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Very honored to receive this award from Indie Film Awards for my screenplay "Greetings From Sarajevo." Other nominations for the film include Best Directing and Editing, Best Actress, Best Sound, Best Music, and Best Cinematography.

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My play DIRECTIONS will be included in The 9th Annual Warner International Playwrights Festival, October 15 & 16 in Torrington, CT.

The play will be produced live on stage with no audience, filmed, and then streamed via the Warner Theatre's Vimeo and/or other platform over festival weekend.

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THE BATTLES OF RICHMOND HILL is the recipient of Southwest Theatre Productions Rising Artists Competition. The reading will be in Austin, Texas, TBD.

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Thank you The Independent Critic for a wonderful review of MY DINNER WITH SCHWARTZEY.

"The script by Jackson and Skirboll is an entertaining gut-check that beautifully balances the film's comic and dramatic moments to perfection. While the festival world has been thrown into disarray by the COVID-19 pandemic, My Dinner With Schwartzey continues its festival circuit journey with scheduled fall dates at Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival and Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival.

The film has already picked up a slew of festival awards at Brightside Tavern Film Festival (Best Director - Comedy), Changing Face International Film Festival (Best Comedy Short - February Award), Direct Monthly Online Film Festival (Best Film; Best D.O.P. - January Awards), Long Island International Film Expo (Best Cinematography; Best Editing) and several others. There's no doubt the awards will continue."

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The screenplay of GREETINGS FROM SARAJEVO was accepted by the prestigious Austin Revolution Film Festival that will be held next March.

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Southern Shorts Awards Film festival awarded Greetings From Sarajevo seven Awards of Merit including best acting, editing, sound, cinematography, production design and music.
 
Here is one of the awards for director/editor Melissa Skirboll.
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Another great review for GREETINGS FROM SARAJEVO

"While the festival world has been interrupted by the current COVID-19 pandemic, Greetings from Sarajevo is a short film that deserves to be seen by a wider audience and one can only hope that this nasty virus steps aside and the indie world checks out this quiet yet engaging and human thriller."

– The Independent Critic

Read the full review

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So honored that my screenplay GREETINGS FROM SARAJEVO is an award winner for The Festigious Film Festival Screenplay competition.
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Our new film GREETINGS FROM SARAJEVO is finished and hopefully will be in a film festival soon. 

This ten-minute thriller features two excellent female leads and asks can revenge truly bring redemption. I wrote the film and my film collaborator Melissa Skirboll directed this in one day in Times Square and The Upper West Side. Already the film has received a four stars review from UK film review. You can read the review here.

Go to our GREETINGS FROM SARAJEVO page for more information.

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Here is our most recent update for MY DINNER WITH SCHWARTZEY. Please click on the image below to read about our award-winning film.
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MY DINNER WITH SCHWARTZEY
had a great year!
 

Starting with our world premiere at the prestigious (Oscar Qualifying) Bermuda International Film Festival in March, we've screened in 22 festivals in 6 countries! We've been nominated for 27 awards and won 8!
 

Best Dramedy (two wins) 
Best Actress ZOE WILSON (two wins)
Best Director MELISSA SKIRBOLL 
Best Cinematographer ALEXA WOLF
Best Editor EVAN METZOLD
and
Filmmaker of the Year MELISSA SKIRBOLL!

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Got Recent Awards for My Dinner With Schwartzey!

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Exciting times ahead as MY DINNER WITH SCHWARTZEY continues to wow the world!

Recent Awards:

Zoe Wilson as Best Actor in a Short Film at the East Hampton Television and Film Festival in July, 2019

Alexa Wolfe Best Cinemetography in the Long Island Film Expo July 2019

Evan Metzold Best Editing Long Island Film Expo July 2019

Winner: Best Dramedy Manhattan Film Festival April 2019

On August 31st at 1PM  Schwartzey will screen in Brewster, NY at the VOB Film Festival in Brewster, NY  8/31/19 1:00PM.

 
Penny Jackson and Melissa Skirboll will both be participating in the panel discussion "Inspiration and Perspiration" following the screening at 3:15PM.

On September 22nd at 2:00 PM, Schwartzey screens at the Golden Door Film Festival in Jersey City, NJ.

Coming up in October we are heading to Mexico and to Sweden with screenings at the Oaxaca Film Festival and the Västerås FilmFestival.

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Schwartzey - Behind The Story: The Women Behind The Man

Here is the pre-trailer to the film titled SCHWARTZEY - BEHIND THE STORY. The two main women in the film, Fiona and Dorothy, discuss how Schwartzey discovered them and changed their lives.

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Three of my poems, titled Playground One, Two and Three, will be published by the wonderful literary magazine Mothers Always Write. 

