Vape Lord
by Manning Jordan

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One woman’s experience with thirty days in a rehab center.




Manning is a Brooklyn based playwright. She is published with her play Sally, Hank & Their Son Harry by Next Stage Press and in Rowman and Littlefield, Inc. entitled 100 Monologues From New Plays 2020 – Women. Her one woman show Airwaves went up in May at wildproject. As a playwright, Manning has self-produced 10 plays. Her work has been shown at Dixon Place, wildproject, The Kraine Theater, The Brick, Manhattan Rep, Theater Under St. Marks, Vital Joint, The Footlight and more.




When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?

In 2014 I wrote my first play for a 10-minute festival. It was called The Bitch and Her Bitch, based on a shitty boss and our relationship. I studied film in college and found that playwriting was way more fun and feasible in NYC. When I saw This is Our Youth, I knew I needed to get some pen to paper and write my own play.


How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?

An addiction to vaping led me to an exploration on substance abuse.


What are five words that describe who you are as a playwright?

Seeking enlightenment through monologue usage.


What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?

All of the freaks in my life.


What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?

I grew up a hip-hop dancer.


What are some of your favorite plays?

Plano by Will Arbery, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, The Crucible by Arthur Miller


Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?

May 20th a staged reading of a new play, Recruiting Tomorrow’s Army, Today, at Pete’s Candy Store and @manningsaccount for short film screenings to come later this summer.

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