The Annual International STAGE Script Competition

SPLITTING INFINITY, by Jamie Pachino

Winner of the first STAGE International Script Competition

About the Play

A Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist pursues evidence of God, through physics. As she single-mindedly pursues her goal, she upsets the balance of her relationships with her oldest and closest friend, a rabbi, and her star post-doctoral student, the son of a Christian Scientist.

Set between the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (known as the Ten Days of Awe), and reaching back into the past, each character seeks answers to questions of faith and science, love and work, and life and death. The play details the ache inside each of us to know, to dream large, to demand more, and the cost of such ambitions. An ambitious, sexy, funny and ferociously hungry play, SPLITTING INFINITY takes on our struggles to connect to each other, and the world around us.

About the Playwright

Jamie Pachino JAMIE PACHINO is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter with national and international credits. Her plays have been produced in four countries, commissioned, published and honored. Jamie's work has been named the winner of dozens of awards, including the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays production grant, the Laurie Foundation Theatre Visionary Award, and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work. Her plays have been nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (twice), the Illinois Governor's Award, and runner-up for the Osborn Award (American Theater Critics Association) and Jane Chambers Award (twice). Her work has been invited to new play festivals with American Conservatory Theatre, Hartford Stage, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), and Geva Theatre (Rochester), Florida Stage, New Theatre (Florida), as well as the Women Playwrights Conference in Athens, Greece.

Jamie's plays include WAVING GOODBYE (world premiere Steppenwolf and Naked Eye theatre companies, Chicago); THE RETURN TO MORALITY (winner of 8 national awards, produced throughout the country); AURORA'S MOTIVE (named one of the "Top Ten Productions of the Year" by the Chicago Tribune); and THEODORA: AN UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY. Her adaptation of Studs Terkel's bestseller RACE has toured the country in a version for young audiences (with Long Wharf, Northlight, and Blue Heron theatres, among others), reaching over 16,000 students. Jamie's full-length and short plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., Smith and Kraus, Meriwether/Contemporary Drama Service, and Heinemann, and her short plays STILL BLONDE . . . RUNS DEEP and KRESKIN BE DAMNED have been featured in festivals around the world. Current theatre work includes writing the book for a Broadway musical (to be announced shortly), and SPLITTING INFINITY, originally commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre.

Jamie's film work includes features for DreamWorks, Vanguard Films (SHREK, SHREK 2), Walden Media (CHRONICLES OF NARNIA), Smith/Hemion, and NOT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE for Lifetime Television. Other scripts have been optioned by Lionsgate, GreeneStreet Films, Raw Entertainment, the Hearst Corporation, and Trigger Street Films. Current film work includes the full-length animated feature RAPUNZEL for Disney, RIBBIT for Vanguard Films, (both in pre-production), and the Lifetime Television teleplay WHAT IF GOD WERE THE SUN, with Gena Rowlands.

Jamie has held writing residencies with the Ragdale Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Hedgebrook, and the International Writers Retreat in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has served on the faculties of Northwestern University, Columbia College, and the Chicago Academy for the Arts, and currently makes her home in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the International Center for Women Playwrights, and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. She is the proud wife of award-winning sound designer and composer Lindsay Jones, and proud mom to Huckleberry Jones and Player-to-be-Named later Jones (due in late August).


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