To Protect the Poets

4 M, 3 W

Violence against women. Police brutality. Two burning issues are the focus of To Protect the Poets. A lonely poetry teacher finds love with a detective solving a rape-murder. But after learning he committed an act of brutality, she must choose between love and her convictions.

  • Semi-Finalist, National Playwrights Conference, O'Neill Theater Center, CT, 2017

  • Commended, New American Voices Festival, American Actors UK, 2015

  • Semi-Finalist, The Road Theatre Company Summer Playwrights Festival 6, Los Angeles, 2015

  • Semi-Finalist, Best Play, Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, 2014

  • Semi-Finalist, Best Play, Playwrights First, NYC, 2010

  • Semi-Finalist, Best Play, Reverie Productions, NYC, 2010

Production History: 

20th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, NYC, 2016. Directed by Alberto Bonilla.

AEA Showcase, Arias Studio Theater, NYC, 2011

Reviews & Press

To Protect the Poets [is] first-rate, timely and intelligent. Playwright John Doble’s keen sense of dialogue and character development enhances the balanced portrayal of two different points of view.

To Protect the Poets is a remarkable, thought-provoking and important addition which continues this Festival’s [FringeNYC] venerable two-decade tradition of selecting diverse and interesting worthwhile plays. [read more. . .]

Cynthia Allen, TheaterScene

To Protect The Poets is a beautifully written and crafted production that will stay with you days after seeing it. John Doble’s characters are masterfully written. [read more. . .]

Mary-Anne Wright, Theatre is Easy

. . . a taut drama. I couldn’t stop thinking about this play and all the issues it raised. [read more. . .]

Eva Heinemann, Hi!Drama

If you enjoy grappling with moral dilemmas, and if you want to see a modern rendition of Romeo and Juliet then To Protect the Poets may just be what you’re looking for. [read more. . .]

Karen Woodin-Rodríguez, How to Make it as an Actor

Playwright John Doble talks about To Protect the Poets. Read the interview on the popular theater blog Call Me Adam.

Adam Rothenberg, Call Me Adam