A group of young women come out at a small conservative Christian college. After some fiery national press, the college’s administration calls for “week of dialogue.” As the week unfolds, the dialogue is one sided and the students must fight to be heard. Inspired by interviews, Jesus Girls highlights the journey of a group of extraordinary young women in their quest to be recognized as both Christian and gay. What happens when Jesus Girls come out?
Part of the Next Voices Festival, featuring four readings by our Next Voices Playwriting Fellows:
False Flag by Walt McGough – Saturday June 4 at 3pm
Jesus Girls by Lila Rose Kaplan – Saturday June 4 at 7pm
When Herod Came to Georgia by James McLindon – Sunday June 5 at 3pm
Dream House by Cassie M. Seinuk – Sunday June 5 at 7pm
Lila Rose Kaplan writes heartfelt comedies, bittersweet dramas, and musicals for young people. Her play Wildflower made its Off-Broadway debut at Second Stage Uptown. Her other works include The Magician’s Daughter, 1 2 3 – a play about abandonment and ballroom dancing, Home of the Brave, The Light Princess, We All Fall Down, 100 Planes, Bureau of Missing Persons, and Tink. Her plays have been produced by Second Stage Uptown, A.R.T., The New Victory Theatre, The Old Vic, Perishable Theatre, Know Theatre, Chalk Rep, Fresh Ink, Launch Pad, Neighborhood Productions, and La Jolla Playhouse/Moving Arts. Her plays have been developed by The Huntington Theatre, Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group, The Playwrights Realm, Theatreworks, PlayPenn, and The Lark among others. Awards and Fellowships include The National Science Award in Playwriting, The International Women’s Playwriting Award, The Old Vic/New Voices T.S. Eliot Exchange, and The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellows. Lila Rose has been Playwright-in-Residence at Cornerstone Theatre Company, Harvard Business School, and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. BA: Brown University. MFA in Playwriting: UC San Diego. Upcoming 2015-2016 productions include: 1 2 3 at San Francisco Playhouse, The Pirate Princess at A.R.T., Home of the Brave at Merrimack Rep, and The Light Princess at South Coast Rep. She is also developing a new play called When Jesus Girls Come Out with New Repertory Theatre as part of their Next Voices Fellowship. Lila Rose lives in Cambridge with her marine biologist, her opinionated cats, and her brand new daughter. (Website / New Play Exchange Profile)