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Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison’s new play Marjorie Prime had its world premiere last fall at the Mark Taper Forum. His other recent work, The Grown-Up, premiered in 2014 at the Humana Festival. His previous Humana Festival productions include Kid-Simple, Act A Lady, Fit For Feet, and Maple and Vine, which went on to be produced at Playwrights Horizons in New York and A.C.T. in San Francisco. Harrison’s other plays include Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons), Amazons and Their Men (Clubbed Thumb), Finn in the Underworld (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Futura (Portland Center Stage), and a children’s musical, The Flea and the Professor (Arden Theatre). Harrison is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, the Kesselring Prize, the Roe Green Award from Cleveland Play House, the Heideman Award, the Loewe Award for Musical Theater, and a NEA/TCG grant. A graduate of the Brown University M.F.A. program, Harrison is an alumnus of New Dramatists. He currently writes for the Netflix original series, "Orange is the New Black."  (As of 2/2/2015)


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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?