Jan Shapin

Novels and Plays


Ambassadors of God: Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day - A homeless man touched by God directs a young woman to open Houses of Hospitality for those in need and this evolves into the Catholic Worker movement. 

Produced under a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

A Christmas Carol - An updated musical version of the classic set in a New England mill town in 1890.

Produced for five consecutive seasons at the Colonial Theatre, Westerly, RI. 

An Elephant Murder - A young woman gets pregnant by elephant handler.  Her mother has another match planned.  Her father mortgages the house to buy a half share in the elephant.  What's a girl to do?

Produced at the Charlotte Repertory Theatre New Plays Festival and as staged readings at the RI Playwrights' Festival and New Playwrights' Theatre, Washington, DC.  

The Frog King - Danny is a composer who would rather play poker and work shady real estate deals than write music.  His wife and his boss collide over possession of his soul.

Produced as a reading at Playwrights' Platform in Boston, MA. 

Leona - Radical politics in the 1970s.  A black deputy mayor finds herself caught between an old love and her demagogue employer. 

Produced as a reading by Fourth Friday Playwrights, New York


Schwab - A woman seduces the protege of Andrew Carnegie in order to wreak revenge in J.P. Morgan.

Bishop's Light - A bipolar TV commentator decides to solve the problems of an18th century ghost while wooing a gold digger he picked up in a bar.