You're My Favorite
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.
A BIT ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
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.