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Playwright: David Myers


Gas House Baby

Cotton just got divorced, lost his job, and is living in a Motel 8. Coming back home to Shreveport, Louisiana, his life is about to change in ways he could never have predicted. In a play about fracking, fatherhood, and family secrets, one man figures out what it means to be a good father and a good son, and what happens when itís impossible to be both.

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Video: Playwright David Myers summarizes the plot of his play Gas House Baby (2:19). Video: Playwright David Myers shares some insights on his play Gas House Baby. (1:01)



David Myersí plays include: Muzungu, Small Prophecies, Babyhead, 1800 Acres, Body Parts and The Arvesto Parasite. His work has been developed with Labyrinth Theater Company, The Old Vic, The Royal Court, Cornerstone Theater Company, The Lark, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, About Face Theatre, Doorway Arts, Chalk Rep, Moving Arts LA and Mixed Phoenix Rep. Davidís screenplay Heart of a Shepherd was developed at IFPís Independent Film Week and purchased by Tashtego Films in New York. He has been commissioned by Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse.

David served as the Literary Associate at The Public Theater under Artistic Directors George C. Wolfe and Oskar Eustis. He studied under writers Edward Albee, Nilo Cruz, Ntozake Shange, David Eldridge and Naomi Iizuka. David was also the National Coordinator of Suzan-Lori Parksí 365 Days / 365 Plays Festival and spent time in rural Rwanda, where he helped to develop Mumugi Watchu Ė a play designed to stimulate discussion on AIDS prevention and sexual health.

BA, Brown University, MFA, UCSD (2012). He is originally from Houston, Texas, the son of a first generation Russian Jew from Brighton Beach and a Navy man from Louisiana.


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