Hilary Bettis

Hilary Bettis

Hilary Bettis is a Brooklyn-based writer who works in TV, film and theater. Her work includes: 72 miles to go…, Queen of Basel, Blood & Dust, The Ghosts of Lote Bravo, The History of American Pornography, and Alligator.

She was nominated for a 2018 and 2019 Writer’s Guild of America Award for her work on the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series “The Americans” on FX, which she wrote on for...
Hilary Bettis is a Brooklyn-based writer who works in TV, film and theater. Her work includes: 72 miles to go…, Queen of Basel, Blood & Dust, The Ghosts of Lote Bravo, The History of American Pornography, and Alligator.

She was nominated for a 2018 and 2019 Writer’s Guild of America Award for her work on the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series “The Americans” on FX, which she wrote on for the final two seasons. And she is an alumni of the prestigious Sundance Institute Episodic TV Lab.

She is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Bettis has received fellowships, workshops, and residencies at the Roundabout, Alley All New Festival, Orlando Shakes PlayFest, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, John N. Wall Fellow at Sewanee Writers’ Conference, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Writer-In-Residence at Cape Cod Theatre Project, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Playwrights’ Week at The Lark, NNPN’s National Showcase of New Plays, Audrey Residency at New Georges, Two River Theater, Great Plains Theatre Conference, WildWind Lab at Texas Tech, The Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Workshop, and a Sloan/EST Commission. She has had plays recognized by The Kilroys every year since its inception. She has been a Runner-Up for the Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Award, Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Award, New America Fellowship, and the Leah Ryan Prize. Bettis is a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theater, a Usual Suspect at NYTW, an Affiliated Artist at New Georges, The Kilroys, and a proud member of the WGA.

The Ghosts of Lote Bravo received a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, MO, Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Arizona. The play was published in American Theatre Magazine in February 2018 with stills from the production on the cover. Her play, Alligator, was produced Off-Broadway with New Georges and The Sol Project, and was nominated for a 2017 Drama Desk for Outstanding Music in a Play. Queen of Basel, a bilingual adaptation of Miss Julie commissioned by Miami New Drama, was produced at Miami New Drama in April 2018, and will receive its world premiere at Studio Theatre in D.C. March 2019. Her play, 72 miles to go… received a workshop production at the Alley’s All New festival in January 2019.

As a screenwriter, Bettis has written, produced, and directed multiple short films, which have screened at film festivals across the globe. She has developed and sold multiple original TV shows, and is currently developing a project at FX with Propgate.

She is represented by CAA and Grandview. www.HilaryBettisWriter.com

Plays

  • QUEEN OF BASEL
    An explosive elixir of power, class, and immigration status, which, when shaken hard with love and betrayal, creates a dangerous cocktail that threatens to destroy lives. In this Spanish language infused contemporary adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie is set in the back kitchen of a Miami hotel during a night of debauchery.
  • THE GHOSTS OF LOTE BRAVO
    In Cuidad Juarez, Mexico young girls often disappear. Many turn up murdered. Juanda Cantu’s daughter, Raquel, is one of these girls. Through visions offered by La Santa Muerte, Juanda is shown Raquel’s past only to discover that her daughter had hopes, dreams and courage Juanda knew nothing about. The Ghosts of Lote Bravo is a play about great hope in the midst of relentless violence, poverty and grief....
    In Cuidad Juarez, Mexico young girls often disappear. Many turn up murdered. Juanda Cantu’s daughter, Raquel, is one of these girls. Through visions offered by La Santa Muerte, Juanda is shown Raquel’s past only to discover that her daughter had hopes, dreams and courage Juanda knew nothing about. The Ghosts of Lote Bravo is a play about great hope in the midst of relentless violence, poverty and grief.

    For a copy of this play, please contact agent or playwright directly at hilarybettis@gmail.com
  • THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN PORNOGRAPHY
    It’s Star Papapzian’s 40th birthday, and she’s finally ready to lose her virginity. But before she can get down to business, she must take a hard look at her past, growing up in her family’s porn empire, Dolls and Stripes. The History of American Pornography is a play about one woman’s journey to discover the meaning of intimacy in a world where sex, power, money and family collide.

