John Perovich

John Perovich

John Perovich is a playwright, dramaturg, educator, and theatre maker in Phoenix, AZ. John serves as the Dramatists Guild Ambassador for the Southwest — Northern Arizona Region. He is the founding Artistic Director of Now & Then Creative Company, who's mission focuses on the "now"—new play development and productions of new works, while also celebrating the "then"—classics for the...
John Perovich is a playwright, dramaturg, educator, and theatre maker in Phoenix, AZ. John serves as the Dramatists Guild Ambassador for the Southwest — Northern Arizona Region. He is the founding Artistic Director of Now & Then Creative Company, who's mission focuses on the "now"—new play development and productions of new works, while also celebrating the "then"—classics for the stage. He is also the Director of New Play Development at Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale, AZ. John's plays have been performed at multiple theaters including B3 Theater, Brelby Theatre Company, Arizona State University, Cumberland County Community College, Safe Mode Productions, Little Fish Theatre Collaborative, and New York University. Additionally, Perovich’s work has been selected and presented at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Festival of New American Theatre at Phoenix Theatre Company, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and Mid-America Theatre Conference. Perovich’s latest play—BE MY LITTLE BABY—premieres May 2019 at Space 55 in Phoenix, AZ.

Perovich earned his B.A. in Communications: Radio/TV/Film from Rowan University, M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University, and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Arizona State University. He is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Plays

