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November 29, 2006
Jenny Lyn Bader, Playwright and Author, 12-1-06
Read the transcript of the ARTSCAPE interview with Jenny Lyn Bader
Jenny Lyn Bader is a playwright, author, and native New Yorker. Her plays include Manhattan Casanova — which just received its world premiere at Hudson Stage — and None of the Above, produced in New York by the theatre company New Georges and published in the collection Under Thirty: Plays for a New Generation (Vintage).
Ms. Bader has also written numerous one-act plays, including Worldness, commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival of New American Plays); The Fisherman’s Wife (HERE Arts Center); Miss America (New York International Fringe Festival, “Best of the Fringe” selection); and The Popcorn Sonata (Florida’s City Theatre), published in 2004: Best 10-Minute Plays (Smith & Kraus). Her work also appears in Heaven and Hell (Dramatists Play Service), Leading Women (Vintage), and other collections. Ms. Bader was a Lark Playwriting Fellow, nominated by Wendy Wasserstein. She has developed her plays at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, where she was invited to write for the 20th Century Project; at the Women’s Project Directors Forum, where she workshopped Memory Play starring Eli Wallach; and at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, where she won the Edith Oliver Award.
Her essays and whimsy have appeared in The New York Times “Week in Review” and in books such as Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation (Norton). With Bill Brazell, she co-authored the book He Meant, She Meant: The Definitive Male-Female Dictionary — What Men Think They’re Saying, What Women Really Mean (Warner). She wrote both seasons of the web drama Watercooler (MSN) and has written scripts for Warner Bros./Laura Ziskin Productions, NBC Studios, and HBO/Billy Crystal’s Face Productions.
A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard, she has taught at the New School University and has been a guest artist at Barnard College. In December, her one-act cycle Out of Mind: 7 Short Plays with Some of the People Missing will be produced at NYU/Strasberg.
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