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John Kolvenbach

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Years active  1992–present
Plays  Love Song
Education  Rutgers University
Role  Playwright
Name  John Kolvenbach

Occupation  Playwright Actor Screenwriter
Nominations  Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy
Books  On an Average Day, Gizmo Love, Goldfish

Playwright John Kolvenbach discusses Goldfish

John Kolvenbach is an American playwright. His plays have been performed on the West End (Love Song, on an average day) and all over the world, including productions in Rome, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Zurich, San Juan, Berlin and in many theatres in the US. The plays are published by Methuen and the Dramatists Play Service. His most notable works include Sister Play, Gizmo Love, Love Song, On An Average Day, Goldfish, Marriage Play, Bank Job, Fabuloso.



After graduating from Middlebury College in 1988 he attended Rutgers University, graduating with a Masters in Fine Arts degree in 1992. Both Love Song and On an average day were performed in the West End in London. Love Song was directed by John Crowley and featured Kristen Johnson, Cillian Murphy, Neve Campbell and Michael McKean. Love Song was nominated for an Olivier Award as best new comedy.

On an average day was also directed by Crowley and featured Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan. Love Song premiered at the Steppenwolf company in Chicago, directed by Austin Pendleton. Fabuloso premiered on Cape Cod at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) in the summer of 2008, directed by the author.

Also at WHAT; the premiere of Gizmo Love (2004), directed by Sam Weisman and productions of On an average day (2006) and Love Song (2007) both directed by Jeff Zinn. Goldfish was presented by South Coast Repertory in their 2009 season, directed by Loretta Greco. Kolvenbach's companion piece to Goldfish, entitled Mrs. Whitney, was presented in repertory with Goldfish at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in the Fall of 2009.

He also acted in the 1996 Indian period epic film Kaalapani directed by Priyadarshan where he was cast alongside Mohanlal.

In 2014, Sister Play received its premier at The Harbor Stage Company and at the Magic in 2015, both productions were directed by the author.


As playwright
  • Sister Play
  • Marriage Play
  • Bank Job
  • Love Song
  • On an average day
  • Goldfish
  • Mrs. Whitney
  • Gizmo Love
  • Fabuloso
  • As screen writer
  • 2014 Fool's Game
  • 2013 Gray Dog (Short) (writer)
  • 2004 Coney Island (Video short)
  • As actor
  • 1996 Kaalapani
  • Awards and nominations

  • Nominated for Olivier Award as best new comedy - Love Song
  • References

    John Kolvenbach Wikipedia