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Equally Divine and other One-Act Plays

Equally Divine featured in United Solo Festival

Told from the point of view of the world's most famous painting, this true-crime whodunit begins with the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre Museum in Paris. Police question everyone from J.P Morgan to Pablo Picasso but cannot crack the case. Soon the story travels back in time to 1503, introducing us to the visionary artist Leonardo da Vinci, the apprentice who would become his lover, and the secrets behind the creation of La Gioconda. Along the way, the woman in the portrait solves mysteries that have baffled fans and stumped scholars for centuries: Why Leonardo never delivered the painting to the man who commissioned it. Who she is. And why she's smiling. Equally Divine is a time-hopping, gender-bending drama about art, inspiration, and becoming who we are.

Jenny Lyn Bader has published 12 plays in Smith & Kraus’ Best 10-Minute Play series: The Popcorn Sonata (City Theatre); Past Lives (Center Stage NY); The Third First Blind Double Date (New Georges Performathon); One Night at Your Local Superstore (Café Theatre at George St. Playhouse), Valentine’s Play (Stageworks/Hudson), Best Friends (W.E.T. “The Love Plays”), and Oppression and Pearls (Largo at the Coronet Theatre, L.A., in “Standing on Ceremony”), Anniversary Season (Half Moon Theatre), Pink, Grey, Maroon (Half Moon Theatre), Supernatural Seminar (Half Moon Theatre), Foodies (Half Moon Theatre), and A Visit to the Rust Belt (Dramatists Guild Foundation reading by Schoolhouse Theatre). Her short play Worldness, produced in the Humana Festival of New American Plays, is published by Dramatists Play Service and appears in Best Scenes of 2001 (S&K). Other one-acts include Miss America (NY Int’l Fringe Festival, “Best of the Fringe” selection), The Fisherman’s Wife (HERE Arts Center), The Joint Collection (Mile Sq. Theatre), Compulsive Behavior (Great American Music Hall), Artists (Nantucket Short Play Festival), Betrayals (John Montgomery Theatre) You Should Have Brought Your Mink (Dawn Powell Festival/78th St. Theatre), The Love Experiment (Neighborhood Playhouse), and Shakespeare’s Undiscovered One-Act (Village Gate).

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Myleah Misenhimer and David Tass in Valentine's Play at Stageworks/Hudson.

Neil Patrick Harris and Ricki Lake in Valentine's Play at the W.E.T. Love Benefit.

Commissions:
JLB has received short play commissions from Oceanside Productions, New Georges, City Theatre, Guild Hall, WORKS Productions/Readers Theatre at Barnes & Noble, Pro-Choice Public Education Commission, White Bird Productions, Mile Square Theatre, Smith & Kraus publishers, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she has been a four-time Heidemann Award finalist.

Alysia Reiner, Gwendolyn Walker, and Connor Barrett in Past Lives (Henlopen Theatre), produced in the play cycle Out of Mind: 7 Short Plays with Some of the People Missing.

Cycles:
Her one-act cycles have been produced at Stamford Fringe Festival, Center Stage NY, Henlopen Theatre, and NYU/Strasberg and have also been performed by Mirror Rep in a benefit evening at the Women's Project; by Hudson Stage in their public staged reading series; and by WORKS Productions in a special event for Readers Theatre/Barnes & Noble Lincoln Square.

Collections:
Just click on the book covers on the left to order these play anthologies.

The Joint Collection was written for Mile Square's 9th annual "7th inning stretch" of short plays about baseball.

Lacy J. Dunn and Jeff Gurner in The Joint Collection (Mile Square Theatre)

Lacy J. Dunn and Jeff Garner in The Joint Collection at Mile Square Theatre.