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John J King

John J King is part Texan and part Tyrannosaur, and lives in Boston where he makes Plays, Songs, Jokes, and Cartoons, often all at once.

John J King is part Texan and part Tyrannosaur, and lives in Boston where he makes plays. He has a B.A. in Theatre & English from SUNY Boondocks, and an accent from his mama. 

In January 2019, John’s play MARTHA’S (B)RAINSTORM: A BOSTON FAIRY TALE, was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Fellowship in Dramatic Writing. John served as the inaugural Playwright in Residence at the Boston Public Library2017 - 2018, and is a proud alum of the Huntington Playwriting Fellows. 

John’s new play, MUSEUM PIECE, a farce about institutional (personal, and national) diversity, will be developed at Speakeasy Stage Company, part of the 2019-20 Boston Project. John’s work has been produced in Boston by Vaquero Playground, SpeakEasy Stage, New Exhibition Room, and Company One Theatre. 

Plays include: 7 MINUTES (Semi-Finalist, Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries), BLUESHIFT (O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights' Conference Finalist, 2016); FROM DENMARK WITH LOVE (IRNE nomination: Best New Play); an adapted libretto for the German Gothic opera DER VAMPYR. He is currently finishing book, lyrics and music for his glam-rock opera THE RISE & FALL OF OEDIPUS T REX & THE GOAT SONG OF THEBES.

His mission: To Create and Spread Delight. 


You Have One New Message

You Have One New Message

Rethinking our response to cell phones in the theatre

21 October 2015

Playwright John J King proposes that instead of scolding and shaming audience members who don’t follow cell phone rules in the theatre, we as a community should spend more time orienting new attendees to our world.