Playwright and Magical Realist
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John Haman is a published and produced American playwright, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and an MFA-Creative Writing candidate at Sewanee School of Letters.
John graduated from Hendrix College in 1987 with a B.A. in Theater Arts, with distinction, and has an extensive background in acting, directing and playwriting. He spent 17 years in newspaper reporting and public relations before moving into his current career as a wealth management advisor, which he continues full-time while writing plays and works of fiction. He also teaches writing workshops for students and works as a playwright mentor for Thespian organizations. His play Edgar: A Ghost Story is published by Stage Partners.
John lives on a small homestead, where he keeps dairy goats and chickens. He also works in or volunteers at various high schools in the area. He is married to an esteemed stage performer and public-school drama teacher, who is a constant source of material and inspiration. He is a proud Honorary Thespian in Troupe 2123, Lakeside High School. In 2020, John collaborated with his wife, Sarah Haman, on their first co-written play: "The Breakout Room and Other Tales." The play will debut as a streaming production in November 2020.
John's alternate-reality science-fiction mystery "Blood Moon" enjoyed a staged reading Dec. 1, 2018 at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and a private workshop reading in May 2019 in New York City with Convergences Theatre Collective. His drama "I am Frankenstein" had its debut production at Maumelle High School, Maumelle, Ark., in fall 2019, and received private readings at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the Bubble and Squeak Theatre Collective in London, England. A public reading of the play was held in August 2019 at Biloxi Little Theatre in Biloxi, Miss. A second production is being held at Bastrop (Texas) High School in November 2020.
His comedy "Shadetree Curiosities" won the 2018 Hendrix-Murphy Alumni Playwriting Contest, and his drama "Pie Town" won the 2019 edition of the contest, then had a staged reading Sept. 6, 2019. His intense one-act dystopian drama for young actors "City on the Hill" was produced in March 2019 by Young Players of Benton, Ark. His emotional youth drama "Edgar: A Ghost Story" was produced both in full-length and one-act variations by Biloxi High School in Mississippi and Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Ark., in fall 2018, Lakeside High won the state-one-act championship with the play at Arkansas Thespian Festival, and the play was showcased at the 2019 International Thespian Festival. Osseo Senior High School in Minnesota produced it in January 2020. It was then published in its one-act form in October 2020.
"Angus Magoosh and the Elmdale Uprising," a one-act comedy, was produced by Greenbrier High School, Arkansas, in fall 2019, and by Lakeside High School, Hot Springs, Arkansas, in January 2020. "The Monster," John's one-act Frankenstein for festivals, was produced by Gentry High School, Arkansas, in fall 2019, will get a production in March 2020 at Long Beach High School, Mississippi, and was scheduled for a public reading in 2020 at Gulf Coast Community College, Mississippi. His science-fiction one-act "The Violets," inspired by the family-separation crisis, was produced in January 2020 at William Carey University, Mississippi.
Undraped", John's first play, earned a full production at The Weekend Theater in Little Rock, Ark., and qualified him for a Playwright’s Center mentorship with playwright Cory Hinkle through the Arkansas Arts Council. "Undraped" also earned staged readings at The Nebraska Repertory Theater’s equity company, directed by Brant Pope, and at Hendrix College of Conway Arkansas, directed by playwright Jeffrey Elwell.