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"Haunting . . . exhilarating . . . entrancing."
            -The New York Times on John Biguenet's work

"Biguenet, it cannot be denied, is a complete master of his genre."

            -de Volkskrant (Netherlands)


“Masterfully written from beginning to end.”

            -Le Figaro (France)


"An almost Shakespearean drama.  . . . [Biguenet's] elegant, spare prose brilliantly depicts the personalities involved."

            -The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)


"Truths. . . as universal as any Euripides might have contemplated."

            -The Washington Post


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Mold produced at Storefront Theatre (North Carolina) January 2016.

Summoning up deeply set, perhaps nearly forgotten, feelings of anger, regret and sorrow, but also hope and humor, with ‘Mold,’ Biguenet has completed his trilogy on Katrina and its aftermath. It may well be regarded as the finest artistic achievement expressing the personal impact the flood had – and continues to have – on our lives today.”  New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Shotgun presented at Webster University (St. Louis) December 2 -13.

“A moving exploration of a ravaged New Orleans . . . [and] an absorbing new drama by John Biguenet.” –Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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"Why Night-Time Is the Right Time in New Orleans," a new essay on New Orleans music and musicians, published in Mr Porter (London).

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Biguenet reads the first chapter of his new book, Silence, on Sacred Trespasses.

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Biguenet interview in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Video trailer for Silence released.

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Portland's Artists Repertory Theatre presents Broomstick October 27 - November 22.

“An arresting blend of evocative humor and eerie gravitas permeates ‘Broomstick,’ New Orleans playwright John Biguenet's ripely poetic tale of an Appalachian crone who may or may not be a witch. . . the merger of pathos, insight and horror is hair-raising. . . . Biguenet's text [has] an undulating rhythm that ebbs and flows like a rain-swelled river—[but] there's always another hairpin turn to Biguenet's narrative. Tightly woven, richly detailed and fully enjoyable.”      -Los Angeles Times (An LA Times Critics’ Pick)

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"The Luxury of Silence," a new essay, published by The Atlantic.

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Bayou Playhouse presents Rising Water September 25 - October 18.

"Rising Water emerges as a great American play – perhaps one of the first great plays of the 21st century.” –Orange County Register

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Broomstick named Outstanding Solo Production and wins four other 2014-2015 StageSceneLA Theatre Awards.

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"Silent Reading Doesn't Exist" published in The New Republic.

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Silence published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

"When I realized I was making notes on memorable passages in Silence several times a page, I knew I'd found the book I've been needing to read. John Biguenet's extended meditation on silence is provocative, witty, moving, and truly golden." -Valerie Martin, Orange Prize winner

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The Rising Water Trilogy published in a reader's edition.

Summoning up deeply set, perhaps nearly forgotten, feelings of anger, regret and sorrow, but also hope and humor, with ‘Mold,’ Biguenet has completed his trilogy on Katrina and its aftermath. It may well be regarded as the finest artistic achievement expressing the personal impact the flood had – and continues to have – on our lives today.”  -NOLA.com / The New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Essay on the future of New Orleans published in The Times-Picayune.

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Essay on the tenth anniversary of the flooding of New Orleans published in The New York Times.

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"From Rage to Page to Stage to Rage," an essay on The Rising Water Trilogy, published in The Southern Review.

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"The First Night of the War," a new short story, published by Tin House.

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Like a Photograph, a new short film written by John Biguenet and directed by Tom Varisco, featured on PetaPixel.com.

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"Better a Live Sparrow Than a Stuffed Owl," a conversation with Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the distinguished translators of Russian literature, published in Tin House.

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"A Modern Guide to the Love Letter," a new essay, published by The Atlantic.

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"Ax in the Face," a new poem, publishein The Southern Review.

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Biguenet named a 2015 Person of the Year by Louisiana Life. 

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Broomstick listed among best plays of 2014 by the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Gambit.

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Close, a short film written by John Biguenet and directed by Tom Varisco, receives an Award of Merit at the Winter 2014 Best Shorts Competition.

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Biguenet gives opening address at Rethinking Peace Studies I: Translation, an international conference in Tokyo.

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Broomstick selected as a Los Angeles Times Critics' Pick: "John Biguenet's ripely poetic tale [is] tightly woven, richly detailed and fully enjoyable."

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Broomstick presented at The Fountain Theatre October 2 - November 30 has run extended through December 14, 2014.

“A must-see, . . . John Biguenet's hit play, Broomstick, sweeps away the dust that lies on the path between fantasy and reality [and] is so seamless, its ninety minutes fly by.”  Broadway World

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"Confessions of a Werewolf," a new short story, published in Spolia.

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You Are Herea short film written by John Biguenet and directed by Tom Varisco, receives an Award of Merit at the Academy-recognized Fall 2014 Best Shorts Competition in California.

