Joseph Dougherty's play Chester Bailey, premiered at A.C.T. in San Francisco in 2016 where it was selected Outstanding World Premiere Play and Outstanding Production of a Play by the TBA Awards.  It was subsequently produced at The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia in the summer of 2019.  He earned Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for his play Digby produced by Manhattan Theatre Club.  He wrote the libretto for the Tony winning musical version of My Favorite Year, presented at Lincoln Center. An Emmy and Humanitas Prize winner for his work on the groundbreaking series thirtysomething, he has written several movies for HBO including the remake of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, directed by Christopher Guest, and the Emmy winning Noir/Occult mashup Cast A Deadly Spell, which was nominated for a Ray Bradbury Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  He has contributed as a writer and director to several television series including Judging Amy, Once and Again, and Saving Grace. He was a writer, director, and executive producer on the hit series Pretty Little Liars, co-created the Pretty Little Liars spin-off, Ravenswood, and helped launch Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists in 2019. His books include Comfort and Joi, Trunk Piece, Psychopomp, and The Persistence of Phosphors which received an AfterEllen Visibility Award as Best Book of 2013.



It's one tough racket.

The author, and one of his creations.