In 2007, John Graves produced "My Son, My Brother, My Friend" at Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Shortly after, he began to build JGP to not only continue his artistic journey but to inspire the dreams of others within the company and the community.
In 2017 and 18, the company celebrated ten-years of producing ten plays. To date, John Graves Productions has produced over 45 productions and Philadelphia premieres.
Plays include My Son My Brother, My Friend, The Christmas Musical, The No Name Play I & 2, Ambie Dickerson, The Perfects, A Conversation With God, Chapter 1 & "Miranda" - Chapter 2, Psychosis 224, Baltimo Jawja, Moses and Black Kid Joy. Concerts include Heart Music 1 - 5, 100 Voices, Christmas with JGP, & Acoustic Nights. Dance Productions include Christ & Human Condition.
Within its 13-year tenure, JGP has created and produced over 12 plays, several Masters’ classes and seminars in theater, music, and dance, annual music concerts - "Heart Music", "Christmas with JGP" and "100 Voices", monthly performance opportunities for local artists, dance concerts ("Christ" and "My Human Condition"), offered individual training in the Arts, and produced seasonal festivities, and a host of other initiatives.
A CONVERSATION WITH GOD 2
Written 2019. Debuted October, 2019 at the JGP Studio, Phila. PA.
MIRANDA is an edgy, relatable, thought-provoking comedy about a woman who has it all - the perfect life, the perfect career, and the perfect man, that is until God shows up.
"...completely entertaining, funny, and refreshing."
Starring Kristina Allison, Kristin Green-Hayes, Lydia Azondekon, Raymond Braxton, Kalief Ali, Lee Kincade, TC Caldwell, Ruth Oliver,
A CONVERSATION WITH GOD 1
Written 2015. Debuted 2015 at the Adrienne Theatre.
Performed in 2015 & 2016
Here’s the story of a regular guy on a regular evening having a regular conversation with his best friend who happens to be God. They discuss life, love, purpose, and the “dirty” things that go on in the dark.
BLACK KID JOY
Written 2016. Debuted 2016 at the Arts Bank, Phila. PA.
Performed in 2016, 2017, 2019, & 2020
In a black boy’s journey through time, he learns the antiquity of who he is & worth of it all. Despite tragedy, his reflection serves as the perfect gift in time for the Holiday.
Featuring a cast of over 40 and starring Seraiah Frazer, Shahad Herd, Earl Grant, & Kai Thompson
MY HUMAN CONDITION
Debuted September 2019 at JGP Studio
JGP Dance Co. & friends present their first dance production in 10 years, My Human Condition, an inspiring contemporary dance demonstration depicting the waves of man’s growing heart and sacred will to survive.
My Human Condition "... provokingly arousing and stimulating".
MY SON, MY BROTHER, MY FRIEND
Written 2006. Debuted January 2007, at Freedom Theatre, Phila. PA.
Performed in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017
In this musical dramedy, 8 friends help a mother cope with the death of her son, their brother, and friend. As they embark on a heart-journey of laughter, good memories, love, & miracles, they remember the impact he made on their lives and the imprints he left on our hearts.
THE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
Written 2007. Debuted December 2007, Christmas Tour (Philadelphia & New Jersey)
Performed in 2007, 2008, & 2009
Full of familiar holiday songs and captivating dance numbers, this show is sure to enthrall all who embark on the familiarity of celebration and rejoicing over the coming of the newborn King.
THE NO NAME PLAY
Written 2007. Debuted June 2008, at Freedom Theatre, Phila. PA.
Performed in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, & 2014, & 2018
In the largest epidemic the world has ever seen, individuals search desperately for their missing loved ones. “The No Name Play” is an astonishing depiction of future events according to the Holy Scriptures, a remarkable and thrilling story of love and conviction and the difficult choices they compel us to make.
THE NO NAME PLAY 2
Written 2018. Debuted June 2018, at the Arts Bank, Phila. PA.
A prequel to JGP’s, “The No Name Play” Part 1, Lucifer’s growing vendetta against God is thwarted by a thorough plan of redemption and love. As Lucifer’s tactics and strategies are exposed, he grows thick with evil, and God’s people are prompted to uncover the truth about the unseen.
Written 2006. Debuted June, 2009, at Freedom Theatre, Phila. PA.
Performed in 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2013
It’s 1963. A white man and wife move from Savannah, Georgia, to Baltimore, Maryland, to head a black church. The move forces him to deal with prejudice not only within the church and the community, but also within himself. This not only means facing the demons of pride, inequality, and injustice that have held this black neighborhood captive for so long but it also means dealing with his own convictions and going against all he has ever known.
Written 2010. Debuted, October 9, 2010 at the Adrienne Theatre, Phila. PA.
Performed in 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2014
In this hilarious comedy, ten strangers agree to participate in a documentary on sex, love, & relationships. As they reflect on their own journeys, they are forced to deal with their past, their present, their future, the challenges therein, and the daunting task of spending one day getting to know one another. ONE CAMERA. ONE ROOM. TEN STRANGERS.
Written 2011. Debuted 2011 at the Adrienne Theatre, Philadelphia, PA.
Performed in 2011 & 2013
A doctor moves to town to start his own practice and is fortunate to meet three individuals with psychological disorders. "PSYCHOSIS224" explores the lives of individuals dealing with mental and behavioral disorders and a doctor who will do whatever it takes to save their lives, even if it means losing his own.
Written 2012. Debuted 2012 at the Adrienne Theatre, Philadelphia, PA.
Performed in 2012, 2013, 2015, & 2016
Five criminals are recruited to redeem a dysfunctional family in exchange for their mortal lives.
Written 2015. Debuted 2015 at the Arts Bank, Phila. PA.
Performed in 2015, 2016, & 2017
With a classical sound, view, and impassioned perspective, John Graves presents his musical retelling of the story of Moses, a man exiled from royalty and chosen to save a dying nation. Graves uses creative and indelible means to illuminate how seemingly unequipped we are, yet extraordinary in the face of God. We are called, chosen, and dangerous.