BYRD’S BOY was presented off-Broadway at Primary Stages (produced by Jeff Ash and co-produced by Casey Childs and Primary Stages). Under the direction of Arthur Masella, the play starred David McCallum and Myra Lucretia Taylor. It also won a major grant from the Pilgrim Project and was a finalist in the Rosenthal New Play Contest at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The Detroit Repertory Theatre production of BYRD’S BOY was nominated as “Best Play” by Detroit Free Press’s 20th Annual Award for Theatre Excellence. It was presented by the University of Arkansas – Little Rock. There, Bruce was honored with the Kerry Kennedy Award.
Bruce’s ANOTHER VERMEER was instrumental in his winning a Berrilla Kerr Award and was an O’Neill finalist. The play had a workshop production at HB Playwrights (directed by William Carden and starring Austin Pendleton and Michael Urie) and a Los Angeles production (presented by Theatre 40 and an LA TIMES “Critics Choice”). In NYC, it opened at the Abingdon Theatre (again starring Mr. Pendleton and directed by Kelly Morgan), where it garnered enthusiastic reviews and won the theatre’s “Abby Award” as “Best Play of the Season.”
His MIA (missing in action) was recently given its premiere by The Rep at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. And his AMERICAN WAKE was just given a series of staged readings at the Columbia-Green Community College.
The New York Musical Theatre Festival presented a staged-reading/special event of the children’s musical for which he wrote the book, MY PERFECT PET.
Last spring (2013), Fitchburg State presented a workshop production of THE BIG HOPE – a play that takes place in the shadow of the Sacco-Vanzetti trials. It was given readings at the EST, Theatricum Botanicum (part of “Seedlings” series at Ellen Geer’s theatre in Topanga, CA), and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Bruce wrote the book for the revue THE BROADWAY KIDS SING BROADWAY (featuring Jesse Eisenberg). His RARE INDULGENCE was an O’Neill Conference finalist.
Among other theatres that have done productions of Bruce’s plays are the John Houseman (NYC), the Denver Center Theatre Company, and the Norris Theatre. Among theatres that have done readings (staged and otherwise) of his work are New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, the Abingdon Theatre, and Westbeth.
Bruce has done a few TV shows, among which are Gary Goldberg’s BROOKLYN BRIDGE and Glenn Caron’s SHOWROOM. Specials include ALL THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS for PBS and Bell South.
Bruce is proud to have been honored by the Kennedy Center Festival for “Outstanding Service in Playwriting.”
In what seems another life, he was a performer and was seen in such otherwise reputable places as the Manhattan Theatre Company, Goodspeed, and the Orpheum.
He was graduated from Franklin & Marshall College. Happily a New Yorker, he’s even happier to be married to actress/singer/voice-over artist Donna Robinson.