Conrad Bishop


Writers in collaboration, Conrad Bishop & Elizabeth Fuller were co-founders of Milwaukee’s Theatre X in 1969 and The Independent Eye in 1974. They have written over 60 produced plays, staged by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Circle Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Denver Center Theatre, Barter Theatre, Asolo Theater Center, and many others, as well as by their own ensembles. They were twice recipients of playwriting fellowships from the NEA and six-time fellowship grantees of PA Council on the Arts. They have created work in collaboration with many theatres and colleges. They have written and produced six public radio series, broadcast on more than 80 stations, and were recipients of two Silver Reel Awards from the National Association of Community Broadcasters.

Bishop has a Stanford Ph.D. and has directed over 100 shows for the Eye and Theatre X as well as freelancing with regional theatres and colleges. He has also done extensive mask and puppet design, and has performed with the Eye throughout the USA.

Fuller has created more than 50 theatre scores, including music for The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Frankenstein, and Camino Real. She was twice recipient of Philadelphia’s Barrymore Award for theatre music. She has performed roles with Independent Eye for three decades, plus many guest roles.

Smashwords Interview

Who on Earth are you?
CB: Two damned fools who've collaborated in writing & performing in theatre professionally for 47 years, longer as bed-mates. Now we're writing fiction: realistic, but always some fantastic element that screws up its genre. But that's what we've always done: we bang our heads on the slats between the pigeonholes.

EF: And we tend to look at things sideways, so there's usually humor. In life, things are pretty incongruous, and that strikes sparks.
When did you first start writing?
CB: I wrote a poem at age 15 and was in despair for a week because I thought I'd never write anything better. But then as a stage director I started doing translations of plays I directed. And then when we started our first theatre ensemble, I started writing short sketches for the repertory—I didn't think of myself as a playwright, just as the guy who wrote the plays.

EF: I was a piano prodigy as a child but had no sense that I was remotely creative. We started working together as undergrads in theatre, collaborating on some translations while jumping together into the back seat of an old Buick, and it went on from there.
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Where to find Conrad Bishop online

Where to buy in print


Blind Walls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,750. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
In a monstrous labyrinth of a mansion, a young carpenter lands his dream job and spends his next thirty-eight years serving a madwoman’s vision.
Galahad's Fool
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,270. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
A year after the death of his co-creator and soul mate Lainie, a grizzled puppeteer struggles to build a solo show. But what Albert Fisher intends as a lightweight spoof turns sharply personal, and he labors to birth a raw myth of loss.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,070. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
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A cross-genre comic tale in the Vonnegut vein: as a third of America goes clinically insane, hot-tempered Eddie sparks up an edgy romance with Pepper, a tough single mom from Oklahoma. His complaint about a phone bill targets the duo as terrorists, and a motley group of losers, loners, and seekers are tangled with their fate. Can love survive the gnashing teeth of Armageddon?

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