The Play’s the Thing


Last night, at the San Diego Repertory Theater,  I had the almost disturbingly pleasurable pleasure of watching a reader’s theater presentation of my mini, two-person one-act play, Mankind: The Preview.

Afterwards, the enthralled audience (I think they were enthralled; the tears in my eyes were keeping things fuzzy) asked me questions that would have left Bluto feeling like a literary genius. How did I come to write something so great? Do I have a degree in theology? What other plays have I had produced? Was that me in the back who kept clapping and laughing like a hyena?

It was all quite gratifying. I am now developing that one-act into a full-fledged, three-act play.

I believe that I have been seriously chomped on by the theater bug. What big teeth it has!

My novel approach (and … update thing re: comments)
If hell is real, then love has no meaning
To the Dickens with me this year
Say it ain’t so, Trader Joe!
About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter.

  • Craig

    it's like why i play my instrument so much… i know how you feel

  • ric booth

    Congrats my friend. That is so cool. Between your metaphorical comment above and the "humping" lines in Mankind… I'm not sure if my "church" would ever do your play but hey, I'm gonna keep stumpin' it. Metaphorically Speaking.

  • Jill Kerman

    Re: John in Comment #2


  • John Shore

    Now when you say, “play my instrument so much,” you’re … not being metaphorical or anything, right?

  • John Shore

    Ha! Yeah, the “hump” bit is a little … tricky. All depends how it’s delivered, of course. But I probably should offer up a CLEANER version of the play …. I think I will!

  • John Shore

    It was wrong. WRONG!

    But it felt so right.

  • Kerri B

    Heh heh…I also liked the "lardass" in "Penguins…" I think maybe God himself invented the term.

  • John Shore

    I just got an mail from a woman saying, "I was wondering if I might get an autographed copy of Penguins from you to give our Godson, 16 1/2, for his baptism anniversary."

    Um. I wonder if I should do the "Lardass" alert. (Wait … I don't remember the word "lardass" in Penguins!! Wait. I kinda do. No, I don't. Are you sure you don't have my book confused with some other …. well, no, that's not likey, either, I guess…. Hmmm. You think you'd REMEMBER if you used a great word like "lardass" in something you wrote…

  • thomas michalski

    Congratulations on seeing your Play Staged. It must be a wonderful feeling, one I hope to experience as well, one day(not to be envious, of course).



  • John Shore

    Hey, Thomas. Thanks very much. (How did you come to even FIND my blog, by the way? There are only, like, eighteen trillion blogs out there. I very much like yours, by the way, which I'm just persuing now…)