LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Jen Silverman, "WE PLAY OURSELVES" w/ Torrey Peters
Skylight Books Podcast Series
Not too long ago, Cass was a promising young playwright in New York, hailed as “a fierce new voice” and “queer, feminist, and ready to spill the tea.” But at the height of all this attention, Cass finds herself at the center of a searing public shaming, and flees to Los Angeles to escape—and reinvent herself. There she meets her next-door neighbor Caroline, a magnetic filmmaker on the rise, as well as the pack of teenage girls who hang around her house. They are the subjects of Caroline’s next semidocumentary movie, which follows the girls’ clandestine activity: a Fight Club inspired by the violent classic. As Cass is drawn into the film’s orbit, she is awed by Caroline’s ambition and confidence. But over time, she becomes troubled by how deeply Caroline is manipulating the teens in the name of art—especially as the consequences become increasingly disturbing. With her past proving hard to shake and her future one she’s no longer sure she wants, Cass is forced to reckon with her own ambitions and confront what she has come to believe about the steep price of success. We Play Ourselves author Jen Silverman is in conversation with Torrey Peters. This episode was recorded on February 24, 2021 during a live Crowdcast event hosted by Skylight Books. Visit us at www.crowdcast.io/skylightbooks to RSVP for future events. Produced by Maddie Gobbo, Lance Morgan, & Michael Kowaleski Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang. Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.
Jen Silverman on the art of the post-scandal comeback and her novel, We Play Ourselves.
On this episode, Angie speaks with Jen Silverman about her new novel, We Play Ourselves, inspired in-part by her own life as an award-winning playwright—minus the scandals! Angie and Jen talk about the blurred boundaries of a creative life, anger, why Jen draws sad pandas, and what lights her up.Jen's book, We Play Ourselves, is available now, and there's a link to purchase it on our website, LitUpPodcast.com. Follow Jen on Instagram @this_panda_is_sad.Lit Up is a Podcast from Sugar23. It's hosted by Angela Ledgerwood. The show is produced by Liam Billingham. Mike Mayer and Michael Sugar are the executive producers. The theme music is by Andrey Radovsky.
What price fame? With her debut novel, We Play Ourselves (Random House), writer and playwright Jen Silverman tells a comedic tale of theater life gone wrong, internet humiliation, a teenage feminist fight club, queer absurdist puppetry, the boundaries of documentary filmmaking, and a lot more. We get into the roots of her novel, what writing for theater and TV/film taught her and what she had to unlearn for this book, how she balanced her love for absurdism with narrative realism, and how to figure out which stories belong in which medium. We talk about the difference between "theater" and "Broadway" and how the pandemic has wiped out the communal experience of theater (for now), how the economics of theater can perpetuate a lack of diversity and how it feels to be "the woman" playwright in a season, how she learned to navigate the heightened unreality of LA, the difference in searching for The Path and finding A Path, why the hunger for being seen can warp pretty much all human activities, why she draws sad pandas, and more! Follow Jen on Twitter and Instagram • More info at our site • Support The Virtual Memories Show via Patreon or Paypal
The struggle is real right now — the one thing we know is, we are all in this together! Welcome to our latest episode of Real Talk with Ronnie -- The Struggle is Real featuring Jen Silverman! Jen is an amazing certified nutrition specialist who's here to give us the 411 on: coping with anxiety and pressure, eating habits, and salmon life. I mean, do you know what Omega-3 actually is? (Hint: we do!) #RTWR
No Script: The Podcast | S1 Episode 8: “The Roomate" by Jen Silverman
No Script: The Podcast
In "The Roomate," Jen Silverman puts two very different women inside a large farmhouse in Iowa, just to see what happens! This funny, poignant, and witty play is the subject of this week's "No Script." Jackson and Jacob talk about drug lords, estranged children, and whether or not Jen Silverman hates Iowa. "The Roomate" will be playing at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago starting on June 21. ------------------------------ We had so much fun talking about this play, and we’d love to keep the conversation going! What were some of your thoughts if you’ve read or have seen the play? What are you favorite themes? Characters? Plot Points? Or do you disagree with us on any of our thoughts? We’d love to hear from you. Check us out on social media or email at: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/No-Script-The-Podcast-1675491925872541/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/noscriptpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/noscriptpodcast ------------------------------ Our theme song is “Blessed” by Purple Planet Music. Credit as follows: Music: http://www.purple-planet.com ------------------------------ Logo Design: Jacob Mann Christiansen Logo Text: Paralines designed by Lewis Latham of http://lewislatham.co/ ------------------------------ Thanks so much for listening! We’ll see you next week. ------------------------------