While the live production was scheduled to be presented at rEvolver Festival in May 2020, it was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Jessica and the team at unladylike co. hope to present a film/theatre hybrid version this coming summer 2021. Stay tuned for updates!
About the play:
Persephone and Hades have been trying to have a baby for nearly a year with no luck. Growing anxious, Persephone decides to see the fertility doctor, Eve, who also happens to be her mother. Problem is, Eve hasn’t spoken to her since she eloped with Hades, and Persephone has debilitating panic attacks whenever she tries to leave the house. Her world crumbling around her, Persephone must discover who she really is, aside from being a wife and daughter. Through a feminist and darkly comedic lens, bad eggs explores the parallels between two women who ate “forbidden fruit”.
Jessica was named the Artist in Residence at Ruby Slippers Theatre for their 2019/20 season. During this residency, she continued developing her play, bad eggs, and learned about running a company with inclusive practices.
rEvolver Festival presents
a staged reading of
May 22, 2019
In bad eggs, Persephone, Hades, and Eve (as in “Adam and Eve”) are all stuck in the modern world, with no recollection of their legendary origins. Persephone and Hades have eloped and are now trying to have a baby. Growing anxious, Persephone goes to the fertility doctor, Eve, who also happens to be her mother. Her world crumbling around her, Persephone must discover who she really is, aside from being a wife and daughter. Through a feminist and darkly comedic lens, this play explores the parallels between the two myths, a serpent Hades and two women who ate “forbidden” fruit, and unearths the modern and mythic cause for a manipulative marriage and a strained mother-daughter relationship.
Oh, Romeo/No, Romeo has been selected for the NewMarket National Ten Minute Play Festival.
This play is a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet's love story, where Romeo's love for Juliet is not only unrequited, but also unwanted. It follows Juliet as she attempts to report Romeo's crime, only to be met by relentless victim shaming.
Jessica was a participant in PTC's Block A Playwriting Cohort led by David Geary. She is developing a new play, currently untitled, where famous couples from literature - Romeo and Juliet, Adam and Eve, Persephone and Hades - have been transplanted into the modern world without any perception of their true identities. With elements of magical realism and dark humour, this play unearths the mundane problems of romantic relationships, which gradually escalate into much darker, pervasive issues.
Jessica has also written for SFU's Black Box 2014 series of shows Solo, Duet, Party, and Retreat.
(photo by Jessica Han, poster design by Jessica Hood)