JS: Chocolate chip cookie dough except I only ever want to eat the cookie dough out of the ice cream.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
JS: It's hard to say any one place is objectively The Coolest, but when I was in college, I ran off to Morocco with some friends, while letting my parents think I was in Rhode Island the entire time. (Kids, do not try this at home.) After I got inevitably mugged, my friends and I went to this police station in Rabat. There were at least twenty cats wandering around the station, and the police chief who took my statement was obsessed with the Tower of London and wanted to have a lengthy conversation with me about the various torture implements allegedly stored there. He didn't quite have the full vocabulary required, so he just acted a lot of it out, while I nodded vigorously as he mimed the rack and the Iron Maiden. It's rare to find a man so invested in a conversation. In retrospect, he was pretty cool.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
JS: I have the attention span of a goldfish and I can barely remember my name from day to day. This is one of many reasons that I have never (never!) acted.
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
JS: EJS. That lady knows how to get things done!
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
JS: Work in progress.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
JS: I once rode the subway from the West Village to Queens with fake blood dripping from a "head-wound", to see how people would react. After literally 3 subway stops of darting glances at me, an EMT asked me if I needed a tissue. A mother covered her small daughter's eyes. Welcome to New York.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
JS: Time in a bottle. Open the bottle, you have 60 extra minutes in your day!
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
JS: I hold out hope for all three.
KLC: Wild card question! If you could name someone famous—living or dead—as your emergency contact, who would it be?
JS: Ted Hughes. He might not pick up the phone if you called, but he'd write you a gorgeous letter afterwards.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
JS: I struggle deeply with the fact that I am not living in the solitary wilds of the tundra, shepherding reindeer or penguins or ice-buffalo. Or perhaps, in another life, I am.
Jen’s work has been produced off-Broadway by the Playwrights Realm (CRANE STORY), off-off Broadway by Clubbed Thumb (PHOEBE IN WINTER), produced at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (THE ROOMMATE, Humana 2016), and regionally at InterAct Theatre (THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE). THE MOORS is upcoming at Yale Repertory Theatre (15-16 season.) She is an affiliated artist with New Georges, Ars Nova, The Playwrights Realm, and The Lark, and has developed work with Playwrights Horizons, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Williamstown, Playpenn, the O’Neill, Seven Devils, New York Theatre Workshop, and The New Harmony Project. She’s a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award for PRETTY MBANE, and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant. THE MOORS has won a Leah Ryan / Lilly Award, and an Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the Inge Center. THE HUNTERS was selected for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor Lynn Nottage) and STILL won the Yale Drama Series Award, and was published by Yale University Press. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard. www.jensilverman.com