now an American tries to write his own.

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Dramatists Play Service, Inc. NY (2015)   978-0822232261

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adaptation

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Male:  10            Female:  5            Other:  doubling

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