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 ‘A Small Act of Vandalism’ in London

The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre in London has chosen ‘A Small Act of Vandalism’ to be included in its annual new writing event, the Write Now Festival. All plays in this year’s festival are based around the theme ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’. The show takes place on Saturday 17th May , 2014, at 5pm and 7:45pm at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, in South East London.

‘A Rebel Among the Wretched’ in L.A.

The Actors Workout Studio in Los Angeles has selected ‘A Rebel Among the Wretched’ to be included in their upcoming Spring Festival. The play will be part of a series of staged readings of short plays over the weekend of the festival, taking place on April 5th & 6th, 2014. The Actors Workout Studio theatre is located at 4735 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, in the NoHo Arts District. More information can be found at the company's site here.

'The Craft' at Pink Banana Theatre Co.

Pink Banana Theatre Co.in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has selected 'The Craft' for inclusion in its one-act  play production “The Honeymoon is Over.” Production dates for the show are June 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2014, all at 7:30pm. More information will be available on the company's website closer to production.

'The Craft' at MadLab Theatre

MadLab Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, has selected 'The Craft' for inclusion in its short play festival “Theatre Roulette,” the longest-running annual shorts festival in Columbus (now in its 15th year!). Production dates for Theatre Roulette are May 8-10, 15-17, & 22-24, 2014, with more information on the production available on the theatre’s website closer to the opening.

'The Craft' in Nova Scotia

'The Craft' will be produced as part of a variety show opening the new season of Dartmouth Players in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. More information on the theatre can be found here.

'Filler' to be Published in Forthcoming Anthology

'Filler' will be published by theatrical trade publisher Smith & Kraus, Inc., the largest publisher of trade theater books in the United States. The play will be included in the upcoming anthology The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2014, edited by Lawrence Harbison.

'The Craft' at TheatreFest, NSW, Australia

'The Craft' continues its extraordinary Australian odyssey this weekend where it will be performed on Saturday, June 22nd as a part of the 10th annual Central Coast TheatreFest in Toukley, NSW.

'Filler' selected for Original Playwrights Series

'Filler' has been selected for City Theatre of Independence's 5th annual Original Playwrights Festival, taking place July 11th - 14th at the Powerhouse Theatre in Independence, MO.

The play is taken from the collection 'The Meta Plays,' a series of eight short plays that take a theatrical conventions on a metaphysical joyride.

'The Craft' in New York

'The Craft' will receive an upcoming staged reading in New York by the Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company as part of their Spring New Play Reading series. The reading will take place on Monday, April 22nd, 2013, at the West Chelsea Arts Building, 508 W. 26th St, 12th floor.

'The Craft' at the Woy Woy Little Theatre

'The Craft' has an upcoming production in Australia in May, 2013, at the Woy Woy Little Theatre, on the Central Coast, NSW. The theatre has been in existence since 1962 and more information on both the theatre and the production can be found here.

'What's the Meta?' now published in The Bedford Introduction to Literature

'What's the Meta?' is now published in The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing (Tenth Edition), published by Bedford/St. Martin's. The Bedford Introduction to Literature is a best-seller for a reason: It brings literature to life for students — helping to make them lifelong readers and better writers. Classic works drawn from many periods and cultures exist alongside a hefty representation of today’s authors, including women, writers of color, and voices that reflect the quirkiness and humor of modern life.

'The Craft' in Tasmania

'The Craft' was produced at The Playhouse Theatre, Hobart, Australia, in August 2012 as part of OneFest, Hobart's One Act Play Festival. Now in its fourth year, OneFest has become a regular event on the Tasmanian theatre calendar.

'A Familiar Face' in Scotland

'A Familiar Face' is produced by Upfront Theatre Company, based in East Kilbride, Scotland, June 2012.

