Rich Orloff | The Orchard Project

Rich Orloff

Professional Residency

Years: 2010

Rich Orloff is one of the most popular unknown playwrights in the country. His plays have received over two thousand productions, numerous awards, and oodles of laughter. From his acclaimed comedic explorations of such topics as disability (FUNNY AS A CRUTCH) and an unwanted pregnancy (ENGAGEMENT RULES) to documentary-style plays such as VIETNAM 101: THE WAR ON CAMPUS, Rich’s plays range widely in style and subject matter, but they all combine irreverence and compassion.

Rich’s full-length plays have had over 300 productions and have been presented across the country at such theaters as Arizona Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Dayton Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, In Tandem Theatre (Milwaukee), New Jersey Rep, Next Act Theatre (Milwaukee), Phoenix Stage Company (Connecticut), Phoenix Theatre Company (Arizona), Phoenix Theatre Company (Indianapolis), Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, West Coast Ensemble, WorkShop Theater Company (New York), and in Canada, England, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Serbia, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Israel, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

Author of over a dozen one-acts and 80 short plays, Rich’s short works have had over 1800 productions on six of the seven continents… and a staged reading in Antarctica!

Rich’s short comedies have been published seven times in the annual Best American Short Plays series and three times in the annual Best Ten-Minute Plays anthology. They’ve also bee included in the bilingual collection An Anthology of Contemporary American Plays (published in China), in The Bedford Guide to Literature, and in anthologies published by Random House and Western Michigan University Press. Playscripts has published eight volumes of his plays. (For details, visit

Before becoming a playwright, Rich wrote for newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, industrial films and educational videos. While in Kosovo in 2000, Rich wrote the children’s play SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS FIGHT TUBERCULOSIS for Doctors of the World.