Jonathan Payne

Jonathan Payne

Jonathan Payne's work has been produced and developed at the Tristan Bates Theatre (UK), Ars Nova, Fringe Festival NYC, The Bushwick Star, and the Fire This Time Festival. He was a proud fellow at New Dramatists, Playwrights Realm and The Dramatist Guild, as well as an Ars Nova Play Group member 2014-15. Awards include the Princess Grace Award (2015), Holland New Voices Award (2014), Rosa Parks Award (...
Jonathan Payne's work has been produced and developed at the Tristan Bates Theatre (UK), Ars Nova, Fringe Festival NYC, The Bushwick Star, and the Fire This Time Festival. He was a proud fellow at New Dramatists, Playwrights Realm and The Dramatist Guild, as well as an Ars Nova Play Group member 2014-15. Awards include the Princess Grace Award (2015), Holland New Voices Award (2014), Rosa Parks Award (2011), John Cauble Short Play Award (2002). He received a BA from the GSA Conservatoire (UK) and an MFA in Playwriting from Tisch School of the Arts. He now attends the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School.

Plays

  • The Briar Patch
    The Briar Patch is an Easter Play with a false rabbit and a dead Christ, where the paternal Trinity is usurped by a street-bred feminine Trio, and the scattered tribes of the inner city are alone against the horrors of a terrible plague. Presented through a classical Greek Tragic Structure, The Briar Patch questions the influence of the church in the Black Community. An institution once so rooted in the upward...
    The Briar Patch is an Easter Play with a false rabbit and a dead Christ, where the paternal Trinity is usurped by a street-bred feminine Trio, and the scattered tribes of the inner city are alone against the horrors of a terrible plague. Presented through a classical Greek Tragic Structure, The Briar Patch questions the influence of the church in the Black Community. An institution once so rooted in the upward mobility of a people, may have tragically fallen out of the prestige it once had so long ago.
  • The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll'd
    It’s Christmas in The Oblong, but Karma’s got no time for merriment. Penniless but determined, she’s on the hunt for her missing foster brother, Terrell. Her quest leads her deeper and deeper into the mysteries of Terrell’s life and the violence of The Oblong. The Revolving Cycles explores an American inner city: those who survive the brutal culture of isolation and violence, and those who perish.
  • Poor Edward
    Opal and Eddie are together. Well, she’d call it survival, and he’d call it penance. As night descends, two people grapple for a good enough story to make a new life for each other in this hypnotic, haunted tale of intimacy and survival.