Doug Wright

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright

DOUG WRIGHT won the Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award in 2004 for his play I AM MY OWN WIFE. He also wrote the Tony‐nominated musical GREY GARDENS, which appeared on Broadway in 2006, and he adapted his own award‐winning play QUILLS for Fox Searchlight, which was nominated for three Academy Awards. Doug wrote THE BURIAL for Warner Bros. based on the New Yorker article by Jonathan Harr. It’s a social satire about a big time African‐American personal injury attorney, Willie Edward Gary, from small‐town Southern roots who single‐handedly takes on a huge Canadian conglomerate conspiring to monopolize the funeral home industry. Doug has also worked on a variety of writing assignments including production work on MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA for Rob Marshall, production work on MONTE CARLO for Tom Bezucha at Fox 2000, a remake of Otto Preminger’s BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING for Reese Witherspoon at Sony, and an adaptation of Tish Cohen’s novel TOWN HOUSE for Fox 2000 and Scott Free, which John Carney has come on to direct. Doug also wrote GERSHWIN for Marc Platt and Steven Spielberg based on the life of the eponymous composer and his groundbreaking African‐American opera “Porgy and Bess”. Most recently, Doug wrote the stage musical HANDS ON A HARD BODY adapted from the documentary by the same name, which played to mass critical praise at the La Jolla Playhouse and premiered on Broadway this year. Doug was subsequently nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical for the Broadway production.

Doug is currently working on the UNTITLED PEGGY LEE PROJECT which is now being developed by Twentieth Century Fox with Todd Haynes set to direct and Reece Witherspoon attached to star.