Hilary Bettis

Hilary Bettis

Hilary Bettis writes plays, TV and movies. Her work includes: Blood & Dust, The Ghosts of Lote Bravo, The History of American Pornography, Alligator, Dakota Atoll, Mexico and American Girls. Awards, residencies, and commissions include: Audrey Residency at New Georges, The Lark’s Playwrights Week, Writer-In-Residence at Cape Cod Theater Project, SPACE at Ryder Farm Residency, The Lark/NYSF at Vassar...
Hilary Bettis writes plays, TV and movies. Her work includes: Blood & Dust, The Ghosts of Lote Bravo, The History of American Pornography, Alligator, Dakota Atoll, Mexico and American Girls. Awards, residencies, and commissions include: Audrey Residency at New Georges, The Lark’s Playwrights Week, Writer-In-Residence at Cape Cod Theater Project, SPACE at Ryder Farm Residency, The Lark/NYSF at Vassar Residency, Alliance/Kendeda Runner-Up, DNA Series at La Jolla Playhouse, NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition Runner-Up, Crossing Borders Festival, NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Workshop, Lecomte du Nouy Award, NYFA Fellowship, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2050 Fellowship at NYTW, James McLure Fellowship New River Dramatists, Sloan/EST Commission, John N. Wall Fellowship Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Blackburn Nomination, PoNY Nomination, Cherry Lane Mentor Project Nomination, Cherry Jones/Abingdon Theatre Company Grant. She has had multiple plays on The Kilroys List and Honorable Mention List. Finalist and semifinalist include: O’Neill NPC 2015, the Source Festival and Orlando Shake’s PlayFest (The Ghosts of Lote Bravo), the Source Festival and BAPF (Alligator), BAPF, O’Neill NPC 2014 and Inkwell (Dakota Atoll), Red Bull Shorts Festival (The Bronze Serpent) Women’s Project Lab, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, New Dramatists, LMCC, Founders’ Award NYSF and the Leah Ryan Prize. Readings and workshops include: El Círculo Teatral (Mexico City), La Jolla Playhouse, Partial Comfort, Signature, Two River Theater, Juilliard, New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges, The Lark, The Flea, EST, Abingdon, Barrow Street, Barefoot Theatre Company, Pavement Group, Project Y, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Carolina Coastal University, New River Dramatists, The Actors Studio and The Aurora Fox in Denver. Productions include: The Ghosts of Lote Bravo NNPN Rolling World Premiere, American Girls (Off-Broadway at 45th St. Theater, The Edge Theater in Denver), The Mud Hole (Off-Off-Broadway F*IT Club), Two Lovers (New Georges #1MPF), Meredith and Molly (New Georges #1MPF), The Bronze Serpent (INTAR American Nightcap and Panglossian Productions), and Lala’s Love Nest #serials at The Flea. Publications include Smith & Kraus, McFarland & Company, Original Works (American Girls). Film screenings include: Dominican Republic Global Film Festival, Mallorca Evolution in Spain, LA Shorts Fest (The Iron Warehouse) and Williamsburg Film Festival, IFS Festival (she won best actress), Nashville Film Festival finalist (B’Hurst). She is a member of SAG, AEA, Dramatists Guild, The Drama League, TCG, Playwrights’ Center and Fractured Atlas. She is a member of EST, Project Y’s writer group, a New Georges Affiliated Artist and NYTW Usual Suspect. She has contributed articles to TDF Stages and offoffonline.com. She won the Smokey the Bear poetry contest at ten (this was a really big deal because they read her poem about not burning down trees over the loud speaker on an Amtrak train, and a grown-up bought her ice cream). Hilary currently has a TV series in development with Alyssa Milano, NBC and The Weinstein Co. She is a recent graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Representation: CAA Ally Shuster ally.shuster@caa.com Management: Grandview Jeff Silver jeff@grandviewla.com www.HilaryBettisWriter.com

Plays

  • 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 contact agent...
    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
  • 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 this play,...
    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
  • 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. For...
    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