John Busser

John Busser

John Busser is an actor/writer/graphic artist in the Cleveland area. He is the co-runner of Cleveland Public Theatre’s writers workshop, The Dark Room which helps new and seasoned playwrights test drive new work for a friendly audience of writers and actors. In 2017, Blank Canvas Theatre presented Children's Letters to Satan (and Other Horrible Scribblings), a collection of 7 of his original plays. His...
John Busser is an actor/writer/graphic artist in the Cleveland area. He is the co-runner of Cleveland Public Theatre’s writers workshop, The Dark Room which helps new and seasoned playwrights test drive new work for a friendly audience of writers and actors. In 2017, Blank Canvas Theatre presented Children's Letters to Satan (and Other Horrible Scribblings), a collection of 7 of his original plays. His play Under A Watchful Eye was made into a short film that has been selected for the 2019 Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival and the 2020 Cleveland International Film Festival. Various other of his short plays have been performed in multiple venues in the Cleveland and Columbus areas.

Plays

  • They're In There
    10-15 MINUTE - A man has trouble getting to sleep due to some unwanted visitors that are a lot closer than he thinks. If they're even there...
  • A Conversation About Mom
    10 MINUTE - At a cemetery, a son helps his father attempt to mend fences between him and his long lost wife before it’s too late.

    Revised 09/21
  • A First-Draft Second-Rate Love Story
    10 MINUTE - Will our lovers (one handed stevedore John and multiple named ingenue Vivian/Miriam/Marian) find the love that’s eluded them for so long, or will Vivian’s shocking past prove too much? Stay tuned for another exciting updated draft which may or may not answer those questions.
  • A Long Overdue Talk With Henry
    10 MINUTE - (Monologue) A recent widow is able to keep the lines of communication going when her late husband reincarnates in an unexpected way.
  • And Try NOT To Enjoy Your Stay
    10 MINUTE - (Monologue) A tour at THIS museum is all fun and games until someone gets killed.
  • Annnd Scene (of the Crime)
    10 MINUTE - A suspect in a murder creates a scene during his interrogation. Many scenes, actually. And why does that one cop keep ringing a bell?
  • A Wicked Slice
    10 MINUTE - Because who doesn’t enjoy a nice, friendly, cut-throat game of golf?
  • Big Date
    10 MINUTE - When the 50-ft Woman and the Amazing Colossal Man go out on a date, it’s a night on the town… literally
  • Children's Letters To Satan
    10-15 MINUTE - (Multiple Monologues) The weather outside may be frightful, but these kid’s Christmas lists are even more so.
  • Clairvoyáge
    15-20 MINUTES - Will Janice find true love and a bargain on vacation costs? One spiritual medium shakes things up when she says “All signs point to YES!”
  • Climbing the Corporate Bladder
    15 MINUTE - A new hire finds out how to move sideways to success.
  • Confidence Scan
    10 MINUTE - Welcome to Neovation. We’re confident that this will be your dream job. As long as you are too.
  • Death Plans A Holiday
    15 MINUTES - Death is definitely a headache for one unlucky travel agent.
  • Doppel Date
    15 MINUTE - Table for two turns out to be a table for four. Even if two of them don’t necessarily like it.
  • Dr. Wu Has Been Eliminated
    10 MINUTE - In an evil secret hideout, something has gone wrong. Dr. Wu is dead. Who did it? And why?
  • Forgive Thyself
    15 MINUTE - A priest has his job cut out for him when a very special woman drops by with a need to confess.
  • Gag Economy
    8-10 MINUTES - (Monologue) A woman, recently downsized, finds a new way to make ends meet, with the help of all the men who kept their jobs while she lost hers.
  • Going Out on a Limb
    10 MINUTE - A Tooth Fairy on the verge of unemployment finds a new way to generate revenue that won’t cost the company an arm and a leg. The same can’t be said of the customers though.
  • Golden Kiss
    15-20 MINUTE - A love triangle between a man, a woman and a Golden Retriever with an unfortunate drinking problem.
  • Guardian
    10 MINUTE - All that stands between life and possible death for two survivors of a biological disaster is a good dog looking out for them both.
  • Hanging On For Near Life
    15 MINUTE - A woman wants a grandchild from her son and is going to wait well past her expiration date to get it.
  • I Love You More Than I Can Bear
    10 MINUTE - When Arthur decides to tell dinner date Orianna his big secret, things turn hairy in a hurry. Or maybe furry in a hurry is a better way to put it.
  • In A World...
    10 MINUTE - Meet Carl Dimby, a mild-mannered man who needed some help to turn him into a hero. But being a hero takes more than lip service from the world’s greatest voice-over artist.
  • Incentive Program
    10-15 MINUTE - Finch wanted a car. He’ll get a deal on it, whether he wants it or not.
  • It's the Thought... That Kills!
    10 MINUTE - Hard drinking P.I. Cliff Hammond attempts to solve a murder in his office, but everyone (including the deceased) has their own thoughts on the matter.
  • It Jungle Out There
    10 MINUTE - Tarzan looks for love in the Concrete Jungle.
  • Law and Mail Order
    10 MINUTES - The long arm of the law gets an online upgrade for one unlucky driver.
  • Lent Me Your Ears (An Easter Tail)
    10 MINUTE - A suburban family finds out the true meaning of Easter when a Heavenly visitor drops in to set them straight. And he won’t be walking on any Easter eggshells when he does it.
  • Letters for Eunice (A Civil War Correspondence)
    10-15 MINUTES - A series of letters from a young Civil War soldier and the object of his desires opens up a
    whole new front in the battle of the sexes.
  • Moses' Nephew Ted Explains the 10 Commitments: An Autocorrected Monlogue
    10 MINUTE - A TED talk long on commitment but short on vision. Ted’s vision, that is.

