Brian Parks is an American playwright whose work has been produced in New York City as well as several cities across the U.S. The plays have also been produced internationally, in London, Edinburgh, Ireland, Adelaide, Auckland, Heidelberg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, in a touring German production, and in Austria. His play Americana Absurdum helped launch the New York International Fringe Festival in 1997, where it also won the Best Writing Award. Americana Absurdum went on to win a Fringe First award at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and became one of the first plays staged at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory theater. His other plays include Goner, The Invitation, Imperial Fizz, American Poodle (Splayfoot), Suspicious Package, Out of the Way, The Professor, The House, The Golfer, Enterprise, and The Professor. In New York City, he has worked with the Present Company, Clancy Productions, Word Monger, Gemini CollisionWorks, and Americana Absurdum Productions theater companies. The Renegade Theatre Experiment in San Jose, California, has produced three of his plays. Americana Absurdum, Goner, American Poodle (Splayfoot), Imperial Fizz, and Enterprise (also a Fringe First winner) have all appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, staged at Assembly venues. Enterprise has been published by Broadway Play Publishing, New York City. Imperial Fizz and The House have been published by Josef Weinberger, Ltd., London. The Invitation has been published in the collection Plays and Playwrights 2010, by the New York Theater Experience, Inc., New York City. Brian Parks has also served as the theater editor of The Village Voice in New York City, and as Chairman of the Obie Awards. He is a graduate of Brown University and holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brooklyn College. He has been a playwright in residence in his own residences.
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