Doug DeVita

Doug DeVita

Currently an advisory board member for All Out Arts, and formerly Artistic Director for Westside Repertory Theater, Doug has had work produced in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Jersey, Connecticut, and London.

He has had work developed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and at ESPA/Primary Stages in New York. Doug’s play “Fable” was recently named one of the top ten plays on Tony Award-...
Currently an advisory board member for All Out Arts, and formerly Artistic Director for Westside Repertory Theater, Doug has had work produced in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Jersey, Connecticut, and London.

He has had work developed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and at ESPA/Primary Stages in New York. Doug’s play “Fable” was recently named one of the top ten plays on Tony Award-Winning Producer Ken Davenport's "Broadway Producer Pick List 2019." Additionally, his play "Just A Rumor" (co-written with Gary Lyons) was an O'Neill Semi-Finalist; and his play "Phillie's Trilogy" was a Semi-Finalist for Barrington Stage Company's Burman New Play Award as well as winning Scrap Mettle Arts Inaugural Emerging Playwrights Competition, and four Fresh Fruit Festival Awards of Distinction. He also wrote the books for children’s musicals based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and As You Like It, which were produced in New York at Vital Children’s Theatre.

He has studied with Mark Bly, Gary Garrison, Jacqueline Goldfinger, and Caleen Jennings at the Kennedy Center; with Robert Askins, Rogelio Martinez, Winter Miller, and Michael Walkup at ESPA/Primary Stages; and with Karen Hartman, Lyle Kessler, and Eric Webb. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

His work has been published by Smith Scripts UK.

Plays

  • Phillie's Trilogy
    Winner: Fresh Fruit Award of Distinction, Outstanding Production
    Winner: Scrap Mettle Arts Emerging Playwrights Competition
    Semi-Finalist, Barrington Stage Company Burman New Play Award.
    Semi-Finalist, Normal Avenue's New American Play Series
    Semi-Finalist, Campfire Theatre Festival 2020

    Full-length comedy/drama. Development at the Kennedy Center (with Jacqueline...
    Winner: Fresh Fruit Award of Distinction, Outstanding Production
    Winner: Scrap Mettle Arts Emerging Playwrights Competition
    Semi-Finalist, Barrington Stage Company Burman New Play Award.
    Semi-Finalist, Normal Avenue's New American Play Series
    Semi-Finalist, Campfire Theatre Festival 2020

    Full-length comedy/drama. Development at the Kennedy Center (with Jacqueline Goldfinger) and at ESPA/Primary Stages (with Rogelio Martinez.)

    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
  • Fable
    Listed on Ken Davenport's "Producer's Pick List" as one of the top ten plays of 2019.

    One-Act comedy/drama. Development at ESPA/Primary Stages (with Rogelio Martinez), Davenport Playwrights Workshop (with Eric Webb), and in workshops with playwright Karen Hartman.

    “I think it is absolutely brilliant. It was fascinating to me because of course I was a part of it...
    Listed on Ken Davenport's "Producer's Pick List" as one of the top ten plays of 2019.

    One-Act comedy/drama. Development at ESPA/Primary Stages (with Rogelio Martinez), Davenport Playwrights Workshop (with Eric Webb), and in workshops with playwright Karen Hartman.

    “I think it is absolutely brilliant. It was fascinating to me because of course I was a part of it, but it was the appeal that Gypsy has that [Doug] capitalized on and brought forth in a very delicious way.”
    – Lane Bradbury, Dainty June in Gypsy, 1959

    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 the show Gypsy, which her sister, the burlesque star 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 with fiction and truth in order to keep her own legacy alive.
  • The Fierce Urgency Of Now
    WINNER Fresh Fruit Awards of Distinction for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Production

    Full-length 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...
    WINNER Fresh Fruit Awards of Distinction for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Production

    Full-length 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
  • Goddess Of The Hunt
    Semi-Finalist, B Street Theatre 2020 New Comedy Festival.

    Full-length dark comedy. Development at the Kennedy Center (with Mark Bly and Caleen Jennings) and at ESPA/Primary Stages (with Michael Walkup and Rogelio Martinez.)

    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...
    Semi-Finalist, B Street Theatre 2020 New Comedy Festival.

    Full-length dark comedy. Development at the Kennedy Center (with Mark Bly and Caleen Jennings) and at ESPA/Primary Stages (with Michael Walkup and Rogelio Martinez.)

    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.
  • 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
  • Just A Rumor
    Semi-Finalist, O'Neil Playwrights Conference

    Full-length, comedy/drama.

    "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...
    Semi-Finalist, O'Neil Playwrights Conference

    Full-length, comedy/drama.

