David Davila

David Davila

David Davila is a writer, performer, director, comedian, and dramaturg from South Texas; where the border wall's been standing since the Bush administration. His works include MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY (O'Neill Finalist, NYMF Best Musical Nomination 2015, Best Reading 2014, Princeton University 2016, Gallery Players BK 2018), ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (NY Fringe 2019, Barn Arts, Feast, Summer Fresh...
David Davila is a writer, performer, director, comedian, and dramaturg from South Texas; where the border wall's been standing since the Bush administration. His works include MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY (O'Neill Finalist, NYMF Best Musical Nomination 2015, Best Reading 2014, Princeton University 2016, Gallery Players BK 2018), ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (NY Fringe 2019, Barn Arts, Feast, Summer Fresh Festival), AZTEC PIRATES, A LATINX FANTASIA ON NATIONAL THEMES (Winner of the New American Voices National Playwriting Award, San Diego Rep Latinx New Play Festival, PlayGround Experiment), HOTEL PUERTO VALLARTA (Variations Theatre, Latinx Playwrights Circle), ADAN Y JULIO Y LA FRONTERA 2003 (O'Neill Semi-Finalist, Lone Star, Viva SA), 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), TALES FROM HWY 281 (Intar Theatre), MEN OF GOD (Lone Star), and THE MESQUITE TREE (PlayGround Experiment). His short plays have been featured by The PlayGround Experiment, NYMadness, Primary Stages, Feast, ESPA, Second City Chicago, Prospect Theatre, 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. Currently, you can find him in Bloomington, where he's an MFA Playwriting Fellow at Indiana University.

Plays

  • AZTEC PIRATES & THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS
    [FULL LENGTH] What makes someone a traitor to their race? Johnny Montenegro is an ICE agent trying to put back the pieces of his life after an alleged incident got him suspended from duty. But if he really beat an undocumented immigrant half to death, then why can't he remember? Why can he only hear the man's voice echoing in his head, over and over, accusing him of genocide? Equipped with only his...
    [FULL LENGTH] What makes someone a traitor to their race? Johnny Montenegro is an ICE agent trying to put back the pieces of his life after an alleged incident got him suspended from duty. But if he really beat an undocumented immigrant half to death, then why can't he remember? Why can he only hear the man's voice echoing in his head, over and over, accusing him of genocide? Equipped with only his commands Johnny embarks on a dark odyssey searing for the truth about his country, his culture, and his memory as he seeks the validation he needs to continue living complicitly.

    Across borders and allegiances this three part fantasia 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.

    Part 1 in the Aztec Pirates Trilogy
  • AZTEC PIRATES & THE INEQUITY OF SACRIFICE
    [FULL LENGTH] Three years after the deadly actions of ICE agent Johnny Montenegro changed their lives forever, Elida wants closure, Carmen wants absolution, and Michelle wants justice. But as they try to move on from the events of that traumatic night in South Texas, looming mysteries and visions of prophetic Aztec Warriors force them into a journey that will entangle their lives further.

    Across...
    [FULL LENGTH] Three years after the deadly actions of ICE agent Johnny Montenegro changed their lives forever, Elida wants closure, Carmen wants absolution, and Michelle wants justice. But as they try to move on from the events of that traumatic night in South Texas, looming mysteries and visions of prophetic Aztec Warriors force them into a journey that will entangle their lives further.

    Across borders and allegiances this three part fantasia 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.

    Part 2 in the Aztec Pirates Trilogy
  • HOTEL PUERTO VALLARTA, a dramatic work of legitimate theatre
    [FULL LENGTH] The Hotel Puerto Vallarta is the second most popular drag resort in sunny Puerto Vallarta - which ain't saying much considering there's only two. Though it hasn't been remodeled by the fab five or any other interior designer since the early nineties, some would call its shabbiness chic. Still, others would call an Über to take them to a nicer hotel. That won't stop local drag...
    [FULL LENGTH] The Hotel Puerto Vallarta is the second most popular drag resort in sunny Puerto Vallarta - which ain't saying much considering there's only two. Though it hasn't been remodeled by the fab five or any other interior designer since the early nineties, some would call its shabbiness chic. Still, others would call an Über to take them to a nicer hotel. That won't stop local drag has-been turned hotel manager, Connie Guisada from dreaming of one day being able to restore it to its former glory! So imagine how Connie and the other queens react when they find out their boss, Barbra Coa, has plans to sell to developers and leave them all unemployed. Can Connie prevent the sale of the Hotel Puerto Vallarta by the end of the business day or will she be turning tricks on Playa de los Muertos?
  • ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, a gay bedroom drama
    [FULL LENGTH] 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...
    [FULL LENGTH] 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***
  • THE MESQUITE TREE
    [FULL LENGTH] 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?
  • ADAN Y JULIO Y LA FRONTERA 2003
    [FULL LENGTH] 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...
    [FULL LENGTH] 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 and cheeky adaption of Romeo & Juliet, filled with adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, an undocumented musical-comedy
    [MUSICAL] 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...
    [MUSICAL] 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, award-winning, 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.

    "The Statue of Liberty should always be played by a transgendered woman in a sea-foam-green cape and boxing trunks!" - The New York Times

    "Brave and ambitious in both form and content! As entertaining as it is enlightening! Davila and de la Puente use an idiosyncratic mix of pop, rock, Latin, and hip-hop to tell their story in a manner reminiscent of Lin-Manuel Miranda." - Theatremania

    "Manuel Vs the Statue of Liberty is an essential piece of musical theater that captures lightning in a bottle!"
    - Stagebuddy.com

    “Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty” remains a scorching critique of immigration policies in the United States and resounding celebration of the human spirit!" - Theatre Reviews Limited

    "An emotional sucker punch to the gut!" - NYMF Unauthorized

    Music & Lyrics by David Davila
    Book & Lyrics by Noemi de la Puente
  • PROMÈSA, a mariachi musical
    [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...
    [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 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
  • RED LIGHT / GREEN LIGHT
    [10 MIN] 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
    [10 MIN] 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.
  • FOR EVERY ACTION THERE IS AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION
    [10 MIN] 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
    [20 MIN] 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,...
    [20 MIN] 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!
    [10 MIN] 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...
    [10 MIN] 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.
  • KING CHARLES THE FIRST
    [10 MIN] Oliver Cromwell questions King Charles the first and members of his court on matters related to high treason. It does not go well.
  • BETTER THAN SEX
    [10 MIN] A single guy gets grilled by his family about his sex life at a small wine and cheese gathering.