Author of Clybourne Park, which won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards (London) for Best Play, 2010, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2011, and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012. Other plays include The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam (2003), The Pain and the Itch (2004), The Unmentionables (2006), A Parallelogram (2011) and The Qualms (2014), all of which had their premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago. Recent productions include The Low Road (2013) at the Royal Court Theatre (London) and Domesticated which premiered in 2013 at Lincoln Center Theatre. He lives in New York.
The best new play in many a season. There are heady, farcical peaks to this comedy that approach the manic genius of Preston Sturges. But Mr. Norris' real target is that great sentimental sham, the idealized American family.—New York Observer
One of the most satisfying theatrical events available today…Norris writes with a mind that is attuned to the blindness that passes for a shared vision among the emotionally smug and upwardly mobile.—New Yorker
BRUCE NORRIS’S THE PAIN AND THE ITCH IS ONE OF THE MOST SATISFYING THEATRICAL EVENTS AVAILABLE TODAY. SEE IT!—Hilton Als, The New Yorker
WICKEDLY FUNNY. If you enjoy the bitterly articulate comedies of Edward Albee or the political provocations of Wallace Shawn, THIS PLAY IS NOT TO BE MISSED!—David Cote, NY1
HILARIOUS AND VICIOUS. This impeccable production, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, is a high-wire act of surprise, nuance and timing. EIGHT VIRTUOSO ACTORS pass and duck one another with the cumulative force of farce and catastrophe.—Linda Winer, Newsday