J. Julian Christopher

J. Julian Christopher

J. Julian Christopher is a Queer, Puerto Rican and Dominican playwright. He holds an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. Acting credits include: TBA (by Carla Ching), Holiday Movies (directed by Liz Swados), and The Karaoke Show (directed by Diane Paulus). Playwriting awards include: The 2009 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, the 2014 Best New Work Motif Award, the 2015 Queens Arts Council Grant,...
J. Julian Christopher is a Queer, Puerto Rican and Dominican playwright. He holds an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. Acting credits include: TBA (by Carla Ching), Holiday Movies (directed by Liz Swados), and The Karaoke Show (directed by Diane Paulus). Playwriting awards include: The 2009 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, the 2014 Best New Work Motif Award, the 2015 Queens Arts Council Grant, the 2017 & 2018 Pipeline Theatre Company PlayLab, the 2018 La Guardia Community College’s LGBTQ History Project Grant, and the Class of 2025 New Dramatist Residency. He has workshopped his plays at LAByrinth Theater, TerraNova Collective, Fuse Theatre, and The Working Theatre. Productions include: Man Boobs (Pride Films & Plays, 2011), Nico was a Fashion Model (Counter-Productions Theatre Company, 2013), Animals Commit Suicide (First Floor Theater, 2015), and Locusts Have No King (INTAR, 2016). He was the book writer for Peril Forest, a musical written for the 24 Hour Musicals in May 2016 and for LatinXoxo - An Unrequited Serenata, a musical written for Venezuelen artist, Migguel Anggelo at Joe's Pub in 2019. Other plays include, Alligator Mouth, anOTHER, ¡OSO FABULOSO! & The Bear Backs, Bundle of Sticks, Julio Down by the Schoolyard, and Bruise & Thorn (2018 PlayPenn Conference). He is a co-producer and co-writer of the hit web series, Bulk- The Series, the chair of Region 1’s National Playwriting Program for The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Queensborough Community College.