    NOTE: THIS WAS AN EXPERIMENT TO WRITE A PLAY USING THE AUTOCORRECT TEXT FEATURE AS A WAY TO ALTER THE NARRATIVE. AT POINTS IN THE PLAY I USED MY PHONE'S AUTOCORRECT PREDICTIVE TEXT FEATURE TO CHOOSE WHAT WAS TYPED. I DID NOT ALTER THIS PROCEDURE ALTHOUGH I DID NOT USE IT ON EVERYTHING. JUST WHERE I WANTED...
    10 MINUTE - A TED talk long on commitment but short on vision. Ted’s vision, that is.

    NOTE: THIS WAS AN EXPERIMENT TO WRITE A PLAY USING THE AUTOCORRECT TEXT FEATURE AS A WAY TO ALTER THE NARRATIVE. AT POINTS IN THE PLAY I USED MY PHONE'S AUTOCORRECT PREDICTIVE TEXT FEATURE TO CHOOSE WHAT WAS TYPED. I DID NOT ALTER THIS PROCEDURE ALTHOUGH I DID NOT USE IT ON EVERYTHING. JUST WHERE I WANTED TO CHANGE UP THE NARRATIVE. I THEN ALTERED THE STORY TO REFLECT WHATEVER ODD CHOICES CAME UP. THIS WAS DONE TO SEE IF I COULD MAKE THE STORY WORK DESPITE WHATEVER TEXT WAS WRITTEN. (I don't know if this succeeded or not. You decide.)
  • Not Backing Up, Not Backing Down
    20 MINUTE - Two Alpha males attempt to negotiate leaving a parking lot without losing face, patience or any more car parts.
  • Not So Close To Our Hearts
    15 MINUTE - When the Italian mob wants to pay respects to one of their own, public health concerns threaten the sendoff.
  • Obstacle
    10 MINUTE - (Monologue) Events take a wrong turn for a driver’s ed teacher trying to do what he was trained for.
  • Old Wives' Tail (One Act)
    ONE ACT (APPROX 30 MIN) - An old man tells his granddaughter the real reason behind Grandma’s trip to the hospital.
  • Opening Night (a play for Zoom)
    10 MINUTE - Jacquie's got the part. Now she just needs someone to look at it.
  • Pilates of the Carob Eaten: An Autocorrected Play
    10 MINUTE - A pirate crew in search of a sweet treasure finds the downside of having a big booty.

    NOTE: THIS WAS AN EXPERIMENT TO WRITE A PLAY USING THE AUTOCORRECT TEXT FEATURE AS A WAY TO ALTER THE NARRATIVE. AT POINTS IN THE PLAY I USED MY PHONE'S AUTOCORRECT PREDICTIVE TEXT FEATURE TO CHOOSE WHAT WAS TYPED. I DID NOT ALTER THIS PROCEDURE ALTHOUGH I DID NOT USE IT ON EVERYTHING. JUST...
    10 MINUTE - A pirate crew in search of a sweet treasure finds the downside of having a big booty.

