SMJ has written three full-length plays: Stacy & Mia, Not the Truth We Seek, and The Average High School Play, as well as one-acts that have been seen in New York City, Westerville, OH, and in their hometown of Mount Vernon, OH.
Their work has been seen at the New Light Theater Project Darkroom 13 at the Access Theater, the Kraine Theater, the Theatre at St. Clement's, Otterbein University, the Hudson Guild Theater, and the WorkShop Theaters.
SMJ was selected as one of the Residents for the Access Theater starting March 1, 2018 to develop Very Strong Liking from a 35-minute mime play into a full-length musical called At the Barre. They also completed an Independent Writing Residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in February 2018. They will be a residence with the Dragon's Egg Studio in August 2018.
They are also currently working on a new ensemble play entitled The Command Center Angel Grove, California, which follows the month of training for six women cast as the first all-female Power Ranger team in a reboot of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
Through a fast-paced mixture of mime, ballet, stage combat, droznin, slapstick comedy, text, and music, Catherine, the talented principal dancer at ABT with the weight of the world on her shoulders, and Shawn, a non-binary, overweight mime with gender identity and self-esteem issues, as well as their Inner Selves, are thrust into each other’s lives after an insane audition. Navigating the format of a Golden Age love story, At the Barre focuses on how one finds their beauty and finds a genuine connection in a cluttered and overly talkative world.
The Command Center Outside Angel Grove, California
Over the course of 32 days, six women (known as Green, Red, Pink, Yellow, Blue, and Black) train to be the first-ever all-female ensemble of Power Rangers. 90's nostaligia blurs with discoveries of sexuality, discussions of cheap pizza, unsettling monologues, mind control, social media, and kick-ass choreographed fights complete with he-yahs! The Command Center Outside Angel Grove, California explores the power that words have on us mentally and physically.
The first two years of college are full of discoveries as well as highs and lows for Stacy as she begins her time at Boston University. Bouncing between her freshman year hook up with her RA, Lily, a frat boy, and her first real attempt at a relationship with a woman named Mia, Stacy is forced to relive all of the stress of dating in college, the consequences of being friends with benefits, and the long-winding journey to accepting her sexuality. Based on the playwright’s reimagining of their relationship with their girlfriend, Periastron is just like college, equal parts funny, frustrating, and painful.
Not the Truth We Seek follows Abigail, a prisoner of war who copes with the harsh realities of her life by escaping into another world that she has created for herself. The world she creates tells the story of a group of abandoned women who have crash landed in Limbo. They must rely on trust, love, and community to survive. Audrey, the strong, determined, and the leader of the group, is accompanied by Paige - her best friend, Chloe - her younger sister, and Clara and Ophelia - high school friends. Their fears and morals are put to the test when a charismatic stranger, Emma, joins their group. Tension threatens to tear them apart and Abigail soon realizes that maybe this world isn't that different from her reality.
Based on real-life experiences and teenage dramas, the fast-paced comedic farce, The Average High School Play, is set in an Ohio high school with a new drama teacher desperately trying to maintain order of his cast for his own play, R & J, a modern spin on Romeo and Juilet. He must deal with two mean girls trying to get him fired, a nerd who doesn't know the word "no," a skater, an overactor, the girl with huge stage fright, a clumsy stage crew, a fashion photographer, frustrated extras and a principal who will not accept failure. This comedy is sure to get you laughing! What will happen in this play that is anything but average?
Not the Truth We Seek was selected and awarded Distinction, 2017.
Dramaturgy/Playwriting/Devised Theater: Dr. Jessie Glover
National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
Devised Theater: The Debate Society (Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, Oliver Butler), Greg Allen, David Jaffe, Elizabeth Hess
Professional Development: Lexy Leuszler
Paula Vogel at the Vineyard Theater, The Debate Society at Playwrights Horizons