THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
Florida Studio Theatre, Winter 2022
John's debut at Florida Studio Theatre as Robert in the hilarious comedy THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG.
"John Long also gives a standout performance in his FST debut as Robert, arguably the most capable of the West Palmetto Players."
"For a production to be this “bad,” those actors have to be very good, and in this case the cast is stellar...John Long plays Florence’s long-suffering brother, Thomas Colleymoore, with a Monty Python-ish inanity."
An interview with John for Florida Studio Theatre.
The Barnstormers Theatre, July 2021
John is asked to play Joe Stoddard in Thorton Wilder's Pulitzer Price winning play, OUR TOWN.
John's first production since 2019, OUR TOWN played to a completely sold out run, reminding everyone just how much theatre has been missed.
Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse, June 2021
Part of Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse's Wednesday Night Alternative, John is asked to direct a new play by Morganne Evans.
In Tyrannosaurus Ex, a football mascot is asked to confront a difficult request by a rabid fan who happens to also be his girlfriend.
HER OPINION OF HIS STORY
Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse, May 2021
John is asked to direct HER OPINION OF HIS STORY by William Dean Howells.
As the world begins to 'return to normal' this timely play written in 1907 is about a young man's attempt to woo a women in one of the most obfuscated ways imaginable.
HE SAID AND SHE SAID
Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse, March 2021
John is asked to the be 'Special Guest' for the Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse's one year anniversary production.
Previously appearing as the 'narrator' one short (long) year ago in the same play, John is asked to return as moderator for the same play one year later as technology has made his previous role of narrator obsolete.
Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse, February 2021
John is asked to direct Deceivers by William C. deMille, of the deMille family fame.
Written in 1914, and set in the suburbs, the play follows a young couple stuck in a bit of a marital rut. When Flora calls a detective to follow her husband Amos for some answers, a well timed burglar arrives instead and counseling ensues indeed.
Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse, November 2020
John is asked to direct Self-Sacrifice by William Dean Howells.
Isobel Ramsey discovers that the man she's been spending a lot of time with could be betrothed to someone else. She might have to be creative to drive him back to the other women's arms.
Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse, September 2020
John is asked to direct Eugenically Speaking by Edward Goodman.
Challenging a popular notion at the time, Eugenically Speaking hints that the 'science' of eugenics, like human nature, is flawed.
THE SMOKING CAR
Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse, July 2020
John is asked to direct The Smoking Car by William Dean Howells.
Part of his parlor car series of plays, The Smoking Car explores our paranoia when an innocent ask becomes ominous.
Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse, June 2020
John is asked to direct Grassroots by Robin Rothstein.
The virtual production is part of the the 15th Annual East Side Stories Festival, a series of new, commissioned plays about life in the Lower East Side.
FBI: MOST WANTED
CBS, May 2020
John is cast as Ronald Mattingly in the Dick Wolf produced, CBS television show FBI: Most Wanted, directed by Ken Girotti.
Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse, May 2020
John is cast as the husband, Stephen, in Susan Glaspell's play, Suppressed Desires.
When Henrietta continues to study psychoanalysis, everything in their quiet idyllic life takes on a new meaning.
HE SAID AND SHE SAID
Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse, March 2020
John is cast in the first online reading of the Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse, Alice Gerstenberg's He Said And She Said.
What started as a salve for artists in the pandemic has become a weekly reading series.
Barnstormers Theater, Summer 2019
John returns to sunny New Hampshire in Agatha Christie's whodunnit. Spoiler, it's not him...
or is it?
"Oliver Costello [played by] a perfectly detestable John Long"
—Alec Kerr, Conway Daily Sun
LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR
Barnstormers Theater, Summer 2019
John returns to stunning Tamworth, New Hampshire to play a balding Irishman in the LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR...
(it's a stretch).
"...each Barnstormer cast member brings his or her own special polish to their roles, [including] the token Irishman Brian Doyle (well-portrayed by John Long)...And although the set never changes, the writing and acting are so good, you never feel stifled or claustrophobic."
