John Mabey

John Mabey

John Mabey (he/they) is a writer and storyteller whose plays have been produced on stage in 7 countries and throughout the United States. John lived internationally for a decade in London and Amsterdam before residing in Atlanta and continues to work with theatre companies around the globe both virtually and in-person. They are also a certified Mental Health Counselor and published author on the topics of...
John Mabey (he/they) is a writer and storyteller whose plays have been produced on stage in 7 countries and throughout the United States. John lived internationally for a decade in London and Amsterdam before residing in Atlanta and continues to work with theatre companies around the globe both virtually and in-person. They are also a certified Mental Health Counselor and published author on the topics of sexual identity and spirituality in academic books (Routledge: SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION, ADVANCES IN FEMINIST ECONOMICS) and journals (The Professional Counselor: COUNSELING OLDER ADULTS IN LGBT COMMUNITIES). In 2021, John was awarded the ‘Panowski Playwriting Award’ and had plays published in ‘Smith & Kraus Best 10-Minute Plays’ and ‘Smith & Kraus Best Women’s Monologues.' When not writing, they enjoy teaching and performing improvised comedy and true storytelling around the world.

AWARDS:

* 2021 Panowski Playwriting Award Winner – A COMPLICATED HOPE - Northern Michigan University
* 2021 Best Women’s Monologues – B IS FOR BULLSH!T – Smith & Kraus Publishers
* 2021 Best 10-Minute Plays – REMEMBERED - Smith & Kraus Publishers
* 2021 Virtual Plays Anthology – THE END IS JUST THE BEGINNING - Smith & Kraus Publishers
* Audience Favorite - BIRDSEED – JL Smith New Play Festival
* Best of Festival - REMEMBERED - Know Theatre
* Best Comedic Play - THE SENSATIONAL SISTERS - The Hive Collaborative
* Best Short Play - THREE SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT - Las Vegas Little Theatre
* Named Artist To Watch - B IS FOR BULLSH!T - Theatre Viscera
* New Works Top 3 Winner - B IS FOR BULLSH!T - Las Vegas Little Theatre

Plays

  • failing at a 1-page play festival
    1-MINUTE PLAY: When you try your best, do you ever really fail? Satan thinks so.
  • A 3-act, centuries-long love affair (abridged)
    1-MINUTE PLAY: A 300-page vampire love affair play in 1-page. As you do.
  • True Skies
    A married couple unites against their worst crisis and divides on how to break through.

    But sometimes fantasy is the perfect reality for change.
  • The Fab 4
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Three warriors need to escape a prison! They're actually insects trapped inside a glass jar, but life's all a matter of perspective.
  • The Soon-To-Be-Former Ms. Grinch
    2-3 MINUTE MONOLOGUE: The Soon-To-Be-Former Ms. Grinch has a lot to say.
    She just doesn't realize it yet.
  • B Is For Bullsh!t
    FULL LENGTH PLAY: It's hard to label anything, especially when you're in love. And everything starts looking queer as one tribe decides what it truly means to belong.

    There is also a standalone, one-act play, 'C Is For Cupid - Courting in the Time of Corona,' set after the events of this play.
  • C Is For Cupid - Courting in the Time of Corona
    30-MINUTE PLAY: Courting still happens in the time of corona. And love is still just as beautifully complicated.
  • A Complicated Hope
    FULL LENGTH PLAY: Marie and daughter Rose Marie are left adrift after their husband/father, Michael, passes away. But it's how he leaves that alters the lives of the family forever.

    Arnie, Michael's boyfriend, yearns to heal those who've been hurt and unexpectedly discovers a family of his own.

    Mirroring the erratic path of grief itself, A Complicated Hope flashes...
    FULL LENGTH PLAY: Marie and daughter Rose Marie are left adrift after their husband/father, Michael, passes away. But it's how he leaves that alters the lives of the family forever.

    Arnie, Michael's boyfriend, yearns to heal those who've been hurt and unexpectedly discovers a family of his own.

    Mirroring the erratic path of grief itself, A Complicated Hope flashes between the moments in time that changed them all. Their journeys explore the challenges of both finding a family of choice and letting yourself be found.

    PANOWSKI PLAYWRITING AWARD - 2021
  • Enemy Lines
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Two people on opposite sides question the real enemy.

    *This is a standalone play from the full-length 'A Complicated Hope.'
  • Crusades
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Marie and daughter Rose Marie are left adrift after their husband/father passes away. As Rose Marie channels her grief into religion, an unholy divide erupts between them both.

    On this day, they're driving to attend a campus visit but instead prove that the journey is so much greater than the destination.

    *This is a standalone play from the full-length 'A Complicated Hope.'
  • Of Night Shadows
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Horror is often the manifestation of guilt and regret, nothing more. But what comes to us at night in the shadows might be far worse.
  • Interview With The Playwright
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Gifts come in all shapes and sizes, but some are eternal.
  • The Emperor's New(er) Clothes
    30-MINUTE PLAY: The Emperor has no clothes, at least nothing that connects with their identity. A modern twist on a classic tale about responsibility to self and others, acceptance, and love in its many forms.

