ALMOST, MAINE, John’s first play, is a hilarious and heartbreaking fable that chronicles the amorous misadventures of the residents of residents of the remote, northern almost-town of Almost, Maine. Developed at the Cape Cod Theatre Project, ALMOST, MAINE premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. In 2006, the play enjoyed a successful off-Broadway run and is now featured in Smith and Kraus’ New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006. It has since become one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States, with over 2,500 productions to date. For more information, please visit almostmaine.com.
"Thornton Wilder crossed with 'The Twilight Zone."The New York Post
“A beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings [and] a touch of good-natured magic realism.”The New York Times
"Sweet, poignant, and witty. Nearly perfect."The New York Daily News
Nat Paradis is a Red Sox-loving, part-time single dad who manages Paradis’ Last Convenient Store, the last convenient place to get gas—or anything—before the Canadian border to the north and the North Maine Woods to the west. When an old flame returns to town, Nat gets a chance to rekindle a romance he gave up on years ago. But sparks fly as he’s forced to choose between new love and old. LAST GAS takes a hilarious and heartbreakingly hard look at love lost and found, and what it means to “get back to happy.”
LAST GAS premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2010 and became the biggest selling three-week run in Portland Stage Company’s history. It enjoyed an enormously successful run at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY in the winter of 2014.
“A warm and genuinely moving evening. Very funny, and there’s definitely romance in it…[but]…if this a romantic comedy, then so is Chekhov.”Rochester City Paper
“A bittersweet romance. An undeniable winner.”The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
“…Peppered with poignant characters [and] sharp writing, nicely bridging humor and seriousness.”The Portland Phoenix
“LAST GAS [is] a full tank of unfulfilled desires. Very funny and surprisingly thought-provoking.”The Portland Press-Herald
A darker cousin to ALMOST, MAINE, John’s newest play, LOVE/SICK, is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, LOVE/SICK explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers—from a couple obsessive impulsives who can’t stop kissing each other to the guy who goes hysterically deaf at the sound of the words “I love you” to the power couple who realize that they forgot to have the baby—LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.
"A gem. Abundant belly laughs.”The Portland Daily Sun
“Absolutely irresistible. Well-crafted, witty stories, chock-full of smart dialogue. ”The Portland Press Herald
“Intimate, honest, smart and funny.”The Poughkeepsie Journal
“Strikes just the right balance between wisdom and whimsy. Light, bright, anti-romantic, and engaging."The Hartford Courant
John received a Tony Award Nomination and
won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best
Featured Actor in a Musical for his work in
the 2004 Broadway Revival of
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.