Hilary Bettis
Hilary Bettis

2019 Finalist

72 Miles to Go …

Synopsis: 72 miles. It’s the distance between Tucson, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico—and the distance between deported immigrant Anita and her American-born husband and children. 72 Miles to Go… follows one family over a decade as they come of age, fall in love, fight in wars, and fight for each other, against the backdrop of deportation, DACA, and changing immigration laws.

Cast Breakdown:  2F, 3M
Billy – Chicano, 47-55, pastor at a Unitarian church.
Anita – Mexican, 42-50, living in Nogales, Mexico.
Christian – Chicano, 23-31, dreams of being a Marine.
Eva – Chicano, 17-25, the caretaker.
Aaron – Chicano, 14-22, loves science.

Set/Costume Requirements: The play spans almost a decade in various locations. Living rooms, kitchens, trucks, a church. But this can be very simple — a few chairs, lighting, sound. Costume changes can happen on or off stage.


Agent:  Ally Shuster and Chris Till at CAA

Bio: Hilary Bettis is a Brooklyn-based writer who works in TV, film and theater.

She was nominated for a 2018 and 2019 Writer’s Guild of America Award for her work on the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series “The Americans” on FX, which she wrote on for the final two seasons.

She is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Bettis has received fellowships, workshops, and residencies at the Roundabout, Alley All New Festival, Orlando Shakes PlayFest, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, amongst others. Bettis is a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theater, a Usual Suspect at NYTW, an Affiliated Artist at New Georges, The Kilroys, and a proud member of the WGA.

The Ghosts of Lote Bravo received a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, MO, Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Arizona. The play was published in American Theatre Magazine in February 2018 with stills from the production on the cover. Her play, Alligator, was produced Off-Broadway with New Georges and The Sol Project. Queen of Basel, a bilingual adaptation of Miss Julie commissioned by Miami New Drama, was produced at Miami New Drama in April 2018, and will receive its world premiere at Studio Theatre in D.C. March 2019. 72 miles to go… received a workshop production at the Alley’s All New festival in January 2019 and will receive its world premiere at the Roundabout March 2020.

She has developed and sold multiple original TV shows, and is currently developing a project at FX with Propgate producing, and another project at AMC. And she is an alumni of the prestigious Sundance Institute Episodic TV Lab.

She is represented by CAA and Grandview.