Victoria Z. Daly

Victoria Z. Daly

VICTORIA Z. DALY's plays include Doppelgänger, The Sam Play, Demeter and Polly, Invisible, Far North, On the Cross Bronx, Circling the Globe, Raw, and Rockaway Park. Her work has been featured at the Actors Studio, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the ATHE Conference, the Gi60 Festival (NYC and UK,) the Warner International Playwrights Festival, the Alliance for Jewish Theatre, the Berrie Center,...
VICTORIA Z. DALY's plays include Doppelgänger, The Sam Play, Demeter and Polly, Invisible, Far North, On the Cross Bronx, Circling the Globe, Raw, and Rockaway Park. Her work has been featured at the Actors Studio, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the ATHE Conference, the Gi60 Festival (NYC and UK,) the Warner International Playwrights Festival, the Alliance for Jewish Theatre, the Berrie Center, Spokane’s KPBX-FM (NPR,) the 1:One UAE Theatre Fest (Dubai,) and the Edinburgh Festival, among other venues. Honors include her selection as Guest Artist at the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive; her play Raw named NYU Finalist for the Theater Masters MFA National Playwrights Festival; and Far North's nomination for the Perry Award for Best Production of an Original Play by the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters.

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 eleventh season. Plays and screenplays workshopped at The 9th Floor have gone on to receive hundreds of regional and festival productions, publications, residencies and local and national awards.

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; Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis; International Centre for Women Playwrights.


Plays

  • Raw
    At an everyday family dinner in Westchester, Grace tries to convince Sam, her doctor husband, to apologize to a friend. But the meal rapidly spirals out of control, catching their ten-year-old son Alan in the crossfire.
  • Invisible
    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.
  • Far North
    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.
  • Doppelgänger
    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...
    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.
  • Bottom of the Order
    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?
  • The Big Bad Wolf
    Roxanne tells her granddaughter a bedtime story colored by the current political moment.
  • On the Cross Bronx
    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. He just has to figure out what she really wants.
  • Circling the Globe
    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.
  • Rockaway Park
    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.
  • Joy
    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.
  • Urn
    Daughter won’t go to Mom’s funeral. Even if, in Daughter’s dreams, Mom can’t breathe.
  • Figure Out How to Live
    A new mother tries to convince her baby that she's even got a clue about how to take care of her.
  • A Drink with Myself
    Would you hang out with someone you don’t respect -- especially if it’s you?