Written by Hayley Cuccinello
Directed by Sayantan Deb '14
Produced by Alice Abracen '15
In Hayley Cuccinello’s dark comedy Jenna’s Birthday, a young woman, claustrophobic in her small Midwestern town, yearns to escape to New York- but first she must contend with an overbearing cousin, a local drug lord and her would-be in-law, an idealist hopelessly in love with her, and a unique neurological disorder that’s sabotaged her attempts at freedom for years.
Jenna’s Birthday is in turns a comedic take on the suburban mentality, a subtle commentary on our generation’s inherently ambitious nature, and an exploration of the pitfalls, yearning, and tribulations that we face as we try to negotiate between our hopes and our realities.