Justice Hehir
Justice Hehir

2024 Special Commendation

The Dowagers

Synopsis: Salome, Tara, and Chris share an apartment building and a system for navigating the unspeakable. A pandemic-era play about neighbors, proximity, and the many permutations of care, “the dowagers” is a meditation on loss and lust – set on a single

Cast Breakdown: 2 F/NB, 2 M/NB

Set/Costume Requirements: A stoop

Agent: Bonnie Davis, Bret Adams


Bio: Justice Hehir is a playwright and doula whose work explores sexuality and resilience. She is a member of Youngblood at EST, a New Georges Affiliated Artist/Audrey Resident, a resident artist at the cell theater, and a 2023/2024 Winterworks playwright at Clubbed Thumb/ECWG alum. She received a Clubbed Thumb Constitution Commission from Heidi Shreck and the producers of “What the Constitution Means to Me” in 2021, and with the support of New Georges co-authored “the wish: a manual for a last-ditch effort to save abortion in the united states through theater,” a free, downloadable play about abortion rights post-Roe, released online in 2022 (winner of the 2023 A is For Playwriting Prize). She is currently under commission by the Miranda Family Foundation, along with her co-authors, creating a companion piece for “the wish.” Her plays have been developed with New York Theater Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theater, New Georges, and Clubbed Thumb. She graduated from Hunter College in 2018 with an MFA in Playwriting (under the tutelage of Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins) and from Rutgers University/Douglass College in 2016 with a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and English.