About Karen Jeynes

Karen Jeynes is a writer and general wrangler of words.  Her first love will always be the stage, but she writes for television, film and radio too. She teaches scriptwriting at SA Writers College and is the President of the International Centre for Women Playwrights, and on the board of Women Playwrights International. Recently she began putting words in the mouths of puppets for ZANews. In her spare time she collects interesting words, reads anything she can get her hands on, and watches reality television, chick flicks and bad horror films.

You can follow her on twitter too, or check out ThatWordSite.


63 Responses to “About Karen Jeynes”

  1. Rebecca E. February 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    Hi, Karen,
    I found a monologue from Laying Blame online and was wondering if there’s any way I can read the full script. I’m in a directing class at my school, and my friend is directing me in the monologue. In order to really understand my character, I’d like to be able to understand the backstory.
    On another note, I really admired what I read. I’m an aspiring playwright, and I really look up to your work.

    • karenjeynes March 1, 2010 at 10:12 am #

      hi Rebecca

      At the moment my publisher is working on making all the scripts available in ebook format for the international market, but for now please email me and I’ll be happy to provide you with the pdf.

      Thanks so much for your kind words, it’s always amazing to know other people are reading and responding to your work!


      • emilia July 20, 2010 at 1:50 am #

        hey Karen,
        i am a drama student and we have just been assigned to perform a monologue and i found part of laying blame and would really like to use it.
        i would love to read the full play so i can get some research done and understand the character better. would you be able to send me the pdf?
        thanks heaps

  2. Marcelo March 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi Karen,

    My name is Marcelo. First of all, I’m a student. I will soon be auditioning for The National Theatre School and I need to perform a modern monologue. So I was looking up monologues on the internet and I found the narwaiter. I loved it! Being a waiter myself, I kind of felt.. a bond with the character haha. The only thing though, is that for the audition, the school asks us to make sure that we read the whole play from which we’re taking the monologue. I was wondering if there was a way I could read it.


  3. Michael April 9, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    Hi Karen,
    I’m in the same boat as Marcelo – I’d like to read Everybody Else as part of performing a monologue, but I can’t find anywhere to buy it (I can’t wait for it to be shipped from Clarke’s books in South Africa). I could send you payment for the book in return for an electronic copy.


    • karenjeynes April 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

      Email me directly and I’ll happily sort you out with an electronic copy 🙂

  4. Crysten May 5, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi Karen,
    In school I’m doing a monologue from Laying Blame and to get a feel for the character I was wondering if you could e-mail me the script so I can read through it.

    Thank you so much,

  5. Sasha May 30, 2010 at 2:50 am #

    Hi, Ms. Jeynes,
    I’d really like to do the monologue from Laying Blame for my theatre class, and I was hoping you could e-mail me a copy of the full script! I’m having trouble finding your e-mail address, however…could you tell me what it is?
    Thanks so much!

  6. Kiira July 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    I’ve never tried out for a play before, but I told myself in highschool that I would. I don’t know anything about acting or drama. I’ve always been the type to choose P.E. as an elective. Naturally, I’m completely lost. Anyway now I’m in college, and I’m working on accomplishing that goal. I’m going to try doing the monologue from Laying Blame, but I’m not sure how it’s supposed look or sound. I mean, I have my own idea and whatnot, but I’m not sure if it’s right.

  7. Ember August 5, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Dear Miss Karen Jeynes. I stumbled across a monologue for of Kath from Everybody Else( is fucking perfect) I went in search of buying your play all over the internet but no one seems to carry it any more?l. Do you know anywhere else I can purchase your play?:)

    • karenjeynes August 5, 2010 at 11:31 am #

      Please email me and I can send you the pdf – it is available for sale in South Africa but shipping overseas takes a very long time. We are working on making them available for electronic download, but for now I am happy to send it out for non profit purposes. You can mail me at karenjeynes at gmail. Thanks so much for your interest!

