Bio

Rich Orloff is one of the most popular unknown playwrights in             the country.  His plays have received over a thousand productions, numerous awards, and oodles of laughter.

Full-length plays include:
  • ADVANCED CHEMISTRY

Winner, 2002 Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence

  • BIG BOYS

Winner, 1997 InterPlay International Play Festival,
2nd Place, 2002 Kaufman & Hart Prize for New American Comedy

  • DAYS OF POSSIBILITIES

over 20 productions around the country

  • DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY

Winner, 1999 Theatre Conspiracy New Play Contest

  • ENGAGEMENT RULES

World Premiere at Detroit Repertory Theatre, 2011

  • GUY STUFF

Honorable Mention, 2011 Ohio State Univ. New Play Contest

  • LOVE HAPPENS  

               Winner, 1994 Playwrights First Award

  • RADIO RIDICULOUS

Semi-Finalist, 2011 “Make the House Roar” Prize

  • SHEDDING LIGHT

Winner, 2000 Abeles Foundation Playwrights Award

  • SKIN DEEP

Winner, 2008 Larry Corse Playwriting Prize

  • SOMEONE’S KNOCKING

Back Stage West Critic's Pick, 2008

  • TROPICAL HEAT

World Premiere at Third Eye Theatre, Portland OR, 2012

  • VERONICA'S POSITION

Winner, 1995 Festival of Emerging American Theatre

Comic revues include:
  • FOREIGN AFFAIRS

New York magazine Off-Off-Broadway pick, 2005

  • FUNNY AS A CRUTCH

The New York Times Critic's Pick, 2008

  • NOTHING SERIOUS

over 40 productions around the world

  • OY!

over 20 productions in the United States and Europe

  • ROMANTIC FOOLS

over 40 productions around the world

Rich’s plays have been presented across the country at such theaters as Arizona Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Dayton Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, New Jersey Rep, Next Act Theatre (Milwaukee), Phoenix Theatre Company (Arizona), Phoenix Theatre Company (Indianapolis), Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, West Coast Ensemble, the WorkShop Theater Company (New York), twice at Theatre Conspiracy, three times at In Tandem Theatre (Milwaukee) and three times at the Key West Theatre Festival.

Author of over a dozen one-acts and 75 short comedies and dramas, Rich's short plays have had over 900 productions on six of the seven continents (and a staged reading in Antarctica).

Rich’s short comedies have been published six times in the annual Best American Short Plays series, three times in the annual Best Ten-Minute Plays series, 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.

Rich lives in New York City, but he likes to get out of town frequently    to remind himself what the rest of the world is like.

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