Greg Oliver Bodine

Greg Oliver Bodine

Greg Oliver Bodine is a playwright and actor based in New York City. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc and have been produced in New York and at theaters, colleges and festivals throughout the United States and Canada. POE, TIMES TWO, his solo adaptation of two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, received three New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations in 2012 and was voted “Best of the 2016...
Greg Oliver Bodine is a playwright and actor based in New York City. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc and have been produced in New York and at theaters, colleges and festivals throughout the United States and Canada. POE, TIMES TWO, his solo adaptation of two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, received three New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations in 2012 and was voted “Best of the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival” by DC Theatrescene. His full-length play, A REQUIEM FOR SHERLOCK HOLMES recently received a staged reading as part of The Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival in September, 2017. Greg is a NYSCA Grant Award-winner and a member of The Dramatist’s Guild. Here’s what the critics have said about his work...


THE HOUND (from “Things At The Doorstep”):

“Entertaining, educational and strangely unsettling… [Bodine’s] savviness in the art of adaptation is just as apparent as his acting abilities: he manages to avert the common question in such confessional monologues (‘Who is he supposed to be talking to?’) by incorporating a prop audio recording device into the set. Conveniently, this also preserves Lovecraft’s original intention that the narrator record his final moments in hopes that someone will find and believe his story.”
-Theatre Is Easy (theasy.com)

“A smart and lively adaptation…deliciously macabre”
–Tor.com

“Deliciously creepy…a well-realized piece indeed…clever writing complemented by excellent sound and light make for a most entertaining evening.”
-NYTheatre.com

“The most delightful thing we have ever seen anyone pull off on a stage, anywhere, ever, and if you are in New York you must go see it. You must. You REALLY MUST. Go. GO.”
–Today’s Theatre Review, The Rejectionist


I, CARPENTER:

“Also impressive is Bodine’s own work as playwright, I, Carpenter, the final and most powerful piece of the evening. The play details the struggle between a construction foreman and his fired employee. It’s a modest but gripping piece, and treats the lives of working-class Americans with a truthfulness that is all too lacking in contemporary theatre.”
-NYTheatre.com


WICKED TAVERN TALES:

“Bodine’s adaptation keeps most of Poe’s original work intact with only a few cuts and alterations to compress the tales into three short works that flow together well, with each one delivering its own special jolt of horror. The product of these edits is not a watered down text, but a celebration of all things spooky…the writing leaves you with thoughts and feelings to contemplate afterwards. However, you may want to hold off on such contemplation until after you have turned on all the lights.”
–Offoffonline.com, *Critic’s Pick


DARK SOUNDINGS:

“[Dark Soundings] is something reminiscent of Masterpiece Theatre — very turn of the century, very warm, but somehow unsettling, because in its richness hides something sinister.”
-Oyster Bay Guardian, NY


A CHRISTMAS CAROL:

“Mr. Bodine’s script follows closely the condensed “Christmas Carol” Dickens created for this readings, whose cuts include the schoolroom scenes…Children ready for a Dickens introduction, however, will be captivated.”
–The New York Times

“A unique and fresh interpretation.” –Kansas City Scoop, MO

“Spirited, intense, riveting, at times eloquent, moving and joyous.”
-North Bay Review, WA

“A most welcome Christmas present.”
-Oyster Bay Enterprise-Pilot, NY

“A Dickens of a good show!”
-Westfield Evening News, MA

“A classic treasure.”
-The Reminder, MA

“A surfeit of riches…delivers in spades!” — NJartsMaven.com

“Promises to blow the lid off this whole “Bah, Humbug!” –Downtownexpress.com

Plays

  • A REQUIEM FOR SHERLOCK HOLMES
    Holmes meets his match, the criminal mastermind, Prof. Moriarty, in a climactic struggle above the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, leaving a grief-stricken Dr. Watson to pick up the pieces and help solve a brutal murder nearly three years later in this full-length play based on “The Final Problem” and “The Adventure of the Empty House,” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • WICKED TAVERN TALES
    A 19th century tavern proprietor and barmaid narrate three yarns of mystery and murder, with characters from each story appearing and breathing life into the words of their storytellers. A 65-minute play adapted from “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe.

    “A celebration of all things spooky…the writing leaves you with thoughts and feelings to...
    A 19th century tavern proprietor and barmaid narrate three yarns of mystery and murder, with characters from each story appearing and breathing life into the words of their storytellers. A 65-minute play adapted from “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe.

