The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow


A 22 years-old young woman, suffering from agoraphobia, spends her time in her bedroom building a humanoid in her own image. Her only social relations are her disfunctional adoptive family, a pizza delivery boy and, through the internet, three individuals she uses to achieve her grand objective: to build a girl who can substitute her in a voyage around the world in search of her past and the biological mother she’s never met.

Among other themes, this play presents us with a reality where emotional distance is much more easily overcome through the use of technology rather than through actual human interaction. This is an issue ever more present and pressing in contemporary societies.

Rolin Jones is an american writer and playwright, his 2014 These Paper Bullets won 4 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding Production of the Year. His play The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow received the OBIE Award for Excellence in Playwriting. Jenny Chow was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and was produced at the Atlantic Theater Company (NYC), South Coast Repertory, Old Globe Theatre, Yale Rep, Studio Theatre (D.C.), Portland Center Stage, among others. His play The Jammer received an Edinburgh Fringe First Award for Best New Writing. He has written for television shows such as The Exorcist, Weeds, Friday Night Lights and Boardwalk Empire. His Friday Night Lights episode, “The Son”, received an Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Dramatic Writing and was named by Time Magazine as the best episode of television for the year 2010. Recently, he wrote the film adaptation of American Idiot for Universal Pictures and is currently writing an adaptation of the This American Life episode, “129 Cars”, for the fine folks at Fox Television Studios.