John Minigan

John Minigan

John is a playwright, director and educator whose plays have been presented by Urban Stages, Circle Repertory Company, Hey Jonte!, Centastage, Vagabond Theatre Company, New World Theatre, Clockwise, Good Company, Shelter West, and others. He has been an O'Neill Conference and Lark finalist, a finalist for the Heidemann Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and an Elliot Norton Award Best Play nominee. He...
John is a playwright, director and educator whose plays have been presented by Urban Stages, Circle Repertory Company, Hey Jonte!, Centastage, Vagabond Theatre Company, New World Theatre, Clockwise, Good Company, Shelter West, and others. He has been an O'Neill Conference and Lark finalist, a finalist for the Heidemann Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and an Elliot Norton Award Best Play nominee. He has developed new work at the Utah Shakespearean Festival's New American Playwrights Project, New Repertory Theatre, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Dayton Playhouse, and Vermont Actors' Rep. John is a four-time winner of the Firehouse Theatre New Works Contest, winner of the Nantucket Short Play Contest, the KNOCK International Short Play Competition, the Rover Dramawerks Competition, the Longwood 0-60 Competition, and the 8-Minute Madness Festival in New York City. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, StageSource, and the Centastage writer's group.

Plays

  • Queen of Sad Mischance
    FULL LENGTH: A play about academia, race, power and belonging.

    Intense, bi-racial college senior Kym thinks she’s lucked into the perfect resume-builder: a research assistantship helping feminist scholar Beverly Norden finish her ground-breaking book on Shakespeare’s Queen Margaret before Alzheimer’s makes the task impossible. As Kym learns that more than Beverly’s failing memory stands in the...
    FULL LENGTH: A play about academia, race, power and belonging.

    Intense, bi-racial college senior Kym thinks she’s lucked into the perfect resume-builder: a research assistantship helping feminist scholar Beverly Norden finish her ground-breaking book on Shakespeare’s Queen Margaret before Alzheimer’s makes the task impossible. As Kym learns that more than Beverly’s failing memory stands in the way of both the book and the carefully-planned trajectory of her own future career, she’s faced with the hardest decisions of her life.

    2018 O'Neill finalist
    2018 Lark finalist
    2018 Kitchen Dog Theatre Finalist
    2018 Dayton FutureFest Official Selection
    2017 Pestalozzi Prize winner
  • Breaking the Shakespeare Code
    FULL LENGTH: Anna arrives in a college rehearsal hall, hoping to get advice from intimidating acting instructor Curt about landing the lead in a professional production of Romeo and Juliet. Once he agrees to help, they embark on sixteen years of emotional entanglements that teach them both more than they ever expected.

    Elliott Norton Award Nomination, Best New Script, 2014
    First Runner-Up...
    FULL LENGTH: Anna arrives in a college rehearsal hall, hoping to get advice from intimidating acting instructor Curt about landing the lead in a professional production of Romeo and Juliet. Once he agrees to help, they embark on sixteen years of emotional entanglements that teach them both more than they ever expected.

    Elliott Norton Award Nomination, Best New Script, 2014
    First Runner-Up, Arthur Stone Prize, 2007
    Weissberger Award Nomination, 2006
  • Noir Hamlet
    A Boston Globe Critics' Pick!
    There’s never a good time to find yourself on the roof, twelve flights above the sidewalk, not sure if you’re alone. And a cold midnight, in the fog, two months after the sudden death of a big shot detective who just happens to be your father? It’d be hard to come up with a worse. Will Hamlet discover the truth of his father’s death, keep his mother from marrying a...
    A Boston Globe Critics' Pick!
    There’s never a good time to find yourself on the roof, twelve flights above the sidewalk, not sure if you’re alone. And a cold midnight, in the fog, two months after the sudden death of a big shot detective who just happens to be your father? It’d be hard to come up with a worse. Will Hamlet discover the truth of his father’s death, keep his mother from marrying a potential killer and hold on to the love of his secretary Rae Chio? And what’s better for the City of Angels, justice or violent revenge?
  • Concordance
    FULL LENGTH: Where is the line between faith and madness?

    Armed with only a butter knife, 18th century Bible scholar Alexander Cruden attempts to cut his way to freedom from London’s notorious Bethnal Green madhouse. He is interrupted when Christiana, a sixteen-year-old blind girl, invades his cell. Although she has arrived merely to avoid the sexual advances of the madhouse under-keeper, she...
    FULL LENGTH: Where is the line between faith and madness?

    Armed with only a butter knife, 18th century Bible scholar Alexander Cruden attempts to cut his way to freedom from London’s notorious Bethnal Green madhouse. He is interrupted when Christiana, a sixteen-year-old blind girl, invades his cell. Although she has arrived merely to avoid the sexual advances of the madhouse under-keeper, she discovers that the roots of Alexander’s madness reach back to a haunting secret he has worked for decades to escape.

    Five actors portray 22 characters.

