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Jan 7 / jacob

New Press!

The 2014 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition has a nice write up in, including a bit about In the Shadow of his Language. Check it out, and all the other great-sounding plays that will be at the Alliance this February!

Nov 15 / jacob

Alliance Theatre`s Kendeda Contest Finalist: In the Shadow of his Language

In the Shadow of his Language has been named a 2014 Kendeda Contest Finalist by Alliance Theatre in Atlanta! Stay tuned for details about an upcoming reading there in February, 2014…

Jun 23 / jacob

In the Shadow of his Language Reading, 8/25 Chicago!

On Sunday, August 25, 2013
At Noon in Chicago’s Cultural Center Studio Theatre
A Free event:
A staged reading of

In the Shadow of his Language

Directed by Jacqueline Stone
Part of the “In the Works” series, presented by DCase
About the Play:
Didi O’Connor must escape South Boston where her Dad scoffs, “How did you get so
fat on your Ma’s shitty cooking?”  She seizes her chance when she gets “a free ride”
to a prestigious college in Upstate New York. But when her advisor forces Didi to
change her name, accent, clothes—even her religion—will success destroy her more
than her dead-end home-life ever would?  In the Shadow of His Language explores
the costs of class-jumping and the imperialism we call “education.”
The script is a 2013 Semi-Finalist at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights
Conference, a Semi-Finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, a Finalist for the 2014 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, and a recipient of a Saturday Series reading at Chicago Dramatists. It will have a reading at the Alliance Theatre in February 2014.
Nov 5 / jacob

HowlRound Post

Check out my thoughts on the political potential of mainstream theatre on HowlRound!

Aug 23 / jacob

Keep up to date!

Many of you have asked for a mailing list to find out about upcoming productions, readings, and workshops.

The best way to do that is to “like” my new Facebook author page!

Jul 30 / jacob

Asst. Professor at Southern Illinois U, Carbondale

Good news:

I am Asst. Professor of Dramatic Literature/Criticism and Playwriting at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale as of August 13.

May 31 / jacob

New Press for Joan`s Laughter!

Here’s an excerpt from a review in Chicago Theater Beat by K.D. Hopkins:

“Jacob Juntunen’s play evokes some compelling questions that are left up to the viewer to explore (and maybe even argue). What gives anyone the right to deem another a martyr? What is the nature of a miracle or a vision? In the catechism that I grew up with, anyone who died in service of God automatically became a martyr and therefore a saint without question. Joan was found innocent posthumously and then canonized. One tribunal finds her to be a heretic and another beatifies her. This is a play that should be seen and then discussed. The content is rich and the acting is superb.”

Get your tickets now!

May 16 / jacob

Joan’s Laughter Open and Available on Amazon!

Joan’s Laughter has its world premiere at Chicago’s side project theatre May 16 – June 17, 2012!

Directed by Cecilie Keenan!

Get your tickets now!
Seating is limited!

The script is available on Amazon for Kindle, or for Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone with this free app.

It runs:
Fridays @ 9pm
Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 2pm

Tickets are $20 general, $15 industry, $10 students/vets/seniors

Apr 25 / jacob

Joan’s Laughter Tickets On Sale Now!

Get your tickets now for the world premiere of my script Joan’s Laughter, produced by the side project, directed by Cecilie Keenan.

I’ll be there the weekend of June 8-10!

See you at the theatre!

Apr 20 / jacob

Sneak Peak of Spring Rep!

What are YOU doing this weekend? How about going to the side project’s Spring Rep Kickoff!?

Any amount – from $1 up – gets you in for food, beer and a special sneak peek of the Spring Rep shows, one of which is my script, Joan’s Laughter! PLUS each dollar donated at this event is eligible for our donor match!