Bruce Graham, Neighbors Productions Inc., Playwright, Actor, Screenwriter, Teacher, Author
Bruce Graham began his career as a playwright at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays (PFT) in 1984 with Burkie. Graham became playwright-in-residence at PFT and later served two years as Artistic Director . He has received grants from the Pew Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and was a past winner of the Princess Grace Foundation Statuette. He won the Rosenthal Prize for Coyote On A Fence, two Barrymore Awards for Something Intangible and Any Given Monday, and the Joseph Jefferson Award for The Outgoing Tide.
An ex-high school teacher, Graham still teaches play-writing and film courses at Drexel University. In the past he has taught graduate level play-writing at Universit y of Pennsylvania, Villanova University and Rutgers . He has conducted play-writing workshops in high schools and colleges across the country.
His textbook, The Collaborative Playwright, A Practical Guide to Getting Your Play Written (co-written with Michele Volansky) is published by Heinemann.
Graham recently returned to acting and has appeared as the Black Cat Husband in Haunted Poe (Brat Productions), Lenny in Any Given Monday (Act II), Richard in Time Stands Still (Delaware Theatre Company/Act II), Artie in Hurlyburly (New City Stage), Milt in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Eddie in Lost in Yonkers, Ernie in Rumors (all for Bristol Riverside Theater), and Ben Hecht in Moonlight and Magnolias (Eagle Theater).
PLAYS & SAMPLE PRODUCTIONS:
Visit Joe Whitefeather (and bring the family!) – Commissioned by Florida Studio, July, 2021
The Flatlanders — Premieres at 1812 Productions, April, 2022.
Good Americans — Premieres at Florida Stage, February 2022 Gary — Eagle Theater
Sanctions — Delaware Theater Company, Curious Theater
The Craftsman — Commissioned by Lantern Theater
Funnyman — Northlight Theater (starring George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky) Arden Theater, Circle Theater, Tipping Point Theater
Stella and Lou — Commissioned by Northlight Theatre (Starring Rhea Pearlman) Peoples Light, Merrimack Theater Published: DPS
White Guy on the Bus — Northlight Theater , Passage Theater, Delaware Theater Company, Gable Stage, OFF BROADWAY: 59e59th. NEW YORK TIMES “CRITICS PICK” Three Jeff Nominations including Best New Play. London Production Nominated for the OFFIE, the British Obie. Published: DPS
Rizzo — Commissioned by Theatre Exile, Philadelphia Theater Company
The Outgoing Tide — Commissioned by Northlight Theatre.(starring Tony Winners John Mahoney and Rondi Reed).Philadelphia Theater Company, Merrimack Theater Company Off Broadway starring Peter Strauss, Michael Learned — Winner of the EDGERTON FOUNDATION AWARD FOR NEW PLAYS. WINNER: 2011 JEFF AWARD: BEST NEW PLAY Published: DPS
Any Given Monday — Theatre Exile, Act II Playhouse. WINNER 2010 Barrymore Award “Best New Play. OFF BROADWAY 59e59th Published: DPS
Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown — People’s Light and Theatre, Chenango River Theater
North of the Boulevard — Contemporary American Theater Festival, Theatre Exile, Phoenix Theater
Something Intangible — Arden Theatre, Circle Theatre, Firehouse Theatre. WINNER of the EDGERTON FOUNDATION AWARD and one of four plays nationwide nominated for the LAURIE AWARD. Nominated for the Steinberg New Play Award and WINNER of seven 2009 Barrymore Awards including “Best New Play” and ” Best Production”. Published: DPS.
Coyote on a Fence — Cincinnati Playhouse, Arden Theatre, Urban Stages/Blue Heron Theatre (NY) Shattered Globe, Curious Theater Company, Duchess Theatre (London’s West End, starring Ben Cross) WINNER: Rosenthal Prize Nominated for two DRAMA DESK awards, four JEFFERSON AWARDS NOMINATIONS (winner, best supporting actor) four BARRYMORE AWARDS NOMINATIONS. Published: DPS
A Christmas Carol — adapted from Charles Dickens for Mum Puppet Theatre
According to Goldman — Philadelphia Theatre Company – Three BARRYMORE NOMINATIONS including “Best New Play”. Florida Stage (2007), Circle Theatre (2007) Published: DPS
The Philly Fan — Theatre Exile, Kimmel Center, Arden Theatre, Media Theatre, People’s Light – BARRYMORE NOMINATION, “Best New Play” – 14th revival 9/13
Dex and Julie Sittin’ In A Tree — Arden Theatre, Circle Theatre (Pew Foundation Grant Recipient) Three BARRYMORE NOMINATIONS including “Best New Play”.
Moon Over The Brewery — PFT , Circle Theatre, Foundation Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theater. Published: Dramatics Magazine, Published: DPS
Belmont Avenue Social Club — PFT, Working Theatre Group (NY), Northl ight Theatr e Stam ford T heatre Works , Thea tre Ex ile, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Capital Rep, Two Roads Theatre (LA) FOUR JEFFERSON AWARD NOMINATIONS including Best Production Published: DPS
The Champagne Charlie Stakes — PFT, Georgetown Theatre, Foundation Theatre Published: DPS
Desperate Affection — PFT , Access Theater (NY), Circle Theatre, Open Stages Published: DPS
Full Figured, Loves to Dance (one act) – Commissioned by Theatre Exile (2007)
Fully Accessible (2013) and The Happy F!@#$%g Blind Guy (2014) — One Acts Commissioned by Theater Breaking Through Barriers. Clurman Theater Published in Best Short Plays 2013, 2014.
Burkie — PFT, Hudson Guild (NY), Cincinnati Playhouse, Interact Theatre (LA) Theatre Exile Published: Dramatists Play Service Published: DPS
Early One Evening At The Rainbow Bar & Grille — PFT, WPA (NY), Florida Stage, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Royal Flemish Theatre Published: Samuel French
Minor Demons — PFT , Long Wharf, Century Theatre (NY), Company of Angels (LA), Arizona State Theatre Published: DPS