THE POOR OF NEW YORK
Metropolitan Playhouse, NYC, Spring 2019
John is cast as Edwards in Metropolitan Playhouse's THE POOR OF NEW YORK, running April 19th - May 19th, 2019.
"Exquisitely portrayed by a fine cast. Don’t miss it!"
A Sci-Fi Comedy Short Film coming to a festival near you. John plays James T. Kirk, no relation, a down on his luck lawyer until everything changes when someone beams aboard his satellite.
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, NYC, Summer 2018
THE PROPERTY is the story of a woman, two men she has loved and one man she is tempted to love, and the teenage son she stifles with good intentions.
"John Long is right on point as Greg”
Photo by Hunter Canning
TIME STANDS STILL
13th Street Repertory Theater, NYC, Winter 2018
"Each actor creates distinctive bearing, movement, and speech...Director Jerry Heymann has a keen eye for subtle moments and nuanced timing."
"...compelling, Long embodies James’s disillusion and resilience, his ambivalent relationship with the high ideals that both drive and drain him.”
Workshop Reading, NYC, Winter 2017
John is cast as David in John Yarbrough's PETRA as part of Primary Stages New Works Development Program.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
Syracuse Stage, Fall 2017
John brings King Louis XIII, among others, to life in Robert Huff's directorial debut at Syracuse Stage's first show of the season, THE THREE MUSKETEERS.
"Irresistible... King Louis XIII (John Long) signals that he is effete, lackadaisical and powerless in about 30 seconds"
"Other standout performances include John Long as the kind and fatherly Monsieur Bonacieux and the self-centered King Louis."
MY THREE ANGELS
The Barnstormers Theatre, Summer 2017
John returns to the historic Barnstormers Theatre to play Joseph, the leader of a merry band of escaped convicts, in MY THREE ANGELS by husband and wife writing team Bella and Samuel Spewack.
"As the fastest of the three fast-talkers, Long delivers his sharp dialogue with an unforced ease. His comic timing is on-point. Even without dialogue, he squeezes laughs out of the smallest moment."
Workshop, Jersey City, Spring 2017
John is cast in Beck Lee's daring dark comedy about two Minnesota couples vacationing in New York City. As an evening unwinds, we see just how close they are to losing everything.
Promotional Info: --Broadway World Article
Workshop Reading, NYC, Winter 2017
John is cast by McCorkle Casting in a play development workshop for LITTLE BIT, a play about the life of Ethel Merman's daughter, Ethel Levitt.
JOY RIDE & HANGMAN
Short Films, NYC, Winter 2017
John is cast as the leads in two short films, Joy Ride about a father trying to reconnect with his daughter and Hangman about a futuristic game show with everything on the line.
Staged Reading, NYC, Winter 2017
John is asked to read the lead role of Frank in Brad Makarowski's inventive new play about the choices we make when "life" deals seemingly indiscriminate adversity.
Staged Reading, Pete's Candy Store, NYC, Winter 2016
John is asked to read the role of Bia in Willie Johnson's new play HEPHAESTUS-- a contemporary three act tragedy, centered around the ancient Greek god of blacksmiths and artisans. Directed by Sarah Stites.
DANCING AT LUGHNASA
Barnstormers Theatre, Summer 2016
John is cast as the Welsh interloper in Brian Friel's autobiographical, Tony Award winning play, DANCING AT LUGHNASA.
"John Long is 'fun to watch'."
THE MADMAN OF AUVERS
Staged Reading, TAI Group, NYC, Spring 2016
John is asked to play the lead, Vincent Van Gogh, in J. Daniel McNally's new play about the last days of Vincent's life in Auvers.
Metropolitan Playhouse, Winter 2015
John is cast as Eben Stanhope in the Obie Award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse's production of Susan Glaspell's ALISON'S HOUSE.
In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Provincetown Players, Artistic Director Alex Roe chose to present the Pulitzer Prize winning drama written by Susan Glaspell, a founding member of the Provincetown Players.
Part of Season Twenty Four at the Playhouse exploring "HOPE", this play will be revived, unedited, for the first time since it's initial run on Broadway in 1931.
