David Davila

David Davila

David Davila is a writer, performer, director, comedian, and dramaturg from South Texas; where 45 wants to build his idiotic wall. His musicals and song-cycles include MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY (NYMF Best Musical Nomination 2015, Best Reading 2014, Princeton University 2016, Gallery Players BK 2018), PROMÈSA (Developmental Residency at Musical Theatre Factory), VOX POP (Musical Theatre Factory, 54...
David Davila is a writer, performer, director, comedian, and dramaturg from South Texas; where 45 wants to build his idiotic wall. His musicals and song-cycles include MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY (NYMF Best Musical Nomination 2015, Best Reading 2014, Princeton University 2016, Gallery Players BK 2018), PROMÈSA (Developmental Residency at Musical Theatre Factory), VOX POP (Musical Theatre Factory, 54 Below New Musicals), PYRAMID (Lincoln Center Across A Crowded Room Series 2015), #52SONGS (Beechman, The West End, The Underground, The Triad), F*CKING BEAUTIFUL (Beachman), THE MAGIC TIME MACHINE (Beachman), NASH POTATOES & DAVY (The West End), and TALES FROM HWY 281 (Intar Theatre). His full-length plays include ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (Barn Arts, Feast, PlayGround Experiment, Summer Fresh Festival), AZTEC PIRATES & THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS (PlayGround Experiment, Feast, Summer Fresh Festival), ADAN Y JULIO Y LA FRONTERA: 2003 (Lone Star, Viva SA), MEN OF GOD (Lone Star), CREDO (ESPA), and ABUELAS OR THE POVERTY CYCLE (PlayGround Experiment). His short plays have been featured by The PlayGround Experiment, NYMadness, Primary Stages, Feast, ESPA, Second City Chicago and Lone Star Theatre. He studied vocal performance at the University of North Texas, Arts Administration at The University of Texas San Antonio, playwriting at Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of the Performing Arts and comedy writing at Second City Chicago. He is the founding Artistic Director of Lone Star Theatre Company, an avid sketch comedy and improv performer, a Rockwell Scholar, an Askins Playwright Fellow, and a proud member of ASCAP. @davidodavila

Plays

  • AZTEC PIRATES & THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS, PART 1
    Johnny Montenegro is an ICE agent trying to put back the pieces of his life after an ugly incident in the field got him suspended from duty. While arresting a man he had already deported two years earlier, he was called a traitor to his race and beat the accuser half to death. Still, he couldn’t shake the idea that had been planted within him: was he a traitor to his race? Equipped with only his commands Johnny...
    Johnny Montenegro is an ICE agent trying to put back the pieces of his life after an ugly incident in the field got him suspended from duty. While arresting a man he had already deported two years earlier, he was called a traitor to his race and beat the accuser half to death. Still, he couldn’t shake the idea that had been planted within him: was he a traitor to his race? Equipped with only his commands Johnny embarks on an odyssey as he searches for the truth about his country, his culture, and his memory. However with every answer that he finds, there is something inside of him that becomes less clear. His quest to clear his conscience leads him from strip bars to courtrooms to hospitals to morgues, as he seeks the validation he needs to continue living complicitly.

    Across borders and allegiances this two part play takes you on a harrowing and disturbing adventure that examines life for LatinX people caught between embracing their roots and conforming to the mob mentality of a Trump-era USA.
  • AZTEC PIRATES & THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS, PART 2
    Elida Montenegro must find a way to move on following the shocking events of her husband's deadly choices three years earlier. A looming civil suit, lingering mysteries about her husband, and terrible nightmares that keep her awake at night lead her, and her comadre Carmen, on a journey they never expected to take.

    Across borders and allegiances this two part play takes you on a harrowing...
    Elida Montenegro must find a way to move on following the shocking events of her husband's deadly choices three years earlier. A looming civil suit, lingering mysteries about her husband, and terrible nightmares that keep her awake at night lead her, and her comadre Carmen, on a journey they never expected to take.

    Across borders and allegiances this two part play takes you on a harrowing and disturbing adventure that examines life for LatinX people caught between embracing their roots and conforming to the mob mentality of a Trump-era USA.
  • ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
    Like two doomed stars circling a black hole, Danny and Gerry are the most passionate of lovers who can't seem to stay away from each other even as they burn toward oblivion. Gerry sees in Danny a second chance at youth while Danny sees in Gerry the love he never got from his father; but are they helping each other or hurting each other? Animal Husbandry is a gay bedroom drama that explores an explosive...
    Like two doomed stars circling a black hole, Danny and Gerry are the most passionate of lovers who can't seem to stay away from each other even as they burn toward oblivion. Gerry sees in Danny a second chance at youth while Danny sees in Gerry the love he never got from his father; but are they helping each other or hurting each other? Animal Husbandry is a gay bedroom drama that explores an explosive Daddy/Son romance and deconstructs the roles that psychosexual desires play in adult relationships.

    ***WARNING: Explicit content, violence, and nudity***
  • MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, a musical-comedy
    Manuel is as American as Taco Salad and student debt, but if he wants to go to college himself he'll have to risk coming out as an undocumented immigrant. That could be extra tricky now that new immigration reform laws require all so-called-illegal immigrants to fight the Statue of Liberty (a genderqueer rock n’ roll version of the American icon) in a real life high stakes boxing match for their green-...
    Manuel is as American as Taco Salad and student debt, but if he wants to go to college himself he'll have to risk coming out as an undocumented immigrant. That could be extra tricky now that new immigration reform laws require all so-called-illegal immigrants to fight the Statue of Liberty (a genderqueer rock n’ roll version of the American icon) in a real life high stakes boxing match for their green-cards. Is Manuel brave enough or even crazy enough to take on the two-hundred and twenty-five ton mammoth of copper and steel? This raucous musical comedy leaps from Latin rhythms to rap and hip-hop to glam rock to soaring Broadway ballads as our hero navigates a treacherous world where any stranger could become an enemy, and even baby Jesus can be deported.

