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Bob Bartlett

Bob Bartlett's plays include: three new full lengths, Love and Vinyl (Good Records/Kitchen Dog Theater, KA-CHUNK!! Record/Annapolis, Astro Records/Austin), Mediocre White Men, and the futuristic a boy on a bed; Union, a new play about Walt Whitman's years living and loving in Washington, DC, during the Civil War, The Regular (2022 O'Neill Finalist; 2020 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference Selection), E2, an adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's EDWARD II which premiered last fall at Maryland's Rep Stage, The Orbit of Mercury (2017 O'Neill Finalist), Swimming with Whales (1st Stage - six 2019 Helen Hayes Award nominations), happiness (and other reasons to die) (The Welders), The Accident Bear (The Avenue Laundromat), Falwell (Active Cultures), Kuchu Uganda (DC Queer Theatre Festival), and Kansas (1st Draft). His play Bareback Ink, a queer reimagining of the Ganymede myth, recently had a run at NYC's Hard Sparks, directed by Obie-winner David Drake.

Recently, Bartlett has been producing his own site-specific work: his play The Accident Bear had a successful run in the Avenue Laundromat in Downtown Annapolis; during the first year of covid, he staged his play Three Strangers Sitting Around a Backyard Firepit at Two in the Morning Listening to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska in his backyard; he recently staged his horror play, Lýkos Ánthrōpos, in a wooded clearing in the middle of the woods on a farm in Maryland; his romcom Love and Vinyl premiered in the summer of 2023 at KA-CHUNK!! Records in downtown Annapolis; and he wrote the covid-inspired, twelve-episode Duck Harbor with EM Lewis for 1st Stage in Tysons which aired in 2021.


Bartlett is an affiliated artist with the National New Play Network and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America. He lives in Central Maryland in an old farmhouse and is a founding member of The Welders, a Washington, DC-based, producing playwrights collective who were recognized with the 2016 John Aniello Award for Emerging Theater Company by theatreWashington's Helen Hayes Awards.

education and training: Bowie State University (MA, English), Catholic University of America (MFA, Playwriting), Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory

[photo credit: C. Stanley Photography]

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