John & Jen

John & Jen
An intimate look at the complexities of familial relationships in a changing America.

A truly original musical honoring brothers and sisters and parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, John & Jen is a gem of a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies.

This is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, who was killed in Vietnam, and his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. Jen and her younger brother John are growing up in the ever-changing world of mid-century America. As the country becomes divided over the war in Vietnam, so does the family, and battle lines are drawn between the once-close siblings. When John is killed in Vietnam, Jen is left to reconcile her memory of their fractured relationship along with his namesake, her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world.

With a cast of only two people, John & Jen is a tour-de-force for two actors who take them from childhood, through adolescence and beyond. A chamber musical, beautifully scored for piano, cello and percussion, John & Jen is a musical about connections, commitments and the healing of the human heart.

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September 24, 2016

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Hello, I communicated with the author of this show about shortening the show to fit within time constraints of my venue, and he suggested I do just the frist act. Because of the show it is, I think it would totally work. Is this okay with MTI? Is there any other information you can provide? Thank you!