John King

Composer Librettist Playwright Lyricist

John J King is part Texan and part Tyrannosaur, and lives in Boston where he makes plays, jokes, stories, and songs, often all at once. He has a B.A. in Theatre & English from SUNY Boondocks, and an accent from his mama. 

In January 2019, John’s play MARTHA’S (B)RAINSTORM: A BOSTON FAIRY TALE, was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Fellowship in Dramatic Writing. John served as the inaugural Playwright in Residence at the Boston Public Library, 2017 - 2018, and is a proud alum of the Huntington Playwriting Fellows. 

John’s new play, MUSEUM PIECE, a farce about institutional (personal, and national) diversity, will be developed at Speakeasy Stage Company, part of the 2019-20 Boston Project. John’s work has been produced in Boston by Vaquero Playground, SpeakEasy Stage, New Exhibition Room, and Company One Theatre. 

Plays include: 7 MINUTES (Finalist, Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries), BLUESHIFT (O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights' Conference Finalist, 2016); FROM DENMARK WITH LOVE (IRNE nomination: Best New Play); an adapted libretto for the German Gothic opera DER VAMPYR. He is currently finishing book, lyrics and music for his glam-rock opera THE RISE & FALL OF OEDIPUS T REX & THE GOAT SONG OF THEBES.

Highlights

2020 Boston Project at SpeakEasy Stage: MUSEUM PIECE.

2019 Massachusetts Cultural Council Dramatic Fellowship: MARTHA'S (B)RAINSTORM: A BOSTON FAIRY TALE.

2017-18 Inaugural Playwright in Residence Boston Public Library

2014-16 Huntington Playwriting Fellows