  8. Ariel August 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    Hey Karen!
    I’m currently a student at Prince George’s Community College in Annopplis, Maryland. The school has a couple of plays comming up in the fall, and I wanted to use your monologue from “I’ll Have What She’s Having” for my audition. I was wondering if you had a summary of the play or a book out about it available. The audition is 9/7/10. It would be great if you could help!

    • karenjeynes August 30, 2010 at 9:27 am #

      I’ve emailed you, thanks so much for your interest.

  9. Peacoe Reilly September 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    Hello Karen, I am a student and I selected a monologue from Everybody else (is fucking perfect) to perform. I am really enjoying the parts of the play I find on the net but would really love to read the whole play. I have not been able to find it in the US. Can you help?

    Thank you so much.

    • karenjeynes September 25, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

      Thanks for your interest Peacoe, I’ll mail you.

  10. Kristin October 5, 2010 at 1:00 am #

    Dear Ms. Jeynes,

    I am a high school senior who is preparing for college auditions. While searching for monologues, I came upon a part of “Laying Blame” and was very intrigued. I would love to use it for one of my auditions and was wondering if you could e-mail the pdf of the play so I can understand the character better. Thank you so much!


    • karenjeynes October 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

      Hi Kristin – email sent, enjoy!

  11. Meghan Townley October 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm #

    Hi Karen! I was wondering if you could contact me regarding performing one of your monologues at the America College Theatre Festival. Any piece I perform I have to have permisson from you/publishers. I wanted to Cathy’s monologue from “Everybody Else”.
    If you could email me, I would be forever greatful.

  12. Maureen October 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    Hi Karen Jeynes,
    I am performing a monologue from your play “I’ll have what she’s having” and was wondering if I could get the entire text of the play. I am a big fan of the monologue and cannot wait to read the work in its entirety

    Thank you,

  13. Kay November 2, 2010 at 5:43 am #

    Hello Karen Jeynes,
    I have recently found a number of monologues that you have written, and they are all beautifully written, might I add. At this moment I would really love to read “Laying Blame,” as it contains a monologue that I would love to do for my theatre class assignment; however, I cannot find a copy of it on any bookstore website. If you know of any way that I can find this play it would really be appreciate!

    Thank you for any help you can give,

  14. Brandon November 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    Hi Karen,
    I am also performing a monologue from your play “I’ll have what she’s having.” For my class we are asked to read the entire play that our monologue came from so I would be very grateful if you could send me the PDF version of the play. I have not been able to find it anywhere online.

    Thanks a lot for the help,

  15. Amanda November 15, 2010 at 4:28 am #

    Hi Karen,

    I was wondering if I could get a pdf version as well I would like to use a monologue from “I’ll have what she’s having” in my acting improv class.


  16. Nadine Rose November 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Hi Karen,
    Im seventeen years old and currently studying drama, im in the middle of the whole drama school process.. Ive been looking around everywhere for scripts and monologues and I absolutley love laying blame, the monologue ‘me’ first line “You want to know what made me do it? You want to know why I’m here today?”
    I think its amazing!! I would be so grateful if i could possibly get a copy of the script? i would love to do it as an audition speech for drama school.

    Thankyou so much
    Nadine x

  17. Kaitlyn Schwab November 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    Dear Karen Jeynes,
    I am performing your monologue from the play Laying Blame
    in a competition this Saturday, November 20th and I need a full
    copy of the script sent to me by email before then. I know it is last
    minute, but I just found out and I am worried I wont be able to perform
    it if In dont have a full copy of the play in time. Please email me at kayschwab@yahoo.com
    Thank you for your time

  18. Alice December 7, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    Dear Ms. Jeynes,

    In the same boat as everyone else, I was just wondering if I could get the whole script of “Everybody Else is f***ing perfect”, as I’m in a theatre class at Macalester College, working on character development and I found a monologue, but without the entire script it’s hard to create the character. I’d try and email directly, but I’m so horrible at finding where your email is located, so I hope this comment gets to you…



    • karenjeynes December 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi Alice

      I’ll email you as well, but just to say Everybody Else is now available as ebook download on http://www.kalahari.net/digitaldownloads/Everybody-Else-is-Fucking-Perfect-eBook/75579/38729431.aspx for all those non-South Africans looking for it.


