JOLEY with Playwright Caitlin Saylor Stephens & Escape to Create

JOLEY with Playwright Caitlin Saylor Stephens & Escape to Create


Caitlin Saylor Stephens is a Brooklyn-based playwright who writes plays about bad women. Recipient of the 2018 Goody Fellowship for Playwrights, Stephens represents a new generation of voices and diversity of works written for theatre.  JOLEY is her dramatic new Americana play about a Tennessee mountain woman who, inspired by self-help television, kills her abusive husband in hope of building a life of integrity.


Stephens is the author of nine plays.  Her work has been presented at New York Theatre Workshop, The Flea Theatre, New Georges, The Flea Theatre, and Amoralab. Among her awards are fellowships, scholarships, grants, and residencies from Headlands Center for the Arts, Ucross, The Whiting Foundation, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Sewanee Writer’s Conference Romulus Linney Scholarship, VCCA, Vermont Studio Center, The New Georges Audrey Residency, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and The Orchard Project.

The Goody Fellowship for Playwrights is awarded annually by Escape to Create and The REP Theatre to advance new scripts through a fulfilling workshop process and introduce exciting new voices to the region.

JOLEY: After a long separation, two Tennessee mountain lovers reunite one hot n’ heavy evening in a broke-ass bar. But when Joley reveals her battle wounds from a particularly violent episode of domestic abuse, the two are challenged with the task of confronting their wrongs, unearthing their truths, finding forgiveness, and burying a body.