    Music & Lyrics by David Davila
    Book & Lyrics by Noemi de la Puente
  • RED LIGHT / GREEN LIGHT
    An employee at a corporate office returns after taking leave to find that he has missed the new sensitivity training.
  • THE BETRAYAL OF JULIUS CAESAR
    Julius Caesar awakens from a terrible nightmare in the middle of the night to discover that his life is being narrated by a mysterious yet familiar figure - betrayal and hilarity ensue.
  • THE ABUELITA CYCLE
    Manuela gave birth to Fatima when she was fifteen. Fatima gave birth to Blanca when she was sixteen. Blanca gave birth to Carmel when she was fifteen. Carmel gave birth to Destiny when she was fourteen. Now Destiny is fifteen and Blanca wants more for her than a life lived as a single mother in a small house in a small town in the Rio Grande Valley with all of her abuelas. Can she break the cycle before it repeats again?
  • PROMÈSA, a mariachi musical
    Promesa is a mariachi musical across four centuries that takes you on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Yaretzi, an Aztec woman after the fall of Tenochtitlan, Leonora, a soldadera in the Mexican Revolution, and Milagros, a doctor at the height of the AIDS epidemic, all undertake this difficult pilgrimage to the sacred site at El Tepeyac in hopes of a miracle. Not all of them...
    Promesa is a mariachi musical across four centuries that takes you on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Yaretzi, an Aztec woman after the fall of Tenochtitlan, Leonora, a soldadera in the Mexican Revolution, and Milagros, a doctor at the height of the AIDS epidemic, all undertake this difficult pilgrimage to the sacred site at El Tepeyac in hopes of a miracle. Not all of them will get the miracle they want, but perhaps faith itself is the miracle they need.

    Book, Music, & Lyrics by Noemi de la Puente & David Davila
  • ADAN Y JULIO Y LA FRONTERA: 2003
    Set against the violent backdrop of the Texas/Mexico border in 2003, this action-packed romance follows Adan, a teenage assassin hell bent on getting revenge against the drug lord who killed his entire family. But his plans are turned upside down when he falls in love with Julio; the drug lord's son. He wants nothing more than to runaway with this beautiful creature across the Rio Grande and escape the...
    Set against the violent backdrop of the Texas/Mexico border in 2003, this action-packed romance follows Adan, a teenage assassin hell bent on getting revenge against the drug lord who killed his entire family. But his plans are turned upside down when he falls in love with Julio; the drug lord's son. He wants nothing more than to runaway with this beautiful creature across the Rio Grande and escape the fates they seem destined to endure, but fate has other plans. Drag Queens and hit men go toe to toe in this dangerous romance filled with adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • FOR EVERY ACTION THERE IS AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION
    When Carli, a non-binary, effeminate, LatinX person, is late for their shift at the hotel, it leads them into a tragic altercation with their homophobic, machismo, boss.
  • THE LAST VIRGIN IN SCHOOL
    Seneca Jade must win the Little Miss Big Tex pageant or her brother and her won't eat, and her sister will be stuck in jail. But when the talent portion of her pageant goes terribly wrong she is forced to confront the horrifying nature of her family's history of incest and how she has somehow been neglected by it. Wanting any form of love and affection she can find she turns to her teacher, her gay...
    Seneca Jade must win the Little Miss Big Tex pageant or her brother and her won't eat, and her sister will be stuck in jail. But when the talent portion of her pageant goes terribly wrong she is forced to confront the horrifying nature of her family's history of incest and how she has somehow been neglected by it. Wanting any form of love and affection she can find she turns to her teacher, her gay brother, and the last virgin in school to rid her of the curse of her sexuality. This appalling study of abused children and the impoverished white class marries high camp, dark comedy, and magical realism to tell the tale of an innocent little girl who just wants to be loved.

    Written with specific parameters given by a 24 hour play festival hosted by Lone Star Theatre Company in 2014.
  • WATCH US SIT IN: LIVE!
    Two University of Texas college students live broadcast their sit-in protest of the secret Texas vote to close many abortion clinics in 2013.

    This play was originally produced as part of an evening of plays inspired by Wendy Davis and her fight against Texas law makers trying to take away women's reproductive rights in 2013. THE CAPITOL PLAYS premiered at the Ken Davenport Theatre (formerly...
    Two University of Texas college students live broadcast their sit-in protest of the secret Texas vote to close many abortion clinics in 2013.

    This play was originally produced as part of an evening of plays inspired by Wendy Davis and her fight against Texas law makers trying to take away women's reproductive rights in 2013. THE CAPITOL PLAYS premiered at the Ken Davenport Theatre (formerly the 45th st Theatre) on May 13th, 2013 and featured original plays by David Davila, Lindsay Hicks, Mando Alvarado, and Raquel Almazan. The plays were directed by Christopher Romero-Wilson and starred Claudia Acosta, Anissa Felix, Laura Gomez, Kristoffer Infante, Kristen Leger, and John Mazurek.