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Broomstick presented at Southern Rep Theatre October 2 - November 2, 2014.

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Broomstick presented at Montana Repertory Theatre September 10 - 27, 2014.

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Close, a short film written by John Biguenet and directed by Tom Varisco, wins Bronze Award at the 2014 International Independent Film Awards.

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Biguenet gives keynote address at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Association of University Presses.

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"The Profound Contradiction of Saving Private Ryan," a new essay, published by The Atlantic.

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Biguenet story "I Am Not a Jew" read by Oscar-nominee David Strathairn on Selected Shorts, broadcast nationally on public radio stations.

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"Astonishing Yankees," a new essay, published by Guernica.

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"Sand," a new short story, published by Granta.

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The Other Half published as a chapbook by Spolia.

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Both Mold and Broomstick nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association's Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award for best new play of 2013.

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The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories published in Turkish translation by Aylak Adam Publishers in Istanbul.

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"It Is Raining in Bejucal," which originally appeared in Zoetrope and was reprinted in The Best American Mystery Stories, has been selected for inclusion in The Best of the Best, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Biguenet interviewed in The Dramatist.

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"The Other Half" published in Spolia.

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"Ex Cathedra" published in Image.

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Shotgun presented at The Storefront Theatre (North Carolina) in 2014.

“A moving exploration of a ravaged New Orleans . . . [and] an absorbing new drama by John Biguenet.” –Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Broomstick to be presented at Playwrights Theatre in 2014.

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Broomstick featured at PlayFest! at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

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Rising Water, Shotgun, and Mold presented at New Jersey Rep Company September 23 - October 7, 2013.

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Broomstick premieres at New Jersey Rep Company in an extended run September 19 - October 20, 2013.

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Biguenet appears at Dramatists Guild National Conference August 22 - 25, 2013 (Chicago).

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Mold premieres at Southern Rep Theatre (New Orleans) March 20 - April 14, 2013.

“’Mold,’ playwright John Biguenet’s powerful new drama, . . .may well be regarded as the finest artistic achievement expressing the personal impact the flood had – and continues to have – on our lives today.”  New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Shotgun presented by Acting Unlimited at Theatre 810 (Lafayette) March 9 - 17, 2013.

“A moving exploration of a ravaged New Orleans . . . [and] an absorbing new drama by John Biguenet.” –Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Rising Water presented at Swine Palace Theatre (Baton Rouge) March 6 -17, 2013.

"Rising Water emerges as a great American play – perhaps one of the first great plays of the 21st century.” –Orange County Register

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Night Train featured at PlayFest!: The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

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Biguenet receives Louisiana Writer Award.

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Broomstick featured at Portland Stage festival of new plays.

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Biguenet featured in French television special on American writers.

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Broomstick featured at Tennessee Williams Festival (New Orleans). 

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Shotgun opens Broadway in the Hood 2012 season (Las Vegas). 

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 Biguenet conversation with Valerie Martin published in Brick (Toronto).

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Rising Water included in Katrina on Stage: Five Plays (Northwestern University Press).

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"Grip" published in the first issue of Fiction Southeast.

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Shotgun produced by the Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective (Asheville, NC).

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A staged reading of Broomstick produced by Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston).

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Shotgun published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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Biguenet's Rising Water trilogy featured in "Works in Progress" section of The American Scholar.

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Night Train, which was developed on a Studio Attachment at the National Theatre in London, premieres at New Jersey Rep.


"Not so much a thriller as it is a shadowy psychological comedy. . . [Night Train] delivers a seductive dash of Balkan intrigue with its illusive identities and notions of proletarian revenge.”  –The New York Times

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Biguenet story "I Am Not a Jew" read by Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare at Long Wharf Theatre  in a live performance of Selected Shorts.

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40 Views of Watera short film written by John Biguenet and directed by Tom Varisco, named an Official Selection of the New Orleans Film Festival.

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 Rising Water selected for the 2011 Festival on the Square at Congo Square Theatre in Chicago.

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 Rising Water produced at the Anne Belk Theater, University of North Carolina - Charlotte.

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Shotgun produced at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota.

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The Torturer's Apprentice and Oyster published in Laura van Campenhout's Dutch translation as Het open gordijn and Oester by Uitgeverij Ailantus in the Netherlands.

 

“Biguenet, it cannot be denied, is a complete master of his genre." -de Volkskrant (Amsterdam)

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Oyster, published in paperback in France Camus-Pichon's French translation as Le Secret du bayou by Le Livre de Poche, nominated for the Prix des Lecteurs.


“Masterfully written from beginning to end.” -Le Figaro (Paris)


“An immemorial tragedy . . . a beautiful novel.” -l’Humanité (Paris)

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A new interview broadcast on le Journal de la Culture on France 24 television.