John Patrick Bray


Coffee served hot with a big side of small town politics.


In this loose retelling of "The Phantom of the Opera", our obsessions with beauty, ugliness, madness, and desire all staged as part of this funhouse mirror where the audience may even catch a glimpse of their true selves.


An adaptation of a famous Sherlock Holmes story, with the emphasis on Dr. Watson.


With the aid of the guitarist for her Dad’s long defunct band, a young woman learns that the past is only as amazing as the one who chooses to write it down.


Is it really cheating if you’re on top? A couple re-examines the rules of their relationship after Bill accuses Janice of infidelity.


Three short plays involving unconventional couplings: a man and his just-released-from-a-mental-hospital wife; an older man and a teenage girl; and a woman, her boyfriend, and his id.

John Patrick Bray has written plays under grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, Louisiana). John’s published plays include Hound (Next Stage Press), Trickster at the Gate (Next Stage Press), Eleanor’s Passing (forthcoming, Smith and Kraus), Resonator Blues (JACPublishing), Lincoln and Lee (Heartland Plays, Inc.); and On Top (The Riant Theatre).

Other works include Liner Notes, AmeriKan Mine, As We Speak, Southern Werewolf, Cookies, and Generation X Tries to Kill the Cast of Glee, But They’re Zombies So It Doesn’t Work. He has earned commissions from a number of organizations in South Louisiana, including The Dancing Project, Acadiana Repertory Theatre, the Louisiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and the Performing Arts Society of Louisiana. Additionally, he has earned commissions from the Off-Off Broadway troupes, (re:)Directions Theatre Company and Rachel Klein Productions.

John has been a member of The Actors Studio’s Playwrights/Directors Workshop, a PlayLabs participant with the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, a resident playwright with The Rising Sun Performance Company, a guest playwright with Epic Rep. Theatre at The Players’ Club, a visiting artist with O’Neill Studios, a guest playwright with the Axial Theatre, and a finalist for a playwriting residency at the Hangar Theatre. John is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. Also a teacher and scholar, John earned his Ph.D. in Theatre from Louisiana State University, and his M.F.A. in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School at The New School. John is a lecturer at the University of Georgia.