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First review of  THE BATTLES OF RICHMOND HILL is terrific:  

          “The Battles of Richmond Hills” is a wonderful play with top notch performances and a story that will have you laughing one minute and bawling like a baby the next (I know I was). The relationships all feel as real as any family and it makes us long for everything to work out. Penny Jackson manages to create a story that anyone can connect to. One that I look forward to seeing more of in the future.

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My play THE BATTLES OF RICHMOND HILL has been chosen as part of the curated SubletSeries at HERE Theater in their MainStage.
 
"Too much vodka, secrets, a marriage proposal, ghosts and a dangerous Christmas tree. Welcome to The Dublin Rose – a bar where a young doctor must convince his beloved grandmother to leave."

Performances will begin for a three-week run from April 26th to May 12th at HERE Theater at 145 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013. More information about tickets to follow.

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Linked below are two interviews in which I discuss the differences between writing a new play and writing a new film. Very grateful to have my thoughts published.

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New podcast interview where I talk about my plays I KNOW WHAT BOYS WANT, BEFORE, my new play THE BATTLES OF RICHMOND HILL and my film MY DINNER WITH SCHWARTZEY with Gena Kato, publisher of Next Stage Press.

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Two monologues from two different plays (SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING and GOING UP) will be published in CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR THE NEW THEATER by Applause Acting Series and edited by Cate Cammarata. Click here to order.

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My monologue PHOENIX will be performed in March on both sides of the coast as part of Emerging Artists Theatre in New Work Series in New York City and Acting Out Ink Fest 2018 in Los Angeles.

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A scene from my play BITTEN is included in this anthology: The Best Monologues And Scenes For Actors Over Fifty.

I decided I wanted to write about a seventy year old woman struggling for her independence even though she knows she can no longer live alone.

This play was the only American finalist in The Kenneth Branagh Drama Prize at The Windsor Fringe, and was performed at The International Dublin Gay Theater Festival in 2014.

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My play BEFORE was chosen as one of the best American Short Plays in 2015-2016 and is published by Applause Theatre Books.

From the introduction by the editor John Patrick Bray: "In BEFORE, we meet an eighteen-year-old boy whose best friend has given him a pistol.

 

Whether or not he murders his ex-girlfriend, he knows, he will never be the same — he has lost a sense of self."

My comedic monologue THE WEDDING PLAN is included in the 222 MORE COMEDY MONOLOGUES published by Smith and Kraus.

 

I am honored to be with such remarkable playwrights as Lisa Loomer and Christoper Durang.

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My play, A DIFFERENT PLACE, about refugees, was chosen as one of the four plays for The Gary Garrison Play Contest sponsored by Studio 33.


I am proud that I am the only female playwright represented by this festival.

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My short play BEFORE will be published in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS 2015-2016 by APPLAUSE THEATRE books.

 

Thrilled that his play about a teenager grappling with gun violence will be available for all to read and hopefully perform.

91 Central Productions presents

SAFE 

Written by PENNY JACKSON 

Directed by GLORY KADIGAN

 

September 17th-October 9th. All tickets $18. 

 

When an intriguing older man enters a teenage girl's life, he threatens her relationship with her already estranged father and her best friend as a mystery turns to danger.

 

SAFE will be performed at The Theater at the 14th Street Y as part of their curated drama series. The theater is located at 344 East 14th street.

 

Cast: Sawyer Spielberg ,*  Meghan St. Thomas ,*  Joel Nagle ,*  Jill Shackner **Actors appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

Theater information Phone: 646-393-439. 

Buy Tickets here.

Check out this great NY Theatre Guide Review here.

And this review from HI DRAMA.

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I recently joined Playwrights for A Cause Lineup at Atlantic Theatre - Check out the Broadway World article here.

Check out this interview featured on the Kanlaon blog. 

Read it Here.

I KNOW WHAT BOYS WANT is one of Indie Theater Now's Best selling play for the second year!

 

It was also chosen to be part of the Theater Appreciation curriculum at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA.

 

The play, published by Next Stage Press, is available for purchase at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and The Drama Book Shop in New York City. 

Two scenes from my play SAFE was recently published by APPLAUSE BOOKS in their monologue and scenes for young actors.

 

Available for purchase here.

Honored to receive "Outstanding Playwright of a New Play In A Reading" for EMERALD GIRL at The Planet Connections Theatre Festival, 2015.

Very proud to be part of The Necessary Exposure: The Female Playwright Project that was presented September 1 at Dixon Place. This installation includes photographs of female playwrights and sound recording of their plays My play, BEFORE, performed by Peter Collier, will be available on iTunes Podcast.

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