Juniper; Jubilee

by  Janine Nabers

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 3f

Juniper is a thirteen-year-old South African girl who has just moved to America and is homesick for the country she left behind.

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Juniper; Jubilee

by  Janine Nabers

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Juniper is a thirteen-year-old South African girl who has just moved to America and is homesick for the country she left behind. She quickly meets Matt; a drum-playing, yarmulke-wearing kid from school and the two hit it off. When Juniper's innocent sexual encounters with Matt begin to trigger certain memories from her forgotten childhood in Sudan, Juniper is forced to come head to head with the ghosts of her past.

Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 33rd Series.

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Accolades

  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Present Day, the United States.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 3f
JUNIPER - A Black South African. Early Teens. Once a Sudanese orphan.
CARL - An Afrikaner. 40’s. A Médecins Sans Frontières. Juniper’s adopted father.
DEENA - A White American. 40’s. Juniper’s adopted mother.
MATT - A Jewish American. Early Teens. Wears a yarmulke throughout the play.
DOCTOR - A White American female. Young. Blonde.
CHORUS - African women. Juniper’s fear manifested in sound and dance.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Features Teens
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

There is an additional female chorus of African Women.

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Authors

Janine Nabers

Janine Nabers is a 2012 New York Theatre Workshop playwriting fellow. Her plays include: Welcome to Jesus, Serial.Black.Face, Annie Bosh is Missing, A Swell in the Ground, West of the Willow Tree, Juniper, Jubilee and book to the musical A Beautiful Something (composer/lyricist Sharon Kenny). Janine i ...

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Juniper; Jublilee was first presented as part of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in July, 2009.

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