Jake Alexander is an NYC-based playwright and actor, who has worked professionally with SpeakEasy Stage Co., Marblehead Little Theatre, Footlight Club Playhouse, NYC International Fringe Festival, Gallery Players of Brooklyn, and TheatreWorks USA. He has participated in the BOOST Mentorship Program with Off the Lane Co., Foster’s Artistic Residency “Cultivating Curiosity”, and the Script Share program with The Playwright’s Realm. His passions for creative writing and performing have cultivated in a pursuit of playwriting, where Jake likes to explore both autobiographical events, as well as characters he didn’t know had previously-existed in his head. Jake was a finalist in Equity Library Theatre’s Winter Festival 2021, and has self-produced a number of virtual plays which can found on YouTube. He is a 2014 graduate of Boston College with a BA in Applied Psychology/English with a minor in Theatre, and currently lives in Washington Heights with his girlfriend and cat, who he is training to speak (unsuccessful at this point).
*Real-Housewives entrance music plays* "I may not be a real heiress, but my kids will inherit my world". Four children return home for a prime-time interview on the ten-year anniversary of their mother's death, Becky Most, Reality-TV star of "Making the Most of It". Becky lived the largest life in NYC, but at what cost? As her children recall their mother's life and their experiences in the limelight, past traumas and dramatic relationships come to the forefront. As the memories roll with the cameras, the four kids are forced to reconcile with how real their mother actually was, and how to move forward from a childhood that was produced, edited, and promoted for an audience.
What would you say to your Dad if only your therapist was listening? Based on personal interviews and told through a series of vignettes, memories, psychological analyses, and multi-media presentations, Why Our Dads Need Therapy explores a generation of Dads who won't talk about their feelings, and the influences that made them that way. As their children explore the patterns and absolute anomalies of their relationships to their fathers, what starts as a way to cope becomes a devastating conversation on what we need most from our Dads, and what they simply can't give us.
Set in the year 2171, biological Men are extinct as the “y” chromosome has disappeared from the gene-pool. In a deeply divided country, government forces have "mandated" that all women who are able to, must reproduce by the age of 25, in an effort to combat a growing concern of extinction of women. But some rebel groups have encouraged "uploading" as a way to preserve the mind and consciousness, while disposing of the biological form. After a long school year, six friends go to a remote cabin on a private island in the Ozarks. As the drinking starts, the group is forced to reconcile with what extinction means, the world they live in, and what ideals they choose to uphold. Exploring sisterhood and choice, Yland (pronounced "island") is about what we want for our futures, and what price we are willing to pay to get it.
An estranged brother-sister relationship, and one night that changed their lives forever. When Allie's brother David comes into town after being missing for several years, what starts as a quiet night with friends becomes an all-out brawl over manhood and owning up to your mistakes. Exploring themes of masculinity (both toxic and healthy), competition, and how we face the natural world, MOUNTAIN is about confronting our challenges, and whether we survive on the other side.
After a weekend-camping trip upstate, a young couple struggles to explain a paranormal experience, and whether what they saw outside their tent was real or trick of the mind. When the haunting becomes more and more real, Taylor and Brian are forced to confront traumatic parts of their past, and bring in a spiritual medium to advise them. As the lights begin to flicker, everyone questions their belief, trust, and whether they are responsible for the ghosts that haunt them.
Who are we writing for, and when do we get to decide that? Sam is a creative-writing student at a prestigious university, until he writes something he shouldn't. When he's called before the Academic Board to defend what he wrote, he struggles to understand what he did wrong, and how he can make it better. To make matters worse, Aaliyah comes into his life unexpectedly, and their relationship is challenged in ways they didn't expect. Exploring race, intentions, and Matthew Salesses' "Craft in the Real World", Don't Bother is about who gets to make what Art, and who's listening along the way.
When his best friend Roger considers leaving the city, and pursuit of the arts, for a new relationship, Theo begins to unravel. As his world shifts around him, Theo has to face his own struggle with the future, a relationship that won’t grow, and his "best laid plans". 5 YEAR PLAN explores the dreams we wanted for ourselves at one time, and the way life shapes or destroys them along the way.
