Deb Hiett

Deb Hiett

Deb Hiett's play, "Miss Keller Has No Second Book" had its World Premiere at Gulfshore Playhouse (Naples, FL) in March/April 2018. Florida Weekly called it "one of those rare things in theater: a new play that works on all levels, has a superlative cast and grabs your heart and won’t let go."

Deb's comedy, "The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!" was...
Deb Hiett's play, "Miss Keller Has No Second Book" had its World Premiere at Gulfshore Playhouse (Naples, FL) in March/April 2018. Florida Weekly called it "one of those rare things in theater: a new play that works on all levels, has a superlative cast and grabs your heart and won’t let go."

Deb's comedy, "The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!" was produced by Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles in Nov 2016, and was extended twice by popular demand (The Los Angeles Times called it "ingenious."). It was selected as one of the Top Ten World Premiere Plays 2017 by StageSceneLA, and was a finalist for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award.

"The Presentation," one of her ten-minute plays, was selected for the 2017 Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival, and was a finalist for the 2017 Heideman Award (Actors Theatre of Louisville). "Chain Link," another ten-minute piece, was selected by NYC's Nylon Fusion Theater Company for their "This Round's On Us" fundraising evening in June 2016. Her play, “Holding,” was a Semifinalist in the 2015 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.

She wrote the short comedy film “Open House” (winner of the Los Angeles Film Festival/FunnyorDie "Make 'Em LAFF" Competition, and voted "Best Comedy Short" at Boston's Women In Comedy Festival Film Night 2015, and “Best Video Short” at iOWest’s Funny Women LA Festival) and co-wrote “A Bit of Counseling” (Audience Choice Award recipient L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, and Over The Fence Film Festival). In reviewing her original one-woman show “Words in a Certain Order,” New York City’s Village Voice called her "the bold new voice in solo . . . a sure-shot writer." Another of her one-woman shows, “Tattoo Expo and Accordion Show,” premiered in L.A.’s Second City theater, and her sketch comedy show (co-written with Richard Kuhlman), “Deb and Rick on a Stick” ran for four weeks in the same venue. Deb’s short stories, "Listening to Alarms" and "Coffee Shop" won NYU's Herbert Rubin Creative Writing Award and were published in The Gallatin Review.

Plays

  • Miss Keller Has No Second Book
    *World Premiere Gulfshore Playhouse, March/April 2018
    *Staged Reading at Writers Theatre of New Jersey, January 2019
    *Staged Reading at New Jersey Repertory Company, March 2017
    *Selection, 2016 Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival
    *Finalist, 2017 Ashland New Play Festival
    *Finalist, 2017 Local Lab 2017 New Play Festival (Boulder)
    *Finalist, 2015-...
    *World Premiere Gulfshore Playhouse, March/April 2018
    *Staged Reading at Writers Theatre of New Jersey, January 2019
    *Staged Reading at New Jersey Repertory Company, March 2017
    *Selection, 2016 Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival
    *Finalist, 2017 Ashland New Play Festival
    *Finalist, 2017 Local Lab 2017 New Play Festival (Boulder)
    *Finalist, 2015-2016 Route 66 Theatre Company New Play Workshop (Chicago)
    *Semifinalist, 2016 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
    *Semifinalist, 2016 PlayPenn New Play Development Conference
    *Semifinalist, 2016 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship


    It’s been nearly 50 years since the notoriously reclusive Agnes Keller published her first and only book. Now, in the wake of a life-changing event, Agnes must face the pressures from outside her small sanctuary as she grapples with the inevitability of change, the tangled tethers of family, and the question of an artist’s obligation to the world.
  • The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!
    "Top Ten World Premiere Plays 2016-2017" -- StageSceneLA
    "Ingenious..." -- The Los Angeles Times
    "Undeniably hilarious, unexpectedly moving, and utterly unique..." -- StageSceneLA

    For Mags Eagleton, the world has become a scary place kept fiercely at bay by the confines of her well-worn recliner. When her loving husband Erns surprises her by renting...
    "Top Ten World Premiere Plays 2016-2017" -- StageSceneLA
    "Ingenious..." -- The Los Angeles Times
    "Undeniably hilarious, unexpectedly moving, and utterly unique..." -- StageSceneLA

    For Mags Eagleton, the world has become a scary place kept fiercely at bay by the confines of her well-worn recliner. When her loving husband Erns surprises her by renting their late son's bedroom to a very modern kid who is visiting their rural Texas town for a three-day desert music festival, things take a turn for the trippy. This rollicking comedy explores the risks of desperate love, the exemplary form of the 1970s game show, and the psychedelic side effects of fear your doctor may not have warned you about.

    The Rogue Machine Theatre Production (World Premiere) opened November 2016, was "Ovation Recommended" (L.A. Stage Alliance), voted "Top World Premieres of 2016/2017" by StageSceneLA, and was extended twice by popular demand.
  • The Escape Thingy
    FINALIST: 2018 Reva Shiner Comedy Award. SEMIFINALIST: 2018 Ashland New Play Festival, 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2018 Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival. Two very different couples meet in an "Escape Room" game night, each needing very different types of escape. The clock is literally ticking as they attempt to solve the puzzles, distinguish facts from alternative facts, and weigh the...
    FINALIST: 2018 Reva Shiner Comedy Award. SEMIFINALIST: 2018 Ashland New Play Festival, 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2018 Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival. Two very different couples meet in an "Escape Room" game night, each needing very different types of escape. The clock is literally ticking as they attempt to solve the puzzles, distinguish facts from alternative facts, and weigh the risks of unlocking the door to the dangerous world outside.
  • The Clearing in the Jacoby
    FINALIST: 2019 Reva Shiner Comedy Award, 2019 Garry Marshall New Works Festival. In an ancient Australian forest famous for being an international destination for committing suicide, five very different people find themselves in need of elusive answers, each other, and a government employee named Sharon.
  • The Presentation
    *Finalist, 2017 Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival *Finalist, 2017 Heideman Award, Actor's Theatre of Louisville

    A young woman struggles to understand what happened on the day of her first big corporate presentation. Ten-minute play.
  • Rolling
    The Besto Pesto Palace hires only the finest show business professionals to shoot their first television commercial. (10-minute play)
  • Chain Link
    Two young people from very different worlds find themselves connected by an unlikely string.
  • Recess
    Two former classmates meet under unusual circumstances.
  • Holding
    *Semifinalist, 2015 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference

    Three worldviews collide when a wealthy American woman finds herself stuck with an Egyptian traveler, questioned by a small-town sergeant in a police holding room in Ireland.
    Marisa is desperate for anything that might help her get out of the handcuffs in which she wakes up, and Omar, her Egyptian roommate, might be someone...
    *Semifinalist, 2015 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference

    Three worldviews collide when a wealthy American woman finds herself stuck with an Egyptian traveler, questioned by a small-town sergeant in a police holding room in Ireland.
    Marisa is desperate for anything that might help her get out of the handcuffs in which she wakes up, and Omar, her Egyptian roommate, might be someone different than he appears to be. Sergeant McGovern struggles to maintain his small-town authority in a post-9/11 world, and the three of them must face how their perceptions affect their perceived positions.