Introducing: 2015 ONSTAGE Playwright Jen Huszcza

Learn more about our fabulous playwrights, and then join us at the Prescott Center for the Arts in Prescott, AZ this Thurs, Sat and Sunday (Aug 6, 8, 9) for the OUTSIDE THE LINES Festival!  Tickets Available HERE

Jen2There’s just something about Jen Huszcza.  This is LBDI’s 4th year producing the ONSTAGE Festival, and we’ve included a Jen Huszcza piece every year!  Jen’s plays are unique, streamlined, and inhabit the hyper-real.  This year’s piece, THIS, directed by/starring Cason Murphy, is a gritty monologue that grabbed us with the first sentence!

LBDI:  Why did you decide to submit your work to this year’s ONSTAGE Project?

JEN:  I like the theme, Outside the Lines, and Tiffany is awesome.

LBDI: Describe your writing space…

JEN: I write in a variety of spaces. I was outside of the United States when I wrote the majority of “This”. As I was going, I kept reading it over and over again aloud to myself. I hope my American accent did not offend the neighbors.

LBDI: If you could be any literary character, who would you be?

JEN: I can only be myself and not a character. Still, if I was to choose, I would say it has to be a modern character because I like indoor plumbing.

LBDI: What was your first play titled/about?

JEN: Viper about the ruler of universe and his tragic love for a woman.

LBDI: Which theatricians do you admire and what about them inspires you?

JEN: Beckett, Fornes, Foreman. Minimalism, humanity, innovation.

LBDI: Why do you write for theatre? (as opposed to other written mediums…)

JEN: I ask myself that question every time I write a play. I don’t write for theatre. I write a play. I do work in other mediums.

LBDI: What message would you put in a fortune cookie?

JEN: Joy (in bed).

LBDI: Morning, Noon, or Night?

JEN: I wake up with the sun, I must wear sunscreen in the sun, I go to sleep after the sun goes down.

More about Jen:

Jen Huszcza is a playwright currently based in Los Angeles.  Three of Jen’s plays (Rinse, POP, and Flowers) were performed in Little Black Dress INK’s first three festivals. Her short play, It Has to End in Tears, was produced by Greenlight Productions in Santa Monica in March 2015. Four of her plays have been presented as staged readings in the Monday Night Living Room Series at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood.  She wrote and acted in Gunfighter Nation’s collectively written piece, LA History Project: Pio Pico, Sam Yorty, and the Secret Procession of Los Angeles, presented at the Lost Studio in 2010.  She has guest-blogged for the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. BFA in Dramatic Writing and MFA in Musical Theatre Writing both from NYU.

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