On a seemingly normal weekend in the fall, Chris runs away from Boston to his hometown looking for clarity and peace. What he finds instead is Bailey: his parent's new next-door neighbor, whose wedding it taking place later that day. As a hurricane barrels down towards the ceremony, driveways are crossed and champagne is shared, leaving all involved to consider what we remember about the "big days" in our lives, and whether they live up to those expectations at all. Exploring love, marriage, and perfect strangers, ANY OTHER DAY is about who we meet and when, and how our lives change, if at all.
On the eve of a big wedding, an shoreline Connecticut family looks back on their life, and the love that got them to that moment. As the evening darkens, and the pair of bullfrogs fill the night with their courting, John turns to his past to explain the choices that are being made, and the consequences they face as a family. A semi-autobiographical account of the playwright's own family, The Courtship of Bullfrogs explores the history that we share with one another, and whether the ties that bind really keep us together.
Written as a series of video-posts on a fundraising page, Ben recalls the life he had with his wife Hannah, an avid and popular-vlogger. The mystery of Hannah's medical drama, and the choice Ben made that ultimately ended her life, come center-stage in this one-man play about our relationship to the followers we don't really know, and the guilt we suffer when another life is in our hands.
Is it cheating if one of the parties is a ghost? When Georgie tells Ellie that she had a sexual experience with the ghost of Joe the night before, both girls need to reason with the guy they knew and just how well they knew him. As they both dive into the relationships they had with Joe, and Joe's actions during his time alive, they explore what it means to grieve, how important it is to be honest, and what it means to cheat.
Written during the Corona-Virus Pandemic in March 2020, this ten-minute disaster play tells the story of two strangers, stuck together in crisis, and forced to face their priorities during the time of chaos. As the explosions get closer, Stephen and Nina have to consider the ramifications of communal tragedy, and how to move forward.
A young couple heads to the ER after one of them has broken their ankle, and what starts as a routine trip to get better, becomes an examination they hadn't expected. As Julian and Bryce start filling out the paper work, and Bryce suggests putting her mother as her Emergency Contact rather than Julian, they are forced to reconcile with where they are in their relationship, how they got there, and what comes next. This ten-minute explores love, broken bones, and how we define ourselves in relation to others.
Two friends sit down to write a comedy sketch and....can't figure out how to make it funny. As Eugene and Connor explore differing ideas of what's funny and how they write, their friendship is challenged in an unexpected way. Exploring the pratfalls of relationships, the ever-changing goalposts on what's funny and what's not, this ten-minute piece searches for the punchline.
A disappearance, four suspects, and a metaphysical shop. When Molly Clarkson, owner and manger of "Spot of Newt, Cauldrons Bubble" Metaphysical and Wiccan-Supply Shop, goes missing, the detective from the state police precinct interrogates the three employees and one sandwich-eater who saw her last. As the afternoon turns to evening, and the question about where Molly is and who would want her gone goes unanswered, all are forced to face with what they know about each other, and whether we can believe the simple explanations at all. Exploring motive, opportunity, and the occult, If You Didn't Put It There, Don't Touch It is a site-specific production about the super-natural, the mystical, and the unexplainable.
PRODUCTIONS & READINGS:
But Did I Leave the Oven On? Equity Library Theatre Winter Festival, Apr. 2021 (Finalist); Christopher Newport University Theatre Dept., Dec. 2021
Yland Quarantine Reading Society, Mar. 2021
Emergency Contact SOOP Theatre Co. One Act Festival, Nov. 2021(Finalist)
RESIDENCIES: Foster’s Theatrical Artist Residency Cultivating Curiosity, Summer 2021 (Playwright)
SELF PRODUCED: Forgive Me Streaming on Youtube
PUBLICATIONS: Emergency Contact, Qu Literary Magazine, Winter 2022 Publication