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Jenny Schwartz came to playwriting through a side door, having received her master’s in direction from Columbia U. “When I graduated, I thought I would go on to be a director, but I decided to write a play instead,” Schwartz says. She wrote her way into Juilliard’s Playwriting Program.

“God’s Ear,” about a couple facing a splintered relationship in the aftermath of their child’s death, is a poignant and wryly stylized look at disconnection and grief. The play reopened Thursday Off Broadway (after a brief but well-received downtown run last year) at the Vineyard Theater.

“I’m inclined to take advantage of the magic of the theater. By someone saying one word, you can travel to a different place,” Schwartz says. “Just through language, you can change time, whereas you can’t in film or TV.”

¬†Schwartz, 34, is under commission by Soho Rep, London’s Soho Theater and South Coast Rep, and is writing her next play, “Somewhere Fun.”

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