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, the She/Her/Hers evening of short plays presented by Nashville Story Garden, and the Women’s Work Festival at the Tennessee Woman’s Theater Project.  One of her full-length plays was a finalist for the Kentucky Women Writers’ Biennial Prize, judged by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok, and most recently the world premiere of her play “To Know You” was performed at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN.

One act plays
Full length Plays
Short plays

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, the She/Her/Hers evening of short plays presented by Nashville Story Garden, and the Women’s Work Festival at the Tennessee Woman’s Theater Project.  One of her full-length plays was a finalist for the Kentucky Women Writers’ Biennial Prize, judged by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok, and most recently the world premiere of her play “To Know You” was performed at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN.

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!

Mary is pleased to have recently completed a five-year term on the Board of the Tennessee Arts Commission which distributes more than five million dollars in grants to over one thousand artists and arts organizations all across the state, each and every year.
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 2021 at the Washington Theater in Murfreesboro, TN.
 
More information can be found at www.leadingladiesrutherford.com
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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 bottom right photo.  Photo credit: Drew Maynard.
Maryville College Bicentennial

World Premiere
Mary’s play “To Know You” played to packed houses on November 1 and 2 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 2020 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!

Mary is pleased to have recently completed a five-year term on the Board of the Tennessee Arts Commission which distributes more than five million dollars in grants to over one thousand artists and arts organizations all across the state, each and every year.
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 2021 at the Washington Theater in Murfreesboro, TN.
 
More information can be found at www.leadingladiesrutherford.com
Follow on Instagram
Follow on Facebook
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.
(slider photo #3) Photo credit: Drew Maynard.
Maryville Bicentennial 

World Premiere
Mary’s play “To Know You” played to packed houses on November 1 and 2 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 2020 for every one of us who endeavors to enhance life through determined and joyful practice of our art.