    *This play incorporates live, in-person performance with experimental use of technology*
  • Three Seconds To Midnight
    10-MINUTE PLAY: We celebrate New Year’s Day by offering resolutions for a better self. But what happens to
    those unresolved-resolutions on the last day of the year, with only 3 seconds left?

    One brave woman demands an answer from Father Time, both getting much more than they ever
    expected.

    AWARDED BEST SHORT PLAY - Las Vegas Little Theatre, 2020
  • The Active Oval
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Two strangers meet by accident in a park.
    One's running, one's standing, but both are tangled in a dance.

    This unproduced play is included in a global playwright series called 'The Walking Plays.'
  • The Turbulent Twins
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Super siblings make the best allies and the worst enemies. But on this day they're battling more than each other.
  • The Sensational Sisters
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Even superheroes need a break, especially when they're sisters. In this heartfelt comedy, Maria and Dominique battle over what's next after a hiatus from saving the world leaves one sister feeling fulfilled and the other frustrated.

    AWARDED FAVORITE COMEDIC PLAY - The Hive Collaborative, 2020
  • Stages of Joy
    15-MINUTE PLAY: Two siblings are forced to confront the unfamiliar in the most familiar place, deciding what
    matters most.
  • Castles In The Zoom (10-min version)
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Two people meet for the first time on Zoom for a surprise birthday party. But this turns-out to be a very different kind of surprise.
  • Castles In The Zoom (1-act version)
    1-ACT PLAY: Two people meet for the first time on Zoom for a surprise birthday party. But this turns-out to be a very different kind of surprise.
  • The Marsha Chronicles
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Sometimes learning to accept ourselves is an epic journey .
    Especially when traveling to Mars.
    With robots.
  • X-Act
    10-MINUTE PLAY: What is the boundary between human and artificial? Shaun and X wrestle with each other and the fate of humanity as they decide the answer.
  • Dark & Stormy
    10-MINUTE PLAY: A life of crime doesn't pay. But when one hitwoman comes face-to-face with her mark, both realize that sometimes it does.

    And in this reimagining of a classic noir, not everything is as it seems.
  • the most brave girl in the whole wide world
    15-MINUTE PLAY: A grief-stricken college student with a secret pays a visit to his former Catholic high school teacher, Sister Agatha.
  • The Legend Of Snails
    10-MINUTE PLAY: In the city of Amsterdam, two women discover that love is a language many learn but few understand.

    Except for the snails, of course.
  • Second Act Second Helpings
    10-MINUTE PLAY: 2020 was a tough year. And some people will try anything to move on - even waterfalls.

    In this comedy, one married couple is determined to make a friend of 2021 without making an enemy of each other.
  • To See And Be Seen
    10-MINUTE PLAY: There are many ways to be seen as two strangers discover the power of connection.

    Salome, a cisgender woman, and Rhea, a transgender woman, meet via a smartphone app for the visually impaired. This chance meeting affects the lives of both women in ways neither anticipated.
  • OMG! The Deity Dish
    10-MINUTE PLAY: It's always tough when someone storms-off after a fight, especially in Heaven.
    But can a popular YouTube channel save their relationship (and, you know, all of humankind)?
  • In My Tribe
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Two strangers find themselves opposite each other, twice in the same night and doubly exposed.
  • Playing With Dolls
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Two men exchange dolls in an alleyway, a simple trade that isn't so simple.
  • Bag Of Bees
    10-MINUTE PLAY: We all celebrate finding the person of our dreams. But in this comedy, one couple
    discovers what happens when there's a nightmare.
  • Birdseed
    10-MINUTE PLAY: A family struggles with complicated grief and a complicated wedding. An unexpected surprise helps to unite both.

    AWARDED AUDIENCE FAVORITE - JL Smith New Play Festival, 2021
  • The End Is Just The Beginning
    8-10 MINUTE PLAY: What's the best way to end a friendship? Not like this.
  • Native Language
    10-MINUTE PLAY: New York is special, they're just trying to figure out why. One sibling is looking for a way to reclaim history while the other is looking for a way to say goodbye. Both try to persuade the other about the true meaning of home.
  • Remembered
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Walls are diaries and rooms have desires. In the buying and selling of a house, two people discover what's truly at stake and the power of finding love through loss.

    AWARDED BEST OF FESTIVAL - Know Theatre, 2019
  • Bump In The Night (5-min version)
    5-MINUTE PLAY: There's never a good time for a couple-fight, especially during a home invasion. And you're the invaders.
  • Bump In The Night (10-min version)
    10-MINUTE PLAY: There's never a good time for a couple-fight, especially during a home invasion. And you're the invaders.
  • It's A Wonderful Satan
    10-MINUTE PLAY: An abridged, twisty retelling of 'It's A Wonderful Life.' Satan is at their lowest point when met by a demon named Clarence, looking to help Satan regain their confidence while also earning Clarence their horns in the process. A budding friendship forms between the two with the balance of power taking unexpected turns.
  • Zoom Zoom
    1-MINUTE MONOLOGUE: Being authentic is hard in a virtual world.
  • Earthling Lover
    1-2 MINUTE MONOLOGUE: Time to choose a Halloween costume! Who's your favorite Earthling?
  • Secret Ingredient
    1-2 MINUTE MONOLOGUE: Baked goods make excellent snacks and even better metaphors.