      • katiedivajp February 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

        Hi Ive been reaserching you (not in a stalker way) Loveing every body else (is fucking perfect) am auditioning for a drama school masters soon and managed after much serching to buy it electronically on kobo. Its great- short and sweet. Id love to know a bit more about your spin on cathy. Many thanks. Katie

      • karenjeynes February 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

        Hi Katie

        Very kind of you to take an interest. Cathy for me is someone who is desperate to control everything, to make her vision of ‘a perfect life’ come true. But that cannot hold. I’d be happy to chat further via email if you have more questions.


  19. Zara Brownless December 29, 2010 at 4:25 am #

    Hi Karen,

    I’m using a monologue from Laying Blame for my audition to the NYT (National Youth Theatre) and I really need to read up on the whole play. I tried clicking on your contact links but they haven’t worked.

    Please could you email me a copy of Laying Blame in PDF or anything? The monologue’s so wonderful and I’d love to use it but I really do to read the background.

    Thank you, and great writing!


  20. Catarina Mouroa January 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Dear Ms. Jeynes

    As everybody else above I am wondering if I can get the entire script of “Laying Blame”. I am musical theater student and I find a monologue from your play that I really like but without reading it it’s complicate creat a good character because I don’t now her.
    If you can help I would be really greatful.

    Thank you for your attention,


  21. Walter March 12, 2011 at 5:50 am #

    Hi Ms. Jeynes,
    It seems that I’m in the same position as the posters above. I am also a University drama student and came across a monologue from “I’ll Have What Shes Having” that I found interesting and would like to work on. I’ve been looking everywhere for a copy of the play but could not find one. Could you direct me to/ email me a copy? If so I would be very grateful.

    Thank you,

  22. Kylie Koscoe May 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Hey Karen,

    I’m working on one of the monologues from I’ll Have What She’s Having, and was wondering if I could get a full copy of the script to read. I’d greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

  23. Melissa Mumper June 9, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    Hi Karen,
    I’m President of Pandora Theatre (www.pandoratheatre.com), an independent theater in Houston, Texas that focuses on the female experience. We would love to read your play “I’ll Have What She’s Having” for a possible production. If you could provide information on how to receive a full copy, as well as who to contact for performance rights, etc. we would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you!

    • karenjeynes June 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

      Hi Melissa

      Fabulous news, I’ve mailed you directly.


  24. Jack Lambert September 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Hi Karen! I have recently been assigned a monologue for my acting class and have stumbled upon the monologue of Devon’s from I’ll have what shes having. I would really like to read the entire script to get into the character better. Is there anyway you could email me the script?

    • karenjeynes September 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

      Have sent it – enjoy

  25. Gabriela Gherardi November 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Dear Karen Jeynes,
    I am currently taking an introductory acting class and I have to present some monologues. I some from a few of your plays at notmyshoes.net, which I liked very much. If possible, I would like to read either I’ll have what she’s having or Everybody Else (is F*ing Perfect) in order to understand the characters better. I would appreciate you sending me either script or letting me know where I could find them.
    Thank you,
    Gaby Gherardi

    • karenjeynes November 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

      Thanks Gaby, I’ll email you 🙂

  26. Edy Samz November 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    Dear Karen,
    I’m a student and have an audition coming up soon for which i am doing a monologue from your play “i’ll have what she’s having”, I’ve been searching for it for some time now and still haven’t found it so could you please send me a copy or let me know where i can find the play.
    Much appreciated.
    Edy 🙂

    • karenjeynes November 28, 2011 at 11:39 am #

      Hi Edy, thanks for your query, and I’ll email you.

