Todd Bash (born 1965) is an avant-garde playwright from Los Angeles, California. He has written more than twenty works for the theatre, many performed and published, as well as prose, poetry and film projects. He is also the creator of numerous collages, art objects and musical experiments.

His early writing features a gritty, realistic style, calling to mind the works of David Mamet and David Rabe, as well as British playwright Harold Pinter. Plays from this period include The Winning Number, Concrete and Blackouts.

By the late 1980s, Bash's approach changed radically, moving further and further into avant-garde territory. Often shattering the conventions of traditional theatre, and featuring dream-like imagery, his current style recalls the experiments of the Paris Surrealists during the 1920s, as well as writers such as Alfred Jarry, Bertolt Brecht and Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz. Among his plays from this period are Das Nachtgespenst, Goldring, Nachthunde and The Final Thoughts Of Stanislaw Bashkiewicz. His short opera libretto Seehunde was set to music by Japanese born composer Shigeru Kanno.

Bash has worked with theatre companies in Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia, as well as collaborations with artists from around the world. His writing has appeared in numerous periodicals, including Lost and Found Times, Neotrope and Gestalten, as well as collections published by Broken Boulder Press and Dog Ear Publishing.

Todd Bash

Sanctus Fumigaci Final Thoughts Neotrope


Collected Works
Volume 1: Early Plays
(including The Winning Number, Concrete and Blackouts)
In Preperation

Collected Works Volume 2: Sanctus Fumigaci - Short Plays
Dog Ear Publishing 2007
(including Das Nachtgespenst, Goldring, Nachthunde, Mondvögel, The Final Thoughts of Stanislaw Bashkiewicz, The Last of the Living Surrealists, The Hobo Screenplay and Seehunde.

Collected Works Volume 3: Prose, Poetry & Art Objects
In Preperation

Final Thoughts
Published by Broken Boulder Press, 2001
(including The Final Thoughts of Stanislaw Bashkiewicz (a short play), The Final Dream of Tatala Bashkiewicz (a collage play), The Second to Last Dream of Tatala Bashkiewicz (a story), The Final Thoughts of Todd Bash (an automatic writing) and Epitaph.

Neotrope #1
A collection of experimental writing, published by Broken Boulder Press, 2000
(including Das Nachtgespenst)

Surrealism and Dreams
Published by Cyprus Centre Theatre Institute, 2011
(includes Mondvögel in Greek translation)

Art Objects
No longer in print