Rolling World Premiere

When the world you know collapses on you, how do you explain it and how do you go on?

WINNER of the 2016 NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre, Ripe Frenzy tells the story of a mass shooting in a small American town. Told from multiple points of view, and through the lens of Thornton Wilder's classic play, Our Town, playwright Jennifer Barclay examines all sides of a tragedy that has ruptured the spirit of a once idyllic community.

WARNING: Ripe Frenzy contains emotionally charged content and mature language. This play is recommended for ages 13 and up.


Jennifer Barclay is a Chicago-bred actor-turned-playwright, recently relocated to DC where she is a member of Arena Stage’s 2017-18 Playwrights’ Arena. Her play Ripe Frenzy won the National New Play Network’s 2016 Smith Prize for Political Theatre and the 2018 Dramatists Guild Fund Writers Alliance Grant. Ripe Frenzy was developed, Woolly Mammoth, the 2017 Ojai Playwrights Conference, NNPN/PlayPenn, and will have a Rolling World Premiere in 2018, New Rep in Boston, Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta and Greenway Court in LA. Jennifer’s plays have been produced and developed by Steppenwolf, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, RedCat, The Kennedy Center, Center Stage, The International Theatre of Vienna and The Edinburgh Fringe. Awards include: Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award, Kennedy Center National Science Playwriting Award, Pinter Review Gold Medal. Jennifer has been a Fellow, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Hawthornden International Writers Retreat in Scotland. She has been a Playwright in Residence, South Coast Rep and Center Stage. Jennifer has a degree in Theatre from Northwestern University and an MFA in Playwriting, UC San Diego, where she studied with Naomi Iizuka. She is a proud NNPN Affiliated Artist and an Assistant Professor of Playwriting and Performance, the University of Maryland. Currently she is developing Danny (upcoming workshop, Boulder Ensemble Theatre), Yellowstone: the ballad of the red-state white man (upcoming readings, Moxie Theatre in San Diego and American Blues Theatre in Chicago) and Housebound (workshopped, Woolly Mammoth, directed by Shana Cooper).

Cast + Crew

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Taylor Dooley


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Danye Brown


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Megan Cramer


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Lizzy Liu


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Parker Fox Ciliax

Matt/Bryan James McNamara

Laura Soldati, The [L] Agency, LLC


Racel Hunter, Kiera Robbins


Matt Brohammer

Master Carpenter

Kathy Janich


Brett Rogers

Technical Director

Lisa Green

Facilities Management

Cyndei Prather

Assistant Director

Production Management

Courtney Loner

Brianna Bass

Scenic Painter

William Kennedy

Master Electrician

Lee Anne Meeks


Joel Coady and Maranda DeBusk

Lighting Design

Jared Mezzocchi

Video Design

Kimberly Binns

Video Engineer

Kacie Willis

Sound Design

Kristina Adler and Barrett Doyle

Scenic Design

Hollis Smith

Costume Design

Sam Rockwell

Assistant Costume Design

Kellsey A Hook

Stage Manager

Maddie Mahood

Assistant Stage Manager

Jerry Siegel


Jillian Haughey

Properties Design

Angela Aquino

Graphic Designer