Douglas Post

Playwright, Lyricist & Composer
Audio Books

A Play
Available through L.A. Theatre Works

Drowning Sorrows
Duncan Crawford, a bartender on the island of St. John, is considering abandoning his way of life for greater adventure when Emily Miles, an heiress from Manhattan, wanders into his establishment and begins to recount her sad tale. She tells him how she was left at the altar at the tender age of nineteen by a fiancé who suddenly disappeared, how she has spent the past twenty years searching for this man, and how she now believes that she has found him in the person of Duncan. Duncan denies this, but Emily is certain. To complicate matters, Emily's husband, Raymond, an investment banker, offers Duncan $10,000 to pretend he is the man Emily is looking for in the hope that she will finally come to some sort of closure over the event. The story continues to twist and turn right up to the ambiguous conclusion – Duncan might be playing along with Raymond or he might actually be the man Emily claims he is.

This L.A. Theatre Works production features Keli Garrett, Harry Hamlin, Martha Lavey, Andrew Leman and Paul Winfield.

"A specialty of playwright Douglas Post: a philosophical mystery … working in territory that Alfred Hitchcock explored … Post weaves in deeper considerations on memory, commitment and the strange ways of the passage of time."
    — Chicago Tribune

"Post's play, unfolding in a swiftly moving succession of scenes without intermission, shines when his sharply drawn characters trade wisecracks and ironies."
    — Chicago Sun-Times

"A kind of dramatic Rorschach test, Post's psychological puzzler forces audiences to fill in some tantalizing blanks."
    — Chicago Reader

"The story twists and turns right up to the ambiguous conclusion."
    — Copley News Service

"An intimate and engaging 90 minutes."
    — Windy City Times

A Poetic Thriller
Available through L.A. Theatre Works

Earth and Sky Audio Book
This winner of the L. Arnold Weissberger Playwriting Competition concerns a would–be poet and part–time librarian named Sara McKeon whose lover of ten weeks, David Ames, is found dead one hot August morning in the city of Chicago. It appears that David, owner and manager of an expensive art–deco restaurant, may have been involved in several illicit activities including kidnapping, rape and murder. Unable to believe that the man she gave her heart to was a killer, and outraged by the fact that the police seem to have closed the book on the case, Sara begins her own investigation of the crime and is led deeper and deeper through the urban labyrinth into the contemporary underworld. As the detective story moves forward in time, scenes from the love affair take us back to the moment when Sara and David first met. Finally the plots converge and Sara finds herself face to face with the person who murdered her beloved.

This L.A. Theatre Works production features Ana–Alicia, Ed Begley Jr., Annette Bening, Jana Hupp, John Mahoney, Stephen Markle, Joseph Mascolo, George Murdock and Steven Weber.

"Douglas Post's play is a case of film noir on stage. Hard-bitten but with a tinge of sentiment … the devious U-turns in the plot continue past the ending of this taut new thriller."
   — The New York Times

"It is thoroughly engrossing, holding you fast for about 100 intermissionless minutes … a genuine cop thriller, with devious plot turns, tough, corner-of-the-mouth, Chandler-and-Hammett-style dialogue, and enough surprises to startle rabbits out of holes let alone hats."
    — The New York Post

"A winner … a satisfying whodunnit shot through with sardonic humour … psychologically absorbing … richly poetic … a seriously good play."
    — Portsmouth News

"A brilliant and remarkable play … compulsively gripping … an undoubted success."
    — Bournmouth Daily News

"Its final moments might well go down in the theatre history as some of the most heartrending of any modern production."
    — Bath Echo

A Comedy
Available through L.A. Theatre Works
Forty-Two Stories Audio Book
This comic play explores life inside a high–rise condominium building where a professional student from the University of Chicago is moonlighting as a janitor, a stressed-out apartment manager is at odds with the residents and on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and a motley assortment of other staff members struggle with survival in the face of urban pandemonium and the fact that one of them may be breaking into the units and stealing women's underwear.

This L.A. Theatre Works production features Fran Adams, Ed Begley Jr., Samantha Bennett, Dan Butler, Arye Gross, Michael Luckerman, Charlie Robinson, Tom Virtue and Fred Willard.

"In Douglas Post's new comedy, a career philosophy student procrastinates on his dissertation for an eighth year by accepting a maintenance job in the 'real world,' namely a Lake Shore Drive high-rise condo. But his blue-collar tourism doesn't sit well with the committed lifers on stage, whose expertise has long been undervalued by the higher-ups. 'Forty-Two Stories' is at its most fun when it gives insight into the inner workings of the business, particularly its awkward positioning between office and residential life."
   — Chicago Reader

"Do you live in a high-rise condo on Lake Shore Drive? Or spend time with someone who does? Then all your suspicions about what goes on behind the scenes will be fulfilled in 'Forty-Two Stories'. Burglaries of intimate garments, suicide jumpers, hysterical managers, doormen who think they run the building, custodians who yearns for a better life, romance between staff and residence. They're all here… and you might be happy that your building is boring."
    — Third Coast Review

"This tale of people working and living in an apartment building serves implicitly, and occasionally explicitly, as a microcosm of society - a group of people struggling to live and stay sane in a world gone increasingly mad. It holds up a mirror to modern life as something incomprehensibly vast and at the same time intimately small. There are two plotlines at work. If just one draws you in, you'll have a fine time. If both do, you'll laugh out loud and head home with something to think about."
    — Picture This Post

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Professional Associations
Member – The Dramatists Guild of America
Member – The Writers Guild of America, East
Member – ASCAP