Wayne Lemon is an American playwright whose work has been performed at South Coast Repertory, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hartford Stage and the Denver Center Theatre Company, among others.













Lemon began his career as theatre critic for the Austin Chronicle.  His debut play, the darkly comic Jesus Hates Me, had its World Premiere as the inaugural production of the Denver Center Theatre Company's New Play Summit.

Lemon's work has been featured in Hartford Stage's Brand:NEW Fall Festival of Plays, Horizon Theatre Company's New South Playworks, New Haarlem Arts Theatre's Unheard Voices for the American Theater and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Southern Writers' Project.

Lemon has served as playwright in residence at theaters across America.  He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan, the University of Georgia, The University of Texas, Texas Tech University, Washington University and Marquette University.  He lives in Los Angeles where he writes for the motion picture industry.

He remains convinced Jesus only mildly dislikes
him.


Playwright Lemon needs only his pen to disarm the audience with pointed one-liners and thoughtful existential observations.  Lemon has hit upon a genre that--as irreverent and at times as profane as rap, yet filled with pertinent issues and rebellious politics--will bring them (Gen-X) into the theatre for cultural conversation.--Variety

Lemon is a keen observer of human flaws and frailties, skillfully merging  dozens of minute details to form a seriocomic mosaic.  Up close, much of it is pointedly funny.  From a distance, it's sickly-sad.-- Orange County Register

In its West Coast premiere, Wayne Lemon's irreverent dramedy about the search for meaning may offend as often as it convulses, but it's certainly vivid.  Lemon's narrative is both wildly inappropriate and keenly idiomatic.  There's a compassionate point beneath its quirky corrosion.--Los Angeles Times

"Jesus Hates Me" is a character study, a comedy, a dramatic statement, a fleeting discourse on religion, an exploration of belief, a brief treatise on predestination versus self-determination and a whole lot of fun.  It is alive as few plays are, and it works on both emotional and intellectual levels.--Centerstage

An exquisite comedy, featuring black lines of intriguing thought, with some of the funniest dialogue ever to be heard on stage.  Lemon has done an amazing piece of work providing depth and quality and food for thought buried within the story line.--Back Stage

Wow!--Stage Screen LA


THEATRE

JESUS HATES ME

ION THEATRE COMPANY, SAN DIEGO

PAPER WING THEATRE COMPANY, MONTEREY 

AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER OF WEST NY

THE LITTLE THEATER OF MANCHESTER

SOUTH COAST REPERTORY

THE CHANCE THEATER, ANAHEIM

EMIGRANT THEATER, MINNEAPOLIS

KITCHEN DOG THEATER, DALLAS

DENVER CENTER THEATRE COMPANY

HORIZON THEATRE COMPANY, ATLANTA

THE AMERICAN NATIONAL THEATRE, NEW YORK 

STEPPENWOLF THEATRE COMPANY

HARTFORD STAGE

ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

8 FEET OF WATER

 NEW HAARLEM ARTS THEATRE

DRIVE BY JESUS

HORIZON THEATRE COMPANY, ATLANTA


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With gratitude...
Kent Thompson
Oanh Nguyen
John Glore
David Emmes
Martin Benson
Carlyle Brown
Chris Carlos
Tina Parker
Glenn Paris
Claudio Raygoza
Bruce Ostler
Alexis Williams
Greg Porter
Horace Newcomb
Bob Foshko
Norman Lear
Hugh Wilson
Harve Bennett
Jim Miller
Jordan Levin
Glenn Padnick
David Beaubaire
David Manpearl
Matt Tolmach
Jennifer Davison
Gary Cosay
Chris Silberman
Roger Green
Sarah Dodge
All of the talented cast and crew who bring the words to life