"Fascinating and important"
"Standouts... include John Long as the weary, harassed Eben Stanhope"
TIME STANDS STILL
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Fall 2015
On the day of it's first preview, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater lost their lead actor in their production of TIME STANDS STILL. John was "in between projects" and thrilled to receive a call. Learning the role in less than a week, John had a rather unique experience and a wonderful opportunity.
John was nominated for Best Actor in the Broadway World.com Boston region for his performance.
"A stellar production."
"Uncomforably riveting... beautifully raw... a miraculous thing to watch."
"Magnificent production. Long's performance is flawless and is astounding..."
"John Long passionately portrays the conflicts of a man who has seen enough of a war-torn world..."
"Terrific acting. [John Long] never pushes his acting to the edge, instead expertly reins it in tight..."
THE CHILDREN OF DESIRE
Staged Reading, Manhattan Theatre Club, Summer 2015, NYC
John is asked to play Ratso in Myra Slotnick's new play, THE CHILDREN OF DESIRE, which explores Stanley and Stella Kowalski's children and how they are coping with the recent death of their mother.
The reading is part of the Resonance Ensemble Summer Reading Series.
Provincetown Theatre, Summer 2015
Being one of his favorite plays, John brought this play to the attention of the Provincetown Theatre in the summer of 2014. That fall he participated in a reading of the play as a fundraiser for the theatre. Upon that success, the theatre offered to produce a full production.
LONELY PLANET, by Steven Dietz, explores the limits of friendship amidst the struggles of a rapidly changing world. The play ran from May 27th to June 7th. John played Carl, Joe MacDougall played Jody, with direction by Francis Kelly.
"John Long is a supernova of energy and humor... but inevitably it is the truthfullness of his vulnerability and sensitivity as Carl that will pull at your heartstrings and bring you to tears."
"Carl is well portrayed by Long as full of life, with a zest that electrifies the stage. His face is a tableau of feelings ranging from sheer ecstasy to pure torment."
"Lonely Planet is supremely acted."
Around the World in 80 Days
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Spring 2015
John is cast as Actor Two in the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater's production of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS written by Mark Brown. Playing Actor Two, John portrays nine characters in the whirlwind comedy including Detective Fix who is hot on the trail of the mysterious bank robber, Phileas Fogg.
"John Long is very funny."
THE BEACHCOMBER BOYS
Staged Reading, St. John's Lutheran Church, NYC, Winter 2015
When writing THE BEACHCOMBER BOYS, playwright Myra Slotnick created the role of Hap with John in mind.
Book and lyrics by Myra Slotnick and music by Grammy Award-winning composer Peter Stopschinski. Directed by Obie Award winner David Drake.
The Beachcomber Boys is a "fictional tale inspired by the true-life fraternity of painters, poets, novelists, and playwrights who, since 1916, have gathered every Saturday night in a not-so-disclosed decrepit location on a spit of sand in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Set in 1953 amidst the Hollywood Blacklist, major themes are art, literature, fame, family, and the challenges of success (and failure) in work and love." —Broadwayworld.com
64E4 Mainstage, NYC, Winter 2015
John is cast as the Visitor in the world premier of William Goulet's FILLER, exploring what can happen when the mundane day to day becomes much much more when someone comes to the door.
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
Barnstormers Theatre, Summer 2014
John is cast as the servant of two masters in the brilliantly funny script by Richard Bean. Founded in 1931, The Barnstormers Theatre presents eight shows in eight weeks. Each cast is tasked with developing a show with only one week of rehearsals including tech and a preview performance. Portraying Francis Henshall in this crucible of creativity was one of his most accomplished theatrical feats.
THE TRIALS OF GERTUDE MOODY
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Spring 2014
In the world premier of Kimberly Burke's play exploring relationships and how what we tell ourselves becomes our truths, John plays five different characters including Arthur, an orthinologist who buys a special parrot and falls in love.
"Long is, quite simply, perfect. No wonder [Gertrude] falls in love with him most of the audience does as well."
"The performances here are fabulous."