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David Clement & Doug Wright

Doug Wright (born December 21, 1962) is an American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2004 for his play, I Am My Own Wife.

Wright lives in Lower Manhattan, New York City with his husband, singer/songwriter David Clement. On May 16, 2008, a day after the California supreme court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage, David Clement proposed to his partner Doug Wright, on a Post-it note (they were together since 2003). The note, attached to a wooden Hello Kitty picture frame bearing a Halloween snapshot of the couple, said, “Marry me quickly! Love, David.” Wright said yes. Doug Wright and David Clement were married in August 28, 2008. Wright said that the decision to get married was a mutual one and they had been discussing it for a long time. Both men's parents and a few intimate friends assembled together for their wedding at the Casa Del Mar hotel in Santa Monica, California.

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 M.F.A. 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. (Picture: David Clement)

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. In 2000, Wright wrote the screenplay for the film version of Quills which starred Geoffrey Rush.


Doug Wright and Family at the opening night performance of 'The Little Mermaid' at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre New York City, USA - 10.01.08
Doug Wright is an American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2004 for his play, I Am My Own Wife. Wright lives in Lower Manhattan, New York City with his husband, singer/songwriter David Clement. On May 16, 2008, a day after the California supreme court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage, Clement proposed to Wright, on a Post-it note (they were together since 2003). Doug Wright and David Clement were married in August 28, 2008.



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's 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.

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.

He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and 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.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Wright

Further Readings:

Quills and Other Plays by Doug Wright
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st edition (November 29, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0571211801
ISBN-13: 978-0571211807
Amazon: Quills and Other Plays

Selected early works from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

Throughout his work, Doug Wright has often combined the personal, the social, and the political, in the process unearthing fundamental truths about life and art while casting an unblinking eye on the dark--and darkly funny--side of human nature. Gathered here are three of Wright's early plays, including Interrogating the Nude, a tongue-in-cheek reimagining of the uproar surrounding the debut of Marcel Duchamp's work in America; Watbanaland, a satiric dissection of yuppie desire and a haunting look at family and faith; and the Obie Award-winning Quills, which explores the boundaries of artistic expression and the dangers of censorship as they played out in the Marquis de Sade's final days at Charenton Asylum.

More LGBT Couples at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Real Life Romance


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