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Radium Girls

“Radium Girls may speak to our collective capacity for denial. But it also celebrates our individual courage.”

- The Daily Record, Morristown, N.J.

Memoirs of a Forgotten Man

“Memory is a treacherous force in “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man,” D.W. Gregory’s suspenseful and carefully wrought what-if.”

- The Washington Post

Salvation Road

"The overall effect of Salvation Road is not unlike that of a cultish devotion: simultaneously satisfying and terrifying."

- Washington City Paper

Photo Courtesy: Ryan Maxwell Photography

Radium Girls 2

“The best new play in New Jersey professional theatre.”

- The Newark Star Ledger

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A Thing of Beauty

“Every work of art is a political statement”

Memoirs of a Forgotten Man

Long before fake news was a trending topic, it was called propaganda. And in the Soviet Union, circa 1938, it was the grease that kept Stalin’s machinery of terror in motion.

Radium Girls

The original award-winning drama based on the true story. In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease.

Salvation Road

Two guys. One rusted out Honda. Twenty-four hours to separate a girl from her guru. The road to Hell was never more fun.

The Other American

Long before fake news was a trending topic, it was called propaganda. And in the Soviet Union, circa 1938, it was the grease that kept Stalin’s machinery of terror in motion.

The Yellow Stocking Play

D.W. Gregory, author of Radium Girls and Salvation Road. The music and lyrics are by writing team Steven M. Alper & Sarah Knapp, whose musical version of Mark Harelik’s The Immigrant received two Drama Desk award nominations when it was produced off-Broadway.

— The New York Times
Playwright Typewriter
As A Dramatist
I write plays that examine American culture—our obsessions with image and privilege, our fundamental sexism, implicit racism, and propensity to violence, and ultimately, our collective optimism. In my work, tragedy and comedy exist side by side because they exist that way in life. The play is funny until it isn’t—and at that point, the larger questions are revealed.
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As A Teaching Artist
As the author of more than a dozen plays for young actors, I’ve been privileged to work as an artist in residence at a series of theatre programs and private and public schools around the country. I am available for short-term residencies, as well as one-day workshops and longer-term residencies.

Memoirs of a Forgotten Man at Thalia’s Umbrella, Seattle

Start date: February 22, 2024
End date: March 9, 2024
Time: 12:00 am
Location: Thalia's Umbrella, performing at the Studio at 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Avenue, Seattle 98122

Thalia’s Umbrella will present  the West Coast premiere of Memoirs of a Forgotten Man by D.W. Gregory.

The production of this new play for stage is set for February 22 – March 9, at 12th Avenue Arts in Seattle.

Directed by Artistic Director Terry Edward Moore, the production will feature Sunam Ellis, Patrick, Harvey, Leslie Law, and Jon Lutyens.

A Soviet journalist with the gift of total becomes an unwitting enemy of the state when the psychologist studying him inadvertently brings his vast memory to the attention of suspicious officials. Moving between Stalin’s Russia of the 1930s and the Kruschev era of the late 1950s,  Memoirs of a Forgotten Man examines the connections between memory and identity and counts the high price we all pay when we allow the State to decide what the truth is.



The play was originally produced as a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere by the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Shepherdstown, W.Va.; New Jersey Repertory Co., Long Branch, N.J.; and Shadowland Stages, Ellenville, N.Y. For more information see


The play is published  in “Plays by Women from the Contemporary American Theatre Festival,” from Methuen Drama, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, United Kingdom.