John Strand (Playwright) JOHN STRAND's most recent plays are Lorenzaccio, his adaptation of Alfred de Musset's 1834 French classic, which premiered at The Shakespeare Theater, Washington, DC, directed by Michael Kahn, and the book for the musical The Highest Yellow, with a score by Michael John LaChiusa, at Signature Theater, Arlington, Va. His other plays include Lovers and Executioners, winner of the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play; The Diaries, commissioned by Signature Theater and nominated for the MacArthur; Tom Walker, commissioned by Arena Stage, Washington, DC. Additional plays are Otabenga, directed by Michael Kahn at Signature Theater, nominated for the MacArthur; The Miser, an adaptation of the Molière play set in Reagan-era America, Arena Stage; Three Nights in Tehran, a comedy about the Iran-Contra affair, Signature Theater; The Cockburn Rituals, Woolly Mammoth Theater, Washington, DC.
John has received multiple play writing commissions from South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage and Signature Theater. He recently completed Charity Royal, an adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel Summer for Arena Stage.
John spent 10 years in Paris, where he worked as a journalist and drama critic, writing in English and French. While there, he was director of New York University's Experimental Theater Wing in Paris. His plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Inc., Chicago. He currently lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and four children.
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