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Jonathan Marc Sherman
Born 10 October 1968
Morristown, New Jersey

Jonathan Marc Sherman (born 10 October 1968) is a contemporary American playwright.

He was born in Morristown, New Jersey, and grew up in Livingston. He began writing plays on a typewriter his father gave him as a birthday gift when he was twelve or thirteen years old. His first performed original play was the one-act Confrontation (1986).

He submitted plays for several years to the Foundation of the Dramatists Guild's Young Playwrights Festival before they did a staged reading of his one-act, Serendipity and Serenity in 1987, followed by a full production of his next play, Women and Wallace (1988).

He graduated from Bennington College in 1990. He dropped out of the Yale School of Drama after less than two months. His work has been performed in front of audiences across the country, as well as in Europe and Japan. He lives in New York City.




Serendipity and Serenity

1987. Young Playwrights Festival at Playwrights Horizons (staged reading)

Women and Wallace

Jesus on the Oil Tank

Winner of the 21st Century Playwrights Award

Sons and Fathers

1994. Malaparte (theater company) in New York City. With Calista Flockhart, Peter Frechette, Josh Hamilton (actor), Ethan Hawke, and Jenny Robertson.

Veins and Thumbtacks

  • 1991. Los Angeles Theatre Center. Jimmy Bonaparte: Fisher Stevens
  • 1994. Malaparte (theater company) in New York City. Jimmy Bonaparte: Frank Whaley
  • 2001. Basis for Frank Whaley's movie The Jimmy Show, with Frank Whaley, Carla Gugino, Ethan Hawke, and Lynn Cohen.


Wonderful Time

1995. WPA Theater in New York City.


  • 1998. Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. Directed by Nicholas Martin. With Matt McGrath (actor) (Henry), Dylan Baker (Storyteller), Anna Belknap (Gina), Marin Hinkle (Hope), Justin Kirk (Ernie), and Sam Breslin Wright (Rex). Sets by Alexander Dodge, Lights by Stephen Brady, Costumes by Marisa Timperman, Sound by Jerry N. Yager
  • 2002. 45 Below at Culture Project in New York City. Directed by Elizabeth Gottlieb. With Josh Hamilton (actor) (Henry), Larry Block (Storyteller), Peter Dinklage (Rex), Keira Naughton (Hope), Armando Riesco (Ernie), and Ione Skye (Gina). Sets by Andromache Chalfant, Lights by Jeff Croiter, Costumes by Daphne Javitch, Video by Edmond Deraedt

Things We Want

2007. The New Group in New York City. Directed by Ethan Hawke. With Paul Dano (Charlie), Peter Dinklage (Sty), Josh Hamilton (actor) (Teddy), and Zoe Kazan (Stella). Sets by Derek McLane, Lights by Jeff Croiter, Costumes by Mattie Ulrich, Sound by Daniel Baker.


2009. Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. Directed by Nicholas Martin. With Brooks Ashmanskas (Melvin), Peter Dinklage (Chester), Bob Dishy (Raymond), Rightor Doyle (Steve), Annie Parisse (Tara), Susan Pourfar (Pauline), and Reg Rogers (Jerry). Sets by Alexander Dodge.


  • Oliver! (as "The Artful Dodger") Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, 1983
  • My First Swedish Bombshell (TV) (Harrison Slide) NBC & Showtime, 1985
  • The Chopin Playoffs (as "Irving Yanover") American Jewish Theatre, 1986
  • A Joke (as "Grizzoffi"), Malaparte (theater company), 1992
  • Sophistry (as "Igor"), Playwrights Horizons, 1993
  • Wild Dogs, Malaparte (theater company), 1993
  • Unexpected Tenderness (as "Roddy Stern"), WPA, 1994
  • The Great Unwashed, Malaparte (theater company), 1994
  • Quiz Show (as Don Quixote Student #2), 1994
  • Southie (as "Eddie Eaton"), 1998
  • Pigeonholed (as Bartender), 1999
  • I Wanna Be Adored, NY Performance Works, 2000
  • Zog's Place (as himself), 2001
  • Broadway: The American Musical (TV), 2004
  • The Baxter (as "Deaf Bar Baxter"), 2005
  • Escape Artists (as "Linus"), 2005
  • The Limbo Room (as "Guy Greenbaum"), 2006
  • Steam (as "Norman"), 2006
  • When The Nines Roll Over (as "the Australian"), 2006
  • The Hottest State, 2007

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