Mary Donnet Johnson

Playwright

Mary Donnet Johnson

Playwright


Mary’s work has been chosen as a semi finalist for the O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. She has had plays featured in the Nashville Sideshow Fringe Festival, the 10-Minute Playground at the Darkhorse Theater in Nashville, and in the Women’s Work Festival at the Tennessee Woman’s Theater Project. Most recently, one of her plays was a finalist for the Kentucky Women Writers’ Biennial Prize, judged by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok.

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Mary’s work as a playwright has been chosen as a semi finalist for the O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference and has been featured at the New York City Venus/Adonis Play Festival and the Nashville Sideshow Fringe Festival. She was also a finalist for the Kentucky Women Writers’ 2017 Biennial Prize for playwriting (judged by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok).

Full length
One acts
Short plays

About Mary

Mary grew up in a tiny town in Vermont. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and spent a decade as a professional actor appearing in numerous film, television, stage, radio, and opera productions in New York City and throughout the United States.

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Mary (center) with the cast of Divine.


NEWS!

Maryville College Bicentennial

Mary is partnering with Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, to create a play for their Bicentennial.  Written in the style of magical realism, “To Know You” focuses on a nearly forgotten woman in Maryville College history, Susan Wiley Walker, who did some of her best and strongest life’s work from the time she arrived in Maryville at the age of 80 until her death at 98.  What a pleasure to explore all the ways a woman can defy ageism, sexism, and make a huge difference to an institution without ever putting her name on a thing.  Performance is scheduled for November 1st and 2nd, 2019, at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville.

She/Her/Hers featured ‘Last Rights!”
Mary’s newest short play, “Last Rights,” played to a standing-room-only crowd at Nashville Story Garden’s inaugural She/Her/Hers celebration of women at the Cordelle recently.  This dark comedy about two estranged but highly competitive sisters who struggle for their rights in the face of impending death was magnificently acted by Rachel Agee and Nealy Glenn, and beautifully directed by Lauren Berst. See below left.  Photo credit: Drew Maynard.

Here’s to a strong 2019 for every one of us who endeavors to enhance life through determined and joyful practice of our art. 


About Mary

Mary (center) with the cast of Divine.

Mary grew up in a tiny town in Vermont, received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and spent a decade as a professional actor appearing in numerous film, television, stage, radio, and opera productions in New York City and throughout the United States.

Read More

News!

Maryville Bicentennial 

Mary is partnering with Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, to create a play for their Bicentennial.  Written in the style of magical realism, “To Know You” focuses on a nearly forgotten woman in Maryville College history, Susan Wiley Walker, who did some of her best and strongest life’s work from the time she arrived in Maryville at the age of 80 until her death at 98.  What a pleasure to explore all the ways a woman can defy ageism, sexism, and make a huge difference to an institution without ever putting her name on a thing.  Performance is scheduled for November 1st and 2nd, 2019, at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville.

She/Her/Hers featured ‘Last Rights!”
Mary’s newest short play, “Last Rights,” played to a standing-room-only crowd at Nashville Story Garden’s inaugural She/Her/Hers celebration of women at the Cordelle recently.  This dark comedy about two estranged but highly competitive sisters who struggle for their rights in the face of impending death was magnificently acted by Rachel Agee and Nealy Glenn, and beautifully directed by Lauren Berst.
Photo credit: Drew Maynard.

Here’s to a strong 2019 for every one of us who endeavors to enhance life through determined and joyful practice of our art.