John Hendel

John Hendel

John Hendel is a playwright getting his MFA at Ohio University, Athens, OH. His plays have been seen in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and the NY Artists, Unlimited International CringeFest. He is a multi-time participant at the Last Frontier Theater Conference in Valdez, AK, as both a playwright and an actor. He went viral on Twitter once and is now a meme.

Plays

  • The Christmas Special
    ‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the cabin,
    Barbara was asking, “What exactly will happen?”
    Her husband was giving his life up to Claus,
    But Barbara was left there without any cause.
    Then what in her is’lated world did appear?
    The son she gave up in a moment of fear!
    He’s handsome and famous, and possibly could
    Whisk Babs away to old Hollywood....
    ‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the cabin,
    Barbara was asking, “What exactly will happen?”
    Her husband was giving his life up to Claus,
    But Barbara was left there without any cause.
    Then what in her is’lated world did appear?
    The son she gave up in a moment of fear!
    He’s handsome and famous, and possibly could
    Whisk Babs away to old Hollywood.
    But hubby is slavish to the plan that they made,
    “You must be devoted to Santa’s crusade!”
    Will Barbara decide that her son’s the solution,
    Or will she stay true to the revolution?
  • Wearhorse
    RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES: A young man and his nude performance artist friend purchase a horse for slaughter. He wants to eat it, but she has other plans of an "artistic" nature.

    **A note on music: the songs within the play are common bonds between the characters. While melodies were in mind when written, those melodies are not definite. The actors are free to experiment with the music.
  • Pulling Off Procreation (Or is it Wrong to Keep Fucking if the Baby Starts Crying?)
    Two new parents believe the only way their infant son can be of value to this world is if cable news celebrates him, either by being a genius or abducted. So when tragedy falls as a result of their stupidity, Lisa and Martin focus all of their energies on using cable news to their full advantage while keeping their loving marriage intact. Narrated by Balloon Boy and The Sun.
  • The Drip
    Darren's girlfriend is in the morgue, and he arrives to settle some unfinished business with her ghost.
  • (The Death of Our Alien Savior) Manchego Queso
    A man operating under the alias of Manchego Queso has convinced those close to him that he is a secret government agent from another planet sent here centuries ago with the mission to deliver the United States of America to its predestined glory. When Manchego dies (on July 4th, no less), his fiancee, her assistant, and their lawyer must decide what to do with his body and estate. Will the government agents...
    A man operating under the alias of Manchego Queso has convinced those close to him that he is a secret government agent from another planet sent here centuries ago with the mission to deliver the United States of America to its predestined glory. When Manchego dies (on July 4th, no less), his fiancee, her assistant, and their lawyer must decide what to do with his body and estate. Will the government agents come for his body? Do they even know he's dead? Is he even dead? And what's the deal with the 1,200 guns he kept lying around his condo?
  • Dreaming in Vibrant Colors
    Stella Baker is very lazy, but very smart. Her sister, Eartha is focused and hard-working, but lacks Stella's remarkable brain. The two of them work to advance their lot in life, Eartha through typical career means, Stella through a medicine of her own creation which opens up her dream world to new places.
  • Fortune Lauderdale
    Ernie Rico takes his friend Jessi out to the Fortune Lauderdale Casino and Hotel to celebrate her recent divorce. When Ernie hits it big on a machine, it becomes clear to Jessi that Ernie's priorities, as well as his grip on reality, leave something to be desired. The fanatical response of others in the casino don't help either.

    Set at a cultish casino in South Florida, the characters...
    Ernie Rico takes his friend Jessi out to the Fortune Lauderdale Casino and Hotel to celebrate her recent divorce. When Ernie hits it big on a machine, it becomes clear to Jessi that Ernie's priorities, as well as his grip on reality, leave something to be desired. The fanatical response of others in the casino don't help either.

    Set at a cultish casino in South Florida, the characters of Fortune Lauderdale scream, they sing songs, and they know when to double on a 9.
  • The Ghost of Christmas Procreation
    A sequel to Pulling Off Procreation (Or, Is It Wrong to Keep Fucking if the Baby Starts Crying?).

    SPOILERS AHEAD FOR PULLING OFF PROCREATION: Upon their execution by electric chair, Lisa and Martin Fogel find themselves in Bethlehem at the time of the census, with Lisa carrying the Christ child. The baby is born and God arrives to discuss the terms of their ménage a trois.

    Trigger...
    A sequel to Pulling Off Procreation (Or, Is It Wrong to Keep Fucking if the Baby Starts Crying?).

    SPOILERS AHEAD FOR PULLING OFF PROCREATION: Upon their execution by electric chair, Lisa and Martin Fogel find themselves in Bethlehem at the time of the census, with Lisa carrying the Christ child. The baby is born and God arrives to discuss the terms of their ménage a trois.

    Trigger Warnings: includes depraved, consensual sex acts, violence, and discussions of rape.
  • Generosity is a Bad Idea - a Monologue
    A landlord's small act of generosity lands them in hot water with the Landlord's Association, putting their benefits and livelihood at risk.