Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun adapted for the stage by Bradley Rand Smith

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Productions (3)
Drama
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90 - 100 minutes
1 M, 
Set: Bare stage, single chair

In 1918, a young soldier serving in World War I awakens in a hospital after surviving the blast of an artillery shell. As Joe Bonham starts to make sense of his surroundings, he realizes he lost his arms, legs, and face in the explosion. Using only the power of his mind, Joe must figure out how to communicate with others, how to make sense of what happened to him, and how to live in his terrifying and lonely new reality. Bradley Rand Smith’s adaptation of Dalton Trumbo’s classic anti-war novel Johnny Got His Gun is a gripping one-man show about the power of the human spirit.

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Play Details

In 1918, a young soldier serving in World War I awakens in a hospital after surviving the blast of an artillery shell. As Joe Bonham starts to make sense of his surroundings, he realizes he lost his arms, legs, and face in the explosion. Using only the power of his mind, Joe must figure out how to communicate with others, how to make sense of what happened to him, and how to live in his terrifying and lonely new reality. Bradley Rand Smith’s adaptation of Dalton Trumbo’s classic anti-war novel Johnny Got His Gun is a gripping one-man show about the power of the human spirit.

  • Drama
  • |
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 1 M, 
  • Set: Bare stage, single chair
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-68069-928-9

Published Reviews

"A penetrating howl of outraged humanity."

The Times

"Hard hitting and riveting!"

Editor's Choice

"A stunning tour de force!"

The Independent

"Stirring!"

Time Out

"Powerful and passionate!"

Lyn Gardner for the Arts

"Powerful and moving. I was uplifted and grateful for the experience."

Everything Theatre

"Visceral and timely."

The Arts Desk

Production History

JAN 01, 1970 - JAN 01, 1970
Circle Repertory Theatre
New York, NY United States
Circle Repertory Theatre New York, NY United States
JAN 01, 1970 - JAN 01, 1970
The Actors' Gang
Los Angeles, CA United States
The Actors' Gang Los Angeles, CA United States
JAN 01, 1970 - JAN 01, 1970
Southwark Playhouse
London, UK United States
Southwark Playhouse London, UK United States
No upcoming productions.
JAN 01, 1970 - JAN 01, 1970
Circle Repertory Theatre
New York, NY United States
Circle Repertory Theatre New York, NY United States
JAN 01, 1970 - JAN 01, 1970
The Actors' Gang
Los Angeles, CA United States
The Actors' Gang Los Angeles, CA United States
JAN 01, 1970 - JAN 01, 1970
Southwark Playhouse
London, UK United States
Southwark Playhouse London, UK United States

Awards (6)

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award: Best Adaptation. 2004.

Four London Offie Award nominations: Best Actor, Light, Sound, Direction. 2014.

Dramalogue Award: Best Actor. 2004.

LA Weekly Awards: Best Light, Sound, Actor. 2004.

Three New York Drama Desk nominations. 1984.

Obie Award: Best Actor, (Jeff Daniels). 1984.

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