Doug Wright

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Doug Wright
Born (1962-12-20) December 20, 1962 (age 58)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
OccupationPlaywright, librettist, screenwriter
Alma materYale University (BA)
New York University (MFA)
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for Drama (2004)
SpouseDavid Clement

Douglas Glendenning Wright[1] (born December 20, 1962)[2] is an American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2004 for his play, I Am My Own Wife.

Early years[edit]

Wright was born in Dallas, Texas. He attended and graduated from Highland Park High School, in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, where he excelled in the theater department and was President of the Thespian Club in 1981. He earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1985. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from New York University. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on the boards of Yaddo and New York Theatre Workshop. 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.


Wright's play Quills premiered at Washington, D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in 1995 and subsequently had its debut Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop. The play recounts the imagined final days in the life of the Marquis de Sade. Quills garnered the 1995 Kesselring Prize for Best New American Play from the National Arts Club and, for Wright, a 1996 Village Voice Obie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting.[3] In 2000, Wright wrote the screenplay for the film version of Quills which starred Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, and Michael Caine.

Wright's I Am My Own Wife was produced Off-Broadway by Playwrights Horizons in 2003. It transferred to Broadway where it won the Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The subject of this one-person play, which starred Jefferson Mays, is the German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf.

In 2006, Wright wrote the book for Grey Gardens, starring Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson. The musical is based on the Maysles brothers’ 1975 film documentary of the same title about Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (“Big Edie”) and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (“Little Edie”), Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin. He adapted the Disney film The Little Mermaid for the Broadway musical, which opened in 2007.

In 2009, he was commissioned by the La Jolla Playhouse to adapt and direct Creditors by August Strindberg. In another La Jolla commission, he wrote the book for the musical Hands on a Hardbody, with the score by Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio. The musical had a brief run on Broadway in March and April 2013 after premiering at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2012.

He wrote the book for a musical, War Paint, about Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. The music is by Scott Frankel and the lyrics by Michael Korie. War Paint premiered at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, from June 28 to August 14, 2016, with stars Patti Lupone as Helena Rubinstein and Christine Ebersole as Elizabeth Arden.[4] It ran on Broadway in 2017. The musical received four Tony Award nominations for Ebersole, LuPone, for its set design and costume design.

For television, Wright worked on four pilots for producer Norman Lear and teleplays for Hallmark Entertainment and HBO. In film, Wright’s credits include screenplays for Fine Line Features, Fox Searchlight, and DreamWorks SKG.

As an ardent supporter for writers' rights in the theatre industry, he is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and currently serves as the elected president of the non-profit organization. He also serves on the board of New York Theatre Workshop. 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. In 2010 he was named a United States Artists Fellow.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Wright lives in New York City with his husband, singer/songwriter David Clement.[6]



Year Title Role Venue Ref.
1983 The Stonewater Rapture Playwright Yale Dramatic Association, CT [7]
1989 Ubu Playwright Lincoln Center Theater, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, NY [8]
1989 Buzzsaw Berkeley Book by WPA Theatre, Off-Broadway [9]
1989 Dinosaurs Playwright Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven [10]
1989 Interrogating the Nude Playwright Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven [11]
1995 Quills Playwright New York Theatre Workshop, NY [12]
1995 Watbanaland Playwright WPA Theatre, Off-Broadway [13]
2000 Not Suitable For Children Playwright Second Stage Theater, Off-Broadway [14]
2001 Unwrap Your Candy Playwright Vineyard Theatre, Off-Broadway [15]
2003 I Am My Own Wife Playwright Lyceum Theatre, Broadway [16]
2005 Wildwood Park Playwright Frederick Cultural Arts Center, MD [17]
2006-07 Grey Gardens Book by Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway [18]
2007 The Little Mermaid Book by Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Broadway [19]
2011 Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays addt. Playwright Minetta Lane Theatre, Off-Broadway [20]
2012 Hands on a Hardbody Book by Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Broadway [21]
2015 Posterity Playwright Atlantic Theatre Company, Off-Broadway [22]
2017 War Paint Book by Nederlander Theatre, Broadway [23]

Film and Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2000 Quills Screenwriter Film [24]
2004 Charlie Rose Himself Episode: July 30, 2004 [25]
2006 Tony Bennett: An American Classic Writer Documentary [26]
2015 She's The Best Thing in It Himself Documentary [27]

Awards and honors[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1996 Obie Award Best Playwriting Quills Won [28]
2001 Golden Globes Awards Best Screenplay Nominated [29]
2001 Writers Guild Award Paul Selvin Award Won
2001 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Nominated
2001 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay Nominated
2001 Satellite Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Won
2001 Online Film Critics Society Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2004 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Solo Show I Am My Own Wife Won [30]
2004 Drama Desk Award Best Play Won
2004 Tony Award Tony Award for Best Play Won
2004 Pulitzer Prize Pulitzer Prize for Drama Won
2005 Lambda Literary Award N/A Won
2006 Toleranzpreis Europa N/A Won [31]
2006 Washington D.C. Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Memoirs of a Geisha Nominated
2006 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Musical Grey Gardens Nominated [32]
2006 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Nominated
2006 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book of a Musical Nominated
2007 Tony Award Best Book of a Musical Nominated
2013 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play Hands on a Hardbody Nominated
2013 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book of a Musical Nominated


  1. ^ "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database, (January 1, 2015). Douglas Glendenning Wright, 20 Dec 1962; from "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database and images; citing Texas Department of State Health Services. closed access
  2. ^ "Doug Wright". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "Village Voice Obies page".
  4. ^ War Paint, goodmantheatre, accessed June 7, 2016
  5. ^ "United States Artists Official Website". Archived from the original on November 10, 2010.
  6. ^ Huff-Hannon, Joseph. "Love Stories: Doug Wright and David Clement",, from The Advocate, November 4, 2008
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  31. ^ "KulturPreis Europa – Ihre Entscheidung – Ihre Wahl". KulturForum Europa e.V. 2008. Retrieved December 25, 2008.
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