August 24, 1951 to February 26, 2021
Rest in Peace, Bill
BILL C. Davis is the author of MASS APPEAL – play and screenplay. MASS APPEAL premiered at Manhattan Theater Club and moved to Broadway. The play has been translated and performed around the world. As an actor he has performed the role of Mark Dolson with Milo O'Shea, Brian Keith and Charles Durning.
His play DANCING IN THE END-ZONE premiered at the Coconut Grove Playhouse directed by Jose Ferrer and opened on Broadway the following year. It has been translated to French (Ligne Offensive) and is being readied for a Paris production under the direction of Mathilda May.
He performed in his play WRESTLERS at the Cast Theater in Los Angeles where it was Critic's Choice LA Times and then moved to the Hudson Guild Theater in New York City.
His play SPINE premiered at the Cast Theater and was produced at The George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick NJ, in both cases under his direction. SPINE was later presented at The Barrow Group Theater in New York City.
His play AVOW premiered at The George Street Playhouse and then moved to off-Broadway. The play's French translation, (Les Voeux du coeur) opened in Paris in 2015 and toured through France and Belgium in 2016.
He directed his play COMING2TERMS at the Vineyard Playhouse in Martha's Vineyard in 2011. French translation and title – (Le Cocktail Humain) THE HUMAN COCKTAIL.
He also directed a workshop production of his play EXPATRIATE at Manhattan Theater Source.
EXPATRIATE was translated to Czech and the play had its world premiere in Prague, November 2017 at Reznicka Theater where along with MASS APPEAL is running in repertory.
His short story, FAMILY MEETING, was published by Dutton in a collection of short stories called “Dude.”
BILL C. Davis has been artist in residence at Brooklyn College and at his alma mater Marist College. He was playwright mentor at Carnegie Mellon University.
As well as adapting his play MASS APPEAL for a feature film, he wrote a teleplay for CBS television and Robert Greenwald Productions – “The Secret Path.”
His most recent plays – THE GERMAN DOCTOR and CONCIERGE are being readied for production in Prague for the former and Paris for the latter.
BILL C. Davis formed a production Company in 2015 – Harry Banks Productions. He has produced, written and directed two films under the banner of that production company – HOUSEHOLD ACCOUNTS – which received the award for best feature film and best writing for a film at Buffalo-Niagara International Film Festival in September 2017 – and he has just completed his film adaptation of AVOW, in August 2017.
In the past several years he has been developing two musicals – VILLAGE RITES and OPEN FOR ME.
While in Paris this past April (2018) he completed his newest play, SIP (Shelter In Place).
On posters I often see the last name of everyone involved - author, director, actors - printed in capital letters. I'm sure it's because last names are often more rare than first names. It also seems to honor the legacy of the ancestors who came before. I however don't feel a good deal of honor toward the name - "Davis." It is the name my father's father chose out of a phone book when he realized at the age of 20 that the name,"Gliserman," somehow disqualified him from decent employment in Boston in the early 20th century in America.
The legacy of that name, which is shared by so many for so many reasons, has for me a note of capitulation about it. It's a conspiracy of cowardice, expediency, prejudice and Bell Telephone. He must have looked for the most populated name in the phone book and grabbed that one. The irony of this is that his doctor brother kept the name Gliserman and converted to Catholicism when he married his Scottish wife. Mr. Davis/Gliserman married an Irish woman and that marriage lasted not much past my father's second birthday. What did remain with him was that name with no lineage; with no chance to form a prejudgement. "Davis? Oh -you must be..." well - you could be anything. There's Bette; Sammy; Jefferson - more recently - Geena; Hope; Lanni; Angela.
Out of this American gene swirl of Irish, Italian (my mother), and Russian-Jewish, the name printed on my birth certificate is - William Clarke Davis. Clarke was the maiden name for my Irish great grand-mother. "William" was for the Irish cop uncle to my father who was his stern, reportedly abusive, surrogate father.
