Surrealist LA Playwright Sinner Battling MS Captures FringeNYC

L.A. Surrealist Playwright/Director/Actor/ Exhibited Painter, John Sinner premieres his Theatre Revelation non-profit company works: “2 BY SINNER” – two one-act plays chosen by The New York International Fringe Festival- FringeNYC. “Unburthen (To My Soul’s Delight!)” and “If Water Were Present It Would Be Called Drowning”(Studio @ REDCAT/Disney Hall ), will be playing at The Connelly Theater located at 220 East 4th Street, NY, 10009 (btwn Avenue A& B).

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“2 BY SINNER” written and directed by John Sinner stars Los Angeles Bay area natives Betsy Moore and John Sinner. Matt Richter, former Tech Director at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica is the Lighting and Sound Designer.

Synopsis: L.A. surrealist’s dynorama themepark ride visits modern Adam & Eve dynamic! Part gothic/Part screwball! See 10′-tall queenly Sis and shell-shocked sibling’s apocalyptic playground! Witness fantasy freakout of disintegrating housewife escaping husband’s domestic bliss!

Sinner describes his first works chosen by FringeNYC as “A two-actor diptych. A modern take on Adam and Eve, trapped in a deteriorating Garden of Eden. Presented as Brother and Sister, in stylized white face, part gothic kabuki, part slapstick vaudeville, living in their own isolated apocalyptic playground. The (crazed) siblings play, bicker, sing and dance frantically as they attempt to ward off their psychological endgame.”

“The second piece explores the “happily ever after” concept of Husband and Wife. Wife attempts to liberate herself from the classic “Doll’s House” Syndrome, but short circuits before us, sharing her fantastical sexual and intellectual yearnings as her hubby blissfully snores.”

John reveals, “As a gay artist, I’m drawn to exploring and telling stories about those who feel disenfranchised from having a seat at the table of our American heterosexual, homogenous culture”

Receiving two Backstage West “Garland Theatre Excellence Award (s)” for his critically acclaimed play “Blood Is My Legacy! (A Theatrical Extravaganza of Pure Family Values.)” Critics have taken notice of John’s unusual style. “Sinner has been one of the prominent exponents of surrealistic theatre in Los Angeles… Sinner is the kind of playwright that goes for the throat”

LA Weekly- “Savage, strikingly ambitious and creative…stylish, darkly funny play is a flat-out kick!” “Sinner eschews a stark realism for an artfully constructed, hauntingly surreal, yet playful stage world”

Backstage West – “Sinner is like an artist with the vision of a masterpiece, a fabulous set of paints and a first-rate canvas.”

Diagnosed and living with Multiple Sclerosis, John has recently “come out of the Multiple Sclerosis closet” and faced his deepest fears. The New York Multiple Sclerosis Society has recognized John’s inspiring energy.

John will be donating a portion of FringeNYC tickets to the NY MS Society.

Some of John’s credit’s include: Assistant Director to Rod Marriott on “5 One-Acts” by Joe Pintauro and to Elise Thoron on “Charity’s Children” by Tim Mason, Guest Playwright at the A.S.K. Theater Projects writers salon, (LA’s most prestigious theater-funding organization) a Founding Member of the LATC Emerging Directors Lab and a National Tour/Company Member of Chamber Repertory Theatre.

He is the Associate Producer with A&F Productions, an award winning documentary film production company, who recently premiered “Why Be Good: Sexuality and Censorship in Pre-Code Film” at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. He was the Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director, Bill Bushnell, at the former Los Angeles Theatre Center, was the Associate Director of Shakespeare Festival/LA and the Coordinating Producer of the Lannan Foundations Reading Series with well-known award winning writers and poets.

John has also been an actor having played such varied roles as Lucky in “Waiting For Godot,” Eddie in “Fool For Love,” Teddy in “When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?,” Saul in “As Is,” Lucentio in “The Taming of the Shrew,” amongst others

Sinner is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Revelation, a non-profit, 501 (c) (3), theatrical production company whose artistic mission is to create, nurture and produce new theatrical works that focus on the original, inventive and experimental, and is proud to be part of the 12th Annual New York International Fringe Festival – Fringe NYC. This is Theatre Revelation’s first time performing in New York and the world premiere of both works being performed together.

The New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC is a production of The Present Company. For more info please visit:,

Performance Dates:

Friday, August 8th @ 5pm

Tuesday, August 12th @ 7pm

Saturday, August 16th @ 10pm

Tuesday, August 19th @ 3pm

Saturday, August 23rd @ 5pm

All shows run 1 hr.

Tickets are only $15 and are on sale NOW at

To order tickets by phone please call: 866-468-7619.

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