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JACK NEARY’s plays have been produced all over the United States, in Canada, in Paris and, most recently, Saudi Arabia. His most recent play, TRICK OR TREAT, was produced by Northern Stage in January of 2017, and featured Emmy Winner  Gordon Clapp. It will be produced off-Broadway at the 59E59th Street Theatre in January, 2019. His AULD LANG SYNE, produced by the Peterborough Players and also starring Mr. Clapp, was the recipient of five New Hampshire Theater Awards, including best Professional Production. It has since been produced by New Century Theatre at Smith College and Gloucester Stage. His adaptation of DRACULA was commissioned by the Stratton Players and produced in the spring of 2016. Other recent plays are THE PORCH, produced by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, CityStage in Springfield, the Stoneham (MA) Theatre and the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and KONG’S NIGHT OUT, presented at the Lyric Stage in Boston, New Century Theatre at Smith College and the Meadow Brook Theatre in Michigan, featuring TV's Cindy Williams. KONG’S NIGHT OUT has just been published by the Dramatic Publishing Company. His romantic comedy, FIRST NIGHT, debuted professionally at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, subsequently enjoyed a long run at the Theatre Lobby in Boston, and was produced off-Broadway at the Westside Arts Theatre.  TO FORGIVE, DIVINE, which also debuted professionally at the MRT, was purchased for film by Walt Disney Pictures after a run at the Colony Theatre in Los Angeles.  JERRY FINNEGAN’S SISTER has played in various United States theatres and has successfully launched five theatre companies, and was produced in Paris under the title LA SOUER DE JERRY KING, featuring Arthur Jugnot and Ceclila Cara, who subsequently toured France with the play. Jack's adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN debuted at the Summer Theatre at Mount Holyoke College, and was produced at Radford University in Virginia, and his adaptation of THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER was staged at Mount Holyoke and Radford Colleges, and is published by Samuel French, Inc. His interpretation of the John Smith/Pocahontas story, entitled TRUST, was commissioned and produced by the Radford (VA) College Theatre Department.  Another recently-published play, FIVE NICKELS (now SENIOR CIRCUIT, Dramatic Publishing), was produced professionally at St. Vincent College, and his adaptation of THE TURN OF THE SCREW was introduced by the Stratton Players, produced professionally at New Century Theatre, and is published by Playscripts in New York.  He has written a number of produced plays for young audiences, including the series “THE MISDIRECTED THEATRE PRESENTS…” which features adaptations of ROBIN HOOD, THE UGLY DUCKLING, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS and RUMPLESTILTSKIN. His play for middle- and junior high schools, LUNCH MONEY, is winner of a Boston Public Schools Dramatic Development award, and is published by Heartland Press. His published work for young audiences are ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP and THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL, both Samuel French publications.  His short story, THE BOSS, was named Best Short Story of 2006 by the Catholic Press Association, and his articles have appeared in a number of magazines. He is cofounder of New Century Theatre at Smith College, and the Greater Lowell (MA) Music Theatre.  As an actor, he has appeared in manh professional plays, and on television in SPENSER FOR HIRE, LAW AND ORDER and BROTHERHOOD, and on screen in THE TOWN and BLACK MASS.  He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity and SAG/AFTRA.  He is the creator and manager of the web site STAGEADAPTATIONS.COM. His own web site is JACKNEARYONLINE.COM. 

 

playwright

Member Dramatists Guild/Writers’ Guild (also SAG/AFTRA, AEA)

TRICK OR TREAT, produced by Northern Stage, White River Junction, Vermont, January 2017 (featuring Gordon Clapp). Scheduled for off-Broadway, January 2019, 59E59th Street Theatre.

AULD LANG SYNE, produced by the Peterborough Players, 2012 (featuring Gordon Clapp) and by New Century Theatre, 2012.  Gloucester Stage Company (featuring Paula Plum and Richard Snee), 2014

THE PORCH, produced by Stoneham Theatre, 2008; produced by Theater Project, the Majestic Theatre, West Springfield, MA, 2009

KONG’S NIGHT OUT, produced by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 2006, New Century Theatre, Smith College, 2007; Meadow Brook Theatre, Auburn Hills, MI, 2009 (featuring Cindy Williams). Published by the Dramatic Publishing Company.

THE TURN OF THE SCREW, adaptation commissioned and produced by the Stratton Players, Fitchburg, MA, 2005; professionally produced by New Century Theatre, Northampton, MA, 2007. Published by Playscripts, NYC.

