ANDY BRAGEN THEATRE PROJECTS is an NYC-based writer-centered theatre company that produces formally ambitious, highly theatrical plays.
In my conversations with fellow playwrights I hear a vast frustration with the way the industry is working at the moment. I believe we can do better. We can build a model wherein the majority of revenues are invested in art and artists as opposed to administration, wherein the sole focus is production, as opposed to play development. We can circumvent traditional institutional channels, and build a nimble new model for presenting daring, original and visionary work. It is my hope that the paths I forge with ABTP will offer my fellow writers alternative ways forward to see their own ambitions and visions realized, so that we may collectively change the American theatre.
I BELIEVE IN formally innovative writing, in plays that explode the way time functions on stage, and heighten and break open realist conventions. My work is ambitious in scope, both highly inventive and deeply personal. I often write about my family, and also about my hometown: New York City. I am a native of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, mine both the history of the area, and my own personal history to present a vision of that ever-changing neighborhood’s past and present, its disappearing middle class, the changes, both good and bad, that I’ve seen there over the past 30 years.
OUR FIRST PRODUCTION premiered at 59e59 Theatres in 2016. We are in the planning stages for a late 2019 or early 2020 production.