Jonathan Alexandratos

Jonathan Alexandratos

Jonathan Alexandratos is a New York City-based playwright. His first play, *Death in Mozambique*, was produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2009. Soon after, Jonathan began work on his M.F.A. in Playwrighting at Queens College (CUNY), graduating in 2011. During his time in graduate school, he co-founded Playsmiths, a playwrights' lab in which holds weekly readings of writers' work and provides...
Jonathan Alexandratos is a New York City-based playwright. His first play, *Death in Mozambique*, was produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2009. Soon after, Jonathan began work on his M.F.A. in Playwrighting at Queens College (CUNY), graduating in 2011. During his time in graduate school, he co-founded Playsmiths, a playwrights' lab in which holds weekly readings of writers' work and provides them with feedback. In school, Jonathan studied with playwrights Richard Schotter and Tina Howe. Howe nominated Jonathan's play *Molding Plastic* for the Rita and Burton Goldberg Award and the Irving Zarkower Award for best new play. In 2012, Jonathan's play *Chain Reaction*, a two-act comedy about the building of the atomic bomb, was produced in the NY International Fringe Festival. Since then, Jonathan has received commissions from the Abingdon Theatre Company and Truant Arts for the creation of new work. These commissions have resulted in two well-received plays: *Shepherd* (a piece about the bond between military dogs and their human partners) and *Teeth* (about a woman, born without a mouth, who finds her voice). His play *Breaking/Orbit* was performed at the 2013 Pop Culture Association Conference in Washington, D.C. and the 2013 Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. He is a member of Mission to (dit)Mars, a Queens-based writers' collective that commissions new plays from its members each season. This past year, Jonathan created *Duck*, a full-length animal allegory about the nature of abuse, culture, and individuality. He is a huge geek: a lover of action figures and comic books, and always finding ways of incorporating those things into his theatre. He is a proud member of the Dramatists' Guild.

Plays

  • We See What Happen
    Jonathan had a beautiful solo play about how perfect his Greek Granny's immigration to the U.S. was. However, when Granny shows up with four of Jonathan's old superhero action figures in tow, he learns that his sugarcoated solo play couldn't be more wrong.
  • Duck
    Carl Duckett is the only teenage duck in Sheep's Meadow (a town populated by, you guessed it, sheep). As he tries to blend in, he is pulled on a quest to embrace his own identity. This play uses animal allegory as a way to discuss themes of abuse, isolation, and marginalization within small towns.
  • Teeth
    A woman named * has no mouth. Her husband, a plastic surgeon, has given her one. However, her husband has not given her a mouth, so much as he has given her a mouthpiece. As he tries to control * more and more, * finds her own voice and uses it to end her husband's abuse.
  • Shepherd
    A discharged Marine, Cordero, adopts Zeto, the German Shepherd that saved his life in Afghanistan. As the trials of civilian life mount, they learn that they need each other just as much as they did in the military.