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Producing and Directing Credits

Play Scripts

All scripts written and copyrighted by John Long with collaborators as marked

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You Might As Well Live
Music by Brian Pia
Lyrics from poems by Dorothy Parker

Premiered at Warner Studio Theatre Torrington, Connecticut

In 1934 Dorothy Parker and her new husband, Alan Campbell, moved to Los Angeles to work as a script writing team for a Hollywood Studio. The play shows the two of them presenting a show based on Dorothy Parker's writing for the Los Angeles Ladies Literary Luncheon. Alan is proud to showcase his new wife but Dorothy is not confident in the show or their marriage.
Two Characters. One Set.
Read an excerpt of the play

Love In The Time of MTV
Music and Lyrics by Jamal Ford-Bey

Premiered at Warner Studio Theatre Torrington, Connecticut

Peter and Gabriel collaborate on writing rock songs despite the complications of their inter-racial friendship. Alice is with Peter until his addiction goes out of control and he disappears. Alice and Gabriel then try to establish their own relationship. Is love or music stronger?
Three Characters. One Set (multiple locations)

Collinsville
Premiered at Little Theatre Workshop
New Hartford, Connecticut

Sean is working at the Collins factory in 1917 but he dreams of escaping the small factory town. When America enters WWI, he has his chance to leave but discovers the connections of family and town complicate his plan.
10 Characters (Doubling possible)
One Set (multiple locations)

Dying In Mexico
Staged and Workshop readings
Seventh Sign Theatre, New York, NY
Univ. of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA
Alliance Theatre, New Haven, CT
Hartford Children's Theatre, Hartford, CT

Ambrose Bierce, American satirist writer, traveled to Mexico to follow Pancho Villa's army in 1912 but he disappeared. Villa claimed to have never met him but legends grew that Bierce was fighting for Villa. This is one version of what happened when America's great cynic meets Mexico's great revolutionary.
Eight Characters (Doubling possible) One Set
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Two Orphans
Adapted from the original melodrama
by Adolphe D’Ennery and Eugene Corman

Premiered at Thomaston Opera House
Thomaston, Connecticut

The classic melodrama set shortly before the French revolution that was performed for over a half century. It also formed the basis for the silent film "Orphans of the Storm" produced by D. W. Griffith. This adaptation is shortened and streamlines the language for modern audiences but keeps all the action and emotion. Audiences enjoy hissing the villain and cheering the good guy.
Many Characters with doubling opportunities. Many Sets.

One Act Plays

Fixing the Carburetor, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York, NY
Banker's Hours, Seventh Sign Theatre, New York, NY
Foreplay, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York, NY
The Baseball Game, Protean Theatre, Hartford, CT
Out of Time (adaptation of Peace by Aristophanes) &
A Day At the Arms Race, Protean Theatre, Hartford, CT