Della Doucet

​Della Doucet, a play

Della Doucet


After eighteen years of military marriage, Della Doucet has taken her last order. In this sensual comedy about coming of age—at thirty-nine—Della leaves her privileged world as an officer’s wife on a Southern military base and moves to New York City. With little money and less experience, she struggles to invent a new life in the art world of the early 1980s. Then she meets Sam, a passionate younger man with marching orders of his own.

  • Two-act dramatic comedy

  • Cast size: 6

  • Minimal set

  • Running time: 90 minutes

  • Productions: An early one-act version entitled New York Profiles aired on KCRW, Santa Monica’s National Public Radio station as part of the radio theater series, The Play’s the Thing, produced by L.A. Theatre Works. Staged readings at Occidental College and Theatre West, Los Angeles, CA.


  • Seventh Annual Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest: Della Doucet named a 2017 semi-finalist in this national competition

  • 85th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition, 2016: Della Doucet was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Stage Play category of a national contest with 6,000 entries.

  • Edge Theatre, 2015-2016 On Your Feet festival of new plays: semifinalist. Jim Valone served as Dramaturg.

  • Rough Draught Playground, Sept. 2014: Staged reading of scene from this dramatic comedy with Missy Moore as Della, Marc Moran as Taxi Driver and Vasek, and Maggy Stacey as Working Woman. Susan Lyles directed.