Jonathan Norton

Jonathan Norton

Jonathan is a playwright and theater-maker based in Dallas,Texas. His work has been produced or developed by Dallas Theater Center, PlayPenn, InterAct Theatre Company, Pyramid Theatre Company, Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theatre, South Dallas Cultural Center, the National Performance Network, and the National New Play Network. Jonathan’s...
Jonathan is a playwright and theater-maker based in Dallas,Texas. His work has been produced or developed by Dallas Theater Center, PlayPenn, InterAct Theatre Company, Pyramid Theatre Company, Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theatre, South Dallas Cultural Center, the National Performance Network, and the National New Play Network. Jonathan’s play Mississippi Goddamn was a Finalist for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and won the 2016 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award given by the American Theatre Critics Association. Other awards include: Artistic Innovations Grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance, SDCC Diaspora Performing Arts Commission, and the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. He is the Playwright in Residence at Dallas Theater Center. Upcoming: Are You There, 44th Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Plays

  • penny candy
    Growing up in a candy house sounds like every kid’s dream. But for 12-year-old Jon-Jon, helping his father run Paw Paw’s Candy Tree out of their run-down one-bedroom apartment isn’t quite a dream come true. As their neighborhood sees a surge of violence fueled by epidemic drug use and increasing racial tensions, the business begins to fail and danger looms immediately outside Jon-Jon’s front door. Oh, and then...
    Growing up in a candy house sounds like every kid’s dream. But for 12-year-old Jon-Jon, helping his father run Paw Paw’s Candy Tree out of their run-down one-bedroom apartment isn’t quite a dream come true. As their neighborhood sees a surge of violence fueled by epidemic drug use and increasing racial tensions, the business begins to fail and danger looms immediately outside Jon-Jon’s front door. Oh, and then there’s the looming threat of Vacation Bible School. Worst summer ever! penny candy follows one family as they seek to balance their responsibilities to their community and to one another.
  • My Tidy List of Terrors
    “My Tidy List of Terrors” is a coming of age tale set against the backdrop of the Atlanta Child Murders.
    Atlanta, GA 1980. Ishmael Johnson was taught in church that all your sins fall on you when you turn twelve, and you can't automatically go to heaven when you die. And when his cousin is murdered, Ishmael fears that he might be next. But the only thing standing between Ishmael and the baptismal...
    “My Tidy List of Terrors” is a coming of age tale set against the backdrop of the Atlanta Child Murders.
    Atlanta, GA 1980. Ishmael Johnson was taught in church that all your sins fall on you when you turn twelve, and you can't automatically go to heaven when you die. And when his cousin is murdered, Ishmael fears that he might be next. But the only thing standing between Ishmael and the baptismal waters is his mother, Vara. Determined to save her son's life, Vara fights to win Ishmael a different kind of salvation. Vara believes she’s found a refuge for Ishmael when she takes a job as a live-in maid for a wealthy family in Collier Heights, the first African American suburb in the nation. But their welcome is jeopardized when Ishmael reveals more about himself than he should. Mother and son battle to navigate the troubled waters from boy to man.
  • Mississippi Goddamn
    1963. Jackson, Mississippi. Robert-Earl Monroe wants Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers off his once quiet street. But his plans are jeopardized when his sixteen year-old daughter, Robbie, returns home from jail, newly politicized and eager to stand on the front lines of the Movement. Act Two jumps back in time to 1959, to the last time Medgar Evers set foot in the Monroe household for Robbie's 13th...
    1963. Jackson, Mississippi. Robert-Earl Monroe wants Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers off his once quiet street. But his plans are jeopardized when his sixteen year-old daughter, Robbie, returns home from jail, newly politicized and eager to stand on the front lines of the Movement. Act Two jumps back in time to 1959, to the last time Medgar Evers set foot in the Monroe household for Robbie's 13th birthday ambush....errrrrrr party. Battle lines are drawn - daughter against father, husband against wife, sister against sister, and neighbor against neighbor. "Mississippi Goddamn" examines the tensions and complications within families and among neighbors in the years leading up to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers. Set against the backdrop and changing times of Civil Rights era Mississippi.