Victoria Z. Daly

Victoria Z. Daly

VICTORIA Z. DALY's plays include Doppelgänger, Sam, Demeter and Polly, Shell Collection, Invisible, Far North, On the Cross Bronx, Circling the Globe, Raw, Final Rest, High Water Line and Rockaway Park. They have been featured at the Actors Studio, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the ATHE Conference, Short+Sweet Festivals in Hollywood, Dubai, and upcoming in Sydney, the Gi60 Festival (NYC and UK,)...
VICTORIA Z. DALY's plays include Doppelgänger, Sam, Demeter and Polly, Shell Collection, Invisible, Far North, On the Cross Bronx, Circling the Globe, Raw, Final Rest, High Water Line and Rockaway Park. They have been featured at the Actors Studio, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the ATHE Conference, Short+Sweet Festivals in Hollywood, Dubai, and upcoming in Sydney, the Gi60 Festival (NYC and UK,) the Alliance for Jewish Theatre, the Berrie Center, Spokane’s KPBX-FM (NPR,) Supersound Scotland Radio, and the Edinburgh Festival, among other venues.

Vicki is a Faculty Member in the Plays in Progress program at the Dramatists Guild Institute, the educational arm of the Dramatists Guild of America, where she works with Guild members to develop their new plays.

She is the Founder and Director of The 9th Floor, a collaborative of writers and actors in New York City, now in its twelfth season. Plays and screenplays workshopped at The 9th Floor have gone on to receive hundreds of regional and festival productions, publications, residencies and awards, among them Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for Comic Writing and the Bauer-Boucher award from Kean University.

Recent awards for Vicki’s work include Best Play, Short+Sweet Dubai, 2020 for On the Cross Bronx; Winner, the New Short Play Festival, New York City, 2019 for Final Rest; and Winner, the Warner International Playwrights Festival, Connecticut, for Raw (2018.)

Vicki has taught playwriting (specializing in drama bootcamps) in New York City, Tennessee, and Connecticut for such organizations as Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights, Inc., the Fly Arts Center, Litchfield Performing Arts, Playmaking, and her own The Write Stuff! programs. A former physical actor, she also taught and performed commedia dell'arte, clown and mask work in Paris, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in New York City.

As a television producer, script consultant, and executive, she has worked for entertainment and media organizations including Lifetime Cable Television, Warner Brothers, and the American Broadcasting Companies. Her journalism has been published in national magazines including Glamour, Health, and Portfolio.

Education: MFA in Dramatic Writing, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts; Certificat d'Etudes in Theater, L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris; A.B. and M.B.A., Harvard. Member, Dramatists Guild of America; Actors Studio Playwrights and Directors Workshop; Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis; International Centre for Women Playwrights.

Plays

  • Doppelgänger
    FULL-LENGTH. Vanessa, the mother of only child Shelley, faces a midlife crisis when Shelley's angry, teenage rebellion forces her to question her own identity. Vanessa's mother returns from the dead, an imaginary daughter shows up, and her therapist won't let her off the hook. Will Vanessa jump off the roof? Will she kill her daughter with a chicken? Or will imaginary daughter kill her? A dark...
    FULL-LENGTH. Vanessa, the mother of only child Shelley, faces a midlife crisis when Shelley's angry, teenage rebellion forces her to question her own identity. Vanessa's mother returns from the dead, an imaginary daughter shows up, and her therapist won't let her off the hook. Will Vanessa jump off the roof? Will she kill her daughter with a chicken? Or will imaginary daughter kill her? A dark comedy set in the middle of Vanessa's troubled mind.
  • Invisible
    ONE-ACT, 30 minutes. When a woman of a certain age starts to lose her looks and can't find work, her younger selves know exactly what she should do about it.
  • Bottom of the Order
    SHORT, 13-15 minutes. In a 1970’s kitchen, the morning after a violent family fight, a 15-year-old boy engages in an almost silent battle of wills with his unpredictable and dangerous father. Can the kid get out the door before the next round begins?
  • Far North
    MONOLOGUE, 12-15 minutes. At a cocktail party, urbane Phyllis speaks into a cell phone camera as she gives advice to a newborn on living a civilized life. But, as the party progresses, her proper veneer begins to crack, revealing a secret long ago buried in the Far North.

