David Wells

David Wells

David Wells is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, National New Play Network Showcase Selection, Motion Picture Academy Nicholl Fellowship In Screenwriting Semi-Finalist, Wilde Award for Best New Script, and a National New Play Network Showcase Finalist. His plays have been produced and developed at Tipping Point Theatre, Performance Network Theatre, Theater Nova, New Jersey Repertory Theatre...
David Wells is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, National New Play Network Showcase Selection, Motion Picture Academy Nicholl Fellowship In Screenwriting Semi-Finalist, Wilde Award for Best New Script, and a National New Play Network Showcase Finalist. His plays have been produced and developed at Tipping Point Theatre, Performance Network Theatre, Theater Nova, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and others. He has developed screenplays with producers at New Line Cinema, Walt Disney Studios, and Sony Studios. David is a National New Play Network Affiliate Artist, a member of the Writers Guild of America, and a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Plays

  • YOUNG AMERICANS (The Fictitious Life and Contentious Death of Caesar Moon)
    Set in 1986, on the night rock star Owen Lovejoy is ready to put a sudden and unannounced end to his fictional alter ego, Caesar Moon, he is surprised by a mysterious teenage girl who sneaks into his dressing room. Cece, whose life’s soundtracks are the songs of Caesar Moon, is arguably his biggest fan, and she's there to change their lives.
  • COUNTY LINE
    COUNTY LINE was the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award and an NNPN Showcase Selection. Set in rural northwest Kansas, COUNTY LINE tells the story of 17-year-old Lois’ journey after the arrest of her father. Lois is sentenced to the strict confines of a foster home run by Tanya – a woman who is not your typical guardian and owns the County Line Truck Stop & Travel Center, where Lois...
    COUNTY LINE was the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award and an NNPN Showcase Selection. Set in rural northwest Kansas, COUNTY LINE tells the story of 17-year-old Lois’ journey after the arrest of her father. Lois is sentenced to the strict confines of a foster home run by Tanya – a woman who is not your typical guardian and owns the County Line Truck Stop & Travel Center, where Lois encounters both her first look at the subtle terrors one human can inflict upon another and a lifeline to humanity that will ultimately save her. “County Line” champions the difficult subject of teenagers trapped in bad foster home situations. Wells treats the issue with honesty, compassion and restraint while resisting the urge for bombast and browbeating. 5 out of 5 stars” -- The Detroit Examiner
  • BRILL
    The summer of 1959 in the epicenter of the pop music industry -- Manhattan’s famous Brill Building was populated entirely with music publishers, record labels, recording studios, musicians, and songwriters. This play with music tells the story of an aging Big Band songwriter who is forced to face the inevitability of rock-and-roll when he shares his office with a 19-year-old woman (think Carole King) with a...
    The summer of 1959 in the epicenter of the pop music industry -- Manhattan’s famous Brill Building was populated entirely with music publishers, record labels, recording studios, musicians, and songwriters. This play with music tells the story of an aging Big Band songwriter who is forced to face the inevitability of rock-and-roll when he shares his office with a 19-year-old woman (think Carole King) with a guitar and a few secrets of her own. BRILL was a finalist for NNPN’s 2012 Showcase and enjoyed its world premier in 2013 at Performance Network Theatre. “Give "Brill" a 98, with a bullet, plus four stars and two thumbs up. This is one satisfying show, lovingly brought to life by an array of talented individuals. Wells' nifty two-player script about a well-seasoned tunesmith and his would-be protege is sure to be picked up by other theaters looking for a stimulating show of their own to produce. “ -- The New Monitor “This script could easily work as just another whimsical odd-couple play. That would have been okay. But “Brill” transcends all that. It takes us to a sacred place, where music is conceived in love and heartache and pain and joy and despair and hope. Always hope.” -- The Detroit Examiner