Born in Austin, Texas, raised in rural Watauga County, North Carolina, and educated in the public schools of North Carolina and at Cornell University, John Crutchfield is a writer and performer currently based in Berlin, Germany. His plays Ivory, The Songs Of Robert, Ruth, Twelve Treatises On Memory, The Labyrinth, Solstice, Landscape With Missing Person, Come Thick Night, and The Strange And Tragical Adventures Of Pinocchio have been produced regionallyin the U.S., as have numerous shorter works. He has collaborated and performed with X Factor Dance, Sans Pointe Dance, Legacy Butoh, Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Anemone Dance Theatre, and has been an artist-in residence at the Djerassi Artists Foundation, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Association d’Art de La Napoule (France), and the Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe (Germany). At present, he teaches creative writing part-time through Lenoir-Rhyne University's Center for Graduate Studies, freelances as a literary translator, and serves as Associate Artistic Director at The Magnetic Theatre.
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Plays by John Crutchfield on Indie Theater Now
COME THICK NIGHT
In this postmodernist mashup of Elvis, Sartre, and Shakespeare's "Scottish play," a young woman awakes from a nightmare about killing her father-- only to discover she is still in it.
A drama in two acts about a group of young graduate students who must choose between personal loyalty and professional ambition in the perilous halls of Academia.
LANDSCAPE WITH MISSING PERSON
A teenage railroad-punk, a strange middle-aged man, and a road-trip across America: what begins as a chance encounter turns into a wild and unpredictable quest in search of True Love.
A lyric drama in which the Biblical story of Ruth is re-imagined in a contemporary, Southern Appalachian setting.
A volatile black comedy for the darkest night of the year.
A phantasmagorical verse drama about a young man’s journey to the Underworld to understand the suicide of his best friend.
THE SONGS OF ROBERT
A folk musical for one performer with a motley cast of characters that tells the story of a lonely teenager growing up in the mountains of southern Appalachia.