John Patrick Bray - Playwright



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Summer into Fall

Posted by JohnPatrickBray on September 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello, all! This past summer I was the session organizer for "Playing with Cultural Capital" at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference.  I chaired the session, and presented my paper, " Knowing How It Ends: The Affective Gesture of Playing with the Past.” Also this summer, I contributed a blog to Bio Wars, called "Don't Tug Superman's Cape," which were my thoughts on Superman as a "haunted" character. You can read that here.

I posted two blogs with Indpendent Play(w)rights: "Appropriation and Everyday Life" and "Adaptation and Difference." I wrote a book review which has been accepted into the JOURNAL OF SCREENWRITING, and will be printed laster this year. My article on Geek Theatre has also been accepted by THEATRE SYMPOSIUM.  The anthology is being printed (after a really solid edit). More to come! Always more to come!

APW: Five Original Plays Volume 1

Posted by JohnPatrickBray on June 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I have edited an anthology of plays written by members of the APW. Please visit the "shop" link for more details. The book will be released August 1, 2013.


Posted by JohnPatrickBray on May 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

My play GREEN SOUND has just been picked up by Wishbone Theatre Collective’s Merrythoughts Masquerade (Chicago). Details to follow soon!


Posted by JohnPatrickBray on April 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

My play LINER NOTES is now available for licensing via Next Stage Press. You can learn more here.


Posted by JohnPatrickBray on March 6, 2013 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

My play, ON TOP, which has been previously published in The Best Plays from the Strawberry One-Act Festival Vol. 2, has been published with Indie Theatre Now.

My post with NYIT

Posted by JohnPatrickBray on March 6, 2013 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello, all,

I was asked by NYIT to write a send-off for The Red Room. You can read that here.


Posted by JohnPatrickBray on March 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

My ten-minute play, GREEN SOUND, will be performed as part of The New Play Festival at SUNY New Paltz this week - Thurs-Sat at 8PM, Sunday at 2PM. To learn more, please read the article featured in The Rebellion.


Posted by JohnPatrickBray on February 11, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (4)

Hello, all,

I am very sad to say that The Red Room, one of my favorite OOB spaces, is being repurposed. I have noticed in recent years that there has been a rise in wonderful NYC companies and a marked decreased in space. Many of the OOB troupes are moving to Brooklyn, which has become much more arts-friendly than Manhattan. I do digress, yes, but I wish to make the point that the city which trumpets itself as the theatre capital of the world (....was that London clearning its throat?) no longer finds value in cultural activity that does not turn a profit. In short, The Red Room will be yet another bar...

As a send-off, The Horse Trade Group is presenting the Blaze of Glory Festival - a sort of "highlights" of the past ten years that Horse Trade has operated at The Kraine, The Red Room, and Under St. Marks' (the irony being, Under St. Marks' had just been saved...we have barely had time to celebrate the victory...).  

Rising Sun Performance Company is one of the theatre companies in residence, operating under the auspices of Horse Trade. I have been involved with RSPC for just about a decade now. Since 2004, RSPC has been presenting my plays GOODNIGHT LOVIN' TRAIL and ON TOP. RSPC will be presenting these plays on March 30 as part of the Blaze of Glory Festival. I am deeply honored to be a part of this celebration, though it is a melancholy joy. I will miss The Red Room, as I miss so many spaces that have been lost. You can learn more about the show here.

I hope you can make it! "Let's do the old act, one more time" ;)

From the website:


"Goodnight Lovin’ Trail" by John Patrick Bray, directed by Akia, stage manager Meg Dowling, featuring Nic Mevoli & Christina Germain, understudy Ryan Dusek. “Goodnight Lovin’ Trail” is a subtle and touching drama that takes place at a truck stop diner in West Texas, where two desperate and lonely strangers find redemption in each other's eyes while discussing a stolen guitar. The play explores raw human emotions and consequences while these two desperate characters navigate and come to terms with the choices they've made on the road of life.


"On Top" by John Patrick Bray, directed by Tim Butterfield, assistant director/stage manager Nzinga Williams, featuring Mike Aguirre & Sarah Norris. Does it count as cheating if you’re on top? A couple redefines their relationship, and infidelity, in a grocery store.

Cast and Crew:

Akia Squiteri (Director)

Akia Squitieri is an active member of the flourishing Off-Off/Indie & Off Broadway theatre communities having produced, directed, and performed with numerous NYC companies for over 10 years. She is the Company Manager for The Blue Man Group at the Astor Place Theater. Proudly, she is the Founding Artistic Director of the Rising Sun Performance Company, now in entering its 12th season, and has been involved on all levels with each of its 45+ productions. A Board Member of The Paul Butterfield Fund & Society, and Company Manager for The New York Innovative Theatre Awards & Foundation, where she serves on their honorary awards committee and as an At-Large Judge. Past credits include working on-staff at Horse Trade Theatre Group, serving as General Manager for FRIGID New York’s inaugural year, and as Volunteer Coordinator in 2009; she also served as Production Coordinator for Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, overseeing the playwrights unit and INSIGHT 13. In 2009 she was the recipient of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards “Founders Award” for her contributions to the organization & Community. She has received critical & audience acclaim for her direction of RSP’s hits: Hellcab, Goodnight Lovin’ Trail, The Last Supper and most recently first NYC revival of BUG by Tracy Letts.

Christina Germaine (Performer)

Christina Germaine (Lee) holds a B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where ensemble work was a vital part of her theatre studies. She survived the crash of our Great American Economy as a member of the always thriving Pigeon Forge theatre community, performing with the Hoot N' Holler ensemble at Wonderworks, TN for 3 years. After receiving an invitation to study at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, she moved to NYC in the summer of 2010. She was thrilled to be a part of last season's project Hotel Suite, performing one of her dream roles as May in Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, and is very proud to call Rising Sun her artistic home here in NYC.

