Rich Orloff is one of the most popular unknown playwrights in the country. His plays have received over 1400 productions, numerous awards, and oodles of laughter. From his documentary-style plays such as CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY to his comedic explorations of such topics as disability (FUNNY AS A CRUTCH) and lust among the senior set (ADVANCED CHEMISTRY), Rich's plays range widely in style, but they all combine irreverence and compassion.
Rich's full-length plays have been presented across the country at such theaters as Arizona Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Dayton Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, In Tandem Theatre (Milwaukee), New Jersey Rep, Next Act Theatre (Milwaukee), Phoenix Stage Company (Connecticut), Phoenix Theatre Company (Arizona), Phoenix Theatre Company (Indianapolis), Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, West Coast Ensemble, WorkShop Theater Company (New York), and in Canada, England, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Israel, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.
Author of over a dozen one-acts and 80 short plays, Rich's short works have had over 1200 productions on six of the seven continents... and a staged reading in Antarctica!
Rich’s short comedies have been published seven times in the annual Best American Short Plays series, more than any other playwright in the last twenty years. They've also bee included in the bilingual collection An Anthology of Contemporary American Plays (published in China), in The Bedford Guide to Literature, and in anthologies published by Random House and Western Michigan University Press. Playscripts has published eight volumes of his plays. (For details, visit Playscripts.com.)
Before becoming a playwright, Rich wrote for newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, industrial films and educational videos. While in Kosovo in 2000, Rich wrote the children’s play SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS FIGHT TUBERCULOSIS for Doctors of the World.
Born and raised in Chicago, and a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, Rich currently lives in New York City. He likes to get out of town frequently to remind himself what the rest of the world is like.