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The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow

Full Length, Techno-comedy
3 men, 3 women (doubling)
Total Cast: 6, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-2071-8


MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance.
THE STORY: Jennifer is just an average girl who re-engineers obsolete missile components for the U.S. Army from her bedroom. When she decides to meet her birth mother in China, she uses her technological genius to devise a new form of human contact. Rolin Jones’ irreverent “techno-comedy” chronicles one brilliant woman’s quest to determine her heritage and face her fears with the help of a Mormon missionary, a pizza delivery guy, and her astounding creation called Jenny Chow.
Winner of a 2006 Obie Award for Playwriting.

“Fantastical and funny…a heartbreaking study of a wounded and abandoned bird who finds refuge, strength and empowerment through her cyber-connections with the outside world…captures the speed, strain and surreality of a serious mental illness…reveals a lost child in a techno-world who is cracking up under the parental pressure of being the perfect girl.” —Variety.

“…Bright and engaging…boldly imagined…Mr. Jones unfolds his tale of pioneering science fueled by post-adolescent angst with pleasing agility.” —The New York Times.

“A fresh, loopy and ultimately crushing play that tickles us under the chin and in the ribs, only to rip out our vulnerable hearts…explodes with vitality and charm…blessed with Jones’ uncanny ear for spoken dialogue, the characters leap off the stage as if propelled by rocket fuel.” —New Haven Register.

“Fantasy interweaves with a hard, gritty reality.” —Connecticut Post.

“Harvests many laughs and finally a few tears.” —Los Angeles Times.

“Explosively energetic and touching…original wide-awake script…[a] hilarious evening.” —San Diego Union-Tribune.