Doug DeVita

Doug DeVita

A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Doug’s play "Phillie's Trilogy" was recently named a Semi-Finalist for Barrington Stage Company's Burman New Play Award, placing in the top 60 out of over 450 submissions. It also won Scrap Mettle Arts Inaugural Emerging Playwrights Program competition, was chosen to inaugurate Great Griffon’s “Seeking The Queer Voice” reading series in January...
A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Doug’s play "Phillie's Trilogy" was recently named a Semi-Finalist for Barrington Stage Company's Burman New Play Award, placing in the top 60 out of over 450 submissions. It also won Scrap Mettle Arts Inaugural Emerging Playwrights Program competition, was chosen to inaugurate Great Griffon’s “Seeking The Queer Voice” reading series in January 2017, and was produced as part of the 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival, where it recieved a Fresh Fruit Award of Distinction for Outstanding Production. Other work includes "The Fierce Urgency Of Now," also produced at the 2016 Fresh Fruit festival, where it won four Fresh Fruit Awards of Distinction, including Outstanding Play, and Outstanding Production; "Major Divisions" (recently named a Semi-Finalist for Normal Avenue's New American Play Series and B Street Theatre's New Comedies Festival, under the title "Upper Division"); "NELL DASH, The Gruesomely Merry Adventures Of An Irrepressibly Sensible Capitalist With A Vengeance;" and "Just A Rumor" (co-written with Gary Lyons) which was a Semi-Finalist at the Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference and has had readings at New York’s Abingdon Theatre Company and London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. His ten-minute play, "Checking The Basement for Leaks" (the first play in "Phillie's Trilogy") has been performed at the Gallery Players Black Box Festival in New York, The Driftwood Players Short Works Festival in Seattle, Ramapo College in New Jersey, and The Warner International Playwrights Festival in Connecticut. He has also collaborated with actress Lane Bradbury (the original Dainty June in Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman) on her one-woman show "Let Me Entertain You, Again," which was performed at the Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles, as well as Feinstein’s/54 Below, and Don’t Tell Mama in New York.

Doug was invited into the 2019 Kennedy Center Summer Playwrights Intensive, where he studied with Mark Bly, Gary Garrison, Jackie Goldfinger, and Caleen Jennings, and he belongs to both Rogelio's Rogues, and The 36th Street Writers Block (formerly Abingdon Theatre Playwrights Group 1) in Manhattan. He has also studied with Robert Askins, Karen Hartman, Lyle Kessler, Rogelio Martinez, Winter Miller, Michael Walkup, and Eric Webb.He currently sits on the Advisory Board for The Fresh Fruit Festival.

In a past life, he was an Art director/Copywriter for such advertising agencies as Grey Global Group, J. Walter Thompson, and N.W. Ayer, and served as the marketing director for Abingdon Theatre Company for four years. He was also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Advertising Design Department at F.I.T. in New York. All of the above, along with a Catholic school education and his Irish Catholic, Depression-era mother, have given him an unbelievable amount of material. 

Plays

  • Phillie's Trilogy
    Full-length, award-winning comedy/drama.

    Growing up in the “fabulous” 70s was no picnic for precocious budding writer Phillie McDougal. But despite the nuns, the priests, bullying classmates, and his parents, he lived to tell the tales, with results no one bargained for. Including him.

    “Phillie's Trilogy premiered at the Fresh Fruit Festival recently, bringing with it a more...
    Full-length, award-winning comedy/drama.

    Growing up in the “fabulous” 70s was no picnic for precocious budding writer Phillie McDougal. But despite the nuns, the priests, bullying classmates, and his parents, he lived to tell the tales, with results no one bargained for. Including him.

    “Phillie's Trilogy premiered at the Fresh Fruit Festival recently, bringing with it a more desirable style of writing ... almost musical turn-of-phrase coupled with brilliant use of exposition and spot-on timing made the word as welcome as the deed."
    – Raymond Greenberg | Arts Independent

    "Doug's characters are richly drawn and finely detailed, with dialogue that hits close to the bone."
    – Kevin Ligon | Actor / Phillie's Trilogy

    NOTE: If you're looking for a play with diverse casting possibilities, any of my other plays can fit that criteria, but due to the specific setting and era in which this play takes place, all of the characters should be white.
  • The Fierce Urgency Of Now
    Full-length, award-winning comedy/drama.

    “When staying the same becomes unbearable, we must burst out of our comfort zones.”
    – Dana P. Rowe
    "The Fierce urgency Of Now" is a fast-moving comedy that follows art director Kyle as he tries to discover his real self amid the power struggles and skewed priorities of a high-powered New York ad agency. After an office...
    Full-length, award-winning comedy/drama.

