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Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime, which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum and had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons. A film adaptation by Michael Almereyda debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Harrison’s other plays include The Amateurs (Vineyard Theatre), Maple and Vine (Playwrights Horizons), The Grown-Up (Humana Festival), Amazons and their Men (Clubbed Thumb), Doris to Darlene, a cautionary valentine (Playwrights Horizons), Act a Lady (Portland Center Stage), Finn in the Underworld (Berkeley Rep), Futura (NAATCO), Kid-Simple (Humana Festival), The Museum Play (Washington Ensemble Theatre), and a children’s musical, The Flea and the Professor (Arden Theatre). Harrison is the recipient of the Horton Foote Prize, Guggenheim and Hodder Fellowships, the Kesselring Prize, the Roe Green Award, the Heideman Award, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships, and a NEA/TCG Residency. A graduate of Stanford University and the Brown MFA program, he is an alumnus of New Dramatists. Harrison has developed TV series for Sundance and TNT, and wrote for three seasons of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”


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Jordan Harrison on "Maple and Vine"

For nearly a month now, I’ve been throwing away old papers in anticipation of moving to a new apartment. This is harder than it sounds, mostly because I never throw anything away. My partner insists that these papers -- bursting from drawers, holding up short table legs -- are threatening to take over our lives. “Do you really need this envelope of receipts from 2006?” he asks. I hug it to my chest protectively. “What about this Christmas card from the dentist’s office?” Sentimental value, I tell him. Steam comes out of his ears.


Tim Sanford and Jordan Harrison

Tim: Let’s pick up where we left off with Doris to Darlene. Jordan: Oh, my. Actually, I think we have to start a little before that. Anne [Kauffman] began the project that led to this play with The Civilians some time before we produced Doris to Darlene, right?