Elaine’s cantankerous, ailing mother, Ruth, won’t let aides in the house to help her, making it impossible for Elaine to go to work. In desperation, Elaine buys a “Jenny”, a smart device which doubles as a babysitter/companion for her mom – while allowing Elaine to check on Ruth from anywhere. Jenny quickly feels like another member of the family, playing games with Ruth and talking Elaine through her insomnia. But what if Jenny isn’t the only one listening? A play about how and why we let technology into our homes, and the unexpected changes that tech can bring.

Blair Baker *


Kea Trevett *


Christine Farrell *


Mary Elizabeth Hamilton 


Jess Chayes


Ant Ma

Scenic Designer

Amy Sutton

Costume Designer

Christina Watanabe

Lighting Designer

ien DeNio

Sound Designer

Katie Scarlett Graves *

Production Stage Manager


* appearing through an agreement between this theater and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
The designers of this production are represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829 of the IATSE.
The director is a member of the Stage Director and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.


by Mary Elizabeth Hamilton
directed by Jess Chayes
June 8 – 23, 2024 | Previews June 6 & 7
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:00
Sundays at 3:00
This production is made possible in part by The Ensemble Studio Theatre / Arthur P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project.
SMART was originally commissioned and developed by EST/Sloan Project.