BEYOND BELIEF, produced by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 2003; produced by CityStage/New Century Theatre/Ann Baker, Springfield, MA, 2004.

FAIRY HOUSES, produced by the Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, Maine, 2007, 2008, 2009.  Book and Lyrics by Jack Neary, Music by Ken Clifton; based on the books by Tracy Kane.

FIRST NIGHT, produced at the Westside Theatre, New York City; at Theatre Lobby, Boston, Massachusetts; Tacoma Actors Guild; Merrimack Repertory Theatre; various theatres around the United States and Canada, specifics on request.  Published by Samuel French, Inc.

TO FORGIVE, DIVINE, produced at New Century Theatre, Smith College, Northampton, MA; at St. Vincent Theatre, Latrobe, PA; Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell, MA; various other theatres around the United States, specifics on request.  Purchased for motion pictures by Walt Disney Pictures.   Published by Dramatists Play Service.

JERRY FINNEGAN’S SISTER, produced by Fleabitten Productions, Los Angeles; at Foothills Theatre, Worcester, MA; Theater Project at the Majestic Theatre, Springfield, MA; Summer Theatre at Mount Holyoke College; St. Vincent Theatre; New Century Theatre, Smith College; Playwrights’ Platform, Boston; various other theatres around the United States and Canada, specifics on request.  Produced in Paris, France, 2006, under the title LA SOEUR DE JERRY KING.  Published in Dramatics Magazine, and by the Dramatic Publishing Company.

PRECIOUS DAYS, produced at New Century Theatre, 1995.

NIGHT OF THE BULLY, produced at New Century Theatre; by Play By Players Theatre Company, Lowell, MA.

THE BIG APPLE, produced at New Century Theatre, 1996; Image Theatre, Lowell, MA, 2006.

NUTSHELLS, produced by Play By Players; commercially produced by Sally Monroe as SEASHELLS in Boston; revised and produced as NUTSHELLS at New Century Theatre.

FRANKENSTEIN, adaptation produced by the Summer Theatre at Mount Holyoke College; Radford College, Radford, VA.

ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMPpublished by Samuel French, Inc., produced by Radford College, Radford, VA, and many times in amateur and children's theatres.

THE LITTLE MATCH GIRLpublished by Samuel French, Inc., and produced throughout the country by amateur and children's theatres.

SANDBAG, STAGE LEFT (as “John Anthony”), produced at Summer Theatre at Mount Holyoke College;  published by Samuel French, Inc. Produced many times nationally by amateur theatres.

FIVE NICKELS, produced at the Summer Theatre at Mount Holyoke College (as Senior Circuit); St. Vincent Summer Theatre; published by the Dramatic Publishing Company.

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, produced at the Summer Theatre at Mount Holyoke, College; by the Hovey Players, Waltham;  published by Samuel French, Inc.

ORAL REPORT, produced at the Boston Playwrights Theatre; published by Samuel French, Inc.

ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE, produced at Boston Playwrights Theatre, published by Samuel French, Inc.

THREE-PEAT, produced at Boston Playwrights Theatre, published by Samuel French, Inc.

SHE’S FABULOUS, produced at Boston Playwrights Theatre, 2006; published by Smith and Kraus, Inc.

ROBIN HOOD, produced by the Foothills Theatre, Worcester, MA.

THE UGLY DUCKLING, produced by the Foothills Theatre, Worcester, MA

THAT’S OUR MARY!, produced by Boston Playwrights Theatre, 2004 and the American Globe Theatre, New York City. Published by Samuel French, Inc.

REWRITE,  produced by Boston Playwrights Theatre, 2005 

TRUST, commissioned and produced by Radford University, 2007.

FAREWELL AND ADIEU, produced at Boston Playwrights Theater, 2007, published by Smith and Kraus.
THE GRAND SCHEME, produced at Boston Playwrights Theater, 2008; published by Smith and Kraus.
TALK BACK, produced at Boston Playwrights Theatre, 2009; Published by Smith and Kraus.
CELL PROMOTION, produced at Boston Playwrights Theater, 2010.
CASTING AMANDA, produced at Boston Playwrights Theater, 2011.
THE DRAMATURG, produced at Boston Playwrights Theater, 2012.
RETURN OF THE CURSE, produced at Boston Playwrights Theatre, 2013.  Published by Smith and Kraus.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT, produced at Boston Playwrights Theater, 2014
 
plays for kids and family audiences

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Alice in Wonderland

Cinderella

Fairy Houses

Hansel and Gretel

Pinocchio

Robin Hood

Rumplestiltskin

Sleeping Beauty

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Great Race of the Tortoise and the Hare

The Little Match Girl

The NEW Little Red Riding Hood

The Ugly Duckling

Treasure Island

screenwriter 

STUNNER, under option by Hobel Productions, Phillip and Mary-Ann Hobel, producers (TENDER MERCIES).