    New American Playwrights Project Finalist, 2013
    PlayPenn Semifinalist, 2013
  • Easter at the Entrée Gold
    ONE-ACT: Although Peter has been sent by their school’s headmaster to give incapacitated Leverett a ride home from Montreal, he learns that Leverett, dressed in drag, has a different plan in mind. Peter attempts to get Leverett ready to return to the states, but the older man reveals the sexual secret that has caused him to flee their school and kept him from returning on his own. As Peter probes for the truth...
    ONE-ACT: Although Peter has been sent by their school’s headmaster to give incapacitated Leverett a ride home from Montreal, he learns that Leverett, dressed in drag, has a different plan in mind. Peter attempts to get Leverett ready to return to the states, but the older man reveals the sexual secret that has caused him to flee their school and kept him from returning on his own. As Peter probes for the truth of Leverett’s transgressions, he discovers that Leverett’s goal has more to do with unearthing Peter’s secrets than in covering up his own.

    Published in Best American Short Plays 2016 by Applause Books and New England New Play Anthology
    Winner, Nor'Eastern Playwrights Contest
    Winner, Firehouse Theatre New Works Contest, 2010
    Award of Excellence, Shakespeare in the 'Burg Contest, 2014
    Third Place, Nantucket Short Play Competition, 2014
  • It's the Jews
    TEN-MINUTE: When playwright Arny Sibber meets with Artistic Director Stephie Moffeles to discuss the possible world premiere production of his much-workshopped Holocaust play, he discovers she has only one problem with the script. That problem? It’s the Jews. (10-minute)

    To be published in Outstanding Short Plays, Volume 4, Dramatists Play Service
    First Place, KNOCK International Short...
    TEN-MINUTE: When playwright Arny Sibber meets with Artistic Director Stephie Moffeles to discuss the possible world premiere production of his much-workshopped Holocaust play, he discovers she has only one problem with the script. That problem? It’s the Jews. (10-minute)

    To be published in Outstanding Short Plays, Volume 4, Dramatists Play Service
    First Place, KNOCK International Short Play Competition, 2010
    "Best Playwright," 8-Minute Madness Festival, NYC, 2011
    Finalist, New American Short Play Competition (City Theatre, Miami), 2013
  • The Maltese Walter
    TEN-MINUTE: On the eve of his wedding day, mild-mannered accountant Walter visits therapist Dr. Eddy with a big problem: Walter’s fiancée refuses to marry him unless he gives up his superpower and secret identity: noir-Man, able to transform any moment into film noir. When fiancée Vera arrives, she and Dr. Eddy convince Walter to “go straight,” but the therapy takes a dark and unexpected turn. (10-minute)...
    TEN-MINUTE: On the eve of his wedding day, mild-mannered accountant Walter visits therapist Dr. Eddy with a big problem: Walter’s fiancée refuses to marry him unless he gives up his superpower and secret identity: noir-Man, able to transform any moment into film noir. When fiancée Vera arrives, she and Dr. Eddy convince Walter to “go straight,” but the therapy takes a dark and unexpected turn. (10-minute)

    Published in Best 10-Minute Plays of 2016, Smith & Kraus
    Samuel French OOB Festival Finalist 2015
    Optioned for film production by Asylum Giant, London 2015
    2014 Finalist, Heidemann Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville
    2014 First Place, Rover Dramawerks Contest
    2014 Winner (one of six), Longwood University 0-60 Contest
  • The Long Christmas Journey to Wellesley and Weston
    ONE-ACT: Over the course of 63 years, multiple generations of an Italian immigrant family take a Christmas car ride through time and place on their way to becoming an American family. A one-act in the style of Thornton Wilder.

    First Place/Honegger Prize, Firehouse Theatre New Works Contest, 2014
  • Velas Votivas
    The day after the 2017 shooting at St. Alphonsus in Fresno, a priest tries to find meaning in old rituals.
  • Closing Doors
    TEN-MINUTE: When fourth-grade teacher Sandra is called on the carpet for breaking protocol in an active shooter drill, she and assistant principal Terry must decide what it means to really protect their students.
  • Conversation Starter
    Monologue: Edie suggests the best approach for handling the neo-Nazi hitting on you at the bar.
  • Friday Drinks
    WORK IN PROGRESS, One-act : When aging exotic dancer Sandy decides to leave the profession, she and her long-time fan Benny are compelled to reassess not only their connection but also the stories they have told each other and themselves. How will they determine the next step in their relationship?
  • Family Planning
    TEN-MINUTE: When, on the morning after Trump's election, high school senior Angela tells her mother Bella about a pact she has made with three of her closest friends, Bella has to decide whether or not to adjust her moral compass to protect her daughter in the strange new world of Trump's America.
  • Product Reveal
    FIVE-MINUTE PLAY: Smith, an inventor, reveals a new product he feels will preserve his white Christian nation.
  • A Monogamy of Swans
    TEN-MINUTE: After breaking up with her fiancé Jimmie, Ellie has gone to Boston’s Public Garden to kill the swans. Violet, her ex, arrives with a better alternative.