    NOTE: THIS WAS AN EXPERIMENT TO WRITE A PLAY USING THE AUTOCORRECT TEXT FEATURE AS A WAY TO ALTER THE NARRATIVE. AT POINTS IN THE PLAY I USED MY PHONE'S AUTOCORRECT PREDICTIVE TEXT FEATURE TO CHOOSE WHAT WAS TYPED. I DID NOT ALTER THIS PROCEDURE ALTHOUGH I DID NOT USE IT ON EVERYTHING. JUST WHERE I WANTED TO CHANGE UP THE NARRATIVE. I THEN ALTERED THE STORY TO REFLECT WHATEVER ODD CHOICES CAME UP. THIS WAS DONE TO SEE IF I COULD MAKE THE STORY WORK DESPITE WHATEVER TEXT WAS WRITTEN. (I don't know if this succeeded or not. You decide.)
  • Programming (T)error
    10-12 MINUTE - (Monologue) Blue Screen of Death? Call our Tech Support wizards today. We’ll help you out... or die trying.
  • Quentin Tarantino's PG-13 Crime Movie
    10 MINUTES - Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino have made many classic films. But what happens when they fall into a mousetrap?
  • Quentin Tarantino's G-Rated Crime Movie (a 1 minute companion piece to Quentin Tarantino’s PG-13 Crime Movie)
    1 MINUTE - A film that will probably never happen...
  • Release the Karen!
    (10 MINUTES) - A city under siege in 332 BC is attacked by their foe’s most fearsome weapon of all, and she’s not leaving till she finds some olives.
  • Right For The Part
    10 MINUTE - An actor proves he’s got the right stuff to take on any role. Even the wrong one.
  • Schrödinger’s Highway
    10 MINUTE - A tiring, late-night drive on the interstate takes a turn for the weird when a couple has to decide whether the car hit something or someone... or not
  • Something Borrowed...
    10-15 MINUTE - A woman tending her garden decides she’s had enough of her little sister borrowing everything from her, and decides she wants one very important thing back.
  • Stiff Competition
    10 MINUTE - A literal “killer” science fair project prompts an after school discussion between a father and teacher.
  • Taylor-Made
    15 MINUTES - A couple get their greatest wish, a baby on the way, but both have a few ideas about customizing the package before the big day.
  • Temporal Physiques
    10-15 MINUTE - Scientists trying to invent a time machine accidentally stumble onto a greater discovery; how to shed those unwanted holiday pounds.
  • The Admission
    10 MINUTE - (Monologue) Mother Teresa takes a cigarette break from Sainthood
  • The Cost of Dying
    10-15 MINUTE - Two men have a conversation in a restroom that will have dire consequences for one of them.
  • The Dieting of Anne Frank: An Autocorrected Play
    10 MINUTE - In WWII, a young girl hiding out with her family must deal with confinement, boredom and the paparazzi amidst the horrors of war. (Also, the author had an unfortunate tendency to spellcheck with the autocorrect on)

    NOTE: THIS WAS AN EXPERIMENT TO WRITE A PLAY USING THE AUTOCORRECT TEXT FEATURE AS A WAY TO ALTER THE NARRATIVE. AT POINTS IN THE PLAY I USED MY PHONE'S AUTOCORRECT...
    10 MINUTE - In WWII, a young girl hiding out with her family must deal with confinement, boredom and the paparazzi amidst the horrors of war. (Also, the author had an unfortunate tendency to spellcheck with the autocorrect on)

    NOTE: THIS WAS AN EXPERIMENT TO WRITE A PLAY USING THE AUTOCORRECT TEXT FEATURE AS A WAY TO ALTER THE NARRATIVE. AT POINTS IN THE PLAY I USED MY PHONE'S AUTOCORRECT PREDICTIVE TEXT FEATURE TO CHOOSE WHAT WAS TYPED. I DID NOT ALTER THIS PROCEDURE ALTHOUGH I DID NOT USE IT ON EVERYTHING. JUST WHERE I WANTED TO CHANGE UP THE NARRATIVE. I THEN ALTERED THE STORY TO REFLECT WHATEVER ODD CHOICES CAME UP. THIS WAS DONE TO SEE IF I COULD MAKE THE STORY WORK DESPITE WHATEVER TEXT WAS WRITTEN. (I don't know if this succeeded or not. You decide.)
  • The Fast and the Führer-Less
    10-15 MINUTE - The scientists of a newly-invented time machine attempt to put an end to an old matter of some importance to them.
  • The High School Yearbook Picture of Dorian Gray
    10-15 MINUTE - It's Picture Day at Lipincott High School and not quite everyone is excited to get their yearbook picture taken.
  • The Shelf on the Elf: A Brick Fistula Mystery
    15 MINUTE - It's a murder at the North Pole. Did Santa slay? Brick Fistula, hard-drinking, fast-talking, private eye is gonna find out who’s naughty... and who’s guilty!
  • The Wrap Up
    10-15 MINUTE - Two low-level pyramid builders learn all about job security when their newest client moves in prematurely.
  • Time Travelers Can Apply Yesterday
    15 MINUTE - A man applies for a job he already had… or has? Will he or did he get the job? It’s a tense(s) situation.
  • Ugly Doctor Hospital
    10-15 MINUTES - (A radio play) Unless he learns to work with ordinary-looking physicians, new Doctor Vaughn will find himself in over his head, because he’s too handsome to practice medicine at... Ugly Doctor Hospital!
  • Under A Watchful Eye
    10-15 MINUTE - (Monologue) A few days before Christmas, a woman visits her comatose father in the hospital, and tells him why she will always be there for him.
  • Up Against the 4th Wall
    10-15 MINUTE - It's curtains for intrepid adventurer Dash Malone as he runs up against his own worst enemy, his big mouth.
  • Wetworking From Home (a play for Zoom)
    15 MINUTE - It’s hard to make a living in a pandemic economy. Especially when you’re a hitman who’s a bit of a high-risk germaphobe.