New Play: DOWNWARD FACING DEBBIE by David Caudle

Posted by MB - October 25, 2012


We are thrilled to announce the next reading in our Holy Cow! Reading Series: DOWNWARD FACING DEBBIE, by David Caudle.


Ditched at the altar, disoriented Debbie dives headlong into yoga to deal with her damage. Luck guides her to an exclusive class at a tony Hamptons studio led by two gorgeous, wise, powerful women. After healing physically and emotionally beyond her dreams, Debbie spots cracks in the studio’s stunning facade of unity. If her spiritual doctors cannot heal themselves, will their latest patient go into remission forever?



David Caudle’s play, Visiting Hours, a Weissberger Nominee and Premiere Stages Finalist, recently premiered with the Rising Shiners Theatre Company in New Orleans.  (“powerful” and “immensely engaging” Times-Picayune.)  He is an alum of the New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, where he developed several plays including the musical Show People (Anna Sosenko grant), Downward Facing Debbie, Leg Man (S.T.A.G.E. Finalist) and Damsel (SPF Finalist).  He also taught playwriting in Primary Stages’ ESPA School of Theater.  Miami’s New Theatre has premiered three of his plays, including The Sunken Living Room (Gold Medal Finalist, Pinter Review Prize; Winner, Southern New Plays Festival; Winner, Ambie Award for Best New Play; Carbonell Nominee; Lark Finalist)  Sunken is published by Samuel French, with monologues reprinted in “Best of” anthologies by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus.  His Heidemann Finalist and Samuel French Festival-winning one-act, Feet of Clay is also published by Samuel French.  The short film version helmed by director/actress Carrie Preston made festival rounds in 2008.   Three plays, The Common Swallow, The Short Fall (Lark Finalist) and Likeness (O’Neill Semi-Finalist) are published on  The Short Fall was included in the Best of 2011 collection.  Mr. Caudle recently wrote the screenplay adaptation of the memoir, Major Conflict, One Gay Man’s Life in the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Military, by Major Jeffrey McGowan, US Army retired.  He studied theatre and creative writing at Middlebury College.


David Caudle   (photo by Polo Doury)

The Reading will be held in on Sunday November 4th at 7pm The Sin Bin at O’Brien’s Irish Pub  134 west 46th Street


The reading will be directed by Michael Padden, and feature Jessica Dickey as “Debbie”, with Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Harris Doran, Ali Ahn, Kathryn Layng, James Georgiades  

DOWNWARD FACING DEBBIE was originally written and developed at Primary Stages in the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group.


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