JOHN DOBLE

The Mayor Who Would be Sondheim

Cast: 
5 M, 1 W

The mayor of crime-ridden, poverty-stricken Northeast Orange, New Jersey, a would-be lyricist, must deal with a host of challenges to get re-elected.

Awards: 
  • Finalist, Best New Play, Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2005
  • Finalist, Best Play, Stage 3 Theatre Company Festival, Sonora, CA, 2004
Production History: 

HRC Showcase Theatre, Hudson, NY, 2006

The New York International Fringe Festival, NYC, 2005

Stage 3 Theatre Company Festival, Sonora, CA, 2004

Reviews & Press

Race relations are hardly a novel theme, but it's refreshing to see a play tackle the issue head on. "The Mayor Who Would Be Sondheim," by John Doble, has some striking things to say on the topic.

Mr. Doble has worked in city government and on election campaigns, so the scenarios ring true...

Anne Midgette, The New York Times

It's a sparkling debate and very dramatically compelling to witness. . . .a worthwhile, well-considered, intelligent offering from the Fringe and I was glad to have seen it. [read more. . .]

Margo Channing, BroadwayWorld

First things first: John Doble’s The Mayor Who Would Be Sondheim is not a musical. This Mayor is more concerned with the hard choices that come with public office. Playwright Doble has written a thoughtful political treatise about the options (and limitations) of a city on the brink of financial ruin. Director Tom Rowan has assembled a strong cast (who) help The Mayor realize its potential as a strong political drama.

Michael Criscuolo, NYTheater