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.

His one-act play QUARANTINE won 3rd Place in the One-Act Playwriting Competition at the Little Theatre of Alexandria in 2017.

His other full-length plays include NORTH, CRUSADE, and THE DESERT OF LOVE.

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

  • Crusade
    FULL LENGTH IN TWO ACTS. This play recreates the traditional war drama in a new way and with an urgently relevant message for today. 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,...
    FULL LENGTH IN TWO ACTS. This play recreates the traditional war drama in a new way and with an urgently relevant message for today. 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 seeks to heighten a traditionally realistic form through the dramatic 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. Cast: 5M, 1F, + 1M voice only
  • 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 have...
    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
    FULL LENGTH IN ONE ACT. A strong-willed but very old man fights hard to retain his dignity and protect the woman he has loved for almost seventy years, but with tragic consequences. Cast: 4M, 2F
  • Quarantine
    ONE-ACT. 3rd Place Winner of the 2017 One-Act Play Competition at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. This fast-paced, 30-minute drama is based on the legend of the Black Syphilis during Vietnam. Cast: 7M


  • Say Goodbye to Hollywood
    10-MINUTE PLAY. In this affectionate satire on the movie business, a writer goes to interview a former noir film star and learns that celebrity is not always what we’ve been led to believe. Cast: 2M, 1F.

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

  • The Short Christmas Dinner
    10- MINUTE PLAY. The Shorts, a typical, sexually-deranged American family, enjoy the holidays.
  • The Morning After
    10-MINUTE PLAY. This Christmas comedy answers the deeply profound question "How did Jesus get his name?" Cast: 2M
  • Two Idiots in a Bar
    10-MINUTE PLAY. The title pretty much sums it up. Cast: 3M