Heideman Award Finalist

Andrew has been selected as a finalist for the The Heideman Award for his short play 'A Rebel Among the Wretched.' The finalist plays were chosen from over 1,300 entries to the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest. Finalist plays are considered for production at the theatre and as part of the 2012 Humana Festival of New American Plays.

'The Craft' at Riverside Studios, London

London’s In Company Theatre has selected ‘The Craft’ for this year’s Off Cut festival at Riverside Studios. A total of 28 short plays will be performed during a three week run at the end of September/beginning of October 2011. At the final performance, a panel of industry professionals, chaired by the National Theatre’s Writer-in-Residence, Moira Buffini, will choose the winners of the Playwright, Director and Company of Actors Awards. Details to follow.

'Suburban Redux' makes its U.S. premiere on May 26th 



'Suburban Redux' will make its U.S. premiere in St. Paul, MN, beginning May 26th at the Lowry Lab Theater. Produced by Gadfly Theatre Productions, a professional, non-profit theatre and arts organization promoting socioeconomic justice, individuality, and equality for all, 'Suburban Redux' will complete the young company's inaugural season. The play will run until June 5th and details can be found here.

‘The Treachery of Images’ receives New York reading

New York’s Heiress Productions has selected ‘The Treachery of Images’ as one of three winning entries for its 2010 Playwriting Competition. The play will receive a staged reading by the company on Thursday, May 5th at 7:30pm at Simple Studios, (134 W. 29th St, NYC).

Heiress Productions is a not-for-profit organization committed to raising cancer awareness and funds through entertaining and inspirational professional productions.

'Carbon-Based Life Form Seeks Similar' opens in New York 

The Curan Repertory Company is producing 'Carbon-Based Life Form Seeks Similar' as part of its 5th annual Notes From The Underground Festival. The show runs April 27 - May 1, Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 7:00 p.m. American Theatre of Actors, 314 W. 54th St. (at 8th Ave.), (212) 479-0821 ($15).

'The Skewed Picture' in Massachusetts 

The Hovey Players, in Waltham, Massachusetts, have chosen ‘The Skewed Picture’ for inclusion in their Summer Shorts Festival, scheduled to take place this coming July. Further details to be announced.

'The Skewed Picture' opens at The Vortex Theatre

The Vortex Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico, begins performances of its Don’t Blink! International Play Festival, featuring 'The Skewed Picture' among its eight selected plays. The show runs from February 4 through March 6, 2011. Details can be found here.

Read an article on the show, including a brief interview with Andrew, here.
 

'The Meta Plays' 

The new anthology ‘The Meta Plays’ is a collection of short plays that takes theatrical conventions on a metaphysical joyride. The compilation can be performed by as few as 4 actors or as many as 18, all with minimal set and prop requirements. Further details, synopses, and script samples can be found here.

'The Craft' selected as finalist in National One-Act Play Competition

FirstStage, in Los Angeles, has selected ‘The Craft’ as one of three finalists for their 14th Annual One-Act Contest. The plays will be presented as staged readings on Monday, December 6th at 7:00pm at The Missing Piece Theatre, 2811 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 51505, near Hollywood Way. 

‘Public Relations’ now published

 

Theatrical trade publisher Smith & Kraus, Inc. have published ‘Public Relations’ in its new anthology 'The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2010.' Available from Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon, and most specialty theatre bookstores. Edited by Lawrence Harbison.

'Carbon-Based Life Form Seeks Similar' at the Independent Theatre Collective 

The Independent Theatre Collective will be producing ‘Carbon-Based Life Form Seeks Similar’ this coming October as part of its StoFest one-act play festival. ITC is an independent collective of theatre artists headquartered in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia dedicated to developing and producing thought-provoking, challenging work that will enlighten, enthrall and entertain. More information on the company can be found here.

‘Café Grotesquerie’ to be published 

 

Theatrical trade publisher Smith & Kraus, Inc. will be publishing ‘Café Grotesquerie’ in its upcoming anthology 'The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2011.' Date of publication: December, 2011. Edited by Lawrence Harbison.