    “A celebration of all things spooky…the writing leaves you with thoughts and feelings to contemplate afterwards. However, you may want to hold off on such contemplation until after you have turned on all the lights.” –Offoffonline.com *Critic’s Pick
  • THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
    New England, 1891. Jane, a sensitive and imaginative woman, finds herself sequestered on a remote estate that her husband, a physician, has rented for the summer. She is forbidden to write, and must hide her journal entries as she recuperates from what he has diagnosed as a "temporary nervous depression” following the birth of their baby. Without anything or anyone to stimulate her, Jane becomes obsessed...
    New England, 1891. Jane, a sensitive and imaginative woman, finds herself sequestered on a remote estate that her husband, a physician, has rented for the summer. She is forbidden to write, and must hide her journal entries as she recuperates from what he has diagnosed as a "temporary nervous depression” following the birth of their baby. Without anything or anyone to stimulate her, Jane becomes obsessed by the wallpaper in her bedroom as the effect of her domestic oppression and stifled creativity begins to take a toll on her sanity. A 65-minute, one-woman play adapted from the classic short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

    “More then a century after it was written, The Yellow Wallpaper continues to enthrall its readers, and I was delighted to bring this dynamic stage production of the short story to campus. Annalisa Loeffler is absolutely compelling in this absorbing portrait that delves into the tormented mind of a woman who is trapped in a world she cannot escape.” --Dr. N. J. Stanley, Coordinator, Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Lycoming College, PA
  • TO BUILD A FIRE
    It's Man vs. Nature set in the unforgiving landscape and sub-zero temperatures of the Yukon. A 15-minute play adapted from the classic, 1908 short story of survival by Jack London.

    “Quite good, quite believable…a rewarding evening of innovative theatre.” –Richmond Shepard, Performing Arts INSIDER and lively-arts.com
  • THE FATWĀ OF CORPSMAN JOHNNY JONES
    A wounded Navy Corpsman, home on leave, struggles to relate his experience in Afghanistan to his Vietnam Vet father.
  • MONSTER'S LAMENT
    Faced with a mutinous crew and having his ship crushed by the Arctic ice, an explorer agonizes over a decision to abandon his quest of discovering a passage through the North Pole, when he suddenly comes across a darkened form -- gigantic in stature -- hanging over the remains of its creator, Victor Frankenstein. A 10-minute play adapted from Mary Shelley's classic 1818 novel of Gothic horror.
  • VIENNA STATION
    A veteran CIA station chief, forced into retirement after the murder of a defecting Russian spy, is visited by his successor a year later when revelations about a possible mole inside the Agency are revealed. With careers on the line and reputations to protect, what ensues is a cat and mouse tête-à-tête of intrigue and betrayal about who murdered the defector and why. A one-act play inspired by current events.
  • THE HOUND
    Midnight. Late December, 1937. Reed, a discredited archeologist and Aesthete, is running for his life. Having stolen an ancient amulet from the fetid grave of a neglected Holland churchyard, he locks himself in the library of his London townhouse in order to evade the pursuit of some 'malign being.' In shocking detail, he recounts a gruesome testimony of unnatural occurrences surrounding the totem...
    Midnight. Late December, 1937. Reed, a discredited archeologist and Aesthete, is running for his life. Having stolen an ancient amulet from the fetid grave of a neglected Holland churchyard, he locks himself in the library of his London townhouse in order to evade the pursuit of some 'malign being.' In shocking detail, he recounts a gruesome testimony of unnatural occurrences surrounding the totem's theft... and the appalling consequences for all who come to possess it. A solo one-act play adapted from the classic, short horror story by H.P. Lovecraft.

    “Deliciously creepy…a well-realized piece indeed…clever writing complemented by excellent sound and light make for a most entertaining evening.” —NYTheatre.com

    "A smart and lively adaptation…deliciously macabre” –Tor.com

    “Greg Oliver Bodine’s adaptation of “The Hound” at Manhattan Theatre Source was perhaps the best Lovecraftian play I’ve seen in a long time. A good script, well acted and staged.” –Andrew Leman, Founding Member, H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.
  • FRANKENSTEIN; or, The Modern Prometheus
    London, 1799. Having returned to England after a failed sea expedition to the North Pole, Capt. Robert Walton is entreated to describe his strange encounter with Victor Frankenstein, a young science student whom he had rescued after finding him nearly frozen and traveling by a dog-drawn sled across the ice. Walton then recounts Frankenstein’s own fantastic tale of a monster he had fashioned from the parts of...
    London, 1799. Having returned to England after a failed sea expedition to the North Pole, Capt. Robert Walton is entreated to describe his strange encounter with Victor Frankenstein, a young science student whom he had rescued after finding him nearly frozen and traveling by a dog-drawn sled across the ice. Walton then recounts Frankenstein’s own fantastic tale of a monster he had fashioned from the parts of stolen corpses -- only to reject, then pursue his creation across Europe into the Arctic hinterlands of Russia, vowing to destroy it…or die in the trying. A one-man play faithfully adapted from Mary Shelley’s classic novel of Gothic horror.

