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Meet The Playwright- Jennifer Rowland

Get to know playwright Jennifer Rowland, whose play Jamal is one of six being featured in LAB RESULTS 2020.

What book or play do you reread over and over?
I reread Death of a Salesman about once a year.
What was the first play you wrote?
I wrote plays with my best friend, Andy Podell, from about 3rd grade on. Not sure I can come up with a title of the first masterpiece. Since my primary purpose was to star in the shows, I made sure the parts were always good for me!
Do you have a favorite playwright?
My favorite playwright tends to change depending on what I’ve seen or read lately that has really moved me. So lately, the top two are August Wilson and Jez Butterworth. But I love Martin McDonagh, Noel Coward, Conor McPhearson, David Grieg, Alan Ayckbourne, Peter Schaffer and Wendy Wasserstein.
Do you prefer writing comedy or drama?
I love writing comedy, but haven’t written one in a while. However, I would say all my plays are bittersweet.
Is your workspace pristinely organized or cluttered?
I was going to say my workspace was very tidy, but my husband says cluttered, without a doubt. All in the eye of the beholder, I guess.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My one meal for the rest of my life would be Linguine alle Vongole. Fresh clams please! and NO cream- I’m a purist.
Do you collect anything?
I don’t think of myself as a collector, but I do have a lot of china. A lot.
What is one of your favorite smells?
My favorite smell is probably the witch hazel at Wawona just as you reach Hill’s Hole.
Do you like surprises?
I hate surprises. Hate hate hate surprises. They are almost never good.
Create your perfect ice cream sundae.
The perfect ice cream sundae was from Blum’s in San Francisco: Vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce that hardened when it hit the cold ice cream and coffee crunch sprinkles from their famous coffee crunch cake. (Blum’s sadly closed a long time ago. Happy fixture of my childhood.)

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