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American Wake
Nearly broke and dying of cancer, Ulysses S. Grant faced his greatest battle: to complete his autobiography and provide for his family before he's gone. This play takes place on the night before his burial. It features his editor (Mark Twain), his best friend (Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman), and an African-American waiter (Arthur Dubois - Bruce's invention). This four-character piece centers on both American's greatest tragedy (racism) as well as on the complex pain of saying good-bye. More...

Another Vermeer
This Berrilla Kerr Prize-winner and O'Neill Finalist was extolled by John Simon, VARIETY, and THE L.A. TIMES. It asks: "Does art fill the void at the center of life or does art cause it?" Based on real events, this story revolves around Han van Meegeren (a Dutch painter circa 1945) who is painting to save his life. See why such luminaries as Robert Brustein, Tyne Daly, Frank Langella, and Murray Schisgal are among this piece's greatest supporters. More...

Beyond The Sea
Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY, this lyrical and emotional musical (for which Bruce did both book and lyrics) was optioned for Broadway by Tavel-Davis Productions. It featured Carolee Carmello, Paul Dano and was directed by Tony-winner Jack Hofsiss. Though a family musical, it sparkles with enough wit to please the most-discerning adult. More...

Byrd's Boy
After its premier at New York's PRIMARY STAGES (starring David McCallum and co-produced by Jeffrey Ash), this comedy/drama has been done throughout the country. In this fact-based audience-pleaser, an empty warehouse in Baltimore circa 1988 is the single backdrop for the fascinating relationship between a 70-ish Caucasian man and a 30-ish African-American woman. This vulgarity-free and laugh-filled piece was a finalist for the Rosenthal New Play Prize and was nominated "Best Play" by the Detroit Free Press. More...

Innocence
Suggested by the murder of TV actress Rebecca Schaeffer ("My Sister Sam") and the subsequent trial, this fascinating play examines the criminal culpability of the ostensibly mentally disturbed. This visually compelling piece takes place not only in the court but in the twisted psyche of the accused. See why INNOCENCE won the Norris New Play Prize. More...
MIA (Missing In Action)
Timely and vital, MIA (Missing in Action) faces issues that confront every American. This dynamic and entertaining family play chronicles six engaging characters as they battle to find some kind of peace during wartime. MIA asks questions that we're all facing -- and offers entertaining and provocative answers. More...

Rare Indulgence
This black comedy for four actors explores the place of pleasure in our lives. It centers on food -- with a soupcon of sex thrown in. More...

(Sacco-Vanzetti) Vince, Al & Teddy
With its pervasive sense of fear, 1925 was a year that disturbingly reflects ours. The fascinatingly human dynamics of an Italian immigrant father and his two sons are set against the backdrop of the infamous trail of anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, an odious episode about which everyone should be aware -- especially now. More...

The Sixth Man
On a basketball court in a New York City suburb, a long-standing 2-on-2 weekend game introduces a new player -- a very attractive woman among the men. This is just one factor throwing a bunch of precariously balanced lives into a chaos to which most of us can relate. This human comedy about serious matters is driven by the energy of the on-stage game and sustained by six remarkably attractive characters about whom you grow to care deeply. More...

Urban Abo
A comedy with coincidental ethical content -- If you like your theatre vivid and wild and your comedy actually funny, this is the play for you. When Trump-like developer Fred Wofford decides to develop (i.e. exploit) the island paradise of Mollika, he finds himself transformed into a native of that island (i.e. an urban aborigine). Little does he suspect that this will lead to a night in which 18 characters (played by 5 actors) all try to kill him. More...

One Act Plays
Includes the select works SPEED-THE-CHOW, DROWNING, 21st CENTURY SECURITY, and THE GOLDBERG NOSE VARIATIONS. More...
 
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