John J. Caswell, Jr.

John J. Caswell, Jr.

John is a queer, Mexican-American playwright and director originally from Phoenix. He is a 2018 MacDowell Fellow, a 2018 Creative Resident at Space on Ryder Farm, the 2017 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow, a member of Play Group at Ars Nova, and the Artistic Director of Progressive Theatre Workshop, a company that has made plays for the past ten years. He has developed and shown work across Arizona and in New York...
John is a queer, Mexican-American playwright and director originally from Phoenix. He is a 2018 MacDowell Fellow, a 2018 Creative Resident at Space on Ryder Farm, the 2017 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow, a member of Play Group at Ars Nova, and the Artistic Director of Progressive Theatre Workshop, a company that has made plays for the past ten years. He has developed and shown work across Arizona and in New York City at Page 73, HERE, Dixon Place, The Public Theater, Primary Stages, Theater for the New City, and more. He has been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, Sundance Theater Lab, New York Theater Workshop 2050 Fellowship, Drama League Impact Residency, and the Woodward Newman Drama Award. His work is cited frequently as an example of queer-themed theatre, most recently referenced in articles appearing in Theatre Topics, The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, and the European Journal of Comparative American Studies. Included as a consummate demonstration of auto-ethnographic theatre, his play SHOTS: A Love Story was published as part of Johnny Saldaña's book Ethnotheatre: Research From Page to Stage published by Left Coast Press. ​He is pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Hunter College.

Plays

  • CREAM!
    A reality show called CREAM has descended upon a small Denver-based bakery. Negatively covered in the press for its refusal to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples, business has plummeted and Lotta and Laszlo Daniels are at risk of losing their livelihood. A gender-fluid femme queer with lots of hair in many places aims to bring the bigoted and lovable owners into the 21st century through complete...
    A reality show called CREAM has descended upon a small Denver-based bakery. Negatively covered in the press for its refusal to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples, business has plummeted and Lotta and Laszlo Daniels are at risk of losing their livelihood. A gender-fluid femme queer with lots of hair in many places aims to bring the bigoted and lovable owners into the 21st century through complete transformation and assimilation aired on national television. A talking wedding cake presides as chaperone, ringmaster, and all-seeing eye.
  • THREE BEARS
    Con and Doane live life simply in the tourist-driven ghost town of Jerome, Arizona. As Con’s health begins to fail, the aging couple explores the option of polyamory and the opportunity to leave Doane in continued companionship after Con’s departure.
  • MAN CAVE
    Imaculada has gathered her friends in the fortress-like mansion belonging to her absent employer, a wealthy Republican Congressman living high on a hill in Sedona, Arizona. Together they convert his luxurious basement MAN CAVE into their own spiritual war room and protective sanctuary from the violence of men, both real and supernatural.
  • GOD HATES THIS SHOW: Shirley Phelps-Roper in Concert, Live from Hell
    Westboro Baptist Church matriarch Shirley Phelps-Roper dies and goes to hell where she is forced to perform a cabaret act of her own parody songs for all eternity.