John Clancy (playwright)

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John Clancy is a contemporary American playwright and director. He was a co-founder and first Artistic Director of the New York International Fringe Festival[1][2] and its producing organization The Present Company.

John Clancy's written work centers mainly on the American experience, and is characterized by dark humor and farce. His best-known play is Fatboy: An American Grotesque, a modern re-working of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi. His monologue The Event premiered in Edinburgh in 2009 and has gone on to tour Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and the United States and has been translated into Greek and German.

Clancy's directing has earned six Fringe First Awards (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and two Best of Fringe Awards (Adelaide Fringe Festival). He was awarded a 2005 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction, a 2002 Glasgow Herald Angel Award for Excellence in Direction, a 1997 New York Magazine Award, and a 2008 Dialogue ONE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre.

He currently serves as Executive Director of The League of Independent Theater, New York City's only 501(c)6 advocacy organization for the independent theater territory and Board President of the LIT Fund, a charitable foundation formed to sustain and strengthen the artists, companies, venues and practitioners of independent theater in New York City.

Clancy lives on Manhattan's Lower East Side with his wife, actress Nancy Walsh.

List of authored plays and monologues[edit]

  • Fatboy
  • The Event
  • Captain Overlord's Folly
  • When You Join Us
  • The True Tragedy of Salome
  • The Piano Store Plays
  • The Apocalyptic Road Show
  • Secret Agent Man
  • Paper Man
  • Notice of Default and Opportunity to Cure
  • The Fire Sermon
  • The Broccoli Incident
  • Another Beautiful Story
  • Postmen (teleplay)
  • Good Credit (screenplay)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New York, Volume 33, New York Magazine Co., 2000, p. 92 
  2. ^ Zinoman, Jason (August 21, 2009). "Celebrating Stock Traders? Only at the Fringe". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-02.