    Great audition monologue for a woman 50's-70's. Published for that purpose on MonologueBank.com.
  • What To Do About It (#AfterTheBans)
    MONOLOGUE, about 14 minutes. In the near future, after abortion bans have been instituted nationwide, a cop in your city gives a lecture-demo to a group of arrested women. His goal: to convince them they should not attempt abortions on themselves. But his audience isn't buying it.
  • Rockaway Park
    SHORT, 15 minutes. In the Rockaways, ten days after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, neighbors Helen and Roxanne wait for the Red Cross and FEMA to help them clean up their basements and resume a normal life.
  • On the Cross Bronx
    WINNER BEST PLAY, JUDGES CHOICE, AND BEST ACTRESS AT SHORT+SWEET DUBAI 2020

    10-MINUTE. In a cop car stuck in traffic on the side of the highway, Kate, in labor, refuses to give birth until she can get to the hospital. Officer Joe's job is on the line if she doesn't safely deliver. And time is running out.

    ** Please note that it is possible to localize this play, that is,...
    WINNER BEST PLAY, JUDGES CHOICE, AND BEST ACTRESS AT SHORT+SWEET DUBAI 2020

    10-MINUTE. In a cop car stuck in traffic on the side of the highway, Kate, in labor, refuses to give birth until she can get to the hospital. Officer Joe's job is on the line if she doesn't safely deliver. And time is running out.

    ** Please note that it is possible to localize this play, that is, to set it in your geographic vicinity. This would entail changing the title as well as some of the local references. This may only be done only with the permission of, and in collaboration with, the playwright.
  • Raw
    10-MINUTE. When Sam, a strong-minded urologist, refuses to give an influential family friend “The Snip,” Sam's wife Grace tries to convince Sam to apologize. But their family dinner rapidly spirals out of control, catching ten-year-old son Alan in the crossfire. [NOTE: Alan can also be played as a daughter, Allie.]
  • Circling the Globe
    10-MINUTE. When world-traveller Adele arrives at the home of daughter Celia -- unannounced, and with a very personal request -- only a secret in Celia’s snow globe collection can bridge the miles between them.
  • Final Rest
    10-MINUTE. Chris has returned to her childhood home to help her overworked sister Beth sprinkle Mom’s ashes in the backyard garden. But, with the house about to be sold tomorrow, Chris invents an alternate plan that threatens to ruin all of it.

    Published in THE NEW SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL: THE FINALISTS, FALL 2019.

  • High Water Line
    SHORT, 6-7 Minutes. Teenage Abby and her mother Elise — stuck in a room together after the ice caps have melted — must either escape or drown. A short climate-change apocalyptic black comedy, maybe impossible to stage. Or maybe not.

    Published in in some scripts literary magazine's Climate Change Issue, May 2020
  • Joy
    MONOLOGUE, 5 minutes. A wife in a bad marriage fights to remember her greatest moment of joy, even if that moment involves tugging on internal organs and flopping like a fish.
  • Tina at 13
    MONOLOGUE, about 3 minutes. All Tina wants, she tells the School Counselor, is to find a good recipe on Pinterest. But just thinking about her dead mother's stuffed cabbage is enough to send her around the bend.
  • Figure Out How to Live
    MONOLOGUE, 3 minutes. A new mother tries to convince her baby that she's even got a clue about how to take care of her.

    Great audition monologue for a woman in her 30's. Published for that purpose on MonologueBank.com.
  • The Big Bad Wolf
    MONOLOGUE, 1 minute. Roxanne tells her granddaughter a bedtime story colored by the current political moment.

    Great audition monologue for a woman 50's-60's.
  • A Drink with Myself
    SHORT, 1 minute. Would you hang out with someone you don’t respect -- especially if it’s you?
  • Urn
    SHORT, 1 minute. Daughter won’t go to Mom’s funeral. Even if, in Daughter’s dreams, Mom can’t breathe.