Harrison Bryan

Harrison Bryan

HARRISON BRYAN is a NYC-based Jewish American playwright, librettist, actor, screenwriter, producer, and puppeteer. A proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America and The Alliance of Jewish Theatre, Harrison is the recipient of the 2019 New York Innovative Theatre Award. Also, a Two-Time Honored Finalist at Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights’ Write-A-Play Festival. Their original musical, "A...
HARRISON BRYAN is a NYC-based Jewish American playwright, librettist, actor, screenwriter, producer, and puppeteer. A proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America and The Alliance of Jewish Theatre, Harrison is the recipient of the 2019 New York Innovative Theatre Award. Also, a Two-Time Honored Finalist at Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights’ Write-A-Play Festival. Their original musical, "A HANUKKAH CAROL, or GELT TRIP! The Musical" ("Relentless Award" Nominee) will receive a WORLD PREMIERE production in Dec. 2023 at Round House Theatre in Washington, D.C. and continue development at the BMI Advanced Writers' Workshop in NYC. A special industry presentation directed by Marlo Hunter ("2022 Woman To Watch On Broadway"), took place last December, along with a sold out concert at The Green Room 42. Recently, his play, "[ WORLD WAR <3 ]," received a special reading Off-Broadway at THE CHERRY LANE THEATRE, as part of their Tuesday TONGUES Reading Series. His play, STILL NOT, was produced as part of the New York International FRINGE Festival, receiving online publication with INDIE THEATRE NOW's "FringeNYC 2016 Collection". In 2020, "THE RUDE MECHANICALS" - Eastern WA's Premiere Shakespeare Theatre Company, produced his short play, "In Fair Corona," as part of a Virtual New Play Initiative. In 2014, his short play, "Ophelia Later," was a Finalist for Off-Broadway's Red Bull Theatre's New Short Play Festival. In 2017, "Romeo's Jules," was selected and performed at The Players Theatre Short Play Festival, WINNING the "Best Of Week" SPF 2017 Award. Harrison was recently accepted into AJT's 2024 "Theatremacher Fellowship" Program. Their writing has been featured, produced, read, and workshopped Off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre, MCC's "FreshPlay Festival", Broadway Comedy Club, The BMI Advanced Writer’s Workshop, FringeNYC, The Flea, Playthings Theatre Co., The Irish Rep, The Rude Mechanicals, Ugly Rhino, The Kraine, Open Hydrant, The Players Theatre, [“SPF” WINNER], The Nuyorican, Dixon Place, People’s Improv Theatre, The Dramatist Guild Fund's Music Hall, Brunch Theatre, West of 10th, Lucky Jacks, Pete's Candy Store, NYU, and Boston University. (And oh! oh god, give it to me baby...on ZOOM!) Brooklyn-born and raised, with a BFA from Boston University, he served as a Writer/Actor for 5 years with “FACES, Theatre Network for Teens,” using playwriting and improvisation to promote tolerance, peace, and anti-bullying.

As an actor, he has performed Off-Broadway and regionally, in theatres all around the country. Select credits include: Cherry Lane's "A Patron of the Arts" by Kate Cortesi {Princess Grace Fellowship w/New Dramatists}, Brecht on Brecht (PTP/NYC: Atlantic Theatre Co.), "Three Sisters" (Sheen Center), "Rescue Rue" (Daryl Roth Theatre), MCC's "Freshplay Festival," Christopher Boone in "The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time" [Helen Hayes Nomination, BWW Award, "Best Actor in a Play"] (Round House Theatre, Pioneer Theatre - regional premiere), Seymour in "Little Shop of Horrors" and Princeton/Rod in "Avenue Q" (Farmers Alley Theatre), Jason/Tyrone in "Hand to God" (Sarasota's "HANDY AWARD," F.S.T.) Peter Pan in "Peter Pan and Wendy" by Lauren Gunderson (KC Rep), Younger Brother/Harry Houdini in "Ragtime" (Bay Street Theatre), and Feste in "Twelfth Night" (Powerhouse Theatre Co.)

For MORE, please visit his website: www.HarrisonBryan.com

Plays

  • A HANUKKAH CAROL, or GELT TRIP! The Musical
    Narcissistic millennial influencer Chava Kanipshin (known to her followers as ”Queen Vava”) is obsessed with her social media empire… so much so that she has no time or energy for the real world, for actual friendships, or—least of all—for Hanukkah with her family. That is, until she is transported on an unforgettable trip that compels her to rethink everything… a trip led by Spirits of the Past, Present, and...
    Narcissistic millennial influencer Chava Kanipshin (known to her followers as ”Queen Vava”) is obsessed with her social media empire… so much so that she has no time or energy for the real world, for actual friendships, or—least of all—for Hanukkah with her family. That is, until she is transported on an unforgettable trip that compels her to rethink everything… a trip led by Spirits of the Past, Present, and Future. Think you know this story? Think again! Irreverent playwright Harrison Bryan teams with composer Aaron Kenny and lyricist Rob Berliner to subvert—and convert—this holiday classic.
  • Ghost Tour USA
    [IN DEVELOPMENT]

