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By Vivia Chen 
September 29, 2015   


Alan Hruska writes and directs films and plays, and is a novelist and book publisher.
Alan’s first film, Nola, released by Samuel Goldwyn in 2003, was chosen the next year in a Best of Tribeca program (sponsored by The Tribeca Film Festival, Vanity Fair and MTV) for presentation to the troops in Kuwait and Qatar. His second film, The Warrior Class, premiered in the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2006 and is being distributed by Echo Bridge.  Reunion, his third film, was released in New York in 2009. All three films ran on the cable television network, Showtime, and are now available for streaming on various internet outlets.  His fourth film, The Man On Her Mind, which Hruska co-directed with Bruce Guthrie was released in 2014.

Alan was also Associate Executive Producer of the documentary, Trumbo, Co-Producer of the film, Handsome Harry, and Executive Producer of the feature comedy, Tiger Lily Road.      
Alan began his theatrical life in 2005 by directing an off-Broadway revival of Waiting for Godot, developed at the Actors Studio The New York Times called Hruska’s Godot  “a pleasure,” and  The New York Post, “an admirable production” having  “just the right mixture of pathos and comic bluster.” Alan’s own play, New House Under Construction, which he also directed, ran at the 59 E 59 Theaters in 2008-09.  The Man On Her Mind, a play he wrote directed by Bruce Guthrie, was produced in 2013 at the Charing Cross Theatre in London.   Laugh It Up, Stare It Down, written by Hruska and directed by Chris Eigeman ran at The Cherry Lane Theatre in 2015 and will be published and licensed for regional theater productions by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

In 1984, Doubleday published Alan’s first novel, Borrowed Time.  The following year, Alan co-founded the New York book publishing company, Soho Press, of which Alan is still Chairman.  In 2011, Alan’s second novel, Wrong Man Running, was published in the U.K. and the U.S.A. by the British publisher, Severn House, and worldwide by Thomas & Mercer (for a time last year, it was the number one selling e-book in the U.K.).  His third novel, Pardon The Ravens, was published in February 2015 by Prospect Park Books, It Happened At Two In The Morning, in November 2017, by Prospect Park Books, and The Inglorious Arts, February 2019, by Prospect Park Books.
In an earlier life, Alan was a trial lawyer, representing many individuals and institutions, public and private.  He was also president of several professional organizations and a member of various commissions and community boards.  He is now a director of the Lark Play Development Center in New York and a member of the Actors Studio, Playwrights and Directors Unit.