    For a copy of...
    It’s Star Papapzian’s 40th birthday, and she’s finally ready to lose her virginity. But before she can get down to business, she must take a hard look at her past, growing up in her family’s porn empire, Dolls and Stripes. The History of American Pornography is a play about one woman’s journey to discover the meaning of intimacy in a world where sex, power, money and family collide.

    For a copy of this play, please contact agent or playwright directly at hilarybettis@gmail.com
  • ALLIGATOR
    Emerald and her twin brother, Ty, are orphaned ‘gator wrestlers living in the backwoods of the Florida Everglades. One night a doe-eyed runaway, Lucy, shows up on their porch with promises of unlimited whiskey. As her desperation to win Emerald over intensifies, she will do whatever it takes…even if it leads to murder. The only hope left rests on Emerald who must face the demon that haunts her every waking...
    Emerald and her twin brother, Ty, are orphaned ‘gator wrestlers living in the backwoods of the Florida Everglades. One night a doe-eyed runaway, Lucy, shows up on their porch with promises of unlimited whiskey. As her desperation to win Emerald over intensifies, she will do whatever it takes…even if it leads to murder. The only hope left rests on Emerald who must face the demon that haunts her every waking moment. Alligator is a play that weaves together sex and enemies, blood and whiskey, hope and murder. It is a play that asks the question: How do we truly love one another in the face of our deepest, darkest monsters?

    For a copy of this play, please contact agent or playwright directly at hilarybettis@gmail.com
  • BLOOD & DUST
    It’s 1986 in Atoka, Oklahoma. Stormy Proctor, a rough-swearing, hard-living cowgirl on the verge of middle age, is determined to become the first female professional bull rider before her body breaks down. But in order to do that she’s got to fight her way through the rodeo circuit, out cowboy the cowboys and confront a past that haunts her every waking moment.

    For a copy of this play, please...
    It’s 1986 in Atoka, Oklahoma. Stormy Proctor, a rough-swearing, hard-living cowgirl on the verge of middle age, is determined to become the first female professional bull rider before her body breaks down. But in order to do that she’s got to fight her way through the rodeo circuit, out cowboy the cowboys and confront a past that haunts her every waking moment.

    For a copy of this play, please contact agent or playwright directly at hilarybettis@gmail.com
  • DAKOTA ATOLL
    It is October 1962. On a cattle ranch near the Badlands nuclear bombs are on the verge of explosion. The Huestead Family bunkers down in anticipation of the looming apocalypse, while their ranch hands, two rowdy brothers from East Texas, head to town in search of one last bourbon. That night a stranger shows up… A rodeo cowboy with a past and a secret. A secret that will force everyone to atone for their sins...
    It is October 1962. On a cattle ranch near the Badlands nuclear bombs are on the verge of explosion. The Huestead Family bunkers down in anticipation of the looming apocalypse, while their ranch hands, two rowdy brothers from East Texas, head to town in search of one last bourbon. That night a stranger shows up… A rodeo cowboy with a past and a secret. A secret that will force everyone to atone for their sins in their moments of reckoning. Dakota Atoll is a gritty, epic Western that explores perceived villains, hypocritical warriors, and the moral ambiguity of war in the American West.

    For a copy of this play, please contact agent or playwright directly at hilarybettis@gmail.com
  • MEXICO
    In a small trailer in the middle of America, lives Beatrice, a woman born with one leg, her father, Charlie, the soon-to-be-owner of Dairy Queen, and her three-year-old son. Beatrice has never driven a car, had a job, or left the twenty-mile radius of her small town, but constantly imagines running away to Mexico with her high school crush, Wade… That is until he shows up at Dairy Queen one afternoon. As her...
    In a small trailer in the middle of America, lives Beatrice, a woman born with one leg, her father, Charlie, the soon-to-be-owner of Dairy Queen, and her three-year-old son. Beatrice has never driven a car, had a job, or left the twenty-mile radius of her small town, but constantly imagines running away to Mexico with her high school crush, Wade… That is until he shows up at Dairy Queen one afternoon. As her fantasy collides with reality, she and Charlie are forced to acknowledge the horrifying secret that exists under their roof. Mexico is a play that pushes the boundaries of our capacity for forgiveness and redemption.

    For a copy of this play, please contact agent or playwright directly at hilarybettis@gmail.com