Mary Donnet Johnson

Playwright

Mary Donnet Johnson

Playwright


With a spirit of gratitude, determination, and joy, Mary writes plays that challenge beliefs,  illuminate the dark places, and inspire fresh perspectives, thoughtful reflection, and laughter.  Her work has been produced across Tennessee, published and recognized by several national competitions, and commissioned by arts organizations who are dedicated to promoting positive change in their communities through theater-based endeavors.

One act plays
Full length Plays
Short plays

With a spirit of gratitude, determination, and joy, Mary writes plays that challenge beliefs,  illuminate the dark places, and inspire fresh perspectives, thoughtful reflection, and laughter.  Her work has been produced across Tennessee, published and recognized by several national competitions, and commissioned by arts organizations who are dedicated to promoting positive change in their communities through theater-based endeavors.

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!

Playhouse on the Square in Memphis has selected Shanktown for a full production in 2022.  Details coming soon!
Mary’s new full-length commissioned play called Party of Twelve celebrates just a few of the many inspiring women from the history of Rutherford County, Tennessee, and features a multi-racial cast in an endeavor to reflect the full scope of the many fascinating stories to be found in this part of the country.  The world premiere is scheduled for the Spring of 2022 at the Washington Theater in Murfreesboro, TN.
 
More information can be found at www.leadingladiesrutherford.com
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Twas the Night, with screenplay by Mary Donnet Johnson, was Nashville Repertory Theater’s first fully produced virtual holiday celebration and a huge hit with a record number of views.  COVID-19 may have dimmed the lights onstage, but it didn’t dampen the spirit online for this intrepid creative team.
Maryville College Bicentennial

World Premiere
Mary’s play “To Know You” played to packed houses on November 1 and 2, 2019 at the prestigious Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN.  Thanks to all who participated in this very special project about an octogenarian woman who defied all odds to make a huge difference to Maryville College without ever putting her name on a thing.

(above) “To Know You” featured in Dramatists Magazine

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Here’s to a strong 2021 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!

Playhouse on the Square in Memphis has selected Shanktown for a full production in 2022.  Details coming soon!
Mary’s new full-length commissioned play called Party of Twelve celebrates just a few of the many inspiring women from the history of Rutherford County, Tennessee, and features a multi-racial cast in an endeavor to reflect the full scope of the many fascinating stories to be found in this part of the country.  The world premiere is scheduled for the Spring of 2022 at the Washington Theater in Murfreesboro, TN.
 
More information can be found at www.leadingladiesrutherford.com
Follow on Instagram
Follow on Facebook
Twas the Night, with screenplay by Mary Donnet Johnson, was Nashville Repertory Theater’s first fully produced virtual holiday celebration and a huge hit with a record number of views.  COVID-19 may have dimmed the lights onstage, but it didn’t dampen the spirit online for this intrepid creative team.

Maryville College Bicentennial 

World Premiere
Mary’s play “To Know You” played to packed houses on November 1 and 2, 2019 at the prestigious Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN.  Thanks to all who participated in this very special project about an octogenarian woman who defied all odds to make a huge difference to Maryville College without ever putting her name on a thing. 

(above) “To Know You” featured in Dramatists Magazine

Watch video

Here’s to a strong 2021 for every one of us who endeavors to enhance life through determined and joyful practice of our art.