D.W. Gregory's plays frequently explore political issues through a personal lens and with a comedic twist. The New York Times called her "a playwright with a talent to enlighten and provoke" for her most prodced work, Radium Girls (Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey), about the famous case of industrial poisoning. Other plays include Memoirs of a Forgotten Man, which is receiving a National New Play Network rolling world premiere (Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shadowland Stages, New Jersey Rep); Molumby's Million (Iron Age Theatre), nominated for a Barrymore Award by Philadelphia Theatre Alliance; The Good Daughter and October 1962 (New Jersey Rep); and a new musical comedy, The Yellow Stocking Play, with composer Steven M. Alper and lyricist Sarah Knapp. She is also a two-time finalist for the Heideman Award at Actor's Theater of Louisville, where her comedy So Tell Me About This Guy was produced on a bill of short works. Gregory also writes for youth theatre and makes occasional appearances as a teaching artist. Salvation Road was the winner of the American Alliance for Theatre in Education's Playwrights in Our Schools Award and developed through New York University's New Plays for Young Audiences program. In August 2018, Dramatics Magazine listed Radium Girls among the 10 Most Produced Plays in American High School Theatre. More information at www.dwgregory.com
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A bawdy stage comedy play about four lives transformed by the discovery of 21 shocking photographs.
One night in a Colorado roadhouse, in the depths of the Reagan recession. Judy, the sharp-witted bartender, never lets her disability get in the way of what she wants—except when it comes to her boss, Dan, a big-hearted guy with no head for business, who is busy working out his issues—once again—with his girlfriend Bonnie, a waitress so comely that guys give her $10 tips just for wiping up the beer she spills on them. Only Chet, a steady customer, gives Judy a second look, but she’s got no interest in an out-of-work meatpacker who imagines himself the next Ansel Adams. It all comes to blows one Monday night when Judy decides to make her play, unaware Chet has cooked up a convoluted scheme to woo her that involves a clandestine photo session with Bonnie and a secret trade for a classic motorcycle. A deceptively subversive small cast comedy stage play about redefining beauty in an image-obsessed culture.
Two guys. One rusted out Honda. Twenty-four hours to separate a girl from her guru. The road to Hell was never more fun.
When his hip older sister Denise disappears with members of a fundamentalist church, 17-year-old Cliff Kozak struggles to hold it all together, pretending that he isn’t hurt by her decision to cut him out of her life. But a year later, a chance sighting of Denise at a New Jersey strip mall leads Cliff and his best buddy Duffy on a road trip into the heart of a deepening mystery. Why would a smart and talented girl like Denise fall for the hollow promises of a sleazy preacher? Could it be that blind faith is just another term for a desperate need to belong?
1926. Radium is a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage. Until the girls who paint those watch dials begin to die. Based on the true story of the women and men who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation in Orange, N.J., Radium Girls is a fast-paced examination of the commercialization of science and the twin American obsessions with the pursuit of health and wealth. Available from Dramatic Publishing.
Claire and Len, newly married, move into their dream home in a idyllic, wooded subdivision. An added bonus: Len’s older friends Hal and Beth live just across the lake. But when Len’s chance remark at a party triggers the breakup of the other couple, Claire realizes they are in for some seriously bad karma. A dead crow shows up on the sidewalk, and the sky takes on a sickly hue. The clincher is when a shot rings out across the parking lot of the Safeway—striking down the first victim of an anonymous, serial sniper. Troubled by these events, Claire sets out to restore order by helping Hal to reunite with Beth. But she quickly discovers a tangled history between Len, Beth, and Hal that throws her onto a completely different question. Who is this man she wakes up next to every day? And as the killer moves in, both Len and Claire struggle with the trade-offs they have made between satisfaction and security. A post-9/11 comedy about learning to thrive in an age of uncertainty.
Developed through New Jersey Rep and Theatre J's Locally Grown Festival.
Memoirs of a Forgotten Man is receiving the second of three productions as part of a National New Play Network rolling world premiere. It opened at Shadowland Stages on June 1 and closes June 16, directed by Brendan Burke. The next production, at New Jersey Repertory Company, opens August 15.
Salvation Road, by D.W. Gregory, winner of Walden Theatre's Slant Culture Series competition in 2012 and originally produced by New York University's Steinhardt School, is now available from Dramatic Publishing.
Selection from RADIUM GIRLS included in American Heartbeat: True Stories Told in Scenes and Monologues, coming soon from Dramatic Publishing. Not too shabby: On a bill with Steven Dietz, James Still & Karen Zacarias.