Bruce Bonafede is a reemerging playwright. After a critically successful start he took a long break, and only returned to writing for live theatre in 2016.
His first produced play, Advice to the Players, won the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival in 1985, and was published in “The Best Short Plays—1986.” The full-length version of Advice to the Players premiered at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre of New Plays in 1986 and is still available through Samuel French.
Bonafede then took a 30-year hiatus from playwriting. Since returning to it in 2016, every play he’s written has been produced, had a staged reading, or won an award, including:
CRUSADE (full length), staged reading, Baltimore Playwrights Festival, 2019
THE DESERT OF LOVE (full length), staged reading, Coachella Valley Repertory, 2018
NORTH (one-act), staged reading, Santa Fe Playhouse, 2018
QUARANTINE (one-act), Third Place, Little Theatre of Alexandria, one-act competition, 2017
SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD (10 minutes), production, North Park Playwrights Festival, 2018, also listed in “Best Ten Minute Plays of 2019”
THE SHORT CHRISTMAS DINNER (10 minutes), production, Out of Box Theatre, 2018
A DEATH IN THE WOODS (10 minutes), production, Chain Reaction Theatre Project, 2019
TWO IDIOTS IN A BAR (10 minutes), production, Little Fish Theatre, 2019
MOM (10 minutes), staged reading, Coachella Valley Repertory, 2019
Bonafede has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1981, so long that his membership number is, amusingly, 666. He is originally from Long Island and Washington, DC, where he had the good fortune to study at New Playwrights Theatre. He now lives in Palm Springs, California and spends part of the year in Maryland.