Michelle Tyrene Johnson

Michelle Tyrene Johnson

Playwriting Resume of Michelle Tyrene Johnson

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The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip
Staged Reading, National Black Theatre Co. (NYC), March 2017
Winner of Olathe Civic Theatre (Olathe, KS) New Works Playwrights Competition, March 2017
Semi-finalist in Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City) 2017-2018 In-Progress New Play Reading Series
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Playwriting Resume of Michelle Tyrene Johnson

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The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip
Staged Reading, National Black Theatre Co. (NYC), March 2017
Winner of Olathe Civic Theatre (Olathe, KS) New Works Playwrights Competition, March 2017
Semi-finalist in Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City) 2017-2018 In-Progress New Play Reading Series
Finalist in 2018 New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX)
Workshop production, MeltingPot KC Theater (Kansas City), scheduled February 2019

Final Arrangements
Staged reading, Script2Stage2Screen Theatre Co. (Rancho Mirage, CA), March 2017
(Winner of four awards in the 2017 Desert Theatre League Awards)
Staged reading, The Fire This Festival (NYC), January 2018

Echoes of Octavia
Staged reading, MeltingPot KC Theater Company, September 2013
Full production, MeltingPot KC Theater Company, August 2014
Staged reading, TRU Voices (NYC), June 2015

Pass Over
Workshop reading, Millikin University Theater Dept. (Decateur, Ill.), Nov. 2015
Staged reading, Jewish Ensemble Theatre (Detroit, MI) 2017 Festival of New Plays, June 2017
Staged reading, Script2Stage2Screen Theatre Co. (Rancho Mirage, CA), March 2018
Staged reading, Westport Center for the Arts (Kansas City, Mo.), scheduled June 2018
Full production, Olathe Civic Theatre (Olathe, KS), scheduled April 2019

Mustard Seeds
Staged Reading, Nelson-Atkins Art Museum,(Kansas City, Mo.), February 2018

ONE-ACT PLAYS
The Green Duck Lounge
Staged reading, Mizzou New Works Series (Columbia, Mo.), Feb. 2017
Full Production, University of Missouri Theatre Department (Columbia, Mo.), Feb. 2018

Justice in the Embers
Full production, Storyworks (Tides Theater of San Francisco and Center for Investigative Reporting), Kansas City in February 2016, Oakland, CA in July 2016

Best Light
Full production, Kansas City Fringe Festival, July 2015


Rights of Passage
Full production, Big Momma’s Backporch Theater Co. (Springfield, Mo.), Feb. 2015
Staged reading, Midwest Dramatists Center (Kansas City), October 2014

Riding Backwards
Full production, Kansas City Fringe Festival (as part of Girl on Girl), July 2014

Wiccans in the ‘Hood
Full production, BrainSpunk Theater (Philadelphia, PA), June 2014 Full production, Kansas City Fringe Festival (Sixth most attended show out of more than 120 in the festival), July 2013
Full production, Midwinter Madness Festival (New York City), February 2013

Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen
Full production, BrainSpunk Theater (Philadelphia, PA), June 2014 Full production, Planet Connections Theater Festival (New York City; play nominated for Best Director, Best Lead Actor, and Best Lead Actress), May 2014

The Negro Whisperer
Full production, Emerging Artists Theater's 10th Annual New Work Series (New York City), October 2013
Full production, The Fire This Time Festival (NYC), January 2017

10- MINUTE PLAYS

Waiting for Virginia Wolfe
Full production, The Fire This Time Festival (NYC), January 2017

Forever Hold Your Peace
Full production, Smoked Apple Productions (Louisville, KY), May 2015

Olivia's Little Patch of Snow
Full production, Fade to Black Festival (Houston, TX), June 2014

What A Fool Believes
Full production, Superstition Play Festival (Milford, CT), July 2013

A Rebecca By Any Other Name is Still A Becky
Full production, Fade to Black Play Festival (Houston, TX), June 2013

Three Dogs and a Bone
Staged reading, Potluck Productions (Kansas City, MO), November 2012

As The Guiding Light Turns
Full production, Kansas City Fringe Festival, July 2012

No Other Way
Full production, Barn Players of Mission, Kansas, December 2011

SPECIAL EVENTS
An Evening Featuring the Work of Michelle Tyrene Johnson
Staged reading, Fishtank Performance Studio (Kansas City, MO), February 2014

140 Word Play
Reading, “World Theater Day Event,” Mind The Gap Theater (New York City), March 2013
Excerpt from Cushioned Edges (Renamed “Best Light”)

Staged reading, “Women Who Write Showcase,” Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO), February 2013