Plays

  • Animals Commit Suicide
    Chance, a gay man who has almost everything, dives deep into Chicago’s seedy sexual underbelly looking for something more. He picks up a drug habit while beginning a relationship with a handsome HIV-positive baker, claiming falsely to be positive as well. But when those close to him begin to call his motives into question, Chance is forced to decide what he values most in a dangerous world.
  • anOTHER
    An exploration of what it means to be "other" in America. Crafted with the students of Queensborough Community College, anOTHER is a celebration of difference in a society that is more comfortable navigating within the status quo. (with Devised Material by Queensborough Community College theatre students: Jhoel Centeno, Scarlat Fang, Joseph Fiscaletti, Geovanny Guzman, Krismarie Logue, Lang Qi,...
    An exploration of what it means to be "other" in America. Crafted with the students of Queensborough Community College, anOTHER is a celebration of difference in a society that is more comfortable navigating within the status quo. (with Devised Material by Queensborough Community College theatre students: Jhoel Centeno, Scarlat Fang, Joseph Fiscaletti, Geovanny Guzman, Krismarie Logue, Lang Qi, Toluwalope M. Shokunbi, Ksenia Volynkina, Yineng Ye, and Maite Zuniga)
  • Bruise & Thorn
    Bruise and Thorn work at a busted up old laundromat in Jamaica, Queens. Bruise dreams of becoming a chef and Thorn of changing the face of Hip Hop with his unabashed Queerness. When finances become strained, they get caught up in illegal activities sending them on a magical ride to make their dreams come true and...
    Bruise and Thorn work at a busted up old laundromat in Jamaica, Queens. Bruise dreams of becoming a chef and Thorn of changing the face of Hip Hop with his unabashed Queerness. When finances become strained, they get caught up in illegal activities sending them on a magical ride to make their dreams come true and get the hell out of Jamaica. Bruise & Thorn is an authentic look at a Nuyorican street family, not through bloodline, but rather the social and economic indicators that naturally selects them to one another.
  • Bundle of Sticks
    Gay men from across the globe go deep into the outback of Australia for a secret gay conversion therapy retreat. When they arrive, they are not only challenged by Otto, their toxically masculine group leader, but also by an underground Rainbow Serpent responsible for the protection of water and erections.
  • The Guilt Mongers or Los Traficantes de Culpa (for those not willing to submit to the Anglicization of our people)
    Bruno Santiago is estranged from his family. They never accepted his unapologetic Queerness. But when his mother is admitted to a Bronx hospice, he rushes to her bedside with his partner of 10 years… and their new 23-year-old Mexican boyfriend. His disapproving Boricua family is outraged by Bruno’s flaunting of an amoral three-way relationship. Bruno defends his relationship and confronts a half-uncle stirring...
    Bruno Santiago is estranged from his family. They never accepted his unapologetic Queerness. But when his mother is admitted to a Bronx hospice, he rushes to her bedside with his partner of 10 years… and their new 23-year-old Mexican boyfriend. His disapproving Boricua family is outraged by Bruno’s flaunting of an amoral three-way relationship. Bruno defends his relationship and confronts a half-uncle stirring up unsettled feelings from his past. Fights, tears, and heartbreak abound while a hospice nurse juggles to deal with the family drama and the matriarch’s spirit using her as a sounding board for life-long resentments.
  • Julio Down by the Schoolyard
    It is the morning after the brutal murder of Julio Rivera, a gay Puerto Rican man in Jackson Heights, Queens. The murder became the first gay hate crime tried in New York State during the 1990s. In JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD, the community reacts and is taken on a journey of self-discovery by a fabulously unapologetic queen personifying the beauty and brutality of Jackson Heights. The play is an examination...
    It is the morning after the brutal murder of Julio Rivera, a gay Puerto Rican man in Jackson Heights, Queens. The murder became the first gay hate crime tried in New York State during the 1990s. In JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD, the community reacts and is taken on a journey of self-discovery by a fabulously unapologetic queen personifying the beauty and brutality of Jackson Heights. The play is an examination of the political and societal environment of Jackson Heights capturing the fear and outrage of the LGBTQIA+ Community leading to the borough’s first public demonstrations against homophobia. Like many Queer stories, the play does not follow a traditional narrative, as LGBTQIA+ people are often forced to follow non-traditional lives due to laws and societal pressure. The play focuses on poetry, imagery, and Fabulism to take a hard look at how Queer bodies are seen as threats to the status quo; in this case, Julio Rivera, but also in the current political climate.
  • Locusts Have No King
    Two gay couples (Lucus/Matthew and Jonathan/Marcus) get together for a dinner party. They work together. They live in the same building. They are closeted. But when one ponders his resignation the others fear exposure of their hidden relationships. They cannot allow this to happen. They won't allow this to happen. All hell breaks loose... literally.
  • Man Boobs
    Two men begin to share a night of passion until issues of obesity and self-esteem overpower their sexual and emotional connection.
  • Nico was a Fashion Model
    Levittown teenagers, Luís and Jesse, will do anything to get into closing night of CBGB. But just when they realize their fake IDs are a bust, Luís meets his muse who becomes their ticket into the club. A series of events force Luís to examine his own identity and the character of those around him.
  • ¡OSO FABULOSO! & The Bear Backs
    ¡Oso Fabuloso & The Bear Backs! is a musical about a gay Latino bear named Oso Fabuloso. He has recently been dumped by a two-timing daddy bear and hasn’t been able to cope. He seeks the help of a therapist, Dr. Calvo, in order to deal with his depression. Dr. Calvo convinces him to use his gift of song to sing the blues away. Oso agrees to go on tour with his therapist/guitarist, along with his two best...
    ¡Oso Fabuloso & The Bear Backs! is a musical about a gay Latino bear named Oso Fabuloso. He has recently been dumped by a two-timing daddy bear and hasn’t been able to cope. He seeks the help of a therapist, Dr. Calvo, in order to deal with his depression. Dr. Calvo convinces him to use his gift of song to sing the blues away. Oso agrees to go on tour with his therapist/guitarist, along with his two best friends/backup singers, Gummy and Grizz. The tour helps Oso deal with love and loss. Oso warns his audiences to take the “un” out of unrequited love and tells his story directly to the audience in the form of extended monologue and song. The music is steeped in late 20th Century Rhythm and Blues. Music by Steve Sclafani
  • Alligator Mouth
    A violently tender story about a troubled man in 1985 looking for answers. Instead he finds a young boy, brand-spanking new to NYC. 
  • Horny Orderly - A Symphony of Sex and Sorrow in 11 Minutes & 47 Seconds
    A man deals with his mother's chemotherapy treatments by cruising a horny orderly at a Cancer hospital.
  • Imaginariness
    Nicki's imaginary friend, Diane, is frustrated with being ignored. With the help of a Greek Chorus subconscious, Diane fights to be noticed.  
  • Metro Psalm
    A man revisits his past through an evangelical preacher on the NYC Subway system.
  • Two to Make an Accident
    Inspired by The Great Gatsby, Two to Make and Accident is a twisted sexual humiliation game in which infidelity and broken noses are the stuff of erotic fantasies.