Playwright Doug Wright had been working at his craft for almost a decade when he enjoyed success with the 1995 Off-Broadway staging of "Quills", a play inspired equally by the life of the Marquis de S...
Wrote the book for "Grey Gardens," a musical based on the Maysles brothers’ 1975 film documentary of the same title about Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin; earned a Tony nominatio
Short play "The Stonewater Rapture" produced
Wrote and directed the Off-Broadway production "Unwrap Your Candy", consisting of four short plays
Adapted "Quills" into well-reviewed feature film starring Geoffrey Rush
"Watbanaland" staged at the WPA Theater in NYC
Co-conceived the campy musical "Buzzsaw Berkeley" with director Christopher Ashley
Penned "Interrogating the Nude", a speculative play about Marcel Duchamp
"Quills", a play about the Marquis de Sade, premiered at The New York Theater Workshop
Adapting the Disney's film "The Little Mermaid" for Broadway
Penned the Tony award winning play, "I Am My Own Wife" a one-person play, which starred Jefferson Mays, as the German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf
Playwright Doug Wright had been working at his craft for almost a decade when he enjoyed success with the 1995 Off-Broadway staging of "Quills", a play inspired equally by the life of the Marquis de Sade and the raging debate over censorship of the arts in contemporary America. Following his graduation from Yale, Wright enrolled in the master's program in playwriting at New York University. The same year he completed that program his short play "The Stonewater Rapture", about the sexual awakening of two Texas teenagers. He went on to pen several plays, including "Interrogating the Nude", "Lot 13: The Bone Violin" and "Dinosaurs". In 1989, Wright collaborated with Michael John LaChiusa and director Christopher Ashley on the campy stage musical "Buzzsaw Berkeley", which was produced at the WPA Theater in NYC. Five years later, the same organization presented "Watbanaland", a critically-praised comedy about a businessman who impregnates his secretary who in turn meets an African tribal chief who aids in her attempt to run away.<p>When he received a biography of the Marquis de Sade as a gift, Wright became intrigued by the notorious author and was struck by one incident wherein the writer's paper and quill pens were confiscated in order to prevent him from creating his pornographic prose. Utilizing that image as a jumping off point, and addressing the themes of censorship and the role of the artist in society, Wright crafted "Quills". When it was produced in 1995 at the New York Theater Workshop, "Quills" earned rave reviews and enjoyed a successful run. After landing an OBIE award, Wright saw the play go on to productions throughout the USA and Canada. When it came time to adapt the material for the big screen, Wright took a shot and was fortunate to land Philip Kaufman as his director. Kaufman, no stranger to controversy regarding sex on screen (see "Henry and June" 1990), sensitively handled the adaptation, working closely with the writer to fine tune the screenplay. The film garnered excellent notices, particularly for its stars Geoffrey Rush (as de Sade), Joaquin Phoenix and Kate Winslet, and was dubbed the best of the year by the National Board of Review. By that time, Wright had completed his adaptation of Stephen Dobyns' novel "Church of the Dead Girls" for Good Machine.
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Yale College, Yale University
"I'm a repressed homosexual Presbyterian who grew up in the Bible Belt, and that's why I'm inextricably drawn to the Unspeakable." --Doug Wright in an interview with fellow writer Kate Moira Ryan, published at The Wilma Theater web site (www.wilmatheater.org).
He is a recipient of the William L. Bradley Fellowship at Yale University, the Charles MacArthur Fellowship at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, an HBO Fellowship in playwriting and the Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.
He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on the board of New York Theatre Workshop.