In college I would put on posters and title page for plays I was writing - bill c. davis - all lower case. If I had known about this family name business sooner I might have gone through the legal hoops to have it changed to at least one of the family names - DeNicola - Richardson or Gliserman - but I decided to concoct a name from what was given and now to put the emphasis not on the common last name but on that first abbreviated name of my own construction. - -
Names like Coppola, Streisand, Schopenhaur, Camus, Dostoyevsky, Faulkner, Gielgud - all names with fiber - and shared by no one. Names like Allen,(Woody, Karen, Marty, Tim) Simon,(Paul, Carly, Neil) and Davis -create a family tree of unrelated and camouflaged folk. So I have asked going forward to have all scripts and publications present my name as -
BILL C. Davis.
I'm asking to let BILL C. be the trumpet; fortissimo - and Davis be pianissimo. And I thank all publishers and printers going forward for understanding and honoring this request.
© Copyright 2016 by Bill C. Davis.
Translators for BILL C. Davis
Eric Figueroa Acosta
THE HUMAN COCKTAIL (Le Cocktail Humain)
DANCING IN THE END ZONE (Ligne Offensive)
AVOW (Les Voeux du Coeur)
THE SEX KING (Der Sex König)
CONCIERGE (Le Concierge)
MASS APPEAL (Und Mit Der Geist)
THE SEX KING (Der Sexkönig)
THE HUMAN COCKTAIL (Der Menschliche Cocktail)
MASS APPEAL (Odvolani)
THE HUMAN COCKTAIL (Lidský koktejl)
Actors Who Have Performed in Works by Bill C. Davis:
SARA JESSICA PARKER
December 2017: Filming for Avow motion picture complete
The German Doctor
Reading with Prague Shakespeare Company - 5/16/18
Reading at Pavé D'Orsay in Paris - 10/20/17
(Left to right) Tiffany Hofstetter - BILL C. Davis - Felix Everding - Sharon Mann
(Photos - Porter Scott)
Open For Me
2017 Buffalo Niagara Film Festival awards
The Torrington Connecticut based film company, Harry Banks Productions, in appreciation for all of its support, invites Torrington and surrounding areas, to a screening of its newest feature film, AVOW. The screening will be Saturday, January 6th, 8:30PM at Warner's Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, where the play, on which the film is based, was presented two years earlier.
Admission for AVOW will be free but does require a ticket.
Tickets are available through the Warner Box Office, 860-489-7180 or online at www.warnertheatre.org
Filming of AVOW movie - complete
Paris Theatre - Review
News from Paris
On Saturday November 14, 2015 the actors in my play in Paris decided to play the matinee and evening performance after the most violent day in that city's life since WWII.
I salute and admire them. This is my e-mail exchange with Bruno Madinier, one of the actors in the production presented by Marguerite Gourge at her Theater La Bruyere.
On Nov 14, 2015, at 2:19 PM, Bruno Madinier <email@example.com> wrote:
Hi Bill, thank you so much for your supporting message. So kind of you !Yes it's horrible and we are all in a state of shock ! We all know somebody or someone who knows somebody who died yesterday. Today Marguerite decided that we would play as in the same time a lot of theatres decided to close... And we are so proud to do it. We played this afterrnoon and we ´ll do it again right now. Your play sounds even stronger in this kind of situation ! Love from a "wounded" but not "killed" Paris - Bruno, Davy, Julien & Julie Bruno Madinier
Le 14 nov. 2015 à 16:35, billcdavis a écrit : ...will express my anger, sadness, defiance, and love for you all? I suppose we stay strong and resolved. NYC rose up from 9/11 - Paris will rise up from 13/11. I embrace you - please share that embrace with Julie, Davy and Julien. These terrorists are like cancer cells - corrupted; deranged - police and gendarmes are the T-cells that must be always ready to protect. And we must carry on. Bill C.
The Paris press release
ET POURTANT IL FAUT VIVRE !