    "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.
  • Gimme Carrot (The Doug & Max Plays)
    All 10 (and counting) Doug & Max plays in one volume.
  • Mothers, Martinis, and Death
    Six short plays: Checking The Basement For Leaks, Repetition; How Mrs. Henson Killed Her Children; Nigel, Guys, and Dolls; Lord's Theory; and The Hamburdian Candidate.

    (Each of these plays are also available to be read individually.)
  • Phillie's World's Fair (A Phillie McDougal Play)
    It's August, 1965, and five-year old Phillie McDougal meets his new neighbors, ten-year old Robert and five-year old Barbie Bradley.
  • Uncle Dick (A Phillie McDougal Play)
    During Phillie's Confirmation party, Phillie's father Pete and his Uncle Rich get into words about the way Phillie is being raised.
  • Checking The Basement For Leaks (A Phillie McDougal Play)
    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, there are a few leaks in the basement this afternoon.

    "...
    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, there are a few leaks in the basement this afternoon.

    "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."
  • Repetition (A Phillie McDougal Play)
    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.
  • A Belated Baptism (A Phillie McDougal Play)
    A 5-minute play.

    Phillie McDougal's sister Celia has come back to Long Island to have her daughter christened. At the party after the christening, Celia, Phillie, and their mother, Veronica, have to contend with Harriet, a cousin they can't stand. As usual with Phillie and his mother, there are martinis involved.
  • Hurricane Season
    A death in the McDougal family brings out the worst in Phillie and his mother Veronica.
  • Saving Pete McDougal (A Phillie McDougal Play)
    In this 5-minute monologue, successful novelist Philip McDougal delivers the eulogy for his father Pete, a successful advertising executive who dreamed of being a novelist but never was, and comes to the realization that although their relationship was always strained there was love between them.
  • Gimme Carrot (A Doug & Max Play)
    5-minute play.

    Trump has been acquitted. A gay man and his dog are worried about the future.
  • DISTRACTION!?! (A Doug & Max Play)
    5-minute play.

    Doug has a headache. Max wants to play. They agree to nap first. Then Doug hears something on the radio that annoys the crap out of him.
  • Princess of the Covidelevator (A Doug & Max Play)
    5-minute play.

    Doug and Max are on the elevator on their way to take a walk. Most residents of their building are very gracious about not crowding into occupied elevators. But not Nancy.
  • Where My Bloobry? (A Doug & Max Play)
    A 1-minute play. Max wants a blueberry. Well, he wants another one.
  • 'gotiation (A Doug & Max Play)
    Max wants to walk down the north side of 100th Street. Doug has other ideas. Who's going to win this one?
  • You Stop Sing? (A Doug & Max Play)
    It's the first of May, and Doug can't help singing. Max wishes he wouldn't.
  • Are You My Hot Little Man? (A Doug & Max Play)
    It's a very hot day, and Doug & Max are tired and thirsty. When Doug inadvertently embarrasses himself, Max – as usual – tries to take advantage of the situation.
  • I BRISH!!! (A Doug & Max Play)
    Doug and Max are taking a late afternoon stroll, and run afoul of a runner.
  • Bloobry Monday (A Doug & Max Play)
    It's a dreary Monday morning, and both Doug and Max are sad.
  • The 100th Street Rag (A Doug & Max Play)
    It's a hot, humid day in late July. Doug and Max are on their way home from seeing the vet, and neither of them are in any mood for... people.
  • How Mrs. Henson Killed Her Children
    10-minute play.

    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?
  • 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 5-minute word salad. The "dialogue" doesn't matter; it's nonsense. Horrible nonsense, but nonsense. The story is in the stage directions.
  • Why Is It Everyone Now Is A Pain In The Ass?
    After no contact for over 25 years, Derek seeks out his old friend Daniel. It's an ill-conceived reunion.
  • 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
  • Mid-Day Masturbation
    It's not what you think. Or what you want. And it's over in 1-minute.
  • The Idiot May
    May is an idiot. A self-entitled, clueless idiot. Plain and simple.
  • Pillow Talking (A Zoom Play)
    One and Two get Zoom-Bombed by the ghost of their former lover, Three.

    This play was written in response to a 24 Hour Short Play Challenge sponsored by Live & In Color for live ZOOM reading. The prompts were:
    Use the word ELECTRICITY
    Phrase BUT WHAT ABOUT...
    Prop PILLOW
    Special Element DIRECT ADDRESS
  • I'd Kiss Ya, but... (A Short Matthew Weaver Play He Didn't Write)
    Happy Birthday, Mr. Weaver. MWAH!
  • Danny Dishes The Dirt
    Danny responds to The Idiot May. And he pulls no punches.