God's Ear

by  Jenny Schwartz

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 4f

"A triumph! An adventurous, arresting new play!" - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Fantasy, Experimental
  • Accolades


    Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

WINNER! 2007 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

God's Ear marks the debut of Jenny Schwartz, "an indelibly clever playwright, possessed of linguistic playfulness and a lively sense of rhythm" (The Village Voice). Through the skillfully disarming use of clichéd language and homilies, the play explores with subtle grace and depth the way the death of a child tears one family apart, while showcasing the talents of a promising young playwright who "in [a] very modern way [is] making a rather old-fashioned case for the power of the written word" (The New York Times).

A husband and wife have trouble coping with the loss of their son, they find themselves speaking in cliches and the husband travels to forget. The wife stays with their daughter and the tooth fairy and tries to figure out how to cope from home.
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"A triumph! An adventurous, arresting new play!"  - The New York Times

"An original and inventive theatrical experience...brilliantly written and staged!" - The Associated Press

"Magnificent!" - Time Out New York

"What a remarkable new voice!"  - Newsday

"God's Ear packs a wallop! An intriguing, haunting and moving play."  - Backstage


  • God's Ear Trailer - University of Virginia
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


3m, 4f
TED – Mel's husband
LANIE – Mel and Ted's six year old daughter
LENORA – a lady at a lounge
GUY – a guy at a bar
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

GI JOE and FLIGHT ATTENDANT are played by the same actor.


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Full Package

All necessary music materials can be found at the back of the acting edition. 



Jenny Schwartz

Jenny Schwartz’s plays include God’s Ear, Somewhere Fun, and Cause For Alarm. Somewhere Fun will receive its world premiere at the Vineyard Theatre in the spring of 2013, directed by Anne Kauffman. God's Ear was produced in New York by New Georges and the Vineyard Theatre, also directed by Anne Kauffman. God's Ear has ...

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God's Ear had its world premiere in a New Georges (Susan Bernfield, Artistic Director) production in New York City, 2007.

God's Ear was developed at the Vineyard Theatre (Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director) and produced by the Vineyard Theatre, in association with New Georges, in New York City, 2008.

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