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The Rockwell
255 Elm St. Somerville, MA 02144
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On a cold winter night, somewhere in America, the lives of 17 people collide as they plunge into a dark, indifferent city: the scheming wife of a Senator, a hapless lover, a mother searching for her child, a bellhop with a mysterious hatbox, a sociopathic cab driver, a woman dressed in purple who may or may not have traveled through time, a brother and a sister confronting their grief, a self-absorbed starlet, an ordinary woman with butterfly wings. The all have one thing in common: The Hotel Nepenthe.

Playwright John Kuntz is a founding company member of The Actors Shakespeare Project, where he appeared as Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, The Poet/Ventidius/Varro in Timon of Athens, Trinculo in The Tempest, Pandaulf in King John, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, Lucio/Froth in Measure for Measure, Sebastian in 12th Night, Bertram/The Clown in All’s Well That Ends Well, and the title role in Richard III.  New York credits include Mrs. Daigle in The Bad Seed (Ohio Theatre), Kurt in Jump/Rope (which he also wrote) with Square Peg Productions at Urban Stages, and his one-person shows Starfuckers (Ohio Theatre and NY Fringe) and Freaks! (Solo Arts Group).

Recent Boston credits include Heisenberg in Copenhagen and multiple roles in the world premiere of The Communist Dracula Pageant (ART); Janet and Frick in After School Special (which he also wrote) and the title role in Mr. Marmalade (Company One); numerous productions of The SantaLand Diaries (IRNE Award – Best Solo Performance); Katurian in the New England premiere of The Pillowman, Estragon in Waiting for Godot, the title role in Scapin, Austin in True West and the Emcee in Cabaret (New Repertory Theatre); Aston in The Caretaker, 20 roles in How I Got That Story and multiple roles in Mere Mortals (The Nora Theatre Company); Jane/Lord Edgar in The Mystery of Irma Vep, Carl in The Baltimore Waltz, Nathan Leopold in Never the Sinner, and 40 roles in Fully Committed (The Lyric Stage); Voice #1 in Betty’s Summer Vacation (The Huntington Theatre Company) and three seasons with Commonwealth Shakespeare, appearing in Henry V (Fluellen), 12th Night (Sir Andrew) and _Hamlet _(Guildenstern/Osric).  

Film: _The Red Right Hand _(Roger), Anathema (Neil; Best Actor Award – Festival Du Cinema du Bruxelles).  

John is the author of 14 full-length plays, including The Superheroine Monologues (co-written with Rick Park), Sing Me to Sleep, Freaks, Starfuckers, After School Special, My Life with the Kringle Kult, Miss Price, The Hotel Nepenthe, Glitterati, Emerald City, Jasper Lake, Jump/Rope and Actorz with a Z.  He received both an Elliot Norton Award and New York International Fringe Festival Award for his solo show Starfuckers and both of his plays Sing Me To Sleep and Freaks! received Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Fringe Production.  He was an inaugural Playwrighting Fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company and a Fellow at the O’Neill Center 2007.  His play Jasper Lake received both the Michael Kanin and Paula Vogel National Playwrighting Awards, with productions at the Kennedy Center and the New York Fringe Festival.  His newest solo show, The Salt Girl, was honored with the 2010 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play. He teaches at Suffolk University, Concord Academy, and is on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory.

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