Bruce Walsh

Bruce Walsh

Bruce Walsh’s fascination with sacredness infuses all of his writing. But not in the ways people sometimes expect. He has no interest in prescribing moral codes. His characters are bold, queer, angry, ridiculous, joyous, deeply sexual beings. Bruce writes most often about people he encountered in many day jobs, working for companies like UPS, Trader Joe’s, a porn video warehouse (seriously), and a slew of...
Bruce Walsh’s fascination with sacredness infuses all of his writing. But not in the ways people sometimes expect. He has no interest in prescribing moral codes. His characters are bold, queer, angry, ridiculous, joyous, deeply sexual beings. Bruce writes most often about people he encountered in many day jobs, working for companies like UPS, Trader Joe’s, a porn video warehouse (seriously), and a slew of downsizing newspapers. He is endlessly enthralled by those that seek the “courage to be” – a sacred meaning or purpose – even amidst a culture and economy with very little capacity to foster those needs. Recent honors include: The Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Award, Seven Devils Playwrights’ Conference (finalist), Heideman Award (finalist), and the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission (semi-finalist). In May of 2017 he received an MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University. His full-length play, BERSERKER, will be presented this summer at the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop.

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 father ever received the message.

Recommended by Bruce Walsh

  • 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.