Doug Wright

Playwright, Screenwriter, Playwriting teacher
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1961 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Writer (4)

Tony Bennett: An American Classic 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Writer

Quills 2000 (Movie)

(Play) (Source Material)

Quills 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Master of the Manor 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

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.

EDUCATION

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

New York 1987

Yale College, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1985

Milestones

2006

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

2003

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

2001

Wrote and directed the Off-Broadway production "Unwrap Your Candy", consisting of four short plays

2000

Adapted "Quills" into well-reviewed feature film starring Geoffrey Rush

1995

"Quills", a play about the Marquis de Sade, premiered at The New York Theater Workshop

1994

"Watbanaland" staged at the WPA Theater in NYC

1989

Co-conceived the campy musical "Buzzsaw Berkeley" with director Christopher Ashley

1987

Short play "The Stonewater Rapture" produced

Penned "Interrogating the Nude", a speculative play about Marcel Duchamp

Adapting the Disney's film "The Little Mermaid" for Broadway

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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