Jacquelyn Reingold

Playwright, TV, Film Writer

PLAYS BY JACQUELYN REINGOLD

All of these can be purchased at The Drama Bookshop or from the publisher.

THINGS BETWEEN US
Here are nine short plays that have been produced in New York at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels, HB Playwrights Theatre, at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, at theatres across the country, and in Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Serbia. Included are plays about a woman who falls for a giant bee; a Queen bee who falls for a man; a romance at Henny Youngman's funeral; a sea monster in a hospital room; a bittersweet memory on a beach; two theatre loving cockroaches at the end of the world; a Cambodian immigrant who proposes to a homeless man; and a young woman without a vagina, who finds a way to get one. PLAYS included: JOE AND STEW, DOTTIE AND RICHIE, 2B (OR NOT 2B), JILEY NANCE AND LEDNERG, CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT, 2B (OR NOT 2B) PART 2, TUNNEL OF LOVE, CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT.
" ... a wild reaching fantasy about what women have to put up with ... gives the evening a needed jolt of adrenaline." --The New York Times
... vaudevillian panache, this riotous clitoon is fueled ... wacky." --The Village Voice
... offbeat, subtle and unexpectedly powerful ... " --LA Weekly
"A compelling, moving comedy of sexual manners at society's margins." -Backstage West
Published by Dramatists Play Service

STRING FEVER
In this comedy, which starred Cynthia Nixon and Evan Handler Off-Broadway, Lily juggles the big issues: turning forty, artificial insemination, and the elusive scientific Theory of Everything.
"Think Sex and the City meets Copenhagen." —N.Y. Times
"A funny offbeat and touching look at relationships…an appealing romantic comedy." -N.Y. Daily News
"Where kooky, zany, and madcap meet…whimsically winsome." -New York Magazine
"...so smart and sassy...her feverish comedy is very funny." -San Francisco Chronicle
"Reingold's soft, sweet, brainy comedy." -The Washington Post
"A disarming and sharply observant urban farce." -The Washington Times
"a thoughtful and open contemplation of the vagaries of love -- and physics." -East Bay Express
Published by Dramatists Play Service

ACAPULCO
It's 1966, it's Brooklyn, it's Acapulco. Meet almost divorced Doris, her lying husband, her scheming laundress mother-in-law, her chest-hair-dying boyfriend, a mysterious woman who's really a man, and the whore of Brooklyn. A 1960's comedy with a 2014 point of view.
"A terrific play about the end of an era and the end of a marriage." -Warren Leight
"It's built like a late-'60's Broadway comedy but turns the genre upside-down." -Todd London

GIRL GONE
When a topless dancer is brutally murdered, her best friend looks for answers.
"The mysteries of life, death and survival in the city, of friendships among women and relationships between the sexes are explored; the playwright display[s] admirable talent and generate[s] plenty of interest, tension and ideas." -N.Y. Times
"an authentic and authentically theatrical voice." -Variety
"taut psychosexual thriller delves into themes of sexual exploitation and fear of intimacy." -LA Weekly "Pick of the Week;" LA Times "Best Bet"
Published by Dramatists Play Service

FREEZE TAG
A one-act. When Andrea tries to buy a newspaper in New York's East Village, the vendor seems to know the most intimate secrets of her entire life. She even knows who her boyfriend is sleeping with and why. In this comedy, two young women confront who they are, who they were, and what it means to be a friend.
"The most gripping play... from amusing to hilarious."-- N.Y. Times "Reingold's writing is really terrific...one of the most impressive debuts of the season"-- N.Y. Press "An extraordinary play.... Unforgettable."-- Back Stage
Published by Samuel French

A VERY VERY SHORT PLAY
A one-act. First produced in EST's One-Act Marathon, 2008.
"The series ends with Jacquelyn Reingold's "A Very Very Short Play," a sparkling fairy tale of longing and possibility set on an airplane in midflight. Roger, a nervous flyer, vents his anxiety by talking, and talking, to Joan, the woman in the next seat, who's trying to read. "I'm sorry to ask, you look so content so calm so reasonably relaxed I'm sorry to ask," he begins, sounding somehow like a Billy Collins poem. She resists, but he woos her with a cream puff, and they fall in love though she is 1 foot tall, and he is 12-foot-8. Ms. Reingold has written an odd, enchanting music box of a play."--The New York Sun.
"'Series C' and the marathon reach the finish line in inspired fashion with Jacquelyn Reingold's A Very Very Short Play. It couldn't have a simpler premise: Boy and girl meet cute in adjacent airplane seats; cream puffs and assorted non sequiturs smooth the mutual seduction. But Reingold's language is lavish, indirect, beguiling, and somehow entirely convincing." --The Village Voice.

A.M.L.
The five female characters in this one-act represent the thoughts and feelings of one woman trying to cope with her boyfriend's life threatening illness.
""A.M.L. has unsettling power" -Variety
Published by Dramatists Play Service

DEAR KENNETH BLAKE
A one-act. "Reingold's bittersweet look at the attenuated romance between Tina, a Cambodian immigrant, and her pen pal, Kenneth, an incorrigiby cranky homeless man....funny, touching production shows how intimacy can bud in the most unlikely places." -LA Times
"sweet and winsome" -NY Post
Winner of a Drama-Logue Award in Playwriting
Published in "Best American Short Plays"
and in THINGS BETWEEN US by Dramatists Play Service

TUNNEL OF LOVE
A one-act. "Susie, the perplexed heroine of 'Tunnel of Love,' has a bizarre problem. She was born with C.A.V., which stands for Congenital absence of the Vagina. That leads into a wild reaching fantasy about what women have to put up with... gives the evening a needed jolt of adrenaline." -NY Times
Winner of a Drama-Logue Award in Playwriting
Published in "Best American Short Plays"
and in THINGS BETWEEN US by Dramatists Play Service

2B (OR NOT 2B)
A one-act. What happens when Franny, heart broken and single, is seduced by a giant Bee who needs a Queen?
Produced at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2009, in "Match Games" an evening of one-act plays about romance.
Published in THINGS BETWEEN US by Dramatists Play Service
Published in LAUGH LINES: SHORT COMIC PLAYS by Vintage Books

2B (OR NOT 2B) PART TWO
A one-act. What happens when Franny, now a Queen Bee, goes to her ex's wedding, hoping to sting him to death, but ends up under the gift table with the piano player?
First produced at The HB Playwrights Theatre.
Published in THINGS BETWEEN US by Dramatists Play Service

DOTTIE AND RICHIE
A one-act. At Henny Youngman's funeral, Richie claims he's fallen for Dottie, but Dottie claims she killed Henny Youngman.
First produced at The HB Playwrights Theatre.
Published in THINGS BETWEEN US by Dramatists Play Service

JOE AND STEW'S THEATRE OF BROTHERLY LOVE AND FINANCIAL SUCCESS
A one-act. Two cockroaches are the only survivors in an off-off Broadway theatre after the bomb drops. A critic moans in the audience, barely alive. Will they save him? No!
First produced by All Seasons Theatre in NYC, then in many theatres across the country, in Germany, and soon to be seen in Belgrade, Serbia.
"this little gem...is a comedic concoction that blends “Waiting for Godot” with Abbott and Costello" -Art Scene Magazine
Published in "Best American Short Plays"
and in THINGS BETWEEN US by Dramatists Play Service

FOR-EVERETT
A bittersweet love story. Two relationships -- in twelve minutes. On a beach.
First produced at The HB Playwrights Theatre.
Published in THINGS BETWEEN US by Dramatists Play Service