Bill C. Davis

Bill C. Davis is the author of MASS APPEAL, which premiered at The Manhattan Theatre Club. The play moved to Broadway and Mr. Davis received the Outer Critics’ Circle Award. In both productions the play was directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald. Mr. Davis also adapted the play for the screen. The movie MASS APPEAL was produced by Turman/Foster and starred Jack Lemmon. It was voted one of the ten best films of the year by the National Board of Review. Mr. Davis is also the author of DANCING IN THE END ZONE, which was directed by Jose Ferrer at the State Theatre in Miami, Florida. It premiered on Broadway under the direction of Melvin Bernhardt. The play was then produced in Los Angeles, a production for which Mr. Davis received a Dramalogue award. Another play by Mr. Davis, WRESTLERS, premiered at the Cast Theatre in Los Angeles, where it was the Critic’s Choice for the "Los Angeles Times." It was subsequently produced at the Hudson Guild Theatre under the direction of Geraldine Fitzgerald. His play AVOW premiered in September of 1996 at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey, under the direction of Gillian Lynne. In addition, Mr. Davis wrote the screenplay of AVOW. SPINE, another play by Mr. Davis, premiered in Los Angeles, under Mr. Davis’ direction. SPINE also received a production at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey, again under Mr. Davis’ direction, and has been optioned for the screen by Dan Sherkow. Mr. Davis has written the book and lyrics for two musicals: an original, OFF-KEY, with composer Richard Adler, which was also produced at the George Street Playhouse in the fall of 1995, and BODY-SNATCHERS, an adaptation of the novel, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." He also wrote the play EXPATRIATE, which received a staged reading at the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey with Julie Harris in the lead. As an actor, Bill C. Davis has appeared in MASS APPEAL opposite Milo O’Shea, Brian Keith, and Charles Durning. He also appeared in WRESTLERS opposite Mark Harmon in Los Angeles, and with Elizabeth Berridge in New York. As well as directing the world premieres of SPINE, Mr. Davis also directed MASS APPEAL for the Nederlanders in Detroit and for Jim Sheridan at the Irish Arts Center in New York.