Broadway Play Publishing Inc's 2008 Playwright of the Year
John Strand's most recent plays are
LINCOLNESQUE, a dark comedy about contemporary
life in Washington, DC, and LORENZACCIO, his
adaptation of Alfred de Musset's 1834 French classic, which premiered at The
Shakespeare Theater, Washington, DC, directed by Michael Kahn (published by
Broadway Play Publishing Inc). John is the author of the book for the musical
THE HIGHEST YELLOW, with a score by Michael John LaChiusa, at Signature Theater,
Arlington, VA. His other plays include LOVERS AND EXECUTIONERS, Arena Stage,
winner of the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play; THE DIARIES,
commissioned by Signature Theater and nominated for the MacArthur; TOM WALKER,
commissioned by Arena Stage, Washington, DC. Additional plays are
directed by Michael Kahn at Signature Theater, nominated for the MacArthur; THE
MISER, an adaptation of the Molière play set in Reagan-era America, at
Arena Stage; THREE NIGHTS IN TEHRAN, a comedy about the Iran-Contra affair,
Signature Theater; THE COCKBURN RITUALS, Woolly Mammoth Theater, Washington, DC.
John has received multiple play writing commissions from Arena Stage, Signature Theater and South Coast Repertory. He recently completed CHARITY ROYAL, an adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel Summer for Arena Stage.
John spent ten years in Paris, where he worked as a journalist and drama critic, writing in English and French. While there, he was director of New York University's Experimental Theater Wing in Paris. He currently lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and four children.
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