Jagged Little Pill


New Work
Writers: Diablo Cody Alanis Morissette Glen Ballard


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Dark Comedy, Drama
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
Suburban Connecticut, Present Day
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Rock Combo
Some Dance
Ideal for
Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female
Casting Notes

Includes adult, late teen characters


Based around the music of Alanis Morisette, Jagged Little Pill centers on the Healy family: MJ and Steve and their teenage children Frankie and Nick. The Healy’s appear to be the picture perfect family in their competitive Connecticut suburban neighborhood. Yet pictures can be deceiving. Despite her efforts to keep up appearances, MJ battles a growing addiction to opiates following a car accident and battles with trauma in her past that she has not yet come to terms with. Steve watches his wife become increasingly withdrawn and distant from him, without knowing why. Meanwhile their children are battling challenges of their own. Frankie is determined to find her own voice and discover her sexuality, while Nick must balance the pressure of his parents to do well against exposing his own faults in order to make sure justice is served. Exploring a range of sensitive issues, including rape, sexuality, addiction, and racism, Jagged Little Pill presents a vivid, messy, and chaotic portrayal of a modern-day family who deal with their pain and try to heal.

Lead Characters

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