THE PENANCE, under option by Foxboro Entertainment, Nelle Nugent, producer, (AMADEUS, Broadway).

TO FORGIVE, DIVINE, play purchased by Walt Disney Pictures.

FIRST NIGHT, screen adaptation.

USHER, screen adaptation.

magazines

THE ASSINEMENT, published in the Western Humanities Review

FIVE NICKELS, ONE OF THOSE, CAP, PRISSY, KEYS, (short stories) published in Columbia Magazine

JERRY FINNEGAN'S SISTER (play) and ANATOMY OF A LAUGH (article) published in Dramatics Magazine

THE BOSS (short story) published in St. Anthony Messenger - Catholic Press Association Award for Best Short Story, 2006

SOMETIMES (first person article), published in St, Anthony Messenger, 2007

REMEMBERING JOHN - article about 9/11 Flight Captain John Ogonowski, St. Anthony Messenger, September 2008

VARIOUS ARTICLES published in Vitality Magazine, Worcester, MA

director

PROFESSIONAL, REGIONAL, COMMUNITY

Greater Lowell Music Theatre

The Music Man In Concert

Guys and Dolls

Fiddler on the Roof (with Eddie Mekka*)

Chicago

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (with Eddie Mekka*)

Meadow Brook Theatre, Michigan*

Kong's Night Out (starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka)

The Theatre Project, Majestic Theatre

West Springfield, MA*

First Night

Jerry Finnegan's Sister

Jerry and Ed

The Porch

Image Theatre, Lowell, MA

The Big Apple

CityStage/New Century Theatre, Springfield, MA*

Beyond Belief

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston*

Lend Me A Tenor                                                                 

Beyond Belief

This Wonderful Life      

Foothills Theatre, Worcester*

Biloxi Blues                                                                            Jerry Finnegan's Sister

The Cemetery Club                                                               See How They Run

Don't Dress For Dinner                                                        Ten Little Indians

Dial M for Murder                                                                 A Christmas Carol

Deathtrap                                                                              Sleuth

New Century Theatre. Smith College*

An Inspector Calls                                                                 The Big Apple

Plaza Suite                                                                             Night Of The Bully

Precious Days                                                                        I Hate Hamlet

First Night                                                                              Born Yesterday

Jerry Finnegan's Sister                                                         The Boys Next Door

Light Up The Sky                                                                     Importance of Being Earnest

How The Other Half Loves                                                   Proof

The Underpants                                                                             The Turn of the Screw

Kong's Night Out                                                                   Arsenic and Old Lace

Last of the Red Hot Lovers                                                    To Forgive, Divine

Auld Lang Syne                                                                     Lend Me A Tenor

The Foreigner

Summer Theatre At Mount Holyoke College

Mary, Mary                                                                            Count Dracula

Oh, Coward                                                                     The Man Who Came To Dinner

Chapter Two                                                                          Bedroom Farce

Wait Until Dark                                                                     The Sunshine Boys

Light Up The Sky                                                                   The Miracle Worker

Deathtrap                                                                            You Can't Take It With You

The Matchmaker                                                                        Talley's Folly

Agnes Of God                                                                         Boy Meets Girl

Biloxi Blues                                                                     Summer Theatre...Summer Not

Don't Dress For Dinner*                                                       Frankenstein*

The Heiress*                                                                          Born Yesterday*

Jerry Finnegan's Sister*                                                       Sandbag, Stage Left*

To Forgive, Divine*                                                                Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde*

Sleuth*                                                                                               Five Nickels*

The Fall of the House of Usher*

Firehouse Theatre, Newburyport, Massachusetts

Ten Little Indians                                                                 Jerry Finnegan's Sister

Pridemore Theatre, Radford University

Aladdin

Frankenstein

Trust

Theatre Lobby, Boston*

First Night

Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell*

To Forgive, Divine

Chiswick Park Theatre, Norwell*

Biloxi Blues

Theatre of Newburyport*

Wait Until Dark

Play By Players, Lowell

Doll (a new musical)

