Bruce Bonafede

Bruce Bonafede

Plays include
ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS (Heideman Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1985)
QUARANTINE (Third Place, One-act Playwriting Competition, Little Theatre of Alexandria, 2017)
SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD (production: North Park Playwright Festival, 2018; listed in Best 10 Minute Plays 2019))
NORTH (staged reading: Santa Fe Playhouse, 2018)
THE DESERT OF LOVE (staged...
Plays include
ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS (Heideman Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1985)
QUARANTINE (Third Place, One-act Playwriting Competition, Little Theatre of Alexandria, 2017)
SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD (production: North Park Playwright Festival, 2018; listed in Best 10 Minute Plays 2019))
NORTH (staged reading: Santa Fe Playhouse, 2018)
THE DESERT OF LOVE (staged reading: Coachella Valley Repertory, 2018).

Other plays include CRUSADE (full-length), and several 10-Minute Plays: A DEATH IN THE WOODS, THE SHORT CHRISTMAS DINNER, TWO IDIOTS IN A BAR, and MOM.

Bonafede was born on Long Island and raised there and in Washington DC. He studied at New Playwright’s Theatre in Washington DC, where he was a founding member of the Washington Playwrights Unit (now the Playwrights Forum). He is a long-time member of the Dramatists Guild and a proud supporter of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund. He lives in Palm Springs, California. www.brucebonafede.com

Plays

  • Crusade
    FULL LENGTH IN TWO ACTS. Cast: 5M, 1F, + 1M voice only.
    In the near-future, civil war rages between Christian fundamentalists who control the federal government and rebellious U.S. military units still loyal to the Constitution. The play follows the fate of an Army patrol caught up in this conflict. Stylistically, CRUSADE heightens a traditionally realistic form through the use of sound, lighting,...
    FULL LENGTH IN TWO ACTS. Cast: 5M, 1F, + 1M voice only.
    In the near-future, civil war rages between Christian fundamentalists who control the federal government and rebellious U.S. military units still loyal to the Constitution. The play follows the fate of an Army patrol caught up in this conflict. Stylistically, CRUSADE heightens a traditionally realistic form through the use of sound, lighting, language, and physical action in a “total theatre” effort to confront the audience with the reality of violence and the danger of extremism.
  • Advice to the Players
    FULL LENGTH IN ONE ACT.
    A shorter version of ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS received the Heideman Award at the Humana Festival in 1985. This NMNI version premiered at Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays a year later and is now available through Samuel French for the first time. The play is a fictionalized account of an actual event, telling the story of two celebrated black South African actors who...
    FULL LENGTH IN ONE ACT.
    A shorter version of ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS received the Heideman Award at the Humana Festival in 1985. This NMNI version premiered at Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays a year later and is now available through Samuel French for the first time. The play is a fictionalized account of an actual event, telling the story of two celebrated black South African actors who have traveled to America to perform but are caught up in the world's boycott of their country's apartheid system--a system they have struggled all their lives to overcome.

    A short except of ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS is available here on NPX. For the full script, please visit https://www.samuelfrench.com/s/1072/advice-to-the-players

    Of this full-length version, the Philadelphia Inquirer said: "…a play of remarkable distinction…rare among American dramas in that it boldly brings up a moral issue for examination in strong theatrical terms. This is not a little play about little people leading lives of no importance…Succeeds in making it all emotionally engrossing as well as intellectually stimulating…the drama is 90 intense minutes…that brooks neither an intermission nor a resolution…"
  • North
    ONE-ACT. Cast: 4M, 2F.
    In the dying industrial North, a very old but still strong-willed man fights to retain his dignity and protect the woman he has loved for seventy years. But the relentlessness of time turns his strength into weakness, and leads to tragic consequences.
  • Quarantine
    ONE-ACT. Cast: 7M.
    Third Place Winner of the 2017 One-Act Play Competition at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. Based on the unproven legend of the Black Syphilis during Vietnam, this fast-paced, 30-minute play dramatizes a government coverup and the terrible ambiguities of war.

    Minimal staging required; scenes can be created through lighting effects.
  • Say Goodbye to Hollywood
    10-MINUTE PLAY. Cast: 2M, 1F.
    In this affectionate satire on the movie business, a writer goes to interview a former noir film star and learns that in the land of illusion success may not be what it seems. Will be listed in Best 10 Minute Plays 2019.

  • A Death in the Woods
    10-MINUTE PLAY. Cast: 3M.
    A man is haunted by the childhood memory of a personal act of violence and a life-changing betrayal.

  • Mom
    10-MINUTE PLAY. Mom has just gotten terrible news. Fortunately her loving family is there to lend their support.
  • The Short Christmas Dinner
    10- MINUTE PLAY. Cast: 2M, 2F.
    So what CAN you talk about at the table during Christmas Dinner?
  • Two Idiots in a Bar
    10-MINUTE PLAY. Cast: 3M
    Two guys walk into a bar, have a beer, and leave.
    Idiots.