|Formerly a professor of American History, ANDREW R. HEINZE is the award-winning author of JEWS AND THE AMERICAN SOUL (Publishers’ Weekly choice: “Best Books of 2004”).
In 2007 Andrew left a tenured position in academia and moved to New York City, where he began a full-time career in playwriting. He soon completed his first full-length play, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, a political farce set in the Oval Office in the year 2028. Though unproduced, the play was praised by the Soho Theatre in London as "an accomplished first effort . . . sharp and highly enjoyable repartee . . . very theatrical: fast moving with lots of humour."
Among Andrew's full-length plays, THE INVENTION OF THE LIVING ROOM won the Texas NonProfit Theatres' 2014 New Play Project competition (World Premiere to be held at the Tyler Civic Theatre); previously it was a Finalist for the 2012 Blue Ink Playwriting Award given by the American Blues Theater (Chicago), and chosen for the Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Playfest! The Harriet Lake Festival of New Plays; HAMILTON, a tragedy about Alexander Hamilton, was a semi-finalist for the 2012 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and a Finalist for the T. Schreiber Studio's 2012 New Works Festival.
Andrew's one-act plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Albuquerque and elsewhere; they include the award-winning comedy THE FQ (about obscenity and cable TV), published in THE BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS, 2011 (Smith & Kraus); the award-winning comedy THE BAR MITZVAH OF JESUS GOLDFARB, which won both “Judges’ Choice" and “Audience Choice” for Best Play at the 2011 New York City 15-Minute Play Festival; and the award-winning drama MASHA: CONDITIONS IN THE HOLY LAND, the Jury Prize Winner for Best Script out of 748 scripts submitted to the Fusion Theatre Company's 2012 short play festival, and selected for the 2013 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival.
Andrew's newest full-length plays are: PLEASE LOCK ME AWAY, a dark comedy about an older woman’s unusual revenge on two adolescent boys who had publicly humiliated her; and MOSES, THE AUTHOR, a comedy about Moses, his family and his writer's block as he struggles to complete the Bible before he dies. MOSES, THE AUTHOR had its World Premiere at the 18th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, August 10-23, 2014 and was subsequently chosen for the Fringe Encore series, Sept 26-Oct 5, 2014.
Andrew Heinze belongs to the Dramatists Guild of America and holds degrees from Amherst College (B.A. Magna Cum Laude) and the University of California, Berkeley (M.A., Ph.D.).
For a complete resume, please visit: www.andrewheinze.com