John Strand is an American playwright, journalist, drama critic, and author. Regional works include The Originalist, Our War, Tom Walker, The Miser, Three Nights in Tehran, Charity Royal, and his Charles MacArthur Award-winning Lovers and Executioners (Arena Stage), An Italian Straw Hat (South Coast Repertory), Lorenzaccio (Lansburgh Theatre), Lincolnesque (Burstein Family Stage), Highest Yellow, The Diaries, and Otabenga (Signature Theatre), and The Cockburn Rituals (Woolly Mammoth Theatre).
Strand has received multiple play writing commissions from South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre, and Signature Theatre. He was also named Playwright of the Year by Broadway Play Publishing.
Strand is also the author of the novel, Commieland, a novel about a popular but aging theme park in rural Pennsylvania that re-creates Communism for Americans through thrice daily performed musical-historical revues.