Duane’s Bio

“I was the guy there when the paper was white.”

– Moss Hart

2017 Working on new plays about Hildegard of Bingen and an 18th Century castrato opera singer.

2017  Escorting Tom will be produced in April at Burien Actors Theatre (near Seattle), having won first place in that company’s 2017 Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival.

2017 Das Ende will be produced in March by Red Rover Theatre Company at 18th & Union Arts Space in Seattle. Kelly McMahon director.

2017 Escorting Tom was a semifinalist selection for  American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) NewPlayFest.

2016 Das Ende had a public reading, presented by Seattle Playwrights Circle at Elliott Bay Books, Nov. 6.

2016 Co-founded Red Rover Theatre Company, with playwright John C. Davenport

2016 Escorting Tom had a public reading, presented by Playfest festival, Port Townsend, WA, March 13.

2015 Escorting Tom had a public reading, presented by Seattle Playwrights Circle at Elliott Bay Books, Dec. 6.

2015 Moderated panel of Stephen Schwartz, Bobby Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Doug Wright, Amanda Green, and Christopher Ashley (Artistic Director, La Jolla Playhouse) at Dramatists Guild national conference in La Jolla, CA.

2015 Escorting Tom was a semifinalist selection for 2015 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

2015 Completed Cezanne’s Gardener, a play about Paul Cezanne and his gardener.

2014 Completed Das Ende, a play about Richard Wagner and the Ring operas.

2014 Escorting Tom had a public reading at ACT Theatre, Seattle, Oct. 21.

2013 Completed Escorting Tom, a marital drama.

2013 Served as a moderator at the national conference of the Dramatists Guild, in Chicago, interviewing playwright David Ives about his career.

2011 Rousseau and Hobbes had a public reading at ACT Theatre Nov. 21.

2011 Reconceived and rewrote Rousseau and Hobbes, a play about the 1994 Rwandan genocide and primate field research first written in 1999.

2011 Served as a moderator at Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation, the first national conference of the Dramatists Guild; interviewed Todd London, Artistic Director of New Dramatists.

2011 Future Imperfect was a finalist for 2011 Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland, OR.  4 plays were chosen from 10 finalists, selected from 200 submissions.

2010 Travelled to Rwanda and Uganda for two weeks of research as preparation for rewriting Rousseau and Hobbes.

2010 Completed Future Imperfect, a full-length comedy about a family tryingto unite after the mother’s death.  Had public readings at id Theater (NY) Sept. 20 and at ACT Theatre (Seattle) June 17.

2010 A Dying Wish was a semifinalist for 2010 NAAA Double X Play Reading Festival, London, England.  400 scripts were submitted.

2010 The Thing With Feathers was a finalist for 2010 Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland, OR.  4 plays were chosen from 10 finalists, selected from 200 submissions.

2010 The Thing With Feathers was a semifinalist selection for 2010 FutureFest new play festival, Dayton, OH.  6 plays were chosen from 12 semifinalists, selected from 390 submissions.

2010 A Dying Wish had a reading Feb. 15 at id Theater’s Sit In! reading series in New York.

2010 Became Regional Representative for Washington state for Dramatists Guild of America

2009 The Thing With Feathers had a reading Nov. 11 at Lark Play Development Center in New York.

2009 The Thing With Feathers was one of six plays developed at Seven Devils Playwrights  Conference, June 8-21, in Idaho.

2009 The Thing With Feathers was a semifinalist selection for 2009 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

2007 Completed The Thing With Feathers, a full-length play about a Vietnam War vet fighting to save his failing coffee farm in Costa Rica.

2005 Wrote short story, Pochta.

2003 Completed play A Dying Wish, a full-length family drama.

2001 Rousseau and Hobbes, as a result of a juried selection process, received a staged reading at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference with Edward Albee, in Alaska.

2001 Rousseau and Hobbes, as a result of a juried selection process, received a staged reading at Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York.  Reading was part of that theatre’s First Light Festival.

1999 Completed Rousseau and Hobbes, a full-length play about genocide and primate research in Rwanda and Uganda.

SERVICE

2009-present

Dramatists Guild regional representative for state of Washington

PRODUCING

2003 Produced Equity production of Betrothal, written by Lanford Wilson

MEMBERSHIPS

Dramatists Guild of America

Theatre Puget Sound

BUSINESS CAREER

1988-2009

Founder and Chairman of Salmon Bay Events, a company that produced Northwest Flower & Garden Show and San Francisco Flower & Garden Show.  Sold shows 2009.  Also magazine founder and publisher 1979-2000.

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

2001-2006

Member of Board of Trustees, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, a non-profit organization supporting San Francisco Botanical Garden (in Golden Gate Park).

Chaired Strategic Directions Committee.

2001-2002

Member of Board of Directors, American Horticultural Society (Alexandria, Virginia)

1991-1998

Member of Board of Directors, The Arboretum Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting Washington Park Arboretum, a 200-acre arboretum in Seattle; chaired various committees including Long-Range Planning Committee.  Served as Foundation President 1993-1995.

EDUCATION

University of Washington, B.A. – English Literature, 1973