Kate Danley

Kate Danley

Kate Danley is a USA TODAY Bestselling author and twenty-five year veteran of stage and screen with a B.S. in theatre from Towson University. She was one of four students to be named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts. She served as Seattle's Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild and now sits on the national council, representing the Western Region.

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Kate Danley is a USA TODAY Bestselling author and twenty-five year veteran of stage and screen with a B.S. in theatre from Towson University. She was one of four students to be named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts. She served as Seattle's Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild and now sits on the national council, representing the Western Region.

She has sold over half-a-million books globally. She ranked as the #20 author on all of Amazon March 2014. Her debut novel, The Woodcutter (published by 47North) hit #6 on all of Amazon, was honored with the Garcia Award for the Best Fiction Book of the Year, 1st Place Fantasy Book in the Reader Views Literary Awards, and was the winner of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her book Maggie for Hire spent five weeks on the USA Today Bestselling list as part of the boxed set Magic After Dark and has been optioned for film and television development. Queen Mab was honored with the McDougall Previews Award for Best Fantasy Book of the Year and was named the 1st Place Fantasy Book in the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards.

Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Bath (UK), Ottawa (CA), Grande Prairie (CA), Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Anchorage, Lansing, and across Maryland. Her first full-length play, BUILDING MADNESS, won the prestigious 2016 Panowski Playwriting Competition. Her second full-length play, BUREAUCRAZY, was a semi-finalist in the O'Neill National Playwriting Conference and a semi-finalist in the Hart NPI. POWER won Best of the Renegade Theatre Festival. KINGS OF THE WORLD won 3rd place in the 10x10x10 Festival. She is one of the original co-founders of the Seattle Playwrights Salon. Her screenplay Fairy Blood won 1st Place in the Breckenridge Festival of Film Screenwriting Competition in the Action/Adventure Category and her screenplay American Privateer was a 2nd Round Choice in the Carl Sautter Memorial Screenwriting Competition. Her scripts The Playhouse, Dog Days, Sock Zombie, SuperPout, and Sports Scents can be seen in festivals and on the internet. She trained in on-camera puppetry with Mr. Snuffleupagus and played the head of a 20-foot dinosaur on an NBC pilot. She has over 300+ film, theatre, and television credits to her name. She lost on Hollywood Squares.

www.katedanley.com

Plays

  • A Spirited Manor - A Penny Dreadful
    FULL LENGTH - Victorian supernatural

    A grieving widow. A house with secrets. And an invitation to a seance...

    When Clara O'Hare's husband passed away, she felt her life was over. But when she moves into a new home to escape the memories, she discovers that the veil between life and death is very thin.

    Desperate to find answers, she attends a seance in a...
    FULL LENGTH - Victorian supernatural

    A grieving widow. A house with secrets. And an invitation to a seance...

    When Clara O'Hare's husband passed away, she felt her life was over. But when she moves into a new home to escape the memories, she discovers that the veil between life and death is very thin.

    Desperate to find answers, she attends a seance in a remote country home surrounded by a colorful cast of strangers. But something sinister has decided to make itself known. It will be up to her and medium, Wesley Lowenherz, to find out what the spirits of the manor are dying to tell them.

    Laced with gothic romance and paranormal mystery, A Spirited Manor is a fast-paced adventure that examines the journey from grief to purpose, and the return to life after loss.
  • Building Madness
    FULL LENGTH Screwball Comedy
    WINNER - PANOWSKI PLAYWRITING AWARD 2016

    The year is 1930. The stock market has just crashed. Max and Paul are just trying to keep their architecture company afloat, but they accidentally hired the mob to build a police retirement home. With the "help" of their dizzy secretary, Trixie, they may never get the project done, but they are most definitely building madness.
  • Perfectly UnINtentional
    "9-to-5 Meets Weekend at Bernie's"

    FULL LENGTH Workplace Farce
    Semi-Finalist Hart NPI
    Semi-Finalist Eugene O'Neill National Playwriting Competition

    Grace and Amy, two outrageous secretaries stuck in soul-destroying jobs, are just scheming their
    way through the work week. But when their supervisor chokes, everything goes awry
    and...
    "9-to-5 Meets Weekend at Bernie's"

    FULL LENGTH Workplace Farce
    Semi-Finalist Hart NPI
    Semi-Finalist Eugene O'Neill National Playwriting Competition

    Grace and Amy, two outrageous secretaries stuck in soul-destroying jobs, are just scheming their
    way through the work week. But when their supervisor chokes, everything goes awry
    and begins a domino-effect of destruction. 9-to-5 meets One Man, Two Guvnors in this
    quick-witted, sidesplitting farce filled with hijinks, twists, and banter.

    (previously titled BureauCRAZY)
  • The Camera, The Gerbil, and the Big, Wide World
    20-MINUTE SHORT

    A nostalgic journey through a childhood friendship, and how a camera and a gerbil made the world huge and wonderful.
  • Dating's A Beast Cycle
    Three short pieces - Meet the Family, Mystery Date, and Dating Sucks - combined in one cycle to be interspersed throughout an evening of short plays.