    "This new production is moodily atmospheric--an engrossing gothic
    tale of mystery and horror that captured and held our audience from
    start to finish!" -Katherine Van Leeuwen, Assistant Director, The Brookfield Library, CT

    "Mr. Bodine perfectly personifies the complicated and nuanced
    characters of Shelley's work. It is almost unfathomable that one
    person can bring a work like this to life, and yet he does it. Using
    his voice and subtle changes of aspect, Bodine manages to convey the futile rage of the "monster" one moment while the next he has us contemplating the moral corruption that Frankenstein acknowledges
    that lead to his creation." -Kathy Kelly, Proprietor of Paranormal Books & Curiosities, Asbury Park, NJ
  • POE, TIMES TWO
    Two short, solo one-act plays adapted from “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe.

    THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO: a Venetian nobleman narrates a chilling tale of revenge involving his friend, Fortunato, against whom he has carried a grudge for an offense that is never fully explained -- an altogether sinister tale of one man’s thirst for vengeance, born from arrogance and...
    Two short, solo one-act plays adapted from “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe.

    THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO: a Venetian nobleman narrates a chilling tale of revenge involving his friend, Fortunato, against whom he has carried a grudge for an offense that is never fully explained -- an altogether sinister tale of one man’s thirst for vengeance, born from arrogance and jealousy. THE BLACK CAT: a condemned man speaks from his prison cell on the night before he is to be executed for the brutal murder of his wife -- Poe’s masterful study of domestic violence, guilt and one man’s descent into madness … a journey that illustrates the ability of the human mind to observe and comment on its own destruction, without being able to stop it.

    “Poe, Times Two sets a high bar for the remainder of Fringe 2016. Greg Oliver Bodine has taken two very difficult but very Fringe-y types of theater, the horror genre and the solo performance form, and hit them both out of the ballpark. If you like horror generally, or Poe specifically, put Poe, Times Two on your Fringe calendar.” –DC Theatre Scene, 5/5 Rating: “Pick of the Fringe!”
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL
    Charles Dickens' 1867 American Reading Tour is off to a rough start. Due to an inexplicable loss of his luggage, he regretfully announces that he will be unable to read from his beloved classic, A Christmas Carol. All is not lost however; Dickens delivers what he promised by performing from memory the magical story of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey from miserliness to redemption with warmth and humor....
    Charles Dickens' 1867 American Reading Tour is off to a rough start. Due to an inexplicable loss of his luggage, he regretfully announces that he will be unable to read from his beloved classic, A Christmas Carol. All is not lost however; Dickens delivers what he promised by performing from memory the magical story of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey from miserliness to redemption with warmth and humor. This one-man play is based on the condensed version Dickens himself used on his historic reading tours of the United States. A one-man play adapted from the classic, holiday novella by Charles Dickens.

    “Mr. Bodine’s script follows closely the condensed “Christmas Carol” Dickens created for this readings, whose cuts include the schoolroom scenes…Children ready for a Dickens introduction, however, will be captivated.” –The New York Times
  • CHRISTMAS THIEVES: A Small Town Radio Play
    It's Christmas Eve in America's heartland, and radio host Bjorn Gundlarrsen is preparing for the telethon performance that will keep his tiny polka station afloat. Unfortunately, the prize troupe of British actors he's hired has all fallen ill due to a dastardly combination of indigestible foreign meats. With time running out, will Bjorn be able to replace them in time and save the show? After...
    It's Christmas Eve in America's heartland, and radio host Bjorn Gundlarrsen is preparing for the telethon performance that will keep his tiny polka station afloat. Unfortunately, the prize troupe of British actors he's hired has all fallen ill due to a dastardly combination of indigestible foreign meats. With time running out, will Bjorn be able to replace them in time and save the show? After all, it's not like Christmas is known for miracles. A one-act from the comedic, short story, “The Thieves Who Couldn’t Help Sneezing,” by Thomas Hardy
  • THE SECRET SHARER
    In 1909, an inexperienced, young sea captain is torn between his duty to his ship and his loyalty to a fugitive, to whom he has offered refuge after the murder of a mutinous crew member. Adapted from the short novel by Joseph Conrad, and set against the background of the sea at the end of the "Age of Sail," the play explores the themes of race, morality and self-identity.
  • I, CARPENTER
    On a quiet summer evening, a master carpenter is caught finishing his work on a gazebo when his younger boss shows up after receiving a noise complaint. This tightly paced 10-minute drama explores the consequences of taking away one's reason to be when that reason is simply to work. Published as part of "Great Short Plays: Volume 10" by Playscripts, Inc.

    “The most powerful piece...
    On a quiet summer evening, a master carpenter is caught finishing his work on a gazebo when his younger boss shows up after receiving a noise complaint. This tightly paced 10-minute drama explores the consequences of taking away one's reason to be when that reason is simply to work. Published as part of "Great Short Plays: Volume 10" by Playscripts, Inc.

    “The most powerful piece of the evening….it’s a modest but gripping piece, and treats the lives of working-class Americans with a truthfulness that is all too lacking in contemporary theatre.” –NYTheatre.com *Critic’s Pick