Monologues from ‘skiz/uhm’ and ‘Suburban Redux’ now published

 

Theatrical trade publisher JAC Publishing & Promotions has just published monologues from ‘skiz/uhm’ and ‘Suburban Redux’ in its anthology ‘InterJACtions: Monologues at the Heart of Human Nature.’

'Café Grotesquerie' debuts in New York

 

Award-winning EndTimes Productions are producing 'Café Grotesquerie' as part of its annual one-act festival, "Vignettes for the Apocalypse." The festival focuses on pieces with horror, sci-fi, political, or dystopian themes. Performances run from 4/7/2010-4/18/2010 at The Red Room Theater, 85 East 4th Street (between 2nd & 3rd), New York, NY 10003. Details can be found here.  

'Organ Failure' now published in the Good Ear Review

The monologue 'Organ Failure' has just been published in The Good Ear Review...a dramatist's literary journal, and can be found by visiting their website here.

What's the Meta?' now published

Theatrical trade publisher Smith & Kraus, Inc. has published ‘What's the Meta?' in its latest anthology '2009: The Best Ten-Minute Plays for 2 or More Actors.' Edited by
Lawrence Harbison. Available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and most specialty theatre bookstores.

‘A Cure for the Common Cold’

 

The new play ‘A Cure for the Common Cold’ is a Cold War drama based on actual events. More information on the play can be found here.

‘Public Relations’ to debut in New York

 

The premiere production of ‘Public Relations’ will take place at the Notes From The Underground festival, produced by the Curan Repertory Company, beginning May 19th. Details to follow.

‘Kitchen Sink Drama’ in New York

 

Mind The Gap Theatre will be producing the one-act version of ‘Kitchen Sink Drama’ as part of BritBits 5, a play festival featuring brand new short plays by, for or about the British. New York's premiere British theatre company, Mind The Gap will be presenting the show at Manhattan Theatre Source, April 26-May 5. More details can be found at Playbill.

‘The End of the World’ at hotINK

 

‘The End of the World’ has been selected for inclusion in the 9th annual hotINK International Festival of Play Readings. The festival is organized and presented by the Department of Drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The lead role of "Valentine" will be performed by Broadway's Theo Stockman ("Hair" "American Idiot"). More information on hotINK can be found here.

 

The reading will take place on Saturday, January 31st, 2009 and will be held at the Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. Additional details to follow.

'What's the Meta?' in Beyond Convention

“Theatrical crack… One hell of a good time…In a truly esoteric stint, What’s the Meta? offers up a conversation between the words that make up two different characters in a play…making me speechless.”

 

OC Weekly

The Hunger Artists Theatre Company is producing ‘What’s the Meta?’ this November as part of its ‘Beyond Convention II” festival, showcasing one-act plays which break the rules of traditional theatre. More on the Fullerton, California-based theatre company can be found by visiting their website at www.hungerartists.com.  

‘What’s the Meta?’ in New York

 

Mind The Gap Theatre will be producing ‘What’s the Meta?’ as part of BritBits 4, a play festival featuring brand new short plays by, for or about the British. The show runs Wednesday- Saturday @ 7:30pm, October 29 - November 1, 2008 at the Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St (bet. 2nd & Bowery). General Admission: $18. Tickets available through TheaterMania at 212.352.3101 or online at www.theatermania.com

‘What’s the Meta?’ with Plays and Poetry


The East Haddam Stage Company has selected ‘What’s the Meta?’ for inclusion in its ‘Plays and Poetry’ production later this year. The show comprises an evening of intriguing short plays interspersed with engaging works by Connecticut poets. Details to follow. 
 

More on The East Haddam Stage Company can be found by visiting their website here.

'What's the Meta?' in NC

The Lost Playwrights of Western North Carolina will present ‘What’s the
Meta?’ as part of an evening of short plays. The show takes place at 7:00pm on Saturday, October 25th at The Living Room, 536 N. Main St., Hendersonville, North Carolina
.

