Bruce Bonafede

Bruce Bonafede

Bruce Bonafede is an award-winning playwright based in Palm Springs, California. His first produced play, ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS, received the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville and was published in the anthology BEST SHORT PLAYS—1986 (Applause). That same year the ninety-minute, no intermission version of the play premiered at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays. Samuel French published...
Bruce Bonafede is an award-winning playwright based in Palm Springs, California. His first produced play, ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS, received the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville and was published in the anthology BEST SHORT PLAYS—1986 (Applause). That same year the ninety-minute, no intermission version of the play premiered at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays. Samuel French published the full-length version of ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS in 2015. In 2018 his play QUARANTINE won 3rd Place in the 39th One-Act Playwriting Competition at the Little Theatre of Alexandria in Northern Virginia. Bonafede was born on Long Island and was raised there and in Washington, DC. He attended Union College in upstate New York and studied at New Playwright’s Theatre in Washington, DC, where he was a founding member of the Washington Playwrights Unit. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and the writers group at Coachella Valley Repertory in Rancho Mirage, California.

Plays

  • Advice to the Players
    Full Length. Now available in its full-length, 90-minute form. 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...
    Full Length. Now available in its full-length, 90-minute form. 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. 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
    Full Length. In NORTH – a long single act covering a winter’s day and night – a strong-willed but very old man fights to retain his dignity and protect the woman he loves, but with tragic consequences. His struggle casts a spotlight on our society, our values, and human mortality. Cast: 4M, 2F The play takes place in the dying industrial North. The set is the living room of a small apartment above a factory...
    Full Length. In NORTH – a long single act covering a winter’s day and night – a strong-willed but very old man fights to retain his dignity and protect the woman he loves, but with tragic consequences. His struggle casts a spotlight on our society, our values, and human mortality. Cast: 4M, 2F The play takes place in the dying industrial North. The set is the living room of a small apartment above a factory, now abandoned. Estimated running time: 75-80 minutes without intermission.
  • The Short Christmas Dinner
    Ten Minute Play. "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Bare stage; a suitable table and four chairs.
  • Hollywood's Hideaway
    Ten Minute Play. In the land of dead celebrities, a writer goes to interview a former movie star who's not quite dead yet. Cast: 2M, 1F. Bare stage, some patio furniture.
  • Mahi-Mahi
    Ten Minute Play. In this short absurdist piece, outrage meets wisdom on a boat off Catalina Island. Cast: 2 Bare stage, minimal props (the boat needn't be a real boat).
  • Death in the Woods
    Ten Minute Play. A man is haunted by the childhood memory of a personal act of violence and a life-changing betrayal. Cast: 3M (one 12 years old or so) Set is a non-realistic representation of a pine grove in the Catskill Mountains. Approximate running time: 10 minutes.
  • Quarantine
    3rd Place Winner of the 39th Annual One-Act Play Competition at the Little Theatre of Alexandria in Northern Virginia. This fast-paced, 30-minute drama is based on the legend of the Black Syphilis during Vietnam. Production requirements: minimal props, scenes primarily created through lighting effects. Approximate running time: 30 minutes.