This fall, PlayCo will be co-producing Andy Bragen’s new play Notes On My Mother’s Decline alongside Andy Bragen Theatre Projects. PlayCo previously produced Bragen’s play This Is My Office which focused on the legacy of his late father and themes of identity and failure. As a companion piece, Notes On My Mother’s Decline is in a similar conversation with Bragen’s loss of his mother and also the birth of his first child. Andy Bragen, a native of New York’s Lower East Side, is a graduate of Brown University’s MFA program, an alumnus of New Dramatists, and a Lecturer at Barnard College. The show runs at the Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop October 6 – 27, 2019.
Andy sat down with PlayCo artistic intern John Brunner to discuss this upcoming production.
Andy Bragen, a graduate of Brown University’s MFA Program in Literary Arts, has been the recipient of Workspace and Process Space Residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Other honors include the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, a Tennessee Williams Fellowship from Sewanee: The University of the South, a Jerome Fellowship, a New Voices Fellowship from Ensemble Studio Theatre, a Dramatists Guild Fellowship, a Berkeley Rep Ground Floor Residency, and residencies at Millay Colony and Blue Mountain Center. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists.
Produced plays include The Hairy Dutchman, Spuyten Duyvil, Greater Messapia, Game, Set, Match, and This Is My Office which was produced off-Broadway by The Play Company, and received a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Solo Performance. Don’t You F**king Say a Word premiered in 2016 at 59e59 Theaters, under the direction of Lee Sunday Evans, the inaugural production of his company: Andy Bragen Theatre Projects. The play is available for purchase and licensing via Playscripts, Inc.
Also a translator, his co-translation of Yukiko Motoya’s Vengeance Can Wait was produced at PS122, and has been published by Samuel French.
Since 2007 Andy has been collaborating with the jazz saxophonist and composer John Ellis. Their first work, Dreamscapes, appeared at The Jazz Gallery in December 2007. Their second work, an hour long chamber piece entitled The Ice Siren, premiered in May 2009. Mobro, their third collaboration premiered at the Jazz Gallery in 2011. The studio album is available on Parade Light Records.
Andy has taught at many colleges and universities including Brown University, Franklin & Marshall College, The Ohio State University and Sewanee: The University of the South. He currently teaches at Barnard College.
Learn more about Andy at www.andybragen.com