About me

Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots

I’ve written numerous full-length plays, including Blood on the Snow, Chore Monkeys, Lab Rats, Distant Neighbors, Fire on Earth, Flight, Constant State of Panic, Pieces of Whitey, Blinders, and Reading the Mind of God, which have been staged in theaters across the country.

My short plays are published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer, Smith & Kraus (I have stuff in a bunch of “Best of” anthologies), and Original Works Publishers, and have received more than 1,000 productions from theatres and schools around the world. So far, my short plays have been produced in 14 different countries.

I’ve also written three novels, Steering to Freedom, Moving (a life in boxes) and Tornado Siren. My radio plays have been broadcast on Playing on Air, NPR and elsewhere. I also write screenplays, which have been optioned and developed by various Hollywood production companies.

I have a habit of starting things: I helped start Boston’s Rhombus Playwrights writers’ group, the Chameleon Stage theatre company in Denver, the Bare Bones Theatre company in New York, the publication Market InSight… for Playwrights, and the on-line Playwrights’ Submission Binge. I’m also a member of the Dramatists GuildStageSource, and a board member of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund.  In 2013, I co-founded the New England New Play Alliance and still serve as its coordinator.

I’ve been a playwriting fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company and New Rep in Boston. Recent commissions include plays and musicals for In Good Company, The Bostonian Society, Central Square Theatre, and Tumblehome Learning.

Both Blinders and Reading the Mind of God were nominated for Best New Play by the Denver Drama Critics Circle. My writing has won a bunch of awards, including a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Colorado Arts Innovation Award, a Playwriting Fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Festival of Emerging American Theatre, the New American Theatre Festival, the In10 UMBC Competition, and the Market House Theatre One-Act Play Award.

photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots

I have a passion for history and a lifelong love of science and scientists. In my spare time, I like to farm and fix up old houses.  In 2012, my wife and I started a small farm enterprise, the Pen and Pepper Farm, in Dracut, MA.

You can e-mail me at pat@gabridge.com.

Just for kicks, here’s a list of the countries in which my work has been on stage:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Finland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • The Philippines
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • India
  • South Africa