Jeff Augustin's play Little Children Dream of God premiered at the Roundabout Theatre Company, where he was the inaugural Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence. His plays have also been produced at La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (The Last Tiger in Haiti); and Actors Theatre of Louisville (The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield; Cry Old Kingdom; and That High Lonesome Sound). His work has been developed at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theater, and Seattle Rep. Jeff was the 2015-16 Shank Playwright-in-Residence at Playwrights Horizons. He is an alumnus of the New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship; Rita Goldberg Playwright’s Workshop at the Lark; and The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm. He is currently under commission from Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and La Jolla Playhouse. Jeff’s a writer for Claws on TNT and developing a new series with AMC. BA: Boston College, MFA: UCSD.
In Haiti, at night, entire villages gather around fires and candlelight to listen to folklore whispered by a single storyteller. My family carried that tradition with them to America. I am the youngest of seven; my sister and I are the only two born in the states. I grew up listening to magical and fantastical stories, many based on religious and voodoo figures. I never knew what was real or supernatural, or if the supernatural was just as real as I. In these stories, characters were constantly running from their family and their land in search for a new identity. But in a world where spirits, deities, and God guide life, these characters were bound to their destinies.
These oral and mythical traditions have heavily influenced my writing. The other worldliness, the power of language, the poetry and rhythm are all integral ingredients in my work. I’m also interested in our collective and individual battles with history. How it defines us and how we embrace or try to escape from it.