The Man Who Came To Dinner

St. Vincent College Summer Theatre, Latrobe, PA*

Jerry Finnegan's Sister

* Denotes Actors Equity Association Affiliation

 

Dracut High School (1998-2017)

MUSICALS

Anything Goes

The Wizard of Oz

Bye Bye Birdie

Guys and Dolls

Good News

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Music Man

Fiorello

Beauty and the Beast

Fiddler On The Roof (NSMT Spotlight Award, Best Musical)

Les Miserables

South Pacific

West Side Story

Chicago

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

Once Upon A Mattress

Oliver

The Sound of Music

Grease

42nd Street

FALL PLAYS

Sleeping Beauty (The Big Snore)

Night of the Bully

The Audition/Lilacs/Oklahoma/Lunch Money (four short plays)

An Evening of Ten Minute Plays

A Christmas Carol (my adaptation)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (my adaptation)

YOUTH THEATRE

Children's Theatre at Foothills, Worcester

(also AUTHOR of all these adaptations)

Robin Hood                                                                            The Ugly Duckling

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs                                      Rumplestiltskin

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp                                       Sleeping Beauty

Treasure Island                                                                     Hansel and Gretel

Alice In Wonderland

 

Indian Hill Music School, Littleton, MA

Alice In Wonderland, Jr.

TTS Players, Byfield, MA

Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Alice In Wonderland, Jr.

Godspell, Jr.

Seussical, Jr.

Disney’s Aladdin

The Wizard of Oz

Annie, Jr.

TTS Adults

Sandbag, Stage Left

Night of the Bully

Stoklosa Middle School, Lowell, MA

Seussical, Jr.

Lunch Money

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

Acting Out Theatre, Newburyport, MA

The Ugly Ducking (my adaptation)

The Great Race of the Tortoise and the Hare (my adaptation)

The NEW Little Red Riding Hood

actor

 sag/aftra aea  dramatists guild

high baritone/tenor (range, C-G)

 

Film-Television-Video

BLACK MASS-BARTENDER (Warner Bros.) Scott Cooper, Dir. THE TOWN -ARNOLD (Warner Bros.) Ben Affleck, Dir. Parker Brothers’ “VCR Clue” “Clue II” (PROFESSOR PLUM); BROTHERHOOD-UNION ORGANIZER(Showtime); LAW AND ORDER-CLERK(NBC) SPENSER: FOR HIRE, HOSTAGE(ABC); Fidelity Insurance-DOCTOR(industrial)

Theatre (representative roles)

And Then There Were None                  Rogers         Stoneham Theatre

Inspecting Carol                                     Phil               New Century Theatre

Beauty and the Beast                            Maurice        Foothills Theatre

Chicago                                                 Amos            Foothills Theatre

A Wonderful Life                                    Clarence      American Stage Festival 

Love Letters                                          Andy             New Century Theatre

First Night                                             Danny           Theatre of Newburyport

A View From The Bridge                       Mike             Lyric Stage

Harvey                                                  Elwood          Mount Holyoke College Summer Theatre

The Odd Couple                                   Felix              MHCST

The Country Girl                                   Bernie            MHCST

Scrooge & Marley                                 Singer           Theatre By The Sea, NH

A Thousand Clowns                              Chuckles      Foothills Theatre

Gypsy                                                    Herbie          Keene Summer Theatre

The Tender Trap                                   Sol Schwartz       Chateau De Ville

Promises, Promises                             Dobitch          Theatre By The Sea, RI

Oklahoma                                             Carnes          Theatre By The Sea, RI

Anything Goes                                      Captain         Theatre By The Sea, RI

Charley’s Aunt                                      Babbs            MHCST

A Funny Thing...Forum                        Pseudolus      MHCST

Company                                             Robert            Mount Holyoke College

The Cherry Orchard                             Gaev             Theatre of Newburyport

Requiem For A Heavyweight                Leo               Merrimack Repertory Theatre

 

Additional Information

B.A., UML; M.F.A., Smith College; Published Playwright (“First Night,” “Jerry Finnegan’s Sister,” “The Porch,” “Kong’s Night Out,” “Auld Lang Syne,” "Trick or Treat," many others); Director/Producer (resume on request); Voiceover (demo on request) Co-founder, New Century Theatre, Smith College; Greater Lowell Music Theatre