John Demmery Green

John Demmery Green is a playwright currently based in BC.

Born in Toronto, he later grew up in Victoria, BC. A graduate of the University of Victoria's Theatre and Writing departments, John's first produced work, Revenge in the Countryside, won the Young Playwrights Festival (Kaleidoscope) in 2006. In 2008 a second play, Area Code 419, Africa Calling, was produced in the same festival.

At UVic's Phoenix Theatre in 2010 John directed the premiere of his play Three Angry Pigs, a short, comic twist on the classic folktale, produced by the Student Alternative Theatre Company (SATCo). Student productions followed of his plays Enlighten-mints and The Rakshasi.

In 2011 John founded Da Vinci's Kitchen Dramatick Theatre Productions Companie (sic) with longtime collaborator and fellow Phoenix playwright Graham Roebuck. Their first production debuted at the 2012 Victoria Fringe Festival. A double-bill titled Awkward Hangouts of History, John wrote and directed the first play of the two, The Flying Corporals, a humourously dark reimagining of a factual state flight taken by Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini over the Eastern Front in 1941.

Da Vinci's Kitchen's most recent full production, The Occupied Mind of Mr. K., appeared in 2013's Victoria Fringe. Previously workshopped in Intrepid Theatre's YOU Show series, the play concerns the bizarre scheme of three down-and-out friends to use psychic meditation techniques to take over the brain of Michael Karabatsos, a recently-deceased billionaire.

In November of 2013 John and Da Vinci's Kitchen collaborators presented an "All-Star Theatrical Ambuscado," a series of one-act plays and other short works by Green, produced by Julian Cervello and Scrumpy Theatre at the Victoria Event Centre.

In November 2014 Da Vinci's Kitchen joined forces with Fair Vote Canada in a series of staged readings of John's new play Hubris in Athens. The play, set in 4th Century BC Greece, is a ribald, satirical story of democracy pro-rogued and justice left undone, with more than a few winks at Canada's own political dysfunction. One particular subplot focuses on problems of (mis)representation in democracies and the urgent need for electoral reform.

John's most recent work is titled Kit Marlowe is Dead Againe. The play is a historical dramatization of the facts and mysteries surrounding the life and death of Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, along with his friendships with fellow "play-makers" Thomas Kyd and William Shakespeare. Its first professional reading took place in Deptford, London, just minutes from Marlowe's final resting place at St. Nicholas churchyard.