Rich Orloff

BIG BOYS

A two-character comedy about the relationship between a self-satisfied, grandiose, amoral and very successful boss, and his new, insecure, highly moral, and very unhappy assistant; an over-the-top comic fable about what men value and desire.

CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY

A documentary-style play about a New York liberal playwright who decides to interview leaders of Tea Party groups around the country so he can answer the question, “Who ARE these people?”

DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY

A nice family who live in a nice house in a nice suburb during the nice 1950’s are terrorized by three escaped convicts with bad table manners.

ENGAGEMENT RULES

Two couples, one just engaged and one married over fifty years, affect each other deeply as they deal with problems of romance and relationships.

FUNNY AS A CRUTCH

A collection of nine acclaimed short comedies which skewer stereotypes, archetypes, prejudices and assumptions both towards and within the disabled community. Beginning with the unlikely story of the first disabled settlers at Plymouth Rock and ending with the fractured fairy tale of Cripperella, Funny as a Crutch finds humor in everything from representations of the disabled in popular culture to the challenges of personal relationships.

HA!

A trio of Rich Orloff's most popular one-act comedies: <em>Oedi </em>(a parody of <em>Oedipus Rex</em> emphasizing the motherly side of Oedipus' wife), <em>The News from St. Petersburg</em> (a Chekhovian spoof about the effects of a political rumor) and <em>The Whole Shebang</em> (in which the entire universe is discovered to be a science fair project on another dimension).

LOVE HAPPENS

Two couples, one just starting and one approaching their 50th anniversary, affect each other deeply as they deal with problems of romance and relationships.

SKIN DEEP

When a couple from Ohio inherit a clothing-optional resort in Key West, Florida, they discover parts of themselves never before exposed. Skin Deep is a light comedy with depth, and a sex comedy with more than sex on its mind.

SOMEONE'S KNOCKING

A woman afraid of “out there” finds that her view of life changes when Opportunity knocks on the door – literally!

TROPICAL HEAT

An outrageously campy comedy set on a 1920’s tropical island hotel: When a masterful missionary meets a tantalizing temptress, he doesn’t have a prayer!

VERONICA'S POSITION

A famous actress teams with her ex-husband actor to do a Broadway-bound revival of "Hedda Gabler," but an out-of-town tryout in Washington, D.C. leads to complications with her fiancé (a U.S. Senator), her male assistant, the play’s young and sexy female director, and a controversial photographic artist.

VIETNAM 101: THE WAR ON CAMPUS

Based on interviews with and letters from students who attended Oberlin College in the late 1960’s, the play charts one college’s journey through the turbulent years of the Vietnam War, focusing on how the war and changing campus life affected students both politically and personally.

RICH ORLOFF is one of the most popular unknown playwrights in the country.  Although best known for his comedies, his work also includes the documentary-style plays CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY (finalist, Woodward/Newman New Play Award and nuVoices New Play Prize) and VIETNAM 101: THE WAR ON CAMPUS.  Rich's full-length comedies include BIG BOYS (winner, Auricle Playwriting Award, and second place, Kaufman & Hart Prize for New American Comedy), SKIN DEEP (winner, Larry Corse Playwriting Prize, and finalist, Sunwall Prize for Comedy), VERONICA'S POSITION (winner, Festival of Emerging American Theatre), LOVE HAPPENS (winner, Playwrights First contest), FUNNY AS A CRUTCH (NY Times Critic's Pick), SOMEONE'S KNOCKING (Back Stage Critic's Pick), and the two-person comic revue ROMANTIC FOOLS, which has had 80 productions around the world and played 20 months in Madrid, where apparently they're no better at romance than we are.  Rich’s short plays have had over 1400 productions on six of the seven continents (and a staged reading in Antarctica). Upcoming projects include getting a life and going for a swim. You can read more about all of his plays (including excerpts) at www.richorloff.com.