Bio

Jon Klein is the author of over thirty produced plays, produced Off-Broadway and at many prestigious regional theatres, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage in D.C., Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, Center Stage in Baltimore, South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Alley Theatre in Houston, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Seattle Children's Theatre, and many others.

He is probably best known for his play T BONE N WEASEL, which has received over a hundred productions at regional theatres throughout the US, and which he adapted for a TNT Network film, starring Gregory Hines and Christopher Lloyd. T BONE N WEASEL received several awards after its premiere at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, including an HBO Playwrights USA Award. Jon is also the author of the only authorized stage adaptation of the famous children's book BUNNICULA by James and Deborah Howe, which has received over a hundred productions in the US and Canada, including a national tour.

Jon's newest play, RESOLVING HEDDA, opened to rave reviews at the Victory Theatre in Burbank, where SUGGESTIBILITY and WISHING WELL also premiered. The critically acclaimed (and Helen Hayes nominated) YOUNG ROBIN HOOD recently received its world premiere at the Roundhouse Theatre in Bethesda, MD.  DIMLY PERCEIVED THREATS TO THE SYSTEM (finalist for the American Theatre Critics' Association Award, at Arena Stage, South Coast Rep and many others) and BETTY THE YETI (another entry at the Humana Festival in Louisville) also continue to be frequently produced. Other plays that have received major productions around the country include OCTOPUS (Contemporary American Theatre Festival, WV), PEORIA (Woolly Mammoth Theatre, DC), SOUTHERN CROSS (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta), THE EINSTEIN PROJECT (co-authored with Paul D'Andrea, at Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge), FOUR OUR FATHERS (A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle), THE RED AND THE BLACK (adaptation of the Stendhal novel, also at A Contemporary Theatre), and LOSING IT (winner of the Dramatists Guild/CBS New Play Award, Off-Broadway and at Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Chicago). 

Jon is married to Laura Annawyn Shamasplaywright, essayist and mythologist.  Her new book, Pop Mythology: Collected Essays, was published in July 2012.

© Jon Klein 2017