Andrew Heinze

Andrew Heinze

Formerly a professor of American History, ANDREW R. HEINZE is the award-winning author of JEWS AND THE AMERICAN SOUL (Publishers’ Weekly choice: “Best Books of 2004”).

In 2006 Andrew left a tenured position in academia and moved to New York City, where he began a new career in playwriting. His first full-length play, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, a political farce set in the Oval Office in the year...
Formerly a professor of American History, ANDREW R. HEINZE is the award-winning author of JEWS AND THE AMERICAN SOUL (Publishers’ Weekly choice: “Best Books of 2004”).

In 2006 Andrew left a tenured position in academia and moved to New York City, where he began a new career in playwriting. His first full-length play, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, a political farce set in the Oval Office in the year 2028 was praised by the Soho Theatre in London as "an accomplished first effort . . . sharp and highly enjoyable repartee . . . very theatrical: fast moving with lots of humour."

Among Andrew's full-length plays, DELETING DAD won the Texas NonProfit Theatres' 2016 New Play Project competition; THE INVENTION OF THE LIVING ROOM won the Texas Nonprofit Theatres' 2014 New Play Project competition; previously it was a Finalist (First Runner-Up) for the 2012 Blue Ink Playwriting Award given by the American Blues Theater (Chicago), and chosen for the Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Playfest! The Harriet Lake Festival of New Plays; HAMILTON, a tragedy about Alexander Hamilton and his son, was a semi-finalist for the 2012 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and a Finalist for the T. Schreiber Studio's 2012 New Works project; PLEASE LOCK ME AWAY -- a dark comedy about an older woman’s unusual revenge on two adolescent boys who had publicly humiliated her -- was a Finalist for the Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas) 2014 New Works competition; MOSES, THE AUTHOR, a comedy, was produced at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival, chosen for the Fringe Encore Series and also for the Orlando Shakespeare Theater's 2014 Playfest! His newest work, DELETING DAD, is about a middle-aged man's ordeal coping with the death of his father. And he has completed a new version of his Hamilton tragedy, which is titled THE HEARTBREAKING EXIT OF PHILIP HAMILTON.

Andrew's one-act plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Denver, Albuquerque and elsewhere; they include the award-winning comedy THE FQ (about obscenity and cable TV), published in Smith & Kraus's THE BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS, 2011; the award-winning comedy THE BAR MITZVAH OF JESUS GOLDFARB (“Judges’ Choice" and “Audience Choice” for Best Play at the 2011 New York City 15-Minute Play Festival); and the award-winning drama MASHA: CONDITIONS IN THE HOLY LAND, the Jury Prize Winner for Best Script (748 scripts submitted) at the Fusion Theatre Company's 2012 Short Play Festival and a Finalist (30 finalists of 900 scripts submitted) for the Samuel French 2013 Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival.

Andrew Heinze belongs to the Dramatists Guild of America and PEN America. He holds degrees from Amherst College (B.A. Magna Cum Laude) and the University of California, Berkeley (M.A., Ph.D.).

For a complete resume, please visit: www.andrewheinze.com

Plays

  • The Invention of the Living Room
    *Winner: Texas Nonprofit Theatres 2014 New Play Project. And Finalist: 2012 Blue Ink Playwriting Award.

    It's 1946. A cramped apartment on the Lower East Side of New York City. Meet Bessie Levin and her racially-mixed Jewish family. Bessie is stuck in the past but about to be hurled into the future. Her son Billy, an aspiring builder, is launching Levinstown, the country’s first big suburban...
    *Winner: Texas Nonprofit Theatres 2014 New Play Project. And Finalist: 2012 Blue Ink Playwriting Award.

    It's 1946. A cramped apartment on the Lower East Side of New York City. Meet Bessie Levin and her racially-mixed Jewish family. Bessie is stuck in the past but about to be hurled into the future. Her son Billy, an aspiring builder, is launching Levinstown, the country’s first big suburban development. But with Billy's African American wife in the mix, will the Levins be allowed to live in Levinstown? And will Bessie survive the future?
  • Moses, The Author
    *MOSES, THE AUTHOR was chosen for the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival and also for the Fringe Encore Series

    He freed his people, but can he free himself?

    Moses is in trouble: he has a bad case of writer's block and he's just been informed by his literary collaborator, the Lord, that he has only one more day to live, in which he must complete the Bible. On top...
    *MOSES, THE AUTHOR was chosen for the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival and also for the Fringe Encore Series

    He freed his people, but can he free himself?

    Moses is in trouble: he has a bad case of writer's block and he's just been informed by his literary collaborator, the Lord, that he has only one more day to live, in which he must complete the Bible. On top of this, the 120 year-old author is besieged by family problems that have been simmering for decades: a gay son (Gershy) who won't settle down and raise a family; a devoted wife (Zippy) who feels her love is unrequited; a distant mother (Yoheved), whose hypochondria is her only way to connect to the son she was forced to surrender in his infancy.