'An Honest Mistake' in Ashland

ArtWork Enterprises has selected ‘An Honest Mistake’ as a winner for the 8th annual Rogue Valley Ten-Minute Plays Festival, in Ashland, Oregon. The play will be part of an event taking place on Monday, September 15, 2008 and performed by professionals selected from within the Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company. More information on the production and AWE can be found
here.

‘Dedication’ opens in New York

“Smart…Compelling...The dialog hits with an open palm…The subtlety of Biss' script comes into focus and the two characters shift positions”

nytheatre.com 
 

Turtle Shell Productions is presenting the premiere production of ‘Dedication’ in New York this summer. The play stars Arthur French and Booker T. Washington and runs July 17th - August 5th at The Turtle's Shell Theater (in the Times Square Arts Center), 300 W. 43 rd Street, New York, NY 10036 .Tickets available at Theatermania.com or by calling 212-352-3101.

For complete show schedule please visit: www.turtleshellproductions.com

'Cocktail Conversation' now published

Theatrical trade publisher Smith & Kraus, Inc. has published 'Cocktail Conversation' in its new anthology 'The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2007, 2 Actors.' Available from Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon, and most specialty theatre bookstores. Edited by Lawrence Harbison.

‘Big’ in New York

‘Big Girl’ opens in New York on April 3rd. Produced by 3Graces Theater Company as part of its Spring Shorts production, the show will run April 3 – 13, 2008 at the Turtle Shell Theater in the Times Square Arts Center, 300 W. 43rd Street, 4th floor (just west of Eighth Ave.)

Performances:
Wed - Sat at 7pm; Sun at 3pm; also Apr 12 at 3pm

Tickets:
212-279-4200


Order tickets online

www.threegracestheater.org

'Indigenous Peoples' opens in London

"A hilarious play"

Theatreworld Internet Magazine

"Amusingly clever and eruditely absurd"

Extra! Extra!

"Amusing and likeably daft"

Time Out

London’s Union Theatre opens its 'Best of the Bunch' plays from its highly popular Union of Shorts series. The 10th Anniversary Union of Shorts runs on the following schedule:

Wednesday, December 5th – Saturday, January 12th

Wednesday-Saturday @ 7:30pm
Sundays @ 3:00pm

The Union Theatre
204 Union Street
Southwark, SE1 0LX
020 7261 9876

www.uniontheatre.org

'Indigenous Peoples' takes the top honors at New York Festival

'Indigenous Peoples' was awarded Play of the Year at the Wonderland One-Act Festival, held at The Studio Theatre in Theatre Row on 42nd Street. The awards were presented at Chi Lounge in Manhattan on June 9th, where the production also picked up three other awards: Best Actress to Nicole Heriot, Understudy Award (for a last minute fill in by director James Stover), and the award for Audience Favorite Play.

Playbill

Broadwayworld.com
 

b i o g r a p h y :

The works of author and playwright Andrew Biss have been produced in New York, London, Los Angeles, and many other cities across North America and Europe. His plays have won awards on both coasts of the U.S., critical acclaim in the U.K., and are an Off-Off-Broadway mainstay.

In New York his plays have been produced at Theatre Row Studios, The Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival, Emerging Artists Theatre, The Kraine Theater, The Red Room Theater, Manhattan Theatre Source, Mind The Gap Theatre, 3Graces Theatre Company, Curan Repertory Company, Turtle Shell Productions, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, American Globe Theatre, The American Theater of Actors, and Chashama Theatres, among others.


He is published by Bedford/St. Martin's, Smith & Kraus, Inc., Meriwether Publishing Ltd., and JAC Publishing & Promotions.


Andrew is a graduate of the University of the Arts London, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
 

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The End of the World

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Strange Tales of the Curiously Uncommon

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