By Annie Baker
Directed by Matthew Decker
On the Arcadia Stage
January 12 – February 26, 2017

A young couple arrives at a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, looking to spend a weekend visiting the historical sites of the famous battlefields. They are welcomed by a cheerful innkeeper into a home filled with tchotchkes, dolls, and other ghosts of the past. John is a beautiful and moving new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker about spirituality, relationships, and other scary stories.

Runtime: 2 hours 45 minutes, including two 10 minute intermissions.

Contains strong language.

Critical Acclaim -

“This is brilliant (a word we don’t often use) must-see theater that is well worth your time, thought, and attention. Don’t miss it."
- DC Metro Arts Read more here

“…we're charmed and challenged by the hot playwright Annie Baker. Charmed, because the superb Arden Theatre production of her play "John" brings to life her characters – just quirky enough to be off-kilter but still believable – in an organic way that makes them stick to you."
- Newsworks Read more here

“When I saw John last season in New York, I was transfixed by the sublime, disquieting oddness of Annie Baker’s play. At the Arden, it remains a wonderful piece, and often enjoyable…"
- Reclining Standards Read more here

“Director Matthew Decker -- whose production of Circle Mirror Transformation earned several Barrymore Award nominations -- stages John with the care it deserves."
- Broad Street Review Read more here

“The entire cast is in perfect sync with this investigation into the magical universe that Ms. Baker has created."
- Theaterscene Read more here

“Annie Baker’s previous works The Flick, Body Awareness, and Circle Mirror Transformation have established her reputation as one of the country’s preeminent young playwrights; John solidifies it"
- Phindie Read more here

“Arden Theatre’s production of John is captivating and the cast is graceful"
- Theatre Sensation Read more here

“The four-member ensemble cast is excellent."
- Beyond My Backyard Read more here

In the News -

A ghost world in Gettysburg: 'John' at Arden Theatre
- The Philadelphia Inquirer Read more here

A spirited approach
- South Philly Review Read the Interview with Matthew Decker here

The Philadelphia theater season swings into spring
- Newsworks Read more here

Spring theater in Philly: Risks worth taking, for companies and audiences alike
- The Philadelphia Inquirer Read more here

Off-Broad Street Theater You Won't Want to Miss this February
- Where Magazine Read more here

Arden Theatre Company Set to Begin Performances of John
- Theater Mania Read more here

Arden Theatre Presents the Philadelphia Premiere of John
- City Suburban News Read more here

'John' opens at [Arden Theatre Company]
- Metro Read more here

Arden Theatre Company to Stage Philadelphia Premiere of Annie Baker's JOHN
- Broadway World Read more here

12 Awesome Dance And Theater Shows Hitting Philly This January
- UWISHUNU Read more here

Weekly Entertainment Guide
- Newsworks Read more here

Lead role in ‘John’ proves to be a challenge
- Northeast Times Read more here

We are proud to announce that John is Barrymore Recommended.

For more information about the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre and other Barrymore Recommended productions, visit



Carla Belver (Genevieve Marduk)
Nancy Boykin (Mertis Katherine Graven)
Kevin Meehan (Elias Schreiber-Hoffman)
Jing Xu (Jenny Chung)

Matthew Decker
Scenic Design
Tim Mackabee
Costume Design
Rebecca Kanach
Lighting Design
Maria Shaplin
Sound Design
Michael Kiley
Stage Manager
Katie Ringwood
Assistant Director
Emilie Krause