  • be my little baby
    Johnny has endured years of homeschooling from his overprotective Mother while his sister Heather gets to go to school. Johnny finds relief with LaRue, an imaginary friend. When Heather's boyfriend Bobby threatens to harm her and her best friend, Johnny turns to LaRue for advice that is literally out of this world. BE MY LITTLE BABY is a dark comedy about acceptance, astral projection, and cowboys.
  • the broken age
    Wayne’s relationship with Annie fails as he simultaneously has visions of God descending to Earth in a spaceship. Unsure and confused by his visions, Wayne finds no help from Annie or his roommate Bill. After Wayne approaches Dr. Stevens, an art history professor, he learns that his visions might be a prophecy of what’s to come. THE BROKEN AGE is a science fiction exploration into friendship, loneliness, faith…and the apocalypse.
  • higher ground
    A 14 year old boy named Wayne believes the world is ending as a hurricane quickly approaches his hometown. His Mom thinks he watches too much TV and his Dad is worried that he doesn’t have what it takes to be a "real man." Internal and external pressures accumulate, motivating Wayne to cleanse the badness of his world before it’s too late.
  • The Legend of Cleopatra's Nose & Sam "Big Toe" Taylor
    In the town of Bootstrap, Texas, lives Sam Taylor, a young man who dreams of more than sweeping floors at the famous Two Left Feet Saloon. Always getting picked on, Sam’s best friend Josephine often encourages him to stick up for himself. When the town receives a mysterious threat from Mustachio Von Staunkerschmidt, Sam’s life is swept up into a world of danger, adventure, and going the extra distance to do the...
    In the town of Bootstrap, Texas, lives Sam Taylor, a young man who dreams of more than sweeping floors at the famous Two Left Feet Saloon. Always getting picked on, Sam’s best friend Josephine often encourages him to stick up for himself. When the town receives a mysterious threat from Mustachio Von Staunkerschmidt, Sam’s life is swept up into a world of danger, adventure, and going the extra distance to do the right thing. This play guarantees fun and surprises for the whole family to enjoy.
  • missing grace
    Grace and Robert Davis maintain pleasant smiles while their legacy as suburban Scottsdale royalty fades. They have the perfect house, the perfect landscaping, and the perfect refrigerator—yet their marriage is breaking. They know they're falling apart, and so does Allison—Grace's intrusive, yet concerned cousin. Today is an important day and has ties to a tragic event that sent the Davis family into a...
    Grace and Robert Davis maintain pleasant smiles while their legacy as suburban Scottsdale royalty fades. They have the perfect house, the perfect landscaping, and the perfect refrigerator—yet their marriage is breaking. They know they're falling apart, and so does Allison—Grace's intrusive, yet concerned cousin. Today is an important day and has ties to a tragic event that sent the Davis family into a downward spiral. Nonetheless, a celebratory cake is in the oven, a child's birthday decorations are going up, but no one's there to blow out the candles. Pleasantries are exhausted in this play about tragedy, honesty, and going the distance for the ones you love.
  • mother/father
    A mythic exploration of American ideas of gender through the unpredictable dreamscapes of three distinct time periods.
  • my love | my lumberjack
    In an eerie forest by the sea, far removed from the comfort of her village, Sandra escapes from loneliness into the arms of Peter, her simple, handsome lumberjack. One night, when Sandra is unable to sleep, she ventures into the woods and encounters something…otherworldly. Elsewhere, Captain Jabipidy Jones—a regretful, vicious pirate—is preparing to make landfall after complications onboard his ship, Poseidon’s...
    In an eerie forest by the sea, far removed from the comfort of her village, Sandra escapes from loneliness into the arms of Peter, her simple, handsome lumberjack. One night, when Sandra is unable to sleep, she ventures into the woods and encounters something…otherworldly. Elsewhere, Captain Jabipidy Jones—a regretful, vicious pirate—is preparing to make landfall after complications onboard his ship, Poseidon’s Regret. Unable to break free of the questions from her ghastly confrontation, Sandra begins a dangerous journey where many truths collide…and nothing is what it seems. MY LOVE | MY LUMBERJACK is a fairy tale for adults about trust, naïvety, manipulation, darkness, and the hazards of love.
  • on display
    How far would you go to get what you want? Jack, a shut-in artist in the Lower East Side, is faced with tough choices once his mother unexpectedly passes. The artist is further thrown off balance with the arrival of Mary, a grocer who makes home deliveries. Mary is determined to get Jack's work into a gallery with the help of a curator. Their innocent partnership develops into a dangerous dance of...
    How far would you go to get what you want? Jack, a shut-in artist in the Lower East Side, is faced with tough choices once his mother unexpectedly passes. The artist is further thrown off balance with the arrival of Mary, a grocer who makes home deliveries. Mary is determined to get Jack's work into a gallery with the help of a curator. Their innocent partnership develops into a dangerous dance of exploitation. Splatter paintings are a grisly metaphor in this play about art, abuse, and revealing the unseen.
  • poseidon's regret
    Eli’s father left him and his mother when he was an infant. 35 years later, having already lost his mother, Eli learns of his father’s identity (a successful children’s author) when he inherits his cabin in Bar Harbor, Maine. Eli hopes to simply sell the property, but when he reluctantly begins reading his father’s stories of sailors, sea monsters, and the notorious Captain Japipidy Jones, Eli takes to the...
    Eli’s father left him and his mother when he was an infant. 35 years later, having already lost his mother, Eli learns of his father’s identity (a successful children’s author) when he inherits his cabin in Bar Harbor, Maine. Eli hopes to simply sell the property, but when he reluctantly begins reading his father’s stories of sailors, sea monsters, and the notorious Captain Japipidy Jones, Eli takes to the seven seas for revenge against the man who abandoned him so many years ago.
  • Powerhouse: The Tesla Musical
    Book by Brian Maticic & John Perovich; Music by CJ O'Hara - POWERHOUSE: THE TESLA MUSICAL takes audiences through the electric, crazed passion of Nikola Tesla. Engineer, inventor, and physicist, it was seemingly impossible to stop the brilliant vision of this man who registered over 300 patents. The musical explores key triumphs and challenges throughout Tesla’s unorthodox life—with particular focus on...
    Book by Brian Maticic & John Perovich; Music by CJ O'Hara - POWERHOUSE: THE TESLA MUSICAL takes audiences through the electric, crazed passion of Nikola Tesla. Engineer, inventor, and physicist, it was seemingly impossible to stop the brilliant vision of this man who registered over 300 patents. The musical explores key triumphs and challenges throughout Tesla’s unorthodox life—with particular focus on the inventor’s most grandiose and controversial project. Witness a true “powerhouse” unleashed in this premiere musical event.
  • shallow grave
    Maggie’s family gathers for the funeral of her husband. Her children begin to suspect the worst as they uncover details about their father’s death. Relationships are tested and upended and painful secrets are revealed in this comedy about love, loss and the importance of family.
  • simple
    Allen is thrown into a seemingly inescapable room with a table and a hammer. The room’s interior decorator—Lisa—arrives, but refuses to help Allen leave the room until he manages to meet the right circumstances for the door to open.
  • spy love you
    Charlie and Kate Sterling always had big dreams of being spies for the C.I.A., but they settled for working in mall security…at least that’s what they’re willing to share with each other—hey, it’s classified! What happens when our seemingly innocent couple hides their spy shenanigans? Hilarity ensues as the Sterlings go under cover to prevent a criminal mastermind from destroying planet Earth! SPY LOVE YOU pays...
    Charlie and Kate Sterling always had big dreams of being spies for the C.I.A., but they settled for working in mall security…at least that’s what they’re willing to share with each other—hey, it’s classified! What happens when our seemingly innocent couple hides their spy shenanigans? Hilarity ensues as the Sterlings go under cover to prevent a criminal mastermind from destroying planet Earth! SPY LOVE YOU pays tribute to its genre while packing its laughs and surprises at break-neck speed.
  • unexpected
    In a village by the sea, an overprotective mother struggles to keep her three daughters from ever falling in love. The mother’s wishes are met with resistance when a mysterious merchant washes ashore. Love is in the air as each person struggles to listen to the love in their heart. UNEXPECTED is a dark comedy about curiosity, disobedience, honesty, and family—the one we have and the one we choose.