John Coons

Soloist, composer-songwriter, conductor, music educator

A native of Maine, musician John Coons is forging a genre-defying career that has included choral work, opera roles, performing with Ben Folds and the Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Opera, and singing the national anthem for the Red Sox at Fenway Park. His resume provides a snapshot of his wide-reaching interests, which range from solo work and songwriting to theater and music education. 

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Episode 1 of "Six Months for Six Weeks"

“Six Months for Six Weeks” is the brainchild of singer-songwriter John Coons. A semi-autobiographical one-man show built around original songs, it is an honest, funny, and heart-breaking new piece of queer theater. “Six Months” tells the story of two twenty-something men in Portland, Maine, their six-week “relationship with an expiration date” and its aftermath, set against 2009's “Question 1” same-sex marriage debate. Alternatively tender and satirical, it looks at the definitions and value we place on relationships in our changing world.

John Coons premiered "Six Months" as a live one-man show in Seattle in June 2012, and has since performed it in venues on both coasts, including Boston's Cloud Club, the PortFringe 2012 festival in Portland, Maine, as a fundraiser for Washington United for Marriage, and at "Don't Tell Mama" in NYC's theater district. After successfully funding a Kickstarter campaign, he is now working with filmmaker Alex Berry (creator of the Jinkx Monsoon documentaries, "Drag Becomes Him") to turn it into a web-based miniseries. 

CityArts magazine says the webseries is "funny and audacious.... full of dramatic chord progressions, catchy choruses and witty, wordy verses." Seattle Gay Scene calls it, "a charmer, fresh and intriguing... one of those rare video experiences where you’re not entirely sure what will come next."

Vanguard Seattle recently sat down for an interview about the project, which can be read here

The full CityArts article can be read here.