Bob Bartlett

Bob Bartlett

Bob Bartlett is a Washington, DC based dramatist whose work has been commissioned, produced, and developed at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, The Kennedy Center, Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, The Lark New Play Development Center, Theater Alliance, Rep Stage, Spooky Action, Source Festival, Iron Crow Theatre, The Welders, and The Capital and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. His play BAREBACK INK recently had...
Bob Bartlett is a Washington, DC based dramatist whose work has been commissioned, produced, and developed at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, The Kennedy Center, Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, The Lark New Play Development Center, Theater Alliance, Rep Stage, Spooky Action, Source Festival, Iron Crow Theatre, The Welders, and The Capital and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. His play BAREBACK INK recently had an off-off-Broadway run at NYC’s Hard Sparks, directed by Obie-winner David Drake. SWIMMING WITH WHALES will have its world premiere this coming season at DC's 1st Stage, and is a part of the SigWorks reading series at Signature Theatre. He is a two-time recipient of the Individual Artists Award in Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council, a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, and coordinator of the theatre program at Bowie State University in Maryland.

Plays

  • The Orbit of Mercury
    "A derelict city diner becomes a portal to the past - and the future." Mercury's future is bright. He's the star player on his prep school basketball team and is being recruited by the best colleges in the country as much for his ball handling skills and blazing speed as for his talent in the sciences and passion for astronomy. But lately Mercury's orbit is behaving oddly, and...
    "A derelict city diner becomes a portal to the past - and the future." Mercury's future is bright. He's the star player on his prep school basketball team and is being recruited by the best colleges in the country as much for his ball handling skills and blazing speed as for his talent in the sciences and passion for astronomy. But lately Mercury's orbit is behaving oddly, and sometimes it even feels as if he's moving backwards. He's come home to a place he doesn't remember, a girl who remembers everything about his past that he's forgotten, and a changing relationship with the man who raised him, a retired cop who does everything he can to help a forgotten Baltimore neighborhood, even buying and restoring an historic corner diner. And then he dies. And sees the universe for what it is.
  • Swimming with Whales
    While visiting his family's secluded cottage on the lower Outer Banks of North Carolina, Owen, a typically urban fifteen-year-old boy, and his fisherman father clash until an unlikely and healing communion with an injured whale awakens in Owen a forgotten boyhood and connection with the sea.
  • happiness (and other reasons to die)
    Ella wrecks a perfectly good suicide pact by jumping the gun, leaving her three pact-mates to deal with a lifetime of hoarded belongings, Bob Dylan memorabilia, and an immortal dog. An unlikely comedy about living, dying, and trying to find really good reasons for both. "Planning a decent demise turns out to be more than a little tricky in “happiness (and other reasons to die),” a suspenseful, dark and...
    Ella wrecks a perfectly good suicide pact by jumping the gun, leaving her three pact-mates to deal with a lifetime of hoarded belongings, Bob Dylan memorabilia, and an immortal dog. An unlikely comedy about living, dying, and trying to find really good reasons for both. "Planning a decent demise turns out to be more than a little tricky in “happiness (and other reasons to die),” a suspenseful, dark and funny new play by local playwright Bob Bartlett. Now on view in a winningly acted production from the Welders, a collective of D.C.-based playwrights, “happiness” turns what sounds like a gimmicky premise into an absorbing chronicle of unpredictable human behavior." Celia Wren, The Washington Post
  • The Survivalist
    A prepper is mysteriously trapped in his isolated Montana cabin with a family of Syrian refugees during an end-of-days event.
  • The Accident Bear
    Bear has accidents. One a month, every month, without fail. Fender benders, broken ankles, a busted this or that - abrasions, lacerations, punctures, a broken heart. Try as he might, he can’t shake the accident bug until Chance, an unemployed paramedic living in her 1978 Volkswagen Beetle, wanders into his lonely world.
  • Bareback Ink
    "A raging narcissist, drunk on authority, pulls the supernatural strings in Bob Bartlett’s unapologetically queer neo-noir about desire, possession, and the perversion of power." The Rape and Abduction of Ganymede - in all its celebrated and problematic forms - has been the subject of artists, writers, and thinkers since antiquity, and remains emblematic of the treatment of generations of men and...
    "A raging narcissist, drunk on authority, pulls the supernatural strings in Bob Bartlett’s unapologetically queer neo-noir about desire, possession, and the perversion of power." The Rape and Abduction of Ganymede - in all its celebrated and problematic forms - has been the subject of artists, writers, and thinkers since antiquity, and remains emblematic of the treatment of generations of men and boys at the hands of powerful and sometimes corrupt systems. Commanded by a mysterious patron, a young man enters a noirish, purgatory-like tattoo shop where an isolated and withdrawn artist inks the boy’s back over the course of several months. Both men are prisoners, one stolen as a boy and ascended to the heavens, the other cast out and fallen to earth. In this erotic tale of desire and possession, Bartlett’s modern-day Ganymede - rejected by family, community, and culture - subverts our oldest gay myth by fighting back.
  • Kansas
    An army vet and his thirteen-year-old daughter set out on a drive from our nation’s capital to Wichita to murder an abortionist in this piercing snapshot of radicalized America.
  • Falwell
    It’s been over eight years since Harlan has left his tiny apartment. But when his hateful dog, Falwell, an obese black labrador retriever, unexpectedly expires and twenty-something newlywed interns Stephen and Sarah move in next door, the outside world like never before beckons – and Harlan hears.
  • Kuchu Uganda
    Set in the spring of 2009 and shortly before Uganda’s legislature passed a bill making homosexuality punishable by death, the violence of homophobia destroys two households – one in Kampala and the other in an average American city.
  • The Fourth of April
    In early April of 1968, two hundred and twenty seven Bowie State College undergraduates travel by bus to the State House in Annapolis, Maryland to protest deplorable conditions on campus and the lack of support from state government. Written to commemorate Bowie State University's Sesquicentennial.