Strange Happenings at the School Library

by Jenny Lyn Bader and Martine Sainvil

A school goes into lockdown during the pandemic and the librarian moves in. But suddenly the books have changed. The Greek gods are having a zoom meeting, Tweedledee and Tweedledum are practicing social distancing, and Rapunzel is building a social media following — and that’s just the beginning. Strange Happenings follows the librarian as she unravels a literary mystery in this delightful comedic adventure for all ages.

  • Cast Size: Large Flexible Cast
  • Running Time: 60+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

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About the Playwrights

JENNY LYN BADER is a playwright living in New York City. Her plays include  Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library (Luna Stage), None of the Above (New Georges), and Equally Divine (Theatre at the 14th St. Y). One-acts include Beta Testing (Symphony Space), Worldness (Humana Festival of New American Plays), and Miss America (NY International Fringe Festival, “Best of Fringe” selection). Her audio plays include The International Local, available on the Subway Plays app, and Tree Confessions (“Beuys for Future” Int’l Exhibit, Berlin, w/ Kathleen Chalfant). Works performed virtually include Guru of Touch (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), My First Time (Voting Writes Project), “A Wonderful Stroke of Luck” (Heroes and Villains, Urban Stages), and “Sad Maps” (Vaccine Monologues). She has received the “Best Documentary One-Woman Show” Award (United Solo Fest); Athena Playwriting Fellowship; and the O’Neill Center’s Edith Oliver Award for a playwright who has, in the spirit of the late New Yorker critic, “a caustic wit that deflates the ego but does not unduly damage the human spirit.” Jenny Lyn co-founded Theatre 167, recipient of the Caffè Cino Award for “consistently producing outstanding work in the independent theatre” (NY Innovative Theatre Foundation). AHarvard graduate, she has been a Lark Playwriting Fellow (nominated by Wendy Wasserstein) and a frequent contributor to the New York Times “Week in Review.” Her work has also been published by Dramatists Play Service, Applause, Vintage, Lincoln Center Theater Review, and Plays International + Europe. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Authors Guild, Playwrights Gallery, League of Professional Theatre Women, and Honor Roll. For more, visit

Martine Sainvil is a Brooklyn-based Playwright and Communications Strategist.  A self-proclaimed Dialogue Diva, Plot Piper and Story Stan she is a graduate of Boston University, a member of Playwrights Gallery (NYC) and mentor at Girls Write Now. Some writing credits include:  Pursuit (2022 Barbour Playwrights Award Finalist), The Mary Lou Shine (2022 StatueFest: Monologues about Statue Worthy Women at Purchase College), Strange Happenings At The Library co-written with Jenny Lyn Bader (2021 Luna Stage), Indispensable (2020 Resonance Ensemble Waldman Play Development Program). Previously, Director of Communications at the Broadway League and was on the publicity team for various Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. For more visit

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