    Sue likes the bad boys, but what happens when she starts bringing real monsters home to meet the family?
  • Divine Intervention
    SHORT

    An artist struggles to follow her dreams, but finds herself up against the "divine plan." Divine Intervention is a comedic examination of the messages society gives to women and the struggle to not just succeed, but succeed when up against the idea of a crippling cosmic power forcing one into an unwanted, predetermined fate.
  • The Enigma
    MONOLOGUE

    Some philosophies tout that we have the power to reshape the universe with our thoughts. But what if it goes wrong?
  • Hitchers
    "Very funny, very original and horridly amusing. " - Alvina Ruprecht, Capitol Critics' Circle

    SHORT - What happens when two serial killers pick each other up on a lonely road? Sometimes the best friendships are forged in the most unusual circumstances...

    co-written by Kate Danley and Joe Purcell
  • The Grand Delusion
    ONE ACT - Society tells us to cast off our fear and follow our dreams. It tells us that the ability to change our fate lies in our own hands. But what if you're really bad at the thing you love? A wry tragedy of one man who should never have quit his day job.
  • Kill Them With Kindness
    SHORT - They say laughter is the best medicine. Sometimes it's not.
  • Kings of the World
    3rd Place in the 10x10x10 Festival at Fells Point Corner Theater

    SHORT - Jeff and Bud have all the solutions to the world's problems... if only they could get off their bar stools.
  • Late Shift
    ONE ACT - Bonnie has been working the late shift at Don's Diner for the past twenty years. It has been her second home and a source of pride. Tonight is Joe's first day as a cook at Don's Diner and he's late. As these two clash waiting for a 2:00 a.m. rush that may not ever happen, they discover that hopes and dreams come too late for some, and sometimes people are too late in their lives...
    ONE ACT - Bonnie has been working the late shift at Don's Diner for the past twenty years. It has been her second home and a source of pride. Tonight is Joe's first day as a cook at Don's Diner and he's late. As these two clash waiting for a 2:00 a.m. rush that may not ever happen, they discover that hopes and dreams come too late for some, and sometimes people are too late in their lives to make a shift.

    Late Shift is an exploration of the ruts that people get into, the petty day-to-day minutia that becomes exponentially important, and the tragedy of unrealized dreams as people wait for The Moment.
  • Madam(e)
    RADIO PLAY - A radio play about the contributions of Madame Lou Grant to the city of Seattle. Though a "Founding Mother" and major player in the creation of the town, she has been erased from the history books because of her trade. Drawing from recently discovered sources, this is the first time her story has been told.
  • Margie's Interview
    SHORT - The local elementary school needs a new arts and crafts teacher. A local lumberjack needs a new job.
  • Meet the Family
    SHORT - Sue has a habit of dating monsters, but what happens when she brings a REAL monster home to meet the family?
  • Mystery Date
    SHORT - Sue is the worst about dating men who are absolute monsters. Who will she bring home to meet her family this time?

    NOTE: This piece stands alone, but is also a companion piece to Meet The Family.
  • Old Fashioned Girl
    MONOLOGUE

    Penny Dryer is out on a blind date. Will this old-fashioned bookworm find love?
  • Power
    Overall Winner of Renegade N.O.W.

    FULL LENGTH ONE ACT - On the surface, "Power" appears to be a simple locked-room drama. Tucker and Alice are throwing a dinner party. Tucker works for Dean and believes someone at the company is embezzling money. Tucker falls for Dean's wife, Betty. Dean and Tucker's wife, Alice, are having an affair. Everyone is caught. Relationships...
    Overall Winner of Renegade N.O.W.

    FULL LENGTH ONE ACT - On the surface, "Power" appears to be a simple locked-room drama. Tucker and Alice are throwing a dinner party. Tucker works for Dean and believes someone at the company is embezzling money. Tucker falls for Dean's wife, Betty. Dean and Tucker's wife, Alice, are having an affair. Everyone is caught. Relationships fall apart. Dinner is a disaster.

    But this play is not about the words.

    This play is an exploration of status. "Power" is an ambiguous dialogue. Each night in front of the audience, the cast pulls their status relationships from a hat and must then leap immediately into the play. The entire show exists in the subtext and discoveries happening in real time based upon the luck of the draw. One night, an actor will be the most powerful person on stage, the next night, they will be the outcast. Every show is completely different from performance to performance. Dynamics are fluid, moments are discovered, and the result is a show which is immensely alive.

    Power isn't about what is being said… it is about everything else.
  • Real Boy
    MONOLOGUE - A man breaks up with a marble statue in this dark comedic monologue about finding real love.

    NOTE: This monologue was inspired by a friend kissing a statue
  • Socks
    SHORT - John just needs to buy a pair of socks before an important meeting, but if shopgirl Mary has her way, he will end up in quite a pair.
  • Staging
    SHORT - A family is trying to sell their house, but they don't quite understand the concept of staging.
  • Stiff Upper Lip
    SHORT - The year is 1890. Amelia's house has been hit by a tornado. Or was it a freight train? As Amelia and her butler, George, spar, this short, dark comedy grapples with the blinders of society, the lies we tell, and the lies we accept.
  • The True Meaning of Christmas
    HOLIDAY SHORT - Four mall employees try to plan the theme for the Santa's Corner picture area. But in this world of crass commercialism, will they be able to figure out the true meaning of Christmas? Probably not.
  • My Zombie Valentine
    The only defense against the mindless horde is the most mindless of holidays
  • True Love
    SHORT

    "If you love it so much, why don't you marry it?" Well, Sue has decided to do just that.