John Wooten

Plays written by John Wooten



Duck Crossing – (5M 1W) In this comic take on history’s most famous river crossing, George Washington has just set out to cross the Delaware to surprise attack the Hessians and turn the tide of war. One small problem…the river freezes when George and his men are only halfway across. The colonists are forced to contemplate their escape from the icy abyss, knowing full well that the future of the country hangs in the balance. Read a Review

Hannah – (5M 3W) Based on actual events, Hannah tells the story of freedom fighter and poet Hannah Senesh, who parachuted behind enemy lines during World War II to help Jews escape from Nazi occupied Hungary. The play is a moving and powerful portrayal of a young woman’s fearless commitment to making the world a better place. Read a Review

The Sticks – (3M 1W) What begins as a simple dinner party soon spirals into a dangerous game of Cat and Mouse as two couples collide in an increasingly divided America.

The Role Of Della – (3W) A darkly comic look at the contemporary audition process, where one actress is willing to do anything to win the role. Available through Playscripts, Inc.

Humbug – (6M 6W) A Christmas Carol with a modern day twist, Humbug follows the story of Eleanor Scrooge, a ruthlessly ambitious Wall Street executive who has an aversion to Christmas and an insatiable appetite for power. An upbeat and moving adaptation of Dickens holiday classic, Humbug is one for the ages. With a contemporary flair, it is a tale the whole family will enjoy. Available through Samuel French, Inc.


John Wooten’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway, in London, and in numerous regional Equity theaters. Productions: Trophies (Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane), The Mission Home (King’s Head Theatre in London and the Forum Theatre), Happy Hour (Twelve Miles West), Kiss the Bride (TheatreFest), UnCivil War (Theatre at Lime Kiln), and The Role of Della (ATL finalist and over 100 Regional productions). Awards/Nominations: New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, Best New Play nomination from the American Critics Association, Semi-finalist for a Nicholls Fellowship, sponsored by the Academy Awards, and Best Director and Best Play nominations from the Newark Star-Ledger. Published in/by: Dramatists Play Service; Playscripts, Inc.; Dramatic Publishing Company; Plays for Actresses; Playing Contemporary Scenes; Best Monologues of 1998 (also 1994). Mr. Wooten is the Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages at Kean University, where he also teaches Playwriting Workshop.

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