John

John

by  Annie Baker

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 3f

"Annie Baker’s John is so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light." - The New Yorker
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The week after Thanksgiving. A Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerful innkeeper. A young couple struggling to stay together. Thousands of inanimate objects, watching. 

A simple enough description, but Annie Baker’s fascinating play takes a look at what theatre can be and builds a world all its own. Baker's hyper-realism bleeds into the eerily super-natural in this quiet tale, where actors and audiences alike delve into ideas of self, mortality, and the solitude of human experience.

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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"Annie Baker’s John is so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light." - The New Yorker, Read More 

"Ms. Baker...stretches her talents in intriguing if sometimes baffling new directions." The New York Times, Read More 

"Baker is trying to extend to characters in extremis the intense realism — not stage realism but real realism — usually denied them in plays." - Vulture, Read More 

"When it comes to playwriting, [Baker] is astonishingly clear-eyed. In John, her new play at the Signature Theatre, one character is blind and another wears glasses with a very strong prescription, but they both benefit from Baker’s excellent vision." The Guardian, Read More 

"Baker knows exactly what she’s doing — she gives us just enough to open up possibilities. What a thrill!" - New York Post, Read More 

"Baker does not merely tell a scary story. She shows them, piling up like ghosts of amputated limbs from the war wounded, and makes them riveting, unpredictable, altogether human theater." - Newsday, Read More

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The first floor of a Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the very end of November.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m, 3f
ELIAS SCHREIBER-HOFFMAN - 29, glasses
JENNY CHUNG - 31, no glasses
MERTIS KATHERINE GRAVEN - 72, no glasses
GENEVIEVE MARDUK - 85, blind
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Cast Attributes

  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Annie Baker

Annie Baker's full-length plays include The Flick (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Playwriting, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for ...

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John premiered at the Signature Theatre in New York City in August of 2015 under the direction of Sam Gold.

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