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). Recent awards for full-length plays include the ‘2021 Panowski Playwriting Award,’ the ‘2022 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award,’ and the ‘2022 Getchell New Play Award.’ In 2021 and 2022 they also had plays published in Smith & Kraus 'Best 10-Minute Plays,' 'Best Women’s Monologues,' and 'Best Men’s Monologues.' When not writing, they enjoy teaching and performing improvised comedy and true storytelling around the world.

HONORS:

* 2022 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award – A COMPLICATED HOPE – Essential Theatre
* 2022 Getchell New Play Award Winner – A COMPLICATED HOPE - Southeastern Theatre Conference
* 2022 Best 10-Minute Plays – THE MOST BEAVE GIRL IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD - Smith & Kraus Publishers
* 2022 Best Women’s Monologues – C IS FOR CUPID – Smith & Kraus Publishers
* 2022 Best Women’s Monologues – ENEMY LINES – Smith & Kraus Publishers
* 2022 Best Men’s Monologues – OF NIGHT SHADOWS – Smith & Kraus Publishers
* 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
* 2021 Audience Favorite - BIRDSEED – JL Smith New Play Festival
* 2020 Best Comedic Play - THE SENSATIONAL SISTERS - The Hive Collaborative
* 2020 Best Short Play - THREE SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT - Las Vegas Little Theatre
* 2020 Named Artist To Watch - B IS FOR BULLSH!T - Theatre Viscera
* 2020 New Works Top 3 Winner - B IS FOR BULLSH!T - Las Vegas Little Theatre
* 2019 Best of Festival - REMEMBERED - Know Theatre

Plays

  • 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.

    HONORS:
    BEST WOMEN'S MONOLOGUES - Smith & Kraus, 2021
  • C Is For Cupid
    30-MINUTE PLAY: Courting still happens in the time of Covid. And love is still just as beautifully complicated.

    HONORS:
    BEST WOMEN'S MONOLOGUES - Smith & Kraus, 2022
  • A Complicated Hope
    FULL LENGTH PLAY: Marie and daughter Rose Marie are left adrift after their husband/father, Michael, passes away, leaving behind boyfriend Arnie to discover a family of his own.

    Mirroring the erratic path of grief, 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....
    FULL LENGTH PLAY: Marie and daughter Rose Marie are left adrift after their husband/father, Michael, passes away, leaving behind boyfriend Arnie to discover a family of his own.

    Mirroring the erratic path of grief, 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
    * CHARLES M. GETCHELL NEW PLAY AWARD - 2022
    * ESSENTIAL THEATRE PLAYWRITING AWARD – 2022
  • A New Newer Normal
    FULL LENGTH PLAY (in development): What's normal in 2022? And what comes after the 'new normal?' These characters are desperately trying to find out. But with big secrets, hidden identity, and chaos on the high seas, life after 2020 has never been so abnormally fun.

    Fully vaxed and now ready to face the world, Ruth is having a garage sale to raise money for a cruise with her...
    FULL LENGTH PLAY (in development): What's normal in 2022? And what comes after the 'new normal?' These characters are desperately trying to find out. But with big secrets, hidden identity, and chaos on the high seas, life after 2020 has never been so abnormally fun.

    Fully vaxed and now ready to face the world, Ruth is having a garage sale to raise money for a cruise with her husband, Denny. But Denny has come to enjoy life sheltering at home and away from people, barring a playfully acrimonious relationship with live-in mother-in-law, Beverly. As their two grown children unexpectedly come home with a jailhouse boyfriend, the entire family must decide what matters most as they grow - together or apart.

    ACT I - Family Room
    ACT II - Cruise Ship Lounge
  • 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*
  • A Tragedy Of Owls
    10-MINUTE PLAY: After a successful anti-Nazi attack, two co-conspirators meet in prison - one free and one facing death. Both have an urgent but opposing plea for the other.

    {A historical drama based on actual people and events from history}
  • 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.
  • True Skies
    10-MINUTE PLAY: A married couple unites against their worst crisis and divides on how to break through. But sometimes fantasy is the perfect reality for change.
  • 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.'

    HONORS:
    BEST WOMEN'S MONOLOGUES - Smith & Kraus, 2022
  • 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.'
  • Loved
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Three monologues reveal secrets about the same night.
  • 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.

    HONORS:
    BEST MEN'S MONOLOGUES - Smith & Kraus, 2022
  • Interview With The Playwright
    10-MINUTE PLAY: Gifts come in all shapes and sizes, but some are eternal.
  • Udderly Delightful
    10-MINUTE PLAY: A couple moves into a new house. But what they unpack is much more than items.
  • 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.
  • 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.'
  • Feast & Famine
    10-MINUTE PLAY: The start of a famine led to their relationship, threatened now by the end of a famine.
    At this pivotal moment of goodbye, two women are on the cusp of a huge journey without the other.
    Through prayer & poem, each makes a discovery about their true destination.
  • 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.

    HONORS:
    BEST 10-MINUTE PLAYS - Smith & Kraus, 2022
  • 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.

    HONORS:
    BEST LAUGHTER ANTHOLOGY - Smith & Kraus, 2020
  • 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.

    HONORS:
    BEST OF FESTIVAL - Know Theatre, 2019
    BEST 10-MINUTE PLAYS - Smith & Kraus, 2021
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zoom Zoom
    1-MINUTE MONOLOGUE: Being authentic is hard in a virtual world.
  • A 3-act, centuries-long love affair (abridged)
    1-MINUTE PLAY: A 300-page vampire love affair play in 1-page. As you do.
  • failing at a 1-page play festival
    1-MINUTE PLAY: When you try your best, do you ever really fail? Satan thinks so.
  • Secret Ingredient
    1-2 MINUTE MONOLOGUE: Baked goods make excellent snacks and even better metaphors.
  • Earthling Lover
    1-2 MINUTE MONOLOGUE: Time to choose a Halloween costume! Who's your favorite Earthling?