EMILY ZEMBA is a New York based playwright. Her work has been developed with Exquisite Corpse Company, Williamstown Theater Festival's Professional Training Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis (CoreApprenticeship 2015), Great Plains Theater Conference, Labyrinth Theater Company, and Theater Masters. She is a member of The Middle Voice, and co-founder of The Party Line Theater Company – with whom she co-produced POP!: a free Pop-Up performance festival in Bushwick last fall. Her play Deer and the Lovers premiered at First Floor Theater in Chicago in November 2016. Emily has taught Playwriting at Wesleyan University. She is currently an instructor with Tres Artis in New York City. BA: Sarah Lawrence College. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
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When a young girl in town jumps in front of a train, 16- year-old Zinnia embarks on an existential search for meaning. Zinnia’s schoolmates attempt to understand their grief through séances and other witchy-games; Dawn, the town busybody, worries about a teen suicide epidemic; and Zinnia’s mother Janet is trying hard to keep it together. But if the Train Comes to Her is an examination of “to be or not to be,” through the lens of a family feeling trapped by their seemingly small life by the train tracks.
Alice mysteriously falls down the rabbit hole, and her little sister Liddy must take her place in the Little Miss Teacup Pageant. Liddy’s world becomes more and more strange as a barrage of peculiar people parade backstage, along with the queen of all pageant moms. Look Up, Speak Nicely, and Don’t Twiddle Your Fingers All the Time is a new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice stories—with several twists and tiaras.
Gwen, David, and Denise are each searching for something, though some of them aren't sure what exactly that something is. In a swirl of miscommunication and broken apartment doors, I’m Sorry I Brought Up God investigates three awkwardly lost twenty-somethings as they attempt to navigate recovery, faith, and love, all the while asking: “why is this so weird?”
Qiana and Peter take a romantic weekend getaway to New Hampshire only to find that a deer has crashed through the window and died. Things really go off the rails when Peter’s brash sister, Marnie, and her daft husband, Felix, show up unannounced. The dead deer, a mysterious animal control officer, and nightfall in the forest expose the harsh truths of each lover's life.
DEER AND THE LOVERS is a bold new farce about being lost in love, lost in the woods, and forging a new path when life veers off track.
World Premiere - Deer and the Lovers (First Floor Theater in Chicago. Dir. Jesse Roth)