John Patrick Bray (Playwright)

John Patrick Bray has written plays under grants from The N.E.A. and Acadiana Center for the Arts. His plays have been published with Next Stage Press, Heartland Plays, The Riant Theatre, JACPublishing; John also has monologues and ten-minute plays published in Smith and Kraus anthologies, as well as a play in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS 2010-2011. John's plays have been produced in a number of venues and with a number of companies in NYC, as well as independent venues around the country. Also a scholar, John teaches at the University of Georgia. John is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., the American Society for Theatre Research, and he is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Meg Dowling (Stage Manager)

Meg Dowling is a recent graduate of East Stroudsburg University and moved to NYC from Philadelphia in January. Most recently she directed a short play in the Looking Glass Theatre's Writer/director Forum, stage managed and assistant directed Looking Glass’ production of The Angel Play and was the ASM for High Stakes Theater’s production of Black Milk. Previously, she was a summer 2011 intern for New York Classical Theatre’s productions of School for Husbands and Henry V, which included a ferry ride for 500 people. In 2009 she interned at People’s Light in Malvern, PA on their production of End Days. College credits include: ASM for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and acting in productions including the one-act, Beauty, and the Shakespearean comedy, As You Like It.

Mike Aguirre (Performer)

Mike Aguirre is a graduate from Indiana University with a B.A. in Theatre and English. A native to Chicago, Mike has worked with the Windy City Players, First Folio, Steppenwolf, The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia), and the Hexagon Theatre (South Africa). Since arriving in New York, he’s worked with The Pearl Theatre (City Center), Wide Eyed Productions, and two of his plays have been workshopped with Chelsea Rep and Lab. Mike is the 2013 Resident Playwright for RSP, and was most recently seen RSP’s critically acclaimed production of “Bug” by Tracy Letts.

Nic Mevoli (Performer)

Nic Mevoli (Coffee and Cigarettes) has been working with Rising Sun since 2003, and has appeared in many of their productions including: A Royal Toil, The Off Broadway Revival of An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, The Crucible, "Amerikan Mine" and RSP’s Touring & NYC Productions of Goodnight Lovin' Trail; most notably he received rave reviews as the Cab Driver in their hit production of Hellcab, which ran for 13 Weeks at Under St Marks Theater 2005-06. He co-wrote and starred in the acclaimed feature film “Exist” directed by Esther Bell. He has also been seen on the Chappelle Show on Comedy Central and is an accomplished Scenic & Properties Artist

Nzinga Williams (Assistant Director)

Nzinga Williams is a New York Based stage and production manager. Her past credits with RSP include: One Acts Festival '11 (stage manager) and 10th anniversary mash up (stage manager). She also works closely with the IT awards and others in the indie theater community. Her latest credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (off Broadway - PA), ENCORE!! (with chamber theater productions as Company Stage manager), 2 years of Venue directing for FRINGE NYC, and Black Milk (off Broadway- Stage Manager). She has also worked as a sound designer/editor. This is her first year on Staff and she could not be more excited to be working with such an amazing group of people. She loves knitting, puppies, and is single.... (just saying). She also looks forward to an amazing 2013 season that will generate incredible works!

Ryan Dusek (Performer)

Ryan Dusek (Coffee & Cigarettes U/S) is a recent graduate of The New School for Drama’s MFA program and is enjoying his first season with Rising Sun. He has spent several season’s with the Oxford Shakespeare Festival and played several roles such as Romeo, Hotspur and Duke Orsino. He recently made his NYC Debut in Rising Sun’s production of “Fool for Love” a part of Hotel Suite.

Sarah Norris (Performer)

Sarah Norris is a director and actor who enjoys writing as well! She is thrilled to find a new theatrical home with Rising Sun. Originally from Alabama, she moved to NY several years ago to pursue a career in the theatre. Some of her favorite directing credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Bottom Dog Theatre, Ireland), Jekyll & Hyde, Singin’ in the Rain, Show Boat, The Producers, Oklahoma!, Beauty and the Beast (Forestburgh Playhouse), Arthur and Esther (NY Fringe), Snore (Looking Glass Theatre, NYC), The Sex Situation (Players Theatre, NYC), Sin City: The Vaudeville Years (Adelaide Fringe Festival, Australia). Sarah has an MFA in Directing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a BA in Theatre from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa – Roll Tide! She was recently seen RSP’s critically acclaimed production of “Bug” by Tracy Letts. Please check out her website:

Tim Butterfield (Director)

Tim Butterfield serves as Literary Manager for Rising Sun. He is also the Director of The Straphanger Collective, a non-profit dedicated to helping young writers find their voice and their process. Tim holds a B.A. in Theater from Brooklyn College, an M.F.A. in Directing from the New School for Drama and works regularly as a director, writer, and fight director. He has worked Off-Broadway, Off-off and regionally in all capacities. Tim recently directed the 2012 NYIT Awards show, a site-specific production of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love for Rising Sun, A short film entitled “Underneath” and a parody vignette for Funny or Die. You can keep up with Tim at


Posted by JohnPatrickBray on January 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My play, AS WE SPEAK, has been published with Heartland Plays, Inc.

New England Theatre Journal

Posted by JohnPatrickBray on January 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My article, "Playwright as Auteur, Playwright as Producer: The Economics and Aesthetics of the Twenty-First Century American Playwright" has been published in the 2012 volume of NEW ENGLAND THEATRE JOURNAL.  The article was originally developed as a paper for the Mid America Theatre Conference in 2011, and the fifth chapter of my doctoral dissertation. This is my second academic publication since being hired at UGA.