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Mar 13 / jacob

Hath Taken Away to be at the Great Plains Theatre Conference!

My script, Hath Taken Away, will be featured in PlayLabs at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. The conference takes place from May 27 – June 3, 2017 at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. More information here about the reading of Hath Taken Away. Download the script here, or on the New Play Exchange.

Jul 25 / jacob

My Book Out From Routledge!

Mainstream AIDS Theatre, the Media, and Gay Civil Rights: Making the Radical Palatable

This book demonstrates the political potential of mainstream theatre in the US at the end of the twentieth century, tracing ideological change over time in the reception of US mainstream plays taking HIV/AIDS as their topic from 1985 to 2000. This is the first study to combine the topics of the politics of performance, LGBT theatre, and mainstream theatre’s political potential, a juxtaposition that shows how radical ideas become mainstream, that is, how the dominant ideology changes. Using materialist semiotics and extensive archival research, Juntunen delineates the cultural history of four pivotal productions from that period—Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart (1985), Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (1992), Jonathan Larson’s Rent (1996), and Moises Kaufman’s The Laramie Project (2000). Examining the connection between AIDS, mainstream theatre, and the media reveals key systems at work in ideological change over time during a deadly epidemic whose effects changed the nation forever. Employing media theory alongside nationalism studies and utilizing dozens of reviews for each case study, the volume demonstrates that reviews are valuable evidence of how a production was hailed by society’s ideological gatekeepers. Mixing this new use of reviews alongside textual analysis and material study—such as the theaters’ locations, architectures, merchandise, program notes, and advertising—creates an uncommonly rich description of these productions and their ideological effects. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of theatre, politics, media studies, queer theory, and US history, and to those with an interest in gay civil rights, one of the most successful social movements of the late twentieth century.

Dec 4 / jacob

Next up: The First Yes at the side project

JANUARY 6 – 31, 2016

For its 16th Anniversary, the side project theatre in Chicago commissioned 16 playwrights to write a play for each year of the company’s existence. I’m thrilled to be a part of the project, and my play, The First Yes, will represent 2015 in Part B of this two-part event. Tickets and more info here.

Featuring world premiere plays from:


Oct 29 / jacob

Hath Taken Away — Source Festival Finalist!

Hath Taken Away is a finalist for the 2016 Source Festival in Washington, DC!

Full-length scripts are invited by CulturalDC, and this year a record 145 were submitted! Of those, Hath Taken Away is one of 22 finalists with a chance of production this summer. Fingers crossed!

Jul 22 / jacob

Reading in LA Area! Will Greer´s Theatricum Botanicum!

Hath Taken Away will have a staged reading directed by Doug Oliphant and dramaturged by Jennie Webb at Will Greer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon!

Sunday, August 30 at 11am! Hope to see you there!

Jul 6 / jacob

Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used To Be in Kansas City!

No, that isn’t a knock on Kansas City! My short play, Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used To Be, will be performed at the City Theatre of Independence.

It runs July 9, 10 and 11 at 8 pm, and on July 12 at 2 pm. If you’re in the Kansas City, MO area, please check it out!

May 17 / jacob

HATH TAKEN AWAY reading at Chicago Dramatists 5/30/15!

Jacob’s latest play-in-progress, Hath Taken Away, will have a staged reading at Chicago Dramatists on May 30, 2015 at 2pm as part of the Saturday Series. It will be directed by Amy Szerlong. See you there!

Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL  60642

Mar 18 / jacob

HATH TAKEN AWAY invited to the Last Frontier!

Hath Taken Away has been invited to the 2015 Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska! I can’t wait for this wonderful opportunity to workshop this script with these wonderful people. Check out the other invited scripts.

The script was also a finalist for Activate Midwest and a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.

Nice to see the script getting so much love this early in its life.

Dec 6 / jacob

Plays Published in Canyon Voices

Two of Jacob’s plays are featured in Canyon Voices literary magazine. (Issue 10, Fall 2014)

Oct 28 / jacob

Hath Taken Away: SIU Staged Reading, November 7, 2014

Happening at SIU Playwriting: