"Once upon a time, I met an elephant."

Sue has lived with her Aunt Jeanie since her mother disappeared when she was a young girl. With the aid of her vivid imagination, Sue holds a special communion with her absent mother. But where did her mother go? And when will she be back? 

Production History

2010 | Lee University Theatre | Cleveland, Tn
2016 | Hope Road Emerging Playwrights | Dayton, Oh
2016 | In The Water Reading Series | New York, Ny
2016 | PNWF Original Play Festival | Pittsburgh, Pa

2010 | First Course: Theatre | Atlanta, Ga and Austin, Tx
2011 | InspiraTO Festival | Toronto, Ontario
2016 | SHEatre Quickies! Festival | Cincinnati, Oh
2016 | TWO | Owensboro, Ky
2016 | Carrollwood Players | Tampa, Fl
2016 | Ten-Tucky Festival | Louiseville, Ky
2017 | BareWire Theatre Podcast | iTunes, RSS
2017 | LSSC New Works Festival | Leesburg, Fl
2017 | Curious Arrow's Lucid Festival | Grand Rapids, Mi

2011 | Judges' Choice Winner, InspiraTO Festival
2016 | Finalist, Pittsburgh New Works Festival
2016 | Semi-Finalist, LFT's Pick of the Vine Festival


Characters: 3 female-identifying
Sue: preteen/teen; on the Autism spectrum
Jeanie: any age, her aunt
Mother: any age

Time: 10 minutes

Genre: drama, movement

Setting: a backyard; an imaginary Africa


Elephants are astonishing creatures, in case you didn't know -- and they are used and abused around the world for entertainment and traveler's thrills. A simple Bing (ha ha, jk -- Google) search will tell you a hundred things about elephants that will convince you they're way better than human beings (at any rate, they're way more in touch with their feelings than the average human). Please consider donating (or sponsoring an elephant!) through the International Elephant Foundation.




"You'll never be disappointed by a short play by Jordan Elizabeth Henry. With an emotional intensity that's rare in many short plays, a pain deep down that you feel instantaneously. [...] The final moment of this play, like in many of her short plays, is unforgettable, enlarging the heart." 

- Asher Wyndham

"Powerful. Emotional."

"Shows a preteen or teenager on the Autism spectrum, which is something that should be shown more, and also captures the relationship of a heartbroken girl and her equally heartbroken aunt trying to come together. Very well done and moving."

- Matthew Weaver

"Incredibly powerful and touching."

"Henry has a gift in her ability to create honest and relatable characters that draw the audience in emotionally. I was especially fascinated by Henry's portrayal of Sue, a teenager with Autism, and how logical it is for her to admire the elephants' nuance-free method of communication. After finishing reading this play, my first thought was "I want to see this on stage." The way Henry portrays Sue's imagination interwoven with reality would be incredible to see performed."

- Steven Hayet

"Beautiful and sad."

"Sue's imaginary friend isn't the only elephant in the room in this incredible short. Powerful sensory imagery: It pounds, it vibrates, it shakes, and it calls to you. She's the kind of author who lighting and sound designers have to roll up their sleeves for. What's more, her familiarity with the Autism spectrum is plainly apparent, giving way to authenticity in her characterization and storytelling."

- Greg Burdick