John W. Lowell
- Sheridan Square
Cal, a shy heir, is swept off his feet by Maurizio, a beautiful, life-embracing model. While Cal’s cautious, domineering father, Dr. Sloper, attempts to stop his son from marrying Maurizio, Cal’s Uncle Lawrence works to bring the young lovers together. Can love survive a battle of wits and wills? A modern adaptation of Henry James’ “Washington Square.”
One-Act: 1 hr. 30 min. – unit set, with two additional small sets
4M: 20, 25, 35-40, 40-45
- Autumn Canticle
David Williams, opera and recital singer, enjoys a remarkable personal and professional collaboration with composer Peter Billings. They have achieved fame and success. But as they enter their middle fifties, Peter is diagnosed with a life-threatening heart ailment, and the strands of their perfect life unravel. When a young man enters their lives, long-ignored problems surface. The older men experience a fragmentation as they face frightening, uncertain futures. A play about art, artists, love, courage, and spiritual renewal, in the world of American music during its extraordinary blossoming during the mid-20th century.
“Lowell’s script juggles sharp, unusually literate dialogue with penetrating, nuanced psychological portraits that eschew campy stereotypes.” – Paul Birchall, L.A. Weekly
“It’s an intense, eloquent exploration of self-understanding, devotion, infidelity, coming to terms with mortality and — above all — the abiding love of a committed relationship. The poignant, satisfying conclusion is reached through mature and realistic discussion.” – Douglas J. Keating, Philadelphia Inquirer
Produced by the Celebration Theatre, October 2003, The Walnut Street Theatre, February 1997, and the Eureka Theatre, October 1995.
Nominated for a GLAAD Media Award 2003
Three-Act: 2 hr. 15 min. – one set
3M: two mid-50s, one late-20s
- Taken In
Danny, a funny, sharp, self-reliant, very sexy street hustler, challenges Marc’s ordered existence. Marc, a careful, reticent man, is drawn to Danny’s sexual and spiritual power. They flirt and spar, vying for acceptance of each other. As they reach mutual trust, and Marc offers Danny shelter in his apartment, their journey has only just begun.
“Lowell offers some yummy brain candy here in a poignant, illuminating script that asks questions yet doesn’t mind not providing all the answers. Lowell’s words — fun, fresh — also capture the universality of relationships and the co-dependency that often sprouts from well-watered neurotic soil.” – Greg Archer, Good Times Weekly, Santa Cruz, California
“The emotional complexities of the plot are explosive, and the play moves through these with care and poignancy, exploring the men’s individual motivations and the intricacies of their relationship with fine balance.” – Ann Bennett, Santa Cruz Sentinel, California
“His dialogue between the actors is so believable and realistic that you leave the theater wondering which character really has a fear of intimacy.” – Steve Moore, Style Weekly, Richmond, Virginia
Produced by Shamlessboyz Productions (London), and by S.E.E. Theatre (Santa Cruz) in February 2006. Produced by the Richmond Triangle Players in September 2001.
Two-Act: 1 hr. 30 min. – flexible sets
2M: 20, late-30s
- A Carol Christmas by John W. Lowell and Robert Lee
A musical holiday tale for all seasons. Imagine that a great Broadway diva — someone like, say, Carol C. — enacted the timeless, deathless story of Scrooge and Christmas and redemption. Imagine that Scrooge’s (Carol’s) nephew resembled a famous Broadway composer named Jerry H., that her Bob Cratchit bore some connection to a diminutive former Cabaret star named Joel G. (whose charge is none other than that lovable moppet, Tiny Liza (with a “Z”)), and so on. Imagine our heroine is visited by ghosts of Broadway past, including a King named Yul, and one or two spare Dollys. And thereby hangs a funny, rude, irreverent musical tale!
One-Act: 1 hr. 20 min. – flexible sets
8 cast minimum, flexible as to sex and orientation of cast