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John J. Caswell Jr.
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John is the Founding Artistic Director of Progressive Theatre Workshop and the author of several original works for the stage, including SHOTS: A Love Story, closet.drama: a homo/hetero collision, Britney Spears for President, Eat Your Peas/DIE DIE DIE, Banksy's Bodies, and My Friend the Serial Killer by Ronald Rogers, Sixth Grade. His play Arrangements was named a top-10 finalist for the 2013 Woodward Newman Drama Award. He is the recipient of awards from organizations such as P.A.V.E. (as funded by the Kauffman Foundation) and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. John has spent time learning from pioneers of American theater, including Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, Circle Repertory founder Marshall W. Mason, and Ontological Hysteric Theater Founder and MacArthur Genius Richard Foreman. John studied performance at Arizona State University, and in 2011, his SHOTS: A Love Story was published as part of Johnny Saldaña's award-winning text Ethnotheatre: Research From Page to Stage by Left Coast Press.

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Dear Eminem: You Will Have Blood On Your Hands

(16) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 5:57 PM

Dear Marshall-

I'm not the type of person who typically pays much attention to 5' 8" tall pre-pubescent looking white men that rap. I think short rapping white men are weird. And when they go so far as to name themselves after pieces of candy, I really can't be bothered....

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God Hates Gays Who Own Chandeliers? The Folks at Ivory & Deene Seem to Think So

(274) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 11:48 AM

Something tells me that God loves a good chandelier. After all, they are grandiose and self-righteous in a way that only a person with great power and questionable taste could truly appreciate. And the folks over at Ivory & Deene home furnishings completely concur.

To them, a chandelier is...

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I'm Personally Sending the Westboro Baptist Church to Hell

(50) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 9:00 AM

A young man was dead, and suddenly nothing made sense.

In the weeks leading up to Mark Carson's murder in Greenwich Village, my new play, GOD HATES THIS SHOW: Shirley Phelps-Roper in Concert, Live From Hell, was finally gaining steam. The piece imagines Shirley Phelps-Roper of Westboro Baptist Church infamy...

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