    “When staying the same becomes unbearable, we must burst out of our comfort zones.”
    – Dana P. Rowe
    "The Fierce urgency Of Now" is a fast-moving comedy that follows art director Kyle as he tries to discover his real self amid the power struggles and skewed priorities of a high-powered New York ad agency. After an office restructuring puts him in a new creative group run by the megalomaniac homophobe Kate, he finds an unlikely ally in copywriter Dodo, a living-legend from the era of “Mad Men” who not-so-gently prods Kyle to the uncomfortable but inevitable realization that “It’s time to take off. And soar.”

    "...a rapid-fire, well-timed character study filled with terrific one-liners, deep and even tearful relationship moments, and sage wisdom for the texting generation."
    – Evan Meena, Outer-Stage

    "The writing is fresh, funny, and smart without striving for hilarity. It hits where it's meant to hit."
    – Nancy Worssam, ArtsStage-SeattleRage
  • NELL DASH, The Gruesomely Merry Adventures Of An Irrepressibly Sensible Capitalist With A Vengeance
    Full-length comedy/satire.

    In the alternate London of 1820 during the reign of King Stanley V8, Elinor and Marianne Wood, the illegitimate daughters of Sir Henry Dashwood and his cook, have become Nell Dash and Nance. They find themselves whirling up against Fagin, The Artful Dodger, Miss Havisham, Celia and Polly Peachum, and a barber named Todd, among many others. Their vile half-sister-in-law...
    Full-length comedy/satire.

    In the alternate London of 1820 during the reign of King Stanley V8, Elinor and Marianne Wood, the illegitimate daughters of Sir Henry Dashwood and his cook, have become Nell Dash and Nance. They find themselves whirling up against Fagin, The Artful Dodger, Miss Havisham, Celia and Polly Peachum, and a barber named Todd, among many others. Their vile half-sister-in-law Lady Fanny Ferrars Dashwood, stops at nothing to keep them from getting a single penny of the fortunes accrued from the Dashwood Meat Packing Empire whilst at the same time trying to attain the two strands of pearls given the girls when they fled Devonshire years before, pearls which have mysteriously disappeared and have a strange history of their own.

    "We had our annual Playwrights Retreat where we read ...NELL DASH... It was the highlight of the weekend. There is a great deal of comedy coming from every corner of the dingy world it so effectively creates."
    – Kim T. Sharp, [Former] Associate Artistic Director, Abingdon Theatre Company
  • Goddess Of The Hunt
    Full-length comedy. This is a work-in-progress, and I am looking for development opportunities.

    Just how well do you know all your "friends" on social media?
    In this fast-moving "light comedy about dark people leading private lives in public places," when the grieving Charlie Windsor meets the gregarious Diana Black-White in a New York Theater District bar they become...
    Full-length comedy. This is a work-in-progress, and I am looking for development opportunities.

    Just how well do you know all your "friends" on social media?
    In this fast-moving "light comedy about dark people leading private lives in public places," when the grieving Charlie Windsor meets the gregarious Diana Black-White in a New York Theater District bar they become instant BFFs. Much to the consternation of his closest friend since childhood, Broadway actor Ed McGrath, Charlie is almost immediately hurled into an overwhelming whirl of dark secrets, questionable loyalties, and highly dysfunctional family dynamics; a world for which Charlie is completely unprepared. GODDESS OF THE HUNT is a gleefully silly homage to those romantic comedy thrillers of the 1960s via Roman mythology, updated to the creepy, contemporary world of social media and – perhaps too much – information sharing.
  • Just A Rumor
    Full-length, comedy/drama. Eugene O'Neill Semi-finalist, 2006

    Just A Rumor was co-written by Gary Lyons and Doug DeVita, based on an idea by Gary Lyons.
    Rosalynne Buchanan and Graham Harris are two Hollywood legends whose dynamic on-screen chemistry sparked an off-screen affair lasting 25 years. In 1968, a few weeks after completing their latest film together, Graham dies in the...
    Full-length, comedy/drama. Eugene O'Neill Semi-finalist, 2006

    Just A Rumor was co-written by Gary Lyons and Doug DeVita, based on an idea by Gary Lyons.
    Rosalynne Buchanan and Graham Harris are two Hollywood legends whose dynamic on-screen chemistry sparked an off-screen affair lasting 25 years. In 1968, a few weeks after completing their latest film together, Graham dies in the early hours of the morning in the house they both share. Rosalynne (Ross) has no choice but to inform Graham’s wife Leslie of his death. What happens when Ross and Leslie meet for the first time is the premise of “Just A Rumor,” a play that explores the nature of love, celebrity, gossip, truth, and how to get a dead movie star out of the kitchen.
  • Fable
    One-Act comedy/drama. This is a work-in-progress, and I am looking for development opportunities.

    Who has the right to tell your story? Especially when it's the same story told from the differing memories of two legendary show business siblings? And one sister's version is about to become a big, Broadway musical that is also destined to become legendary? June Havoc was famously...
    One-Act comedy/drama. This is a work-in-progress, and I am looking for development opportunities.

