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Douglas Post

DOUGLAS POST

  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Abrams Artists Agency  

Douglas Post's plays, which include BLOODSHOT, CYNICAL WEATHERS, DROWNING SORROWS, EARTH AND SKY and MURDER IN GREEN MEADOWS, and musicals, which include GOD AND COUNTRY, THE REAL LIFE STORY OF JOHNNY DE FACTO and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Canada, England, Wales, Germany, Austria, Russia and China. He has also been commissioned to write screenplays for Warner Bros. and NBC, teleplays for WMAQ-TV, and several radio adaptations of his scripts. On three occasions, he has been selected to develop his work at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and once at the O'Neill National Music Theater Conference. He has received the L. Arnold Weissberger Playwriting Award, the Midwestern Playwrights Festival Award, the Cunningham Commission Award, the Blue Ink Playwriting Award and three Playwriting Fellowship Awards from the Illinois Arts Council, and has been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award and an Emmy Award. Mr. Post lives in Chicago where he is a founding member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble, teaches at Chicago Dramatists, and has composed songs and incidental music for over 25 productions.

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2015)

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        At Night In the Asylum         Before It All Went Away         Belongings And Longings         Bil And Soozie Speak Out         Blissfield         Bloodshot         Comden Mall Community Activists         Cynical Weathers         Detective Sketches (Trouble Is Eating My Pants)         Drowning Sorrows         Drums         Earth And Sky         Escape From Groovytown         Everyman         Falling Through the Cracks         Forty-Two Stories         Gethsemane         God And Country         Kingdom Of Grimm, The         Murder In Green Meadows         Other Wise Man, The         Personal Effects         Prospero's Saxophone         Real Life Story Of Johnny De Facto, The         Somebody Foreign         Somewhere On the Coast Of Belize         Suffering Fools         Wind In the Willows, The


At Night In the Asylum

Synopsis:
the midnight of the soul as seen through the residents of a high-rise condominium building

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1st Produced:
American Blues Theater, Chicago, Il     1992

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1st Published:
Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, IL, 1997   

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Before It All Went Away

Synopsis:
A transient man sorts through the photographs of his life while attempting to connect to a woman on a park bench.

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short play

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Belongings And Longings

Synopsis:
Three interrelated one-acts about love and furniture

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1st Produced:
Organic Lab Theater, Chicago, Il     1986

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Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, IL, 1997   

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Bil And Soozie Speak Out

Synopsis:
Two people with strong opinions about the world and everything that's wrong with it tell the world everything that's wrong with it.

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1st Produced:
American Blues Theater, Chicago, IL     2012

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Blissfield

Synopsis:
A foreign correspondent returns to his Midwest hometown to investigate the suicide of his best friend.

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Genre:
Drama Mystery Mystery

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Bloodshot

Synopsis:
A photographer with a drinking problem witnesses the killing of an immigrant showgirl he has been hired to follow and take photos of through the twisted streets of London, 1957.

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Comden Mall Community Activists

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Winner of the 2014 Blue Ink Playwriting Award

1st Produced:
Readings by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL; American Blues Theater, Chicago, IL; Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, IL     06 Jul 1905

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Cynical Weathers

Synopsis:
A moderate Republican congressman from Texas is caught in the crossfire between his liberal wife, who is an atmosphEric scientist studying global warming, and his conservative chief of staff, who is an evangelical and a believer in the end times.

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Detective Sketches (Trouble Is Eating My Pants)

Synopsis:
A comic spoof of the hard-boiled detective series

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1st Produced:
Organic Lab Theater, Chicago, Il     1987

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1st Published:
Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, IL, 1997   

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Drowning Sorrows

Synopsis:
Duncan Crawford, a bartender on the island of St. John, is considering abandoning his bar for greater adventure when an heiress from Manhattan, Emily Miles, wanders into his establishment. She begins to tell him the story of her life: how she was left at the altar at the tender age of nineteen by a fiance who mysteriously disappeared, how she has spent the past twenty years searching for this man, and how she now believes that she has found him in the person of Duncan. Duncan denies this, but Emily is certain. To complicate matters, Emily's husband, Raymond, an investment banker, offers Duncan $10,000 to pretend he is the man Emily is looking for in the hopes she will finally come to some sort of closure over the event. the story continues to twist and turn right up to the ambiguous conclusion: Duncan might be playing along with Raymond or he may actually be the man Emily claims he is.

