World Premiere of New Play ‘The Butcher’ in Hong Kong
Newly completed play ‘The Butcher’ will receive its world premiere in Hong Kong in May when the Hong Kong Players will be producing it alongside four plays taken from The Meta Plays collection (‘A Flawed Character,’ ‘The Craft,’ ‘The Curious Art of Critique,’ and ‘Tacked-On Ending’) as well as locally written material. The production, entitled ‘From Page to Stage’ will take place at the Hong Kong Arts Centre on Wednesday, 15 May to Friday, 17 May, 8pm; Saturday, 18 May, 3:30pm and 8pm. More details can be found on the company’s website.
‘A Rebel Among The Wretched’ in Massachusetts
The Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, is to produce ‘A Rebel Among The Wretched’ as part of the Theatre and Dance Department’s Drama Lab. The production will take place on April 19th, 2019.
‘The Curious Art of Critique’ in California
‘The Curious Art of Critique’ will be produced by the Theatre Arts Department at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks, California, as part of its upcoming 10-Minute Play Festival. Performances will take place at the Blackbox Theatre, April 25-28, 2019. More information will be available on their website.
‘A Flawed Character’ in New Jersey
‘A Flawed Character’ will be produced at Kean University as part of its upcoming Directors’ Showcase. The production runs from April 30th through May 2nd, 2019. More details will become available on the university’s website.
Three of ‘The Meta Plays’ to be Produced in New Hampshire
The Granite State Arts Academy is to produce three of ‘The Meta Plays’ in its upcoming spring play production. The plays included are ‘The Craft,’ ‘A Flawed Character,’ and ‘Tacked On Ending.’ The production will take place on May 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2019, in Salem, NH. Further details will become available on their website.
‘The Curious Art of Critique’ and ‘The Craft’ in Ohio
‘The Curious Art of Critique’ and ‘The Craft’ are to be produced at the Ashland University Theatre, in Ashland, Ohio, as part of its upcoming 10-Minute Play Festival on December 10, 2018. Details can be found on the university's website.
‘The Craft’ in Iowa
The Department of Theatre and Dance at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, will be producing ‘The Craft’ as part of its One Acts Festival. The performances will take place at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the 8th and 9th of December, 2018. Further details are available here.
‘A Flawed Character’ and ‘The Curious Art of Critique’ in Hawai’i
SLATE Theatre of Hilo, Hawai’i, will be producing ‘A Flawed Character’ and ‘The Curious Art of Critique’ as part of its upcoming Short Play Festival. The festival takes place on October 19th & 20th, 2018, at the East Hawai’i Cultural Center-Kahua ʻElua in Hilo, HI. Further details will be available on their website.
‘What’s the Meta?’ in New York
The Encore Players Community Theatre will be producing ‘What’s the Meta?’ as part of its upcoming ‘Encore Shorts, One-Act Plays’ production, taking place in Interlaken, NY on October 19th, 20th and 21st, 2018. Details will be available soon on the company’s website, which can be found here.
‘The Craft’ Wins ‘Best of the Decade’ in Minnesota Festival
‘The Craft’ was announced the ‘Best of the Decade’ winner on September 6th, 2018 at the Minnesota Shorts Play Festival in Mankato, Minnesota, which celebrated their best reviewed shows from the last nine years of producing the festival. The play also garnered best actress and best actor awards for its talented cast of Callie Sonnek and Zach Bolland.
‘Dedication’ in Scotland
‘Dedication’ is to be produced by the Birchvale Players of Dalbeattie, Scotland on August 17th, 2018. The performance will take place at the Birchvale Theatre and more information on the company can be found on their website here.
‘The End of the World’ in Sacramento
Capital Stage Company, Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, has chosen ‘The End of the World’ for inclusion in its upcoming Playwrights’ Revolution festival of new works. The staged reading of the play will take place at the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts on July 24th, 2018. More information will be available on the company’s website soon.
‘Public Relations’ to Receive London Production
Black Cat Theatre Co are producing ‘Public Relations’ as part of its upcoming new show ‘Millennials: #Disconnected’ taking place at London’s Pleasance Theatre on July 16th, 2018. More details can be found on the Pleasance Theatre’s website here.
‘A Practical Guide to Becoming a Playwright’ Now Available
Andrew’s latest book, ‘A Practical Guide to Becoming a Playwright: Real World Knowledge, Experience and Insight’ is now officially released and is available at all major booksellers. A straightforward, practical approach to the art and craft of playwriting, the book is a go-to guide for honing your writing skills and steering your plays toward successful productions. You can learn more here.
“If ever there was a poster boy for ‘write what you know’, it's Biss, because what he knows really does entertain us.” ~ Views from the Gods, London
A little biographical information and play production history:
From the Royal Court Theatre in London to the Playhouse Theatre in Tasmania, the works of playwright Andrew Biss have been performed across the globe, spanning four continents. His plays have won awards on both coasts of the U.S., critical acclaim in the U.K., and quickly became a perennial sight on Off and Off-Off Broadway stages.
In London his plays have been performed at The Royal Court Theatre, Theatre503, Riverside Studios, The Pleasance Theatre, The Union Theatre, The White Bear Theatre, The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, Fractured Lines Theatre & Film at COG ARTSpace, and Ghost Dog Productions at The Horse & Stables.
In New York his plays have been produced at Theatre Row Studios, The Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival, The Kraine Theater, The Red Room Theater, Times Square Arts Center, Manhattan Theatre Source, Mind The Gap Theatre, 3Graces Theatre Company, Emerging Artists Theatre, Curan Repertory Company, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, American Globe Theatre, The American Theater of Actors, and Chashama Theatres, among others.