janece shaffer

playwright/screenwriter/storyteller

Plays

Broke

quoteBroke’ is powerful, powerful theater… There’s a lot of humor in “Broke,” although it’s certainly not a comedy. If anything, the whipsawing between the funny scenes and the mounting anger and stress heightens each. Shaffer is a playwright of formidable gifts, and in ‘Broke’ she has created a play that evokes deep anxieties and commands serious respect."
—Phil Kloer, ArtsCriticATL.com

Synopsis

The Eliason family is living the American dream until Liz Eliason, a high level marketing executive, comes home to her husband Jonathan with the news that she’s been fired.   She is shocked; Jonathan is thrilled.  With the wealth they have accrued from her career, they can now finally enjoy a life together.  But when the company Liz has worked for goes under a few days later and with it, a great part of their wealth, Liz, Jonathan and their 19 year-old daughter Missie – a student at NYU – are now facing a new reality.  BROKE asks the question: when it seems like everything is falling through your fingers, what (and who) do you hold onto?

Character Breakdown

3F, 1M

Awards

Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award

World Premiere

Alliance Theatre
Directed by Jason Loewith

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