Play Showcase

Below are the descriptions of my full-length plays.  

To Saints and Stars

To Saints and Stars |Synopsis

10-all astronauts prepare for launch... 9-months and Zoe will be a mother... 8-years old, a promise made we never wanted to break... 7-months, my one way ticket to Mars... 6-million hours staring up at the stars... 5-seconds left until launch... 4- years old when we first met... 3- decades of friendship and love... 2-peas in a pod until... 1-mission liftoff

 

In To Saints and Stars, Sofía’s life flashes before her eyes. In the face of death on the first manned mission to Mars, Sofía re- examines her lifelong friendship with Zoe and the age old conflict between science and faith.

To Saints and Stars |Production History

Staged Reading, San Diego Repertory Theatre, 2019

Staged Reading, Ohio University, 2019

A Driving Beat

A Driving Beat |Synopsis

2,000 miles, a cross-country car ride

adopted son and mother travel side by side

white woman, brown boy in the same space

9 states to the hospital, the teen’s birthplace

4 days, if all goes according to plan

5 nights, of doing all that they can

to find his birth mom, identity, or home

but by the end of their journey

will any answers be known? 

A Driving Beat |Production History

Staged Reading, Athena Project, 2019

Distinguished Achievement, Hip Hop Theatre, KCACTF, 2019

Distinguished Achievement, Paula Vogel Award, KCACTF, 2019

Staged Reading, San Francisco Playhouse, 2018

Staged Reading, Ohio University, 2018

Written at National Winter Playwrights Retreat, 2018

Las Pajaritas

Las Pajaritas (formerly Pajarita) |Synopsis

Lita, Anita, and Taylor are three generations of Chicana women who live in the same apartment together.  And as much as they can fight about everything from religion to dating, there isn’t anything that one wouldn’t do for another.  But there will always be a division in their relationship because Lita’s and Anita’s brown skin and Taylor’s white skin have affected how they are each able to move throughout the world.  And when Taylor returns from her first year at college, she finds that something has shifted in her childhood home. Lita goes missing for days on end with flimsy excuses for her absence.  Anita and Lita whisper in the middle of the night about a secret that must be kept from Taylor at all costs.  And the truth is a far too common example how America’s poorest populations are being exploited around the country.

Las Pajaritas |Development History

 

Workshop, Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Series, 2018

Distinguished Achievement, Latinx Award, KCACTF, 2018

Finalist, Parity Productions Annual Commission, 2017

Staged Reading, The Custom Made Theatre Co., 2017

Workshop Production, Acting Out INK Fest, 2016

Workshop at San Francisco Playhouse, 2015

Written at Wildacres Residency, 2015

 

Restore |Synopsis

What happens when young raw passion goes terribly wrong? Five characters grapple with how to find justice in the aftermath of an unthinkable event.

Restore |Development History

 

Staged Reading, Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre, 2018

Workshop Production, Waukengan Theatre Festival, 2016

Winner of the Christopher Brian Wolk Award, 2015

Workshop Production at Acting Out INK Fest, 2015*

Originally Commissioned by San Francisco Playhouse, 2013

 

*Winner of Best Ensemble and Best Actor

Featuring Eric Geller, Francesca Manzi, Gail Friedland, Alison Quinn, & Wes Swihart

Photograph by Daniel J Sliwa Photography

Featuring Keith Burkland*, Molly Noble*, and Carlye Pollack

Photogarphs by Lauren English 

* Member of AEA 

Inevitable |Synopsis

What would you do if you could stop time? In Evelyn’s desperate attempt to make sense of her life she grasps at the impossible: halting the inevitable ticking clock. But the cost of this seeming impossibility may be destroying the family she has worked a lifetime to create. Fantasy and memory collide in this family drama that examines questions central to the human experience. What does it mean to die? And when you do, what is the legacy that you want to leave behind?

Inevitable |Press Quotes

 

"Inevitable packs a powerful dramatic punch... Jordan Puckett is definitely a talent to watch"- Huffington Post

 

"Honest, heartbreaking and sometimes funny, Inevitable has a lot going for it: a smart script, great acting, minimalistic stagecraft and a thoroughly captivating story."- Art Animal Magazine 

 

"[The playwright] does well at capturing the idiosyncratic rhythms of time-tempered marital conversation between Evelyn and Carl, and the hurtful time bombs planted within mother-daughter interchanges."- San Francisco Chronicle

 

"Genuinely touching, particularly in the palpable bond between Burkland’s Carl and Noble’s Evy, and much of their dialogue is clever and sweet." - The Idiolect

Inevitable |Production History

 

World Premiere, San Francisco Playhouse Sandbox Series, 2013

Developed at Northwestern University, 2011

Inevitable | Interview

 

To learn more about the play and my writing process, read my interview in San Francisco Magazine here:

http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/two-premieres-one-conversation-jordan-puckett

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