Plays written by Bruce Graham
MISTER HART AND MISTER BROWN
NORTH OF THE BOULEVARD
STELLA AND LOU
WHITE GUY ON THE BUS
Mister Hart and Mister Brown – (4M) Set in Nebraska in the 1920s during the era of Prohibition, Two-Gun Hart is the only law for 300 miles. When a Duesenberg-driving antiques dealer from Baltimore shows up for a visit, young Ambrose Healey of the Homer Weekly Star smells a story. But is it worth his life to write it? A play about freedom of the press, the myth of the Old West, and a whole lot more from the award-winning writer of The Philly Fan, Any Given Monday, and Something Intangible.
North of the Boulevard – (4M) Business is falling apart, and so are the walls in this crumbling auto-repair shop on the wrong side of the Boulevard. Three childhood friends and one crusty old man sift through the merits of their floundering lives while confronting the vanishing middle-class around them. But just when the last road to prosperity seems at its dead-end, a questionable opportunity unfolds before them: Are they corrupt enough to escape the corruption that’s ruining their neighborhood?
Stella and Lou – (1M 1W) On a quiet night at Lou’s bar, two kindred spirits seek solace as they navigate changing times and relationships past. [It's] an intimate exploration of friendship, forgiveness, and the longing for companionship that grows with the passage of time.
White Guy On the Bus – (2M 3W) Ray, a successful white business executive, rides the bus every Saturday. On his weekly ride he befriends Shatique, a young black woman putting herself through school and struggling to raise a son on her own. The threads that tie these disparate individuals together gradually unravel in a complex web of revenge, social mores and racial biases from a candid and unexpected perspective.
PLAYS: Burkie, Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille, Minor Demons, Moon Over the Brewery, Belmont Avenue Social Club, The Champagne Charlie Stakes, Desperate Affection, According to Goldman, Dex and Julie Sittin’ in a Tree, Full Figured Loves to Dance, and Mum Puppet Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. Coyote on a Fence won the Rosenthal Prize, was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards and was produced on London’s West End starting Ben Cross. The recent Arden Theatre production of Something Intangible garnered 13 Barrymore Nominations and won seven including BEST NEW PLAY and BEST PRODUCTION.
FILM: Dunston Checks In, Steal This Movie, Anastasia
T.V. MOVIES: Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, The Christmas Secret, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Ring of Endless Light (HUMANITAS AWARD WINNER, Best Children’s Screenplay) Right on Track, Tiger Cruise.
TELEVISION: Roseanne, Leg Work. BOOK: The Collaborative Playwright (co-written with Michele Volansky.) Graham has received grants from the Pew Foundation, the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, Drexel University’s Westphal College, and the Rockefeller Foundation and was a recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Statuette. He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and lives in South Philadelphia with Stephanie, Kendall, and two beagles.* Please note that some titles are handled by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing, Broadway Play Publishing, and Playscripts.com. Please ask if you don’t see a particular play.