    Assisted by Thusie, his extremely earnest and high-strung apprentice, Moses embarks on a journey of self-discovery -- a very rapid journey -- as an author and a man. Forced by circumstance, Moses the author breaks precedent and allows his family to read the Bible (which is all but done), hoping that their feedback will help him determine what's wrong with the book. But text quickly crashes into subtext: his loved ones raise issues about the Bible that allude to their underlying personal problems with him.

    Since the family can't be direct with Moses (with his death impending), they hope he'll get the point about their personal relationships, but all the author sees is what's wrong with his book. Then Gershy does a sudden about-face. Renouncing everything about himself -- including his colorful garb and his passion for painting -- he takes a "Nazirite vow" and swears that he will marry and raise a family as his father had wanted. This abrupt reversal of identity startles and discomfits Moses; a seed is planted in the back of his mind, that he has more than his book to get right.

    Now wanting to revise a text that cannot be changed, Moses petitions God for help but gets no response, leaving the prophet/author to wonder: how did he go from being God's partner and co-author, to being a man whose calls for help God ignores?

    Under the pressure of diminishing time, Moses realizes that he cannot allow his son to annihilate his personality. And the women in his life, Zippy and Yoheved, find ways to tell Moses what is in their hearts. Only now, bridging the gaps that separate him from his family, can Moses bridge the gap between himself and God and find a way to fix the problems in his troubled text, by adding a Sixth Book to the Five Books of Moses.

    The fate of that Sixth Book is described to us by Thusie, who is still alive (he's the great-grandson of the genetically gifted Biblical figure, Methusaleh) and whose mission in life is to present the untold story of Moses -- not Moses the leader, but Moses the author.
  • The FQ
    Published: Best Ten-Minute Plays 2011 (Smith & Kraus)
    Audience Favorite, Best Play -- 16th Annual New York City 15-Minute Play Festival

    An aspiring writer finds her pilot script vulgarized by the obscenity requirements of cable TV.
  • The Bar Mitzvah of Jesus Goldfarb
    Winner: "Audience Favorite, Best Play" & "Judges' Choice, Best Play" 17th Annual New York City Fifteen-Minute Play Festival (2011)

    Jason Goldfarb wants a new name for his Bar Mitzvah. This is a big problem for Rabbi Deborah Silverman.
  • Masha: Conditions in the Holy Land
    Jury Prize Winner, Best Script (of 848 submissions)-- Fusion Theatre (Albuquerque) 2012 Short Play Festival
    Selected for 2013 Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival

    Joseph, a lonely American Jew, has fallen in love with Masha, a Russian prostitute in Jerusalem, but when he insists that she talk openly to him, he is totally unprepared for what she has to say.
  • Deleting Dad
    *Winner - 2016 Texas NonProfit Theatres' POPS! New Play Project

    A middle-aged man wants to delete from his iPhone the contact information of his father, who died four years ago. But he finds that he cannot. His inability to do this launches him on a journey of self-disclosure about his relationship with his father and brings to the surface a disturbing fact that he has hidden since the day Dad died.
  • Please Lock Me Away
    * Finalist, Kitchen Dog Theater 2014 New Works Competition

    A scene of apparent domestic harmony in an isolated bungalow: WENDY (66), TOBY (15) and JASON (14 ½) sit watching a movie. But it is soon revealed that: the boys are in leg chains; what appeared to be a cane on Wendy's lap is in fact an electric cattle prod; and Wendy is not related to either of them.

    Wendy has...
    * Finalist, Kitchen Dog Theater 2014 New Works Competition

    A scene of apparent domestic harmony in an isolated bungalow: WENDY (66), TOBY (15) and JASON (14 ½) sit watching a movie. But it is soon revealed that: the boys are in leg chains; what appeared to be a cane on Wendy's lap is in fact an electric cattle prod; and Wendy is not related to either of them.

    Wendy has abducted Jason and Toby in revenge for a horrible act of public humiliation to which they had subjected her. But now that she has her adolescent oppressors captive, she doesn't know what to do with them.

    Wendy needs to determine if either boy is fit to return to society; Jason and Toby need to get free; and all three need something they can get only from each other.

    In this dark comedy about age, sex and power -- and the strangeness of being human --Wendy and the boys find themselves not only at each other's mercy but at the mercy of their own bodies and desires. In the end, no one is who -- or what -- they were in the beginning.

  • Turtles All the Way Down
    An outrageous comedy for outrageous times.

