This is Jean P. Bordewich's first play. It's a story about Julia and Henry, a young married couple struggling in a marriage haunted by buried secrets, a mysterious presence, and conflicting desires. Julia wants a baby; Henry wants to write opera. New and unsettling revelations push their relationship to its limits and beyond as they face the question: What would you give to get the love you want?
Jean served as a U.S. Senate committee staff director until May 2014, and directed the 2013 Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which planned the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. Bordewich also has worked as a reporter, magazine writer and editor.
“I’m fascinated by when and how much partners are willing to change in order to make a relationship work, and when they choose not to,” says Bordewich. “It intrigues me how some relationships are able to survive the mysterious and unforeseen forces that may emerge over time and some are not."
Inspiration for Marriage, Lizards and Love came unexpectedly in 2011. “My husband and I saw Harold Pinter’s play, ‘Old Times,’ at the Sidney Harman Theater and I couldn’t stop thinking about it, especially the spare dialogue, the failure of the characters to connect with each other, the power of the past, and the way shapes, color and the absence of color were used in the staging. The ideas just started coming for my own play and wouldn’t stop.”
Bordewich wishes to thank the Capital Fringe Festival for offering playwrights, directors and actors the opportunity to experiment with new work before Washington audiences. For the 2015 Fringe Festival, Bordewich is working on a political drama set in the U.S. Senate during the McCarthy period of the early 1950s.