John Britton Buttrill

John Britton Buttrill

John Britton Buttrill is a Georgia-born playwright currently living and writing in the Northeast. His work has been presented at ESPA/Primary Stages, Naked Angels, The Flea, Crashbox Theater, The Skeleton Rep, HERE Arts Center, Fringe NYC, Marrow's Edge, Taksu Theatre, Theatre Uzume, Pinch n' Ouch Theatre, Midtown International Theatre Festival, The Essential Theatre Festival, and Atlanta Fringe...
John Britton Buttrill is a Georgia-born playwright currently living and writing in the Northeast. His work has been presented at ESPA/Primary Stages, Naked Angels, The Flea, Crashbox Theater, The Skeleton Rep, HERE Arts Center, Fringe NYC, Marrow's Edge, Taksu Theatre, Theatre Uzume, Pinch n' Ouch Theatre, Midtown International Theatre Festival, The Essential Theatre Festival, and Atlanta Fringe Festival. He was the recipient The New South Young Playwrights Award, was the first recipient of the Jon Robin Baitz Writer's Residency, a Semi-Finalist for the Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship at the Juilliard School, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writer's Conference and he was Short-Listed for the 2017 Nick Darke Award. Britton is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and holds an MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama. He teaches English Literature at The Purnell School

Plays

  • The Weigh-In
    "The Weigh-In" is Southern drama about the members of a high school wrestling community in a small town in rural Georgia. Best friends, Lowery and Grayson, vie for the same weight class at Varsity State Championships. Grayson's illicit affair with their coach, Ray, is threatened by the sudden arrival of Grayson's estranged sister, Natalie– Ray's high school sweetheart. Meanwhile, Lowery...
    "The Weigh-In" is Southern drama about the members of a high school wrestling community in a small town in rural Georgia. Best friends, Lowery and Grayson, vie for the same weight class at Varsity State Championships. Grayson's illicit affair with their coach, Ray, is threatened by the sudden arrival of Grayson's estranged sister, Natalie– Ray's high school sweetheart. Meanwhile, Lowery embarks on a dangerous crash-diet in order to lose weight in time for State Championships. Who wins, who loses, and who survives?
  • Knives for Girls
    Jax, a 30 something graduate of Columbia Teacher’s College is teaching English for America in the Heartland with her party-hard Bio instructor best friend, Angel. Just as news reports begin pouring in about dead bodies piling up across the country, Jax’s socially inept sister Daisy moves in with her... accompanied by the demonic ghost of Daisy's dead cat, Miss Smushface. This dark sibling comedy asks, “...
    Jax, a 30 something graduate of Columbia Teacher’s College is teaching English for America in the Heartland with her party-hard Bio instructor best friend, Angel. Just as news reports begin pouring in about dead bodies piling up across the country, Jax’s socially inept sister Daisy moves in with her... accompanied by the demonic ghost of Daisy's dead cat, Miss Smushface. This dark sibling comedy asks, “What’s the highest cost of family loyalty?”
  • Blood of the Lamb
    McKenna, an adopted Korean teenager, lives with her mother and soon to be step-father in Bible Belt America during the Age of Trump. When Ty, her step-brother, returns from a stint as a Youth Minister at an Evangelical Summer camp holding a dark secret that threatens the fabric of his faith, McKenna must confront the bigotry that simmers beneath the pious surface of Christian culture. As the politics of the...
    McKenna, an adopted Korean teenager, lives with her mother and soon to be step-father in Bible Belt America during the Age of Trump. When Ty, her step-brother, returns from a stint as a Youth Minister at an Evangelical Summer camp holding a dark secret that threatens the fabric of his faith, McKenna must confront the bigotry that simmers beneath the pious surface of Christian culture. As the politics of the 2016 Election Season slowly encroach on this slice of Americana, a family tied together by a thread quickly unravels.
  • Scratching
    Sex, drugs, and illegal tattoos collide in a nameless Southern blue-collar town. Brianna, a dancer at a truck-stop strip club, lives in a run down trailer with her boyfriend Christian. Christian is trying to scrape out a future giving illegal tattoos after a cocaine-induced slip of his hand blacklisted him from licensed parlors. Brianna and Christian’s meager lives begin spiraling out of control when Christian...
    Sex, drugs, and illegal tattoos collide in a nameless Southern blue-collar town. Brianna, a dancer at a truck-stop strip club, lives in a run down trailer with her boyfriend Christian. Christian is trying to scrape out a future giving illegal tattoos after a cocaine-induced slip of his hand blacklisted him from licensed parlors. Brianna and Christian’s meager lives begin spiraling out of control when Christian’s ex-fiancé–– New York actress, Tracy–– arrives with a new ring on her finger and the desire to get Christian back. It is then that Adrian, Christian’s brother, enters the mix with a bag of MDMA that promises financial stability. A doomed circle of unrequited love unfolds between the four of them, causing Adrian and Christian to confront the past, the present, and ultimately each other.