Jon Lonoff

Jon Lonoff

Jon Lonoff's writing credits range from an adaptation of Aesop’s Fables for marionettes to a training film for Sunoco gas station attendants. His theatrical and film writing has included The Garbage Cantata (with Barry Keating), a musical about recycling, commissioned and produced by Riverbarge Productions, published by Samuel French, and later produced for video by the United Nations; The Dark Knight, an...
Jon Lonoff's writing credits range from an adaptation of Aesop’s Fables for marionettes to a training film for Sunoco gas station attendants. His theatrical and film writing has included The Garbage Cantata (with Barry Keating), a musical about recycling, commissioned and produced by Riverbarge Productions, published by Samuel French, and later produced for video by the United Nations; The Dark Knight, an independent film which won the Silver Award for Comedy at the Houston WorldFest Film Festival and was subsequently developed into an NBC-TV movie; and Key Changes and Other Disasters, awarded Best Musical Revue by the National Association of Cabaret and Concert Artists. He is particularly proud of his work on a documentary film about Nepal, Top of the World (with Bill Kern, produced by Second Type Productions) which has won awards at film festivals all over the world. His play Skin Deep, originally developed at the Workshop Theater Company in New York City, was published in 2009 by Samuel French and has received over 40 stock and amateur productions throughout the US and internationally, including Sweden and Australia. Skin Deep has also been produced under the name Have I Got a Girl for You. Jon has a BA in English Literature from Middlebury College and an MFA in Acting from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Plays

  • And Both Shall Row
    On the eve of his divorce, a middle-aged businessman recalls "his coming of age" at seventeen with the one woman, he discovers, whom he truly loved.
  • 1600 Meters
    Middle-aged movie exec goes back to his childhood home to warn his mother that a sexual assault he committed twenty-five years ago is about to go public.
  • Full Faith in Burlesque
    A skeptical housewife from Brooklyn appeals to a fastidious Spiritual Psychic Healer, named Swami Riva, to get word to her dead husband. Several personalities take over the Swami's voice and body, the housewife finds a new love and there's a song. Funny, broad strokes, low comedy, one-liners. Nothing redeemable in the least. Pure fun. Suitable for mid-school kids on up.
  • SKIN DEEP (Full Length)
    Skin Deep was published by Samuel French, now Concord Theatricals, in 2009 and has subsequently been produced in over fifty venues all over the world - as far away as a community theatre in New Zealand and a university workshop in Sweden.

    In Skin Deep, a large, lovable, lonely-heart, named Maureen Mulligan, gives romance one last shot on a blind-date with sweet awkward Joseph Spinelli; she's...
    Skin Deep was published by Samuel French, now Concord Theatricals, in 2009 and has subsequently been produced in over fifty venues all over the world - as far away as a community theatre in New Zealand and a university workshop in Sweden.

    In Skin Deep, a large, lovable, lonely-heart, named Maureen Mulligan, gives romance one last shot on a blind-date with sweet awkward Joseph Spinelli; she's learned to pepper her speech with jokes to hide insecurities about her weight and appearance, while he's almost dangerously forthright, saying everything that comes to his mind. They both know they're perfect for each other, and in time they come to admit it. They were set up on the date by Maureen's sister Sheila and her husband Squire, who are having problems of their own: Sheila undergoes a non-stop series of cosmetic surgeries to hang onto the attractive and much-desired Squire, who may or may not have long ago held designs on Maureen, who introduced him to Sheila. With Maureen particularly vulnerable to both hurting and being hurt, the time is ripe for all these unspoken issues to bubble to the surface.
  • Fortune's Fable
    “Fortunes Fable,” is written to be interspersed throughout an evening of one-acts. It is in three parts, the first, "Bless You," tells of a bag lady and a small harried man who meet at a bus stop; In "Whirligig," the businessman again meets the woman and buys a toy for his daughter; And "Copper 1943" ends the play with the man's announcement of riches gained through...
    “Fortunes Fable,” is written to be interspersed throughout an evening of one-acts. It is in three parts, the first, "Bless You," tells of a bag lady and a small harried man who meet at a bus stop; In "Whirligig," the businessman again meets the woman and buys a toy for his daughter; And "Copper 1943" ends the play with the man's announcement of riches gained through collectible pennies she gave him as change in their previous encounter.