Playwright Deb Hiett’s most recent play, "90024 Westwood: The Information Herein is Classified" was commissioned by Antaeus Theatre Company, Los Angeles, as an audio play, and has had over 40,000 downloads after being released in November 2020. Some of Deb’s other full-length plays include “The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!” (premiered at Rogue Machine Theater, Los Angeles), “Miss Keller Has No Second Book” (premiered at Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples, FL), “The Escape Thingy” and “The Clearing in the Jacoby,” (both Finalists for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award). Her short play “The Presentation” was in the 2017 Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, and was a Finalist for 2017 Heideman Award.
“Gratitude Jar Time Capsule” – a short comedy film co-written by and co-starring Deb – won “Best Comedy Television Pilot” in the 2020 Atlanta Comedy Film Festival. Deb’s short film “Open House” won Los Angeles Film Festival/FunnyorDie’s “Make ‘Em LAFF” Showcase, Best Comedy Short at the Women in Comedy Festival Film Night, and Best Video Short at iOWest’s Funny Women LA Festival. Her short film “A Bit of Counseling” (co-written with Richard Kuhlman) won the Audience Awards at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival.
In addition to being a proud member of Playwrights Union, Dramatists Guild, and Antaeus Playwrights Lab, she’s also an actress, musician, and regular panelist on the NPR comedy/quiz show “Says You!” More at DebHiett.com.
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MORE ABOUT ME
I keep doing theater because storytelling is important and fun and weird. It's both temporary and permanent. It's uplifting but it can grind you to dust along the way. Doing it almost kills me, but I have tried not doing it, and that almost killed me, too, with a lot less to show for the struggle. I like the surprises along its predictable path. Ultimately it connects me to both the earth and to the universe, and what's better than that?
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
My newest play "Circle Forward" as part of the Playwrights Union New Play Challenge, an adaptation of my play "Call Time" into a pilot, and a new screenplay. I'm also working on beating Resistance, aging joyfully, and re-interpreting a post-Covid wardrobe (spoiler alert: it's loose-fitting).
Comedy, women-centered, older actresses, coming-of-age, family, love, breakthrough