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CHARLENE A. DONAGHY

HENRY ARTHUR JONES (1851-1929)

CHARLENE A. DONAGHY

“I Like”


Charlene A. Donaghy is an award-winning playwright with plays produced and/or awarded from New York City to Los Angeles, in Canada and Great Britain. Hansen Publishing Group publishes Charlene's play collection, Bones of Home and Other Plays.  Other publications include:  Best American Short Plays, Best 10-Minute Plays, Estrogenius.  Charlene is Producing Director/Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, Festival Director/Warner International Playwrights Festival and she teaches playwriting and theatre at University of Nebraska Omaha.  She is a founding member Proscenium Playwrights, and a member of 9th Floor Playwrights, The Playwrights Center, and The Dramatists Guild of America. www.charleneadonaghy.com

IRA HAUPTMAN

HENRY ARTHUR JONES (1851-1929)

CHARLENE A. DONAGHY

“BFOQ”


Ira Hauptman’s plays have been performed in New York at the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Theater for the New City, as well as in Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Francisco, Bangalore, Paris, Brussels and many other cities. He’s received two play commissions from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. The first was for Partition (published by Playscripts), which is about clashing mathematicians in the early twentieth century. The second was for Starry Messenger (published by Dramatic Publishing Company), which is about Galileo’s recantation of his convictions. Ira is a graduate of Yale Drama School and teaches at Queens College.

HENRY ARTHUR JONES (1851-1929)

HENRY ARTHUR JONES (1851-1929)

HENRY ARTHUR JONES (1851-1929)

“Her Tongue”


The circumstances surrounding the early life of Henry Arthur Jones would generally be considered anything but favorable to a successful dramatic career. He was the son of a Buckinghamshire farmer. What education he received was brief and acquired in a local grammar school. At 13 he went "into business" and was a commercial traveller until he was 30. The people among whom he was raised believed that drama was the invention of the devil and that those who went to the theater were bound straight for perdition. If Jones became a dramatist it was because the urge within him was so strong he couldn't help it. His first play was written when he was 16, two years before he ever saw the inside of a theater. His first produced play, Only Round the Corner, was staged in 1878. The melodrama, The Silver King, written in collaboration with Henry Herman and produced in 1882, assured his position as a dramatist.

DAGNEY KERR

MARJ O’NEILL- BUTLER

HENRY ARTHUR JONES (1851-1929)

 “Initial Velocity”


Dagney Kerr is an LA-based writer and actor, whose plays have been featured in numerous national festivals and competitions, winning Best Original Script, Audience Favorite, and Excellence in Playwriting Awards, among others. 

Her play, STAY, was chosen for the 2018 Warner International Playwrights Festival.   Dagney also wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed one-woman shows, DEEP SEA DAGNEY and HITCHHIKING TO MARS. She also created the Christmas show, HOLIDAY FEVER, a Los Angeles theater favorite that ran for twelve sold-out seasons.  She’s the recipient of, 2020 Women Playwrights Initiative Award, by Ivoryton Playhouse (CT) for her play DEANNA and PAUL, which recently completed runs in LA and NY.

DAVID MacGREGOR

MARJ O’NEILL- BUTLER

MARJ O’NEILL- BUTLER

“Just Desserts”


David is a playwright and screenwriter.  He is a resident artist at The Purple Rose Theatre in Michigan, where seven of his plays have been produced.  His newest play, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé, opened the Purple Rose's 2019-2020 season.  His plays have been performed from New York to Tasmania, and his work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Applause, and Heuer Publishing. 

He adapted his dark comedy, Vino Veritas, for the silver screen, and it stars Carrie Preston (Emmy-winner for The Good Wife).  Several of his short plays have also been adapted into films, and his screenplay In the Land of Fire and Ice was a 2016 Athena List Winner (best screenplays featuring female protagonists).  He teaches writing at Wayne State University in Detroit and is inordinately fond of cheese and terriers.  

MARJ O’NEILL- BUTLER

MARJ O’NEILL- BUTLER

MARJ O’NEILL- BUTLER

“Into The City”


Marj O’Neill-Butler, a resident of Miami Beach, Florida, is the Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild – Florida Region. Her work has been seen in 26 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Great Britain, Scotland and Seoul, S Korea. She has had 39 different plays produced in multiple theatres, numerous readings and just about as many rejections.  A published playwright and mother of two grown sons, Marj is a proud member of Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

LARALU SMITH

LARALU SMITH

LARALU SMITH

“Ezell Dorsey and the Right Hand Man”


Laralu Smith is a writer and actor based in NYC.  She has written a number of short stories, poems and works of non-fiction – as well as a novella in progress, “The Saga of Ezell Dorsey”, from which she has adapted this play.  As an actor, she has performed in countless plays, both in NYC and regionally. She is a member of UCB’s Diversity Jam and can be seen as ‘Woman Who Sees Jesus’ in “The Book of Craig” (Studio City Film Festival/Best TV Pilot-2018).  B.A. Ohio State.  M.A. Northwestern.  AEA SAG-AFTRA.

DAVID L. WILLIAMS

LARALU SMITH

LARALU SMITH

“Coding Issues”


David L. Williams is a graduate of the theatre department of Cornell University, where he was a four time award winner in the Heerman’s-McCalmon Playwriting contest, and recently received his MFA in playwriting from the University of Nebraska.  He has written more than thirty plays and musicals, and his work has been produced across the United States and internationally in Australia, Italy, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Lithuania.  His most recent productions include the world premiere of his full-length play The Starving at Barter Theatre.  He lives in Bellefonte, PA with his wonderful wife Kathleen and his amazing son Samuel.  www.playwrightdavid.com