    Who has the right to tell your story? Especially when it's the same story told from the differing memories of two legendary show business siblings? And one sister's version is about to become a big, Broadway musical that is also destined to become legendary? June Havoc was famously ambivalent about "Gypsy," the show her sister Gypsy Rose Lee referred to as her legacy. And in "Fable," which is itself a fable about the creation of that musical fable, the sisters' loyalty to each other is tested in a mounting battle that takes place in rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, onstage, backstage, and all in the memory of the aging Ms. Havoc as she faces her imminent death, still battling to keep her own legacy alive.
  • Major Divisions
    Full-length drama. This is a work-in-progress, and I am looking for development opportunities.

    After a successful career in advertising, Cynthia Tan returned to her alma mater to teach. But nothing she learned in school, or subsequently in the topsy turvy world of Madison Avenue, could have prepared her for the toxic sandbox of academic politics. When she and her mentor, current department chair...
    Full-length drama. This is a work-in-progress, and I am looking for development opportunities.

    After a successful career in advertising, Cynthia Tan returned to her alma mater to teach. But nothing she learned in school, or subsequently in the topsy turvy world of Madison Avenue, could have prepared her for the toxic sandbox of academic politics. When she and her mentor, current department chair Dana Cutter-Davis, come to blows over the naive foreign student Geena, their battle has serious repercussions for Cynthia, for Dana, for Geena, and for the reputation of the school. Major Divisions is a drama that takes a probing look into the higher education system in the United States, asking "how can one take the ethical high road, when ethics don't really matter?"
  • Complicity
    Full-length drama. This is a work-in-progress, and I am looking for development opportunities.

    A jealous wife... An indifferent husband... A charming governess... And a horrific murder that rocked the foundations of a glittering, gossip-ridden, scandal-plagued society to its core. And the reasons behind this crime – one of the motivating factors leading to the Revolution of 1848 which cost the...
    Full-length drama. This is a work-in-progress, and I am looking for development opportunities.

    A jealous wife... An indifferent husband... A charming governess... And a horrific murder that rocked the foundations of a glittering, gossip-ridden, scandal-plagued society to its core. And the reasons behind this crime – one of the motivating factors leading to the Revolution of 1848 which cost the last king of France his throne – are explored in Complicity; no one is completely guilty, yet no one is even remotely innocent.
  • Repetition
    15-minute play.

    Childhood friends and next-door neighbors Phillie McDougal and Barbie Bradley are both soon to be 25, and they are both still virgins. Well, she is. The jury is out on him. Drunk and alone on New Years Eve, they decide to make love. It wasn't a good idea.
  • Checking The Basement For Leaks
    10-minute play.

    Set in the fall of 1972, bored housewife Veronica and her best friend, neighbor Grace Bradley, meet in the posh finished basement of Veronica's house in the upper middle class suburb of Plandome, Long Island every afternoon to smoke, drink, and discuss their deep frustrations. Unbeknownst to them, this particular afternoon their conversation is overheard by their children,...
    10-minute play.

    Set in the fall of 1972, bored housewife Veronica and her best friend, neighbor Grace Bradley, meet in the posh finished basement of Veronica's house in the upper middle class suburb of Plandome, Long Island every afternoon to smoke, drink, and discuss their deep frustrations. Unbeknownst to them, this particular afternoon their conversation is overheard by their children, Veronica's 12-year-old son Phillie, and Grace's 12-year old daughter Barbie.

    "Checking The Basement For Leaks" is the first part of the full-length Phillie's Trilogy, but was written to also stand alone as a short play.

    To find out what happens next, read "Phillie's Trilogy."
  • How Mrs. Henson Killed Her Children
    10-minute play, in development.

    California housewife Marcy Henson just LOVES all things Disney – she even named her kids Sebastian and Chip, after the anthropomorphic characters in "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and The Beast." But does the rest of her family share her enthusiasm? Does she even care if they don't?
  • Lord's Theory
    A spoof of 2-minute "Stream of pretentious-consciousness" plays.

    “Before the Titanic, all was quiet. Afterward all was tumult. That is why, to anybody who lived at the time, the Titanic more than any other single event marks the end of the old days, and the beginning of a new, uneasy era.”
    ― Walter Lord, A Night to Remember
  • Nigel, Guys, and Dolls
    5 minute monologue.

    In this monologue about mothers, martinis, and death, 50 year-old Nigel deals with his childhood the only way he knows how. Given his unorthodox upbringing, it's an unorthodox sort of not-quite-eulogy.
  • The Hamburdian Candidate
    A word salad. The "dialogue" doesn't matter; it's nonsense. Horrible nonsense, but nonsense. The story is in the stage directions.