Jonathan J. Samarro

Jonathan J. Samarro

Jonathan J. Samarro writes plays that live in the comedic yet painful intersection of longing and paralysis. His early plays were given workshop productions at The Horace Mann Theatre and The Schapiro Studio Theatre in Columbia University’s Oscar Hammerstein II Center for Theatre Studies, where he earned his M.F.A. in playwriting. After a long hiatus, one of his early works, Grandma Serafina's Famous...
Jonathan J. Samarro writes plays that live in the comedic yet painful intersection of longing and paralysis. His early plays were given workshop productions at The Horace Mann Theatre and The Schapiro Studio Theatre in Columbia University’s Oscar Hammerstein II Center for Theatre Studies, where he earned his M.F.A. in playwriting. After a long hiatus, one of his early works, Grandma Serafina's Famous Tiramisu, was published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. and given an Equity Showcase production as part of the Thespis Festival in Manhattan. This prompted a return to writing. Recently his ten-minute plays The Sound from the Edge of the Brook and The Darkness Between Dreams were given Zoom productions at Scribe Stages and Luna Stages respectively.

Jonathan is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. At present, he resides in New Jersey, where he very happily works as an educator and an early-morning playwright.

Plays

  • Alas and Alack in Alaska
    ONE-ACT: Seeking relief from the tormentors of her middle-school drama club—including its lackluster director—twelve-year-old Squirm attempts to run away in order to find the mother she doesn't quite remember. Perhaps she's in Alaska? Or maybe she's just in Squirm's head? Squirm’s a little confused about the story and situation of her family. Squirm also doesn't have a lot figured out...
    ONE-ACT: Seeking relief from the tormentors of her middle-school drama club—including its lackluster director—twelve-year-old Squirm attempts to run away in order to find the mother she doesn't quite remember. Perhaps she's in Alaska? Or maybe she's just in Squirm's head? Squirm’s a little confused about the story and situation of her family. Squirm also doesn't have a lot figured out about “her” own identity or gender or sexuality. A little selfless compassion, acceptance, and support would definitely ease some of her panic. Will her siblings figure out how to quell her agitation at this very critical moment?
  • The Darkness Between Dreams
    10-MINUTE PLAY: A retiring gravedigger trains his replacement. Maybe.
  • The Sound from the Edge of the Brook
    10-MINUTE PLAY: When two middle-aged siblings confront their reclusive, somewhat eccentric, older brother about items missing from their recently deceased parents' home, the family finally faces some of its far greater long-standing forfeitures.

Recommended by Jonathan J. Samarro

  • As American as Chop Suey
    2 Jul. 2021
    "A delightful examination of how inner monsters shape perception and relationships. Ms. Buckley magically transforms a mysterious Edward Hopper masterpiece into a more complex and spellbinding M.C. Escher."
  • A Departure
    18 Jun. 2021
    An incredibly touching exploration of the complications of parent-child relationships. Beautifully written!