Jeni Mahoney


For Tori and Jack, life off the grid offers a welcome alternative to the turmoil of life back home… until Morgan shows up seeking sanctuary and offering the promise of long lost hopes for happiness. Having already walked away once, can Jack and Tori hold on to their separate peace, or will they risk it all for a shot at their dreams?


Marcy Wuggelson is jinx, so when she decides to visit her favorite self-help author, Wanda Moore, in the hospital on Christmas Eve the scene is ripe for disaster; but with the help of Santa’s Reindeer, the Ghost of Christmas Future, a Nun, and phenomenologist Martin Heidegger, Marcy and Wanda may just discover the true meaning of Christmas… or at least what the German Lady is screaming about.


7 Short Plays ranging from 2 minutes to 10 minutes, and embracing those moments in which - quite unexpected - we find ourselves confronted with the best, worst, and most absurd aspects of our humanity.


Audrey, a socialite turned relief worker, finds herself in a war-torn nation awarding a free feast and celebrity-style photo shoot to the besieged family of Anya Andonov; trapped in a world that is as absurd, as it is brutal, Anya and Audrey struggle to salvage their feast as the world around them spirals into collapse.

Jeni is a playwright, teacher, artistic director and play development geek.

Her plays including Fata Morgana, Kandahar, The Feast of the Flying Cow… and Other Stories of War, Come Rain or Come Shine, Running in Circles Screaming, The Martyrdom of Washington Booth, Mercy Falls, American Eyes, Scatter and Light have been presented at InterAct Theater (Philadelphia), Boise Contemporary Theater, Boston Theater Marathon, Greenwich Playhouse (London), Denver's Old Vic (And Toto Too Theater Company), L.A. Theater Center, MidWest New Play Festival (Chicago), Lark Theater's Playwrights Week, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYU's hotINK Festival, Circus Theatricals, Fresh Ground Pepper, Key City Public Theater and the National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Center among others.

Fata Morgana was awarded a 2015 Artworks Grant by the National Endowment of the Arts and selected as an Honorable Mention on the 2015 Kilroy List. The Feast of the Flying Cow... and Other Stories of War was an Honorable Mention on the Kilroy's 2014 List. She is also the recipient of an Independent Artists Challenge Grant from The Field and a Woolrich Postgraduate Fellowship from Columbia University.

As the Founding Artistic Director of Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and co-Artistic Director of id Theater, Jeni has supported the development of over 180 new American plays since 2001, and curates Indie Theater Now’s Seven Devils Playwrights Conference Collection. The Conference's development process is featured in Michael Wright's 2005 book Playwriting: At Work and Play and has been featured in The Dramatists Magazine, Stage Directions, The Loop and Idaho Arts Quarterly.

Her development geek credits include an article for Howlround; two stints as a panelist for the Dramatists Guild's popular "Art of the Synopsis" seminar; serving as guest artist/mentor for the Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwriting Festival at Ohio University; and numerous dramaturgical assignments.

Formerly the Head of Playwriting at Playwrights Horizons Theater School/NYU Tisch, Jeni is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the National Theatre Conference (for which she is also serves as Board Secretary).

Jeni is honored to have been inducted into the Indie Theater Hall of Fame where she was named one of the 2014 People of the Year.