  27. Jack Midgley January 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Hello Karen,
    I’m currently using one of your monologues for a class of mine, ‘The Narwaiter’, and one was just wondering if it’s an extract/monologue from a play or if it’s just an independent monologue? Can’t seem to find mcuh about it on the internet.
    Kind Regards

    • karenjeynes January 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

      Have emailed it to you, thanks Jack!

  28. Sabra Ewing February 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    I am a senior in high school and I want to perform a scene from your play, I’ll Have What She’s Having for a school talent show. I found Pyiumi’s monologue online, but was wondering if I could have a digital copy of the script or of the scene I want to perform? The monologue was proceeded by a few sentences of background information, but I want to read the script because it will help me better portray my character. Also, I only have a partner to perform with, but in the monologue Pyiumi is speaking to a couple, so I was wondering if I could change the plural words to singular words so she is speaking to only one person. Thank you.

    • karenjeynes February 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

      Hi – thanks so much for the query, I’ll email you.

  29. Finn Kennedy March 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Hi Karen,

    We have a young actress who found a monologue for ‘Laying Blame’ that she wants to use for an audition. Is it possible to get an e-copy of the full play? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Best wishes,


    • karenjeynes March 18, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      Thanks so much for your interest Finn, I’ll be able to email you one – can you drop me a line on karenjeynes at gmail please.

  30. Katelin Richards April 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Hello Karen Jeynes,

    I am performing your monologue from the play Laying Blame
    in for my NTS audition, and I would love to read a full copy of the script.

    My email is richardskatelin@gmail.com, or office@odysseytheatre.ca.

    Kind regards,
    Katelin Richards

    • karenjeynes April 10, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      Thanks so much Katelin, I’ve sent you an email 🙂

  31. George January 19, 2013 at 5:14 am #


    I plan to use one of Devon’s monologues in an audition next week, but I haven’t been able to locate a copy of “I’ll Have What She’s Having”, do you know where I could find it? Thanks and I love it!


    • karenjeynes January 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      Lovely to hear it George, I’ve mailed you the script. Break a leg!

  32. Dipuo February 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Hello Karen, i am trying to get into the playwriting world, have visited some of the theaters in Pretoria and searched most of the net but nothing. But think i landed on the best place. i was wondering if you could get some tips on how to find playwirter, particularly in the Pretoria area, whom I can shadow like an intern, and learn from.

    • karenjeynes February 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm #


      Thanks for making contact. Sounds like you’re going about things the right way, but I’ll drop you a mail and help ig I can.


  33. Malik Beasley July 17, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    Hello, Karen My name is Malik and i am an arts student working on a piece from one of your plays “ill have what she’s having” to be exact and i really am just in love with the piece where Devon is speaking throught the door and i really wpuld like to preform this but i would also like to read the play first to get a full understanding of the characters sooo i would really appreciate it if you could send me the pdf. of the play ASAP

    • karenjeynes July 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      Thanks so much for the request, I’ve emailed you.

  34. marco November 9, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Hello Karen! I am doing a monologue from Everybody else (is f*****g perfect) for my acting class! I loved it and It made me fall in love with your work! the only problem is, I searched everywhere on the web but I can’t find a copy of the book. I need to know the backstory to understand my character better; my teacher threatens to make me change my monologue but I really want to do it! Can you help me? thank you!

    • karenjeynes December 27, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Thanks so much for your comment, I’ve emailed you.

  35. Dave Binder December 8, 2013 at 5:45 am #

    Hello Karen

    I read Jared’s monologue from everybody else (is fucking perfect) and was wondering where I could get the full script from. I wanted to perform the monologue for my drama school audition next week.


    • karenjeynes December 27, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Thank you for your interest Dave, I’ve mailed you.

  36. Michelle May 16, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    Hello Miss Jeynes!

    I too would love to read your entire play to study the character so I can feel her much better, make her come alive. May I be emailed an electronic copy as well?

    Thank you!

    • karenjeynes May 20, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

      Hi – I will mail you, thanks for the interest 🙂


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