    In Tombstone, Arizona, in 2005, innocent 15-year-old Mary Rue Slaughter was murdered by her father. About a hundred years later, you, in the audience, (yes, YOU!), enter the same Haunted Theatre she died in, and find yourself on a futuristic ghost tour, like you ain't never seen. That is, until it all goes terribly "South." ...Is it a Glitch or a Ghost? You decide. (If you survive...)
  • SNOW
    Seven men in Snow's life have shaped her views of the difficult dating world that is: New York City. So, after she's mugged on the night of her birthday, it only makes sense for her to show up, unannounced, at the front door of her ex-boyfriend's apartment, right? After recounting what has been the most absurd and heart-breaking three years of her life, she seeks closure - in an attempt to regain...
    Seven men in Snow's life have shaped her views of the difficult dating world that is: New York City. So, after she's mugged on the night of her birthday, it only makes sense for her to show up, unannounced, at the front door of her ex-boyfriend's apartment, right? After recounting what has been the most absurd and heart-breaking three years of her life, she seeks closure - in an attempt to regain the "Happy" she feels she's lost.
  • [ World War TBD ]
    In the near [frighteningly foreseeable] future, mankind's ability to multitask on their smartphones has increased significantly. Cyber communication is at an all time high - while "making eye-contact" is a fleeting part of our nostalgic past. In a small, two-bedroom, NYC basement apartment, two couples deal with "reality" on their smartphones more than the reality of an imminent...
    In the near [frighteningly foreseeable] future, mankind's ability to multitask on their smartphones has increased significantly. Cyber communication is at an all time high - while "making eye-contact" is a fleeting part of our nostalgic past. In a small, two-bedroom, NYC basement apartment, two couples deal with "reality" on their smartphones more than the reality of an imminent airstrike targeting New York City. It's the first day of World War Three...is there an app for that?
  • STILL NOT
    A young man walks past the same bench, every single day, his entire life. It's always empty. Until now. One Bench. Two Strangers. STILL NOT is an honest, comedic, skewed-romantic exploration into the traps of waiting for love...and the fear that it may never come.
  • ROMEO's JULES
    At the end of Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET [Spoiler Alert] - they die. Their souls fly to the afterlife...and then what? Our favorite star-crossed lovers find themselves in an unknown liminal space confronting the "reality" of dramatic literature's most infamous romantic miscommunication.
  • IAGO's ROD
    In the middle of ACT V, Scene 1, of Shakespeare's OTHELLO - [spoiler alert] - Iago betrays Roderigo, stabbing his "best friend" in the back. But what really happened during their final moment together...might just leave Shakespeare's most verbose liar - finally speechless.
  • OPHELIA LATER
    After Act IV, Scene 5 of Shakespeare's HAMLET, Gertrude arrives back to the castle to - [spoiler alert] - tell Laertes of his sisters' unfortunate death. But what exactly happened by that willow tree that "grows aslant a brook" ? Could a mad mad Ophelia uncover the truth about what's really rotten in the state of Denmark?
  • IN FAIR CORONA...
    In the middle of ACT V, Scene 2, of Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET - [spoiler alert] - Friar Lawrence's letter, (y'know, the one with the really important, life-or-death, information in it), does NOT reach Romeo. Learning there's a virus potentially spreading through Verona, Friar Lawrence has to decide whether he should stay quarantined with Friar John (y'know, the other Friar in the...
    In the middle of ACT V, Scene 2, of Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET - [spoiler alert] - Friar Lawrence's letter, (y'know, the one with the really important, life-or-death, information in it), does NOT reach Romeo. Learning there's a virus potentially spreading through Verona, Friar Lawrence has to decide whether he should stay quarantined with Friar John (y'know, the other Friar in the play..?) - OR save his favorite star-crossed lovers from their ill-fated doom.

  • BALLS, The Monster-Catchin' Musical Comedy
    When the Spittle Squad radicalizes into a fascist regime, the status quo of the cuddle-punching monster world is threatened, leaving hope in the non-heroic hands of The Professor and his piece of shit grandson.

    It’s a wildly unauthorized satirical musical, with about 150 characters played by about 7 people and their carpal tunnel puppet hands. (co-written by Brandon Zelman and Broadway-bound...
    When the Spittle Squad radicalizes into a fascist regime, the status quo of the cuddle-punching monster world is threatened, leaving hope in the non-heroic hands of The Professor and his piece of shit grandson.

    It’s a wildly unauthorized satirical musical, with about 150 characters played by about 7 people and their carpal tunnel puppet hands. (co-written by Brandon Zelman and Broadway-bound composer, Joriah Kwamé.)
  • Blue Lobster
    In this underwater ten-minute play, a rare BLUE lobster decides she wants to identify as something more than what her Mamma Lobster wants her to be.
  • THE FIFTH QUESTION, An Afikomen Murder Mystery
    A Passover Seder with more twists and turns (and murder!?) than well...your average Passover Seder.
  • (_______) This Country
    A young Mexican-American father gets a surprise visit from his old childhood friend...who happens to be a United States Deportation Officer. His wife's not too happy about this "surprise visit"...
  • "תד ז'בּרא" or, Black and White and Blue All Over
    A Zebra and A Human, with all their differences, share a metaphysical space, where a pained history exist only between them. In a curious exploration of their most existential questions, they hope to transcend their language barrier in an effort to better understand each other - and move forward with an unspoken hope towards healing.
  • THAT TIME A REAL CLOCK WAS UPSET ABOUT THE INANIMATELY INCORRECT CASTING OF DISNEY’s LIVE-ACTION REMAKE OF "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" ...OR, JUST A CLOCK
    A clock and a table discuss um...well, the title says it all doesn't it.
  • POINTALISM, or the study of points
    This weird, almost existential, and abstract presentation of theatrical thought explores the relationship between a playwright, his script, and - well - everyone else who doesn't "get it"...WARNING: "POINTALISM, or the study of points" should only be performed by the bravest of theatre artists.