Rich Orloff

The New York Times called my two-character play Big Boys “rip-roaringly funny” and named Funny as a Crutch a Critic’s Pick. Show Business Weekly called my play Skin Deep “a rare gem of a comedy”. My two-person comedy Romantic Fools has had over 60 productions in the USA, Africa, Asia and Europe, including a 20-month run in Madrid. My short plays have had over 1200 productions on six continents – and a staged reading in Antarctica. Seven have been included in the annual Best American Short Plays anthology, more than any other playwright in the last 20 years.


Advanced Chemistry– winner, 2002 Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence
Big Boys – winner, 2000 Auricle Playwriting Award
2nd place, 2002 Kaufman & Hart Prize for New American Comedy

Chatting with the Tea Party – finalist, 2014 Woodward/Newman New Play Award
Domestic Tranquility – winner, 1999 Theatre Conspiracy New Play Contest
Engagement Rules – world premiere at Detroit Repertory Theatre, 2011
Foreign Affairs – New York magazine Off-Off-Broadway Pick, 2005
Funny as a Crutch – New York Times Critic’s Pick, 2008
HA! – over 20 productions in the United States and Europe
Love Happens – winner, 1994 Playwrights First Award
Nothing Serious – over 50 productions in the United States, Europe and Australia
OY! – over 20 productions in the United States and Europe
Romantic Fools – over 60 productions in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa
Shedding Light – winner, 2000 Abeles Foundation Playwrights Award
Skin Deep – winner, 2008 Larry Corse Playwriting Prize
Someone’s Knocking – Back Stage Critic’s Pick, 1998
Tropical Heat – winner, 2013 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition
Veronica’s Position – winner, 1995 Festival of Emerging American Theatre
Vietnam 101: The War on Campus – 30 productions across the country
plus over 80 short plays (mostly comedies).

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