You're My Favorite


Jenny King



Sometimes you just have to let someone know they are, in fact, your favorite.




Jenny King is a playwright, actor, and educator who focuses on using theatre to connect and create empathy. She is a proud alumna of Baylor University and East 15/University of Essex. Jenny’s play Reconciling was named a “Best Bet” at FringeNYC in 2016 and won the 2018 Arts & Letters Drama Prize. She has interned with New Dramatists and serves as the current playwriting faculty at Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference.



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


I wrote plays in elementary school for me and my classmates to perform for fun. (I think you can tell a lot about what kind of student I was from that statement.) I loved writing then mainly because I always got to give myself the best parts. I took a playwriting class in undergrad that I really enjoyed and excelled in, but it wasn’t until halfway through my MFA that I really began to enjoy writing as much as performing. East 15 Acting School in London (where I was studying) really shook me out of the artistic box of “actor only” that I had put myself in and opened up my creativity in the best ways.


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


A theatre company I co-founded, The Barrington Collective, put out a call for short plays about love. We asked specifically for submissions that thought outside the box of cis-gendered romantic love, yet that was pretty much all we received. I wrote “You’re My Favorite” in response to showcase a different form of love- one that just as many (if not more) people would connect to.


3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?


Cynic always reaching for joy.


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


Arlene Hutton, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Mike Schur, David Lindsay-Abaire, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Chekhov


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


I’m both a cat AND a dog person. For some reason, people think you have to be one or the other?


6. What are some of your favorite plays?


Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, Sweat by Lynn Nottage, Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov, The Christians by Lucan Hnath


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


My cat has an instagram too (yes, I am very white) – @elwoodthegood.