    The year is 2028. Out of President Dick Wonder’s romantic past comes Volvita Volva, the Biracial, Intersex Ex-Sex Queen Who Wants To Be . . . Vice-President.
    In one high-velocity 24-hour period, Volvita rises not merely to the Vice-Presidency but to the Presidency itself, fighting to free Dick Wonder from the hypnotic control of Marvin, the...
    An outrageous comedy for outrageous times.

    The year is 2028. Out of President Dick Wonder’s romantic past comes Volvita Volva, the Biracial, Intersex Ex-Sex Queen Who Wants To Be . . . Vice-President.
    In one high-velocity 24-hour period, Volvita rises not merely to the Vice-Presidency but to the Presidency itself, fighting to free Dick Wonder from the hypnotic control of Marvin, the sociopathic bully who had been Dick's childhood chum and who now covertly rules the country in his name. Along the way Volvita also liberates the First Lady from a life of erotic frustration and introduces the President to the son he never knew he had, the very same young man whom the sixteen-year-old First Daughter plans to marry. All this, and a surprise ending – did someone say Queen? – never before seen in the annals of America.
  • The Heartbreaking Exit of Philip Hamilton (a Founding Father's tragedy)
    Semi-Finalist, 2012 O'Neill, National Playwrights Conference
    Finalist, 2012 T. Schreiber Studio New Works Competition

    Is honor more important than life itself? That is the question that haunts Alexander Hamilton's first-born child, Philip. A gifted nineteen year-old, Philip is on his death-bed, having been shot in a duel to defend his father's name. Neither Philip nor the...
    Semi-Finalist, 2012 O'Neill, National Playwrights Conference
    Finalist, 2012 T. Schreiber Studio New Works Competition

    Is honor more important than life itself? That is the question that haunts Alexander Hamilton's first-born child, Philip. A gifted nineteen year-old, Philip is on his death-bed, having been shot in a duel to defend his father's name. Neither Philip nor the audience realizes that this is his situation when he appears out of the darkness, looking for his father, and finding himself in a strange (fever-induced) scenario. That scenario includes not only his father, mother, aunt, and oldest sister, but also us (an audience of strangers) and Aaron Burr, who seems like Fate and who directs a stage show about Philip's immediate past, the events that led him to this fateful moment in time.
  • The Thing With Algo Inside
    * Special selection, New American Theatre (L.A.), World Premiere 2017 -- Synopsis: In the year 2650 four young people encounter one strange, frightening, long-extinct object.
  • Driving to Florida
    *Selection, Warner International Playwrights Festival; Finalist, Drury University One-Act Playwriting Competition; Semi-Finalist, LaBute New Theater Festival

    Max wants to honor the new tombstone of the war-hero father whom he reveres too much; Mel wants to salvage her marriage to Max -- can his self-esteem and her passion survive a 1200-mile drive to Florida . . . in the middle of July?
  • The Nude Scene
    *Semi-Finalist, 18th Annual New York City Fifteen-Minute Play Competition

    Long-time friends Victor (27) and Anna (27) have their first big break, he as a film director and she as his leading lady . . . IF Victor can get Anna to do something she really, really doesn't want to do.
  • It's Terrible What We Do for Love
    Truman Bluman needs a liver for his wife; hospital administrator Darla Collaway needs Truman. She's
    ready to negotiate. Is he?
  • What It Takes to Get Things Done in Washington
    *Selection, City Theatre of Independence (MO) Short Play Festival

    It's 1957, the US Senate, and LBJ must do the impossible: get a Northern liberal and a Southern conservative to agree on the first Civil Rights bill of the century, a bill that violates each one's core principles. How will he do it?
  • Hallie the First (based on Henry IV, Part I by William Shakespeare)
    A contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I.

    Hallie Boeling, the computer-prodigy daughter of cybersecurity magnate Henry Boeling, has become a prodigal daughter, leading a wayward life as a hacker/gamer on the Lower East Side of New York City, where she shares an apartment with her close friend Fergus, an obese, intellectual gay slacker. Fate comes calling for Hallie...
    A contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I.

    Hallie Boeling, the computer-prodigy daughter of cybersecurity magnate Henry Boeling, has become a prodigal daughter, leading a wayward life as a hacker/gamer on the Lower East Side of New York City, where she shares an apartment with her close friend Fergus, an obese, intellectual gay slacker. Fate comes calling for Hallie when her estranged father summons her, needing her help to overcome a takeover plot against his company, Cybercore. The plot is led by James Speer, the son and nephew of Henry’s adversaries Norris and Warren Speer. James also had been Hallie’s first love ten years earlier in high school. Hallie and James square off against each other in corporate and digital battle, with dire consequences for the loser; Hallie’s ultimate victory leaves not only James as a sad casualty but also Fergus, who finds himself lost and alone, discarded by his only friend in the world.