God's Ear A Play

Jenny Schwartz

Faber & Faber



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176 Pages



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God’s Ear marks the debut of Jenny Schwartz, “an indelibly clever playwright, possessed of linguistic playfulness and a lively sense of rhythm” (Alexis Soloski, The Village Voice). Through the skillfully disarming use of clichéd language and homilies, the play explores with subtle grace and depth the way the death of a child tears one family apart, while showcasing the talents of a promising young playwright who “in [a] very modern way [is] making a rather old-fashioned case for the power of the written word” (Jason Zinoman, The New York Times).

Fresh from its critically acclaimed off-off-Broadway run this past spring, God’s Ear moves off-Broadway to the Vineyard Theatre in April 2008.


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God's Ear
The Shadow of a Future Selfby Nina Steiger 
Jenny Schwartz uses language like a composer might, embellishing a simple melody with harmonics. Harmonic pitches, made up of partial or component frequencies, are what give different instruments their distinct timbres and give us the ability to determine that two instruments playing in unison are in fact distinct from each other. The range of sounds an instrument is capable of is amplified and what we can hear is extended by these "partials." As a composer might use these tones to complexify a melody, likewise, Jenny's
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  • Jenny Schwartz

  • Jenny Schwartz's play God’s Ear was produced off-off Broadway in May 2007 and moved off-Broadway in April 2008. Two of Jenny's plays, Intervals and Cause for Alarm, were part of the New York Fringe Festival, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. She is the recipient of a grant from the Lincoln Center Lecomte du Nuoy Foundation and is the 2007-2008 recipient of the Dorothy Stresling Foundation Fellowship at Soho Rep. Jenny completed two years of fellowship in the Playwriting Program at the Julliard School and holds an MFA in theater directing from Columbia University.