John Steppling

John Steppling is an original founding member of the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, a two-time NEA recipient, Rockefeller Fellow in theatre, and PEN-West winner for playwriting. Plays produced in LA, NYC, SF, Louisville, and at universities across the US, as well in Warsaw, Lodz, Paris, London and Krakow. Taught screenwriting and curated the cinematheque for five years at the Polish National Film School in Lodz, Poland. A collection of plays, Sea of Cortez & Other Plays was published in 1999, and his book on aesthetics, Aesthetic Resistance and Dis-Interest was published by Mimesis International in 2016.

Baby Shark Coup

American Psychopathy

The Reality Brokers (or the Rise of the Automagicians)

Blood in Our Eyes

The Monkey’s Face

Imperialism and the Stupid Show

How to Sell the Narrative of American Greatness

A New Volkisch Mythos

The Mandate for Israel: Keep the Arabs Down

Population Bomb or Bomb the Population?

Day of Wrath

Scurrying Fascist Cockroaches

Trust Nothing

Communism, Fascism and Green Shaming

Liar Liar

Before the Law


The Anti-President

Under the Blood Moon

The Wisdom of Serpents

The Anti-Imperialism of Fools

The Sleep of Civilization

It is Us

Trump, Putin, and Nikolas Cruz Walk Into a Bar…


A City on a Hill (or the Weinstein Effect)

The Simulacra Democracy

The Landscapes of Capital

America Asleep

Encounters with Sam Shepard: Fool for Love (or the Monster Turns Over)

Waving From the Rooftops

Global Detention

The Magic Liberal

Puritan Jackals

Cotton Mather’s Rolex

Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, a Secret Agent of Vladimir Putin?

The Violence of Silence

Future Crimes

To Go the Way of the Great Auk: the Clintons and the Media

The Unwoke: Sleepwalking into the Nightmare

As it Was Always Scripted; Trump’s October Surprise

Fear Level Trump