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John Strand

Playwright of THE ORIGINALIST 

JOHN STRAND (Playwright) is a resident playwright with Arena Stage through the American Voices New Play Institute. His previous work at Arena Stage includes The Miser, an adaptation of the Molière play set in Reagan-era America; Lovers and Executioners, winner of the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play; and Tom Walker, also commissioned by Arena Stage. His recent work includes the book and lyrics for Hat! A Vaudeville, a new musical with a score by composer Dennis McCarthy (South Coast Repertory); Lincolnesque, a dark comedy about politics and madness in D.C. (The Old Globe, dir. by Joe Calarco); and Lorenzaccio, his adaptation of Alfred de Musset's 1834 French classic (Shakespeare Theatre Company, dir. by Michael Kahn). Strand is the author of the book for the musical The Highest Yellow, with a score by Michael John LaChiusa, (Signature Theatre, dir. by Eric Schaeffer). Additional plays are The Diaries (commissioned by Signature Theatre, MacArthur nomination); Otabenga, (Signature Theatre, dir. by Michael Kahn, MacArthur nomination); Three Nights in Tehran, a comedy about the Iran-Contra affair (Signature Theatre); and The Cockburn Rituals (Woolly Mammoth Theatre). Strand spent 10 years in Paris, where he worked as a journalist and drama critic, writing in English and French, and directed New York University's Experimental Theater Wing in Paris. His novel Commieland was published by Kiwai Media, Paris (2013).

Relevant work

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Edward Gero, Harlan Work, Kerry Warren
Molly Smith (for stage), Diana Basmajian (for screen)
John Strand
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THE ORIGINALIST
When bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate Cat (Kerry Warren) ambitiously embarks on a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (Edward Gero), she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation’s highest court?
THE ORIGINALIST

When bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate Cat (Kerry Warren) ambitiously embarks on a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (Edward Gero), she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation’s highest court?

Director(s): Molly Smith (for stage), Diana Basmajian (for screen)
Writer(s): John Strand
Cast(s): Edward Gero, Harlan Work, Kerry Warren