HONORS
Selected as one of the featured playwrights for The Fire This Time Festival 2017 (NYC)
Selected as BrainSpunk Theater Playwright-in-Residence for 2015 (Philadelphia, PA)
One of four inaugural resident playwrights of Midwest Dramatists Center (Kansas City, MO) April 2014
One of five writers selected for Project Playwright (Kansas City, MO), Two 10-minute play productions, June 2013
Board member of International Centre of Women Playwrights from 2013-2015
Playwright Respondent for the Mid-America Theater Conference, March 2015
Playwright Adviser at William Inge Center for the Arts 13th Annual High School 24 Hour Plays Event, August 2015

MEMBERSHIPS
Dramatists Guild of America; Midwest Dramatists Center


Plays

  • The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip
    Five African-American women board a train in Kansas City, friends convening for a movable feast of good wine and impromptu book chat. When one, the ruminative, ever curious librarian Marie gets off, the contemporary world disappears in a flash and time itself collapses around her. Suddenly, she's very alone and in the stark, informally segregated Booneville depot. It's the ripe, slower-paced, Billie...
    Five African-American women board a train in Kansas City, friends convening for a movable feast of good wine and impromptu book chat. When one, the ruminative, ever curious librarian Marie gets off, the contemporary world disappears in a flash and time itself collapses around her. Suddenly, she's very alone and in the stark, informally segregated Booneville depot. It's the ripe, slower-paced, Billie Holiday-infused but palpably dangerous 1940s Midwest, and Marie, armed only with her grandmother's out-of-print guide, The Negro Motorist Greenbook, must negotiate the threatening landscape of Jim Crow. She's befriended by the sharp-tongued, pragmatically savvy owner of a "colored" brothel, and in short order introduced to another America: where covert transactional assignations are the stuff of hardscrabble survival, and black women must carve out decent lives in the midst of staggering odds. How will Marie get back to her comfy train car of smart-phones and glib, R&R obsessed contemporary peers? What will she be forced to reckon with, plopped in the middle of a richly textured, sometimes sweet, sometimes melancholy, often oppressive pre-ascendant civil rights climate? Where at any moment, lives are at stake, violent death a reality? With heart and non-stop humor, The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip plunges its unlikely heroine into an unexpected, deeply personal quest, one ultimately arming her with a brand new perspective and maybe even wisdom.
  • Pass Over
    The Washingtons, an African-American family, has lived next door to the Levy family in a Philadelphia neighborhood for a few generations and in the wake of the death of the Washington family matriarch, secrets, discoveries and conflicts collide. The Washingtons finding old stock in the Levy family business creates family, cultural and personal tension.
  • Rights of Passage
    A white police officer seeks legal consultation after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. Both members of the law firm and the police officer find out unexpected facts from the other.
  • Final Arrangements
    Comic drama (or dramatic comedy) about two very different black women who bump into each other at a funeral parlor as they are making final arrangements to bury their husbands. The strangers discover that it's not husbands plural - it's one dead man who lived a double life.
  • The Negro Whisperer
    This is a magical realism in a one-person show. The Negro Whisperer is a figure that travels through space and time giving advice, guidance and support to blacks in American.

    The circumstances she (or he) would advise on range from everything to a young black college student being harassed by classmates who consider her name “ghetto” to failure to get Trayvon Martin to stop walking alone in a...
    This is a magical realism in a one-person show. The Negro Whisperer is a figure that travels through space and time giving advice, guidance and support to blacks in American.

    The circumstances she (or he) would advise on range from everything to a young black college student being harassed by classmates who consider her name “ghetto” to failure to get Trayvon Martin to stop walking alone in a strange, white neighborhood.
  • Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen
    What if blacks were reduced to one person and whites reduced to one person and they had to verbally slug out how both races would continue to co-exist in America? "Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen" explores with humor and uncomfortable jabs how racial tension has led to where this country is and what uncomfortable truths have to unfold for it to continue. Will Billy and Eve fight it out...
    What if blacks were reduced to one person and whites reduced to one person and they had to verbally slug out how both races would continue to co-exist in America? "Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen" explores with humor and uncomfortable jabs how racial tension has led to where this country is and what uncomfortable truths have to unfold for it to continue. Will Billy and Eve fight it out and save this country's future? Or will Weeping Hawk make America have the ultimate do-over?
  • Wiccans in the Hood
    Wiccans in the Hood” is an one-act play that takes place in a cemetery located in an urban, predominantly black neighborhood. Three white people and a Black (or Latino) friend decide to perform a centuries-old ritual of offerings to an African spirit when they are encountered by a black woman who lives in the neighborhood who originally mistakes them for Wiccans. The offerings include eggplants, lit candles,...
    Wiccans in the Hood” is an one-act play that takes place in a cemetery located in an urban, predominantly black neighborhood. Three white people and a Black (or Latino) friend decide to perform a centuries-old ritual of offerings to an African spirit when they are encountered by a black woman who lives in the neighborhood who originally mistakes them for Wiccans. The offerings include eggplants, lit candles, flowers and even a teddy bear at some point. With comedy and emotional confrontation, all five characters delve in to the testy areas of religion, race and convention and become transformed by the experience.