David Johnston
Librettist

Biography
DAVID JOHNSTON’s plays have been performed and read at the New Group, Moving Arts, the Neighborhood Playhouse, HB Playwrights Foundation and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has had New York productions or his work with Blue Coyote Theater Group including, Conversations on Russian Literature, a new adaptation of The Oresteia (Time Out Best of 2007); Busted Jesus Comix (GLAAD nominee 2005, London, Los Angeles, DC Cap Fringe); A Bush Carol, or George Dubya and the Xmas of Evil, and Effie Jean in Tahiti (both with music and lyrics by Stephen Speights); Regional credits include The George Place (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater). Mr. Johnston has written many plays that were produced with Kevin Newbury as Director, including Candy and Dorothy (GLAAD winner 2006, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Unexpected Stage), and The Eumenides. Publications include Saturday with Martin (Short Plays to Long Remember, TnT), The Eumenides (Playing With Canons, New York Theatre Experience, Inc.), Leaving Tangier (Samuel French), A Funeral Home in Brooklyn, and A Lesson (Smith & Kraus.) Current projects include the upcoming premiere of Coney, and a film adaptation of his short play, Mothra is Waiting. Playwriting awards include Theater Oxford, Playwright Residency at the University of Cincinnati, a Berrilla Kerr Foundation Grant, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation. He was also a New Dramatists finalist. Mr. Johnston attended the College of William and Mary and Circle in the Square and is a member of Actors Equity, Dramatists Guild, (publications committee) Charles Maryan’s Playwrights/Directors Workshop, BMI, and Blue Coyote Theater Group. He has been a Resident Artist at American Lyric Theater since the fall of 2011, and is currently collaborating with Jeffrey Dennis Smith on Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me? at ALT.

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COMPANYTITLEDATES
UrbanAriasWhy is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?7/7/2018 - 7/14/2018


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