Nous avons tous vécu un moment de terreur ... un moment d'émotion intense ... un moment qui scelle la solidarité collective.
Quelque "fous de Dieu" ont décidé d'abattre sans discernement des femmes et des hommes , souvent jeunes, vendredi soir dans Paris, simplement parce qu'ils étaient français.
Comme si Dieu (celui des chrétiens, des juifs, des musulmans ...) avait quoi que ce soit à voir avec cela. Comme s'il pouvait cautionner un acte aussi barbare. dans quels cerveaux malades ou avides de pouvoir vont se nicher les idéologies !
Et pourtant il faut continuer à vivre ... panser nos plaies ... pleurer nos morts ... et recommencer à sortir , à partager, à aimer , à rire.
Paris, ce week-end, se remettait mal de ce vendredi noir. Les rues et les métros étaient souvent déserts. La pire des réponses aux actes de terrorisme serait de rester recroquevillé sur soi. Ils auraient alors gagné la bataille.
Nous avons décidé de jouer samedi après-midi et samedi soir avec mes camarades au théâtre La Bruyère. Cette décision a été prise en concertation avec la directrice du théâtre. Cela nous semblait être la réponse la plus appropriée aux terroristes.
Nous continuerons à "vivre" et à jouer puisque c'est notre passion. C’est notre devoir d’artiste. Rien ne nous stoppera !
YET THERE MUST LIVE!
We have all experienced a moment of terror ... a moment of intense emotion ... a moment that seals collective solidarity. Some "religious fanatics" decided to shoot indiscriminately men and women, often young, Friday night in Paris, simply because they were French. As if God (the Christians, Jews, Muslims ...) had anything to do with it. As if he could condone such a barbaric act. in which sick or power-hungry brains will nestle ideologies! Yet we must continue to live heal our wounds ... ... mourn our dead ... and start to come out, to share, to love, to laugh. Paris, this weekend, was recovering evil of this Black Friday. The streets and subways were often deserted. The worst response to terrorism would be to stay curled up on itself. They would have won the battle. We decided to play Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening with my friends in the theater La Bruyère. This decision was taken in consultation with the director of the theater. That seemed to be the most appropriate response to terrorists. We will continue to "live" and play because it is our passion. It is our duty as an artist. Nothing will stop us! Bruno Madinier
News from France's "Catholique"
Another review of AVOW in Paris
Critique of AVOW presented in Paris
Announcement of play at Theatre La Bruyere
Monsieur Theatre Review
Jean-Philippe Vaiud Video Review
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers in France (SACD) receives Bill C. Davis
Trailer for "Les Voeux du Coeur"
The cast in Paris celebrates
The cast from Paris performance of Les Voeux Du Coeur
The writer posing next to an advertisement for Les Voeux Du Coeur in Paris
AVOW playing in Paris
AVOW - being performed in America and around the world.
AVOW - Off Broadway
High Beam article
4th Wall Theatre
Dancing in the End-Zone
Curtain call for ODVOLÀLANI - MASS APPEAL
Poster for Mass Appeal and Expatriate in Uteky
Showing in Prague
Playing in Spain
Mass Appeal playing at Circle Theater in Fort Worth, Texas
Mass Appeal French review
Cast and Director of L'Affrontement (Mass Appeal)
Belgian Theatre show info:
More pictures of rehearsal from Red Raven Theatre company:
Review from the Waterford Today:
Mass Appeal in Mexico
Playing in the Czech Republic
Opening Night at Reznicka Theater - November 23, 2017
2009 Expatriate set
2010 Wrestlers Reading
1987 Wrestlers Performance
Check out the following link for a review of All Hallowed by WacoTrib.com:
The Human Cocktail
Coming2Terms at The Vineyard Playhouse
Check out this link for a Martha's Vineyard Times review of Coming2Terms
2011 Coming2Terms Set
Family and friends remember Bill
links about bill C.
The Producer's Perspective
The Producer's Perspective