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Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1998   

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Drama Mystery Mystery

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Drums

Synopsis:
A highly-strung stock broker is accosted on the streets of Manhattan by mythical African tribe who claim he is their eternal messenger

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1st Produced:
Theater Building, Chicago, Il     1982

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  7            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Earth And Sky

Synopsis:
poetic thriller about a would-be poet and part-time librarian named Sara McKeon whose lover of ten weeks, David Ames, is found dead one hot August morning in the city of Chicago. It appears that David, owner and manager of an expensive art-deco restaurant, may have been involved in several illicit activities including kidnapping, rape and murder. Unable to believe that the man she gave her heart to was a killer, and outraged that the police seem to have closed the book on the case, Sara begins her own investigation of the crime and is led deeper and deeper through the urban labyrinth into the contemporary underworld. As the detective story moves forward in time, scenes from the love affair take us back to the moment when Sara and David first met. Finally the plots converge, and Sara finds herself face to face with the person who murdered her beloved.

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Winner of the 1991 L. Arnold Weissberger Playwriting Award

1st Produced:
Second Stage Theater, New York, NY     1991

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1991   

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Genre:
Thriller

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Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Escape From Groovytown

Synopsis:
An urban professional attempts to out-run gentrification

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1st Produced:
American Blues Theater, Chicago, Il     1991

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1st Published:
Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, IL, 1997   

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Genre:
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Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Everyman

Synopsis:
A pop opera based on the medieval morality play

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1st Produced:
Free Shakespeare Company, Chicago, Il     1984

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Falling Through the Cracks

Synopsis:
A woman who is almost homeless confronts her son on the subway

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1st Published:
Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, IL, 1997   

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Forty-Two Stories

Synopsis:
A comedy about life inside a high-rise condominium building, its apartment manager, and the members of its maintenance staff.

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1st Produced:
L.A. Theater Works, Santa Monica, Ca     1997

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  7            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Gethsemane

Synopsis:
A cycle of songs based on the story of the passion

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1st Produced:
Holy Covenant Church, Chicago, Il     1999

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  -

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God And Country

Synopsis:
A rock opera based on Sophocle's Antigone

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Genre:
Musical

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Kingdom Of Grimm, The

Synopsis:
A farm boy finds a trunk in the woods which unleashes a troupe of player who perform three tales from the Brothers Grimm

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Winner of the 2003 Cunningham Commission Award for Youth Theatre

1st Produced:
Chicago Playworks, Chicago, Il     2006

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1st Published:
Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, IL, 2007   

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Murder In Green Meadows

Synopsis:
Thomas Devereaux, a successful architect and local contractor, and his beautiful wife, Joan, have just moved into their dream house in the quiet suburban town of Green Meadows when they are visited by their new neighbors, Carolyn and Jeff Symons, and a friendship develops quickly between the two couples. But underneath the cool, middle-American exterior, something is truly rotten. A previous sexual relationship between Joan and a teenage lawn-boy is revealed, as is the fact that Thomas learned of the infidelity and may have murdered his wife's lover. To make matters worse, an affair has begun to develop between Joan and Jeff Symons. One summer evening, following the Symons departure after a friendly game of cards, Thomas lets Joan know that he is aware of this new deception, and his violent, possessive nature surfaces. He makes two demands of his wife: One, she must stop seeing Jeff. Two, she must kill him. What follows is a diabolical plot that continues to thicken through the final showdown between a murderer and an aggrieved widow.

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Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1990   

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Genre:
Thriller

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Other Wise Man, The

Synopsis:
A pop opera based on the story by Henry Van Dyke

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1st Produced:
Leo A. Lerner Theater, Chicago, Il     1981

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Personal Effects

Synopsis:
A successful tax attorney lands on the streets of Los Angeles and attempts to figure out why his life has been dismantled and by whom.

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Winner of the 1995 Midwestern Playwrights Festival Award

1st Produced:
Circle Theater, Chicago, Il     2003

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Genre:
Thriller

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Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Prospero's Saxophone

Synopsis:
A rock musical based on Shakespeare's the Tempest

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1st Produced:
Leo A. Lerner Theater, Chicago, Il     1981

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  10            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Real Life Story Of Johnny De Facto, The

Synopsis:
A rock star is almost killed at his farewell concert by a fan who wants fame, fortune and his piece of the American pie.

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1st Produced:
Goodspeed-At-Chester, Connecticut, Il     1989

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Musical

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Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Somebody Foreign

Synopsis:
A Chicago woman with ties to the human rights movement in the Gaza Strip becomes the target of an investigation by the FBI, the local police, and the media.

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1st Produced:
City Lit Theater, Chicago, Il     2006

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Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Somewhere On the Coast Of Belize

Synopsis:
Two New York barge men attempt to unload a boat filled with trash on a third world power

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1st Produced:
Primary Stages, New York, NY     1993

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1st Published:
Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, IL, 1997   

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Suffering Fools

Synopsis:
Several sets of lovers chase each other through a series of summer days and nights

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1st Produced:
Commons Theater, Chicago, Il     1989

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Wind In the Willows, The

Synopsis:
A musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's book

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1st Produced:
Organic Lab Theater, Chicago, Il     1985

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1st Published:
Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, IL, 1986   

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  9            Female:  5            Other:  -

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