Bruce Walsh

Bruce Walsh

Bruce Walsh’s fascination with sacredness pervades all of his plays. But not in the ways people sometimes expect. His characters are bold, queer, angry, ridiculous, joyous, deeply sexual beings. Bruce writes most often about people he encountered in his many day jobs, working for companies like UPS, Trader Joe’s, and a slew of downsizing newspapers. He is endlessly fascinated by those that seek the “courage to...
Bruce Walsh’s fascination with sacredness pervades all of his plays. But not in the ways people sometimes expect. His characters are bold, queer, angry, ridiculous, joyous, deeply sexual beings. Bruce writes most often about people he encountered in his many day jobs, working for companies like UPS, Trader Joe’s, and a slew of downsizing newspapers. He is endlessly fascinated by those that seek the “courage to be” – a great meaning or purpose – even amidst a culture that is so often absurdly, even hilariously, out of touch with those needs. In 2017, Bruce graduated from Indiana University with an MFA in playwriting. Since then his plays have been presented by Azuka Theatre, Outpost Repertory Theatre, Fat Turtle Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he won the 2017 Heideman Award, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he won the Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Award. Before attending IU, he lived in Philadelphia for over a decade, working as an arts journalist, site-specific theater maker, and playwright.

Plays

  • Berserker
    When an idealistic teacher falls in love with a voice emanating from a security camera mounted deep in the wilderness, he leaves his partner, child, and students in pursuit of his new obsession. But in order to get closer to his muse, he must embark on a new career in her workplace – a tech company specializing in virtual “NatureScapes.” There he discovers the true face of his passions, not in the beautiful...
    When an idealistic teacher falls in love with a voice emanating from a security camera mounted deep in the wilderness, he leaves his partner, child, and students in pursuit of his new obsession. But in order to get closer to his muse, he must embark on a new career in her workplace – a tech company specializing in virtual “NatureScapes.” There he discovers the true face of his passions, not in the beautiful woman he imagines, but in what he fears might be lurking in the forest surrounding his office.
  • Grown-Ass Louis, a ten-minute play
    When Louis was eleven-years-old, he wrote a note to his recently deceased father, tied it to a balloon, and released it to the heavens. But now, even though he's a grown-ass man, he can't stop wondering if his dad ever received the message.

Recommended by Bruce Walsh

  • Shitheads
    21 Apr. 2018
    SHITHEADS is a fine-tuned day job comedy about young people desperately seeking a vessel (the bike shop where they work) for their personal authenticity, amidst a culture that is increasingly skewed toward a vapid, winner-take-all economy. In the best spirit of THE ALIENS and THE FLICK, this sparse, four-person drama presents micro dilemmas (how to sell an overpriced bike) that poetically resonate with the great questions of a life well lived.
  • These Peaceable Kingdoms
    11 Aug. 2017
    I was fortunate to catch a reading of THESE PEACEABLE KINGDOMS at the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights' Workshop. It was simply one of the most captivating staged readings I've ever seen. KINGDOMS evokes the startling early work of Caryl Churchill and Naomi Wallace. But Woolley's own sharp, biting, dangerous, challenging brand of feminist theater comes pouring through as well.
  • business
    23 Jun. 2017
    On the surface, BUSINESS is an understated tragedy: a pair of star-crossed modern would-be lovers find, or rather lose each other in a faceless hotel. But underneath, Lusk subtly builds a heartbreaking statement about the relationship between how we work and how we love in 2017.
  • How to Use a Knife
    10 May. 2017
    HOW TO USE A KNIFE brings global politics into the less-than-sparkling kitchen of a Midtown Manhatten restaurant. And that feels surprisingly perfect. Snider knows a thing or two about fast-paced kitchen culture, and it shows. The play runs at breakneck speed, like a New York kitchen at lunchtime.
  • St. Sebastian
    10 May. 2017
    ST. SEBASTIAN deals with the oft-unspoken fears, angers, and resentments that permeate the changing demographics of gentrifying urban America. But with such heart. It's also about the way in which well-intentioned progressives often cut themselves off from vulnerability by obsessing over getting their politics and language "right." Kramer smartly sets his play on a bare, sparsely designed stage. It's a play about people - three fascinating men - and not the cold buildings that surround them.