Jenna & the Whale
by Ground Floor Theatre

Aug. 10 - Aug. 26

Originally previewed during the pandemic for Broadway Virtual,this new play Jenna & the Whaleby Miami playwrights Vanessa Garcia and Jake Cline, is about life, death, and who we are as a community of individuals. It’s about the things we see and what we can’t, the things we know and the things we struggle to understand.

“When we embarked on telling the story of a girl in a whale, we hoped people would see it and recognize themselves. When Lisa Scheps at Ground Floor read the play, and responded the way she did, full of grounded metaphor; full of both ocean and earth and an understanding of something bigger, well, we just felt super grateful that this place and this director, who really got our piece, would be premiering it along with this incredible cast,” said playwrights Vanessa Garcia and Jake Cliine

The cast is comprised of Kelsey Mazak as Jenna, Matthew Vo as Jonah, Keaton Patterson as Coco, Jennifer Jennings as Lynn, Tonie Knight as Rita, and Brooke Ashley Eden as Deputy Taylor. 

With direction by Lisa Scheps, the production team includes scenic design by Allie Kemmerer, lighting design byJacqueline Sindelar, costume design by Pam Fletcher Friday, puppet design by Connor Hopkins, sound and video design by Lowell Bartholomee, graphic design by Shannon Grounds along with Nathaniel Williams as technical director, Andy Grapko as intimacy director, Kelsey Moringy as assistant director and stage manager, and Astrid Rangel as production stage manager.

Video feature at  CBS Austin, August 3, 2023

Audio feature by Michael Lee, KUT-FM, August 4, 2023

Review by Bob Abelman for the Austin Chrronicle, August 22, 2023

Review by Joni Lorraine for Austin Broadway World, August 25, 2023


Jenna & the Whale
by Vanessa Garcia, Jake Cline
Ground Floor Theatre

August 10 - August 26, 2023
Ground Floor Theatre
979 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX, 78702

August 10 - 26, 2023

Ground Floor Theatre, Austin



[poster design by Shannon Grounds]