Donna was the winner, with two other writers, of the Point Loma Community Theater's 24 Hour Experiment with her play "Guess Who Isn't Coming to Dinner". She produced and wrote three plays in the San Diego area: "Longing" and "The Break Room" at the Tenth Avenue Theater; and "Out of the Bookstore" at the Performance Annex. Two of her plays were written and produced at Plymouth Congregational Church. She acted in three of these plays and made costumes for three of them. She won the three minute play contest at the International Center for Women Playwrights, and has had zoom readings of three of her plays at Scripteasers script review in San Diego. Donna's play "Men Who Couldn't Save Her" had a zoom reading at the International Center, and several other plays have been read at Merely Writers in Georgia and the Playwright Center in Minneapolis. Her scene from "Invitation" was read at the Playground Experiment in New York. Donna is a PhiBetaKappa graduate of Cal Berkeley and has taught high school and was a teaching assistant at Cal San Diego.
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MORE ABOUT ME
My most gratifying moment in the theater was my second production in San Diego. The play ran for three nights and the audience grew each night. I've had many other jobs in my life but this achievement was the most meaningful. Several friends from San Diego theatrical world helped me produce this play. I keep doing theater because I've been a costumer, actor and writer. Though I wasn't young when I started writing plays, I think I belong in the theater. I hope artistic directors realize that mature writers have wisdom and depth to share. I always try to uplift and inspire audiences so my plays usually end on a hopeful note. When I'm not writing I like to garden and sew clothes. I really love to act, and I read Shakespeare on zoom. I like to get into another character and forget myself. It seems like a very other-oriented thing to do and I love the Bard.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I am rewriting a play about addiction. Since I've been studying play structure, I've gone back over previous plays to improve them. I have many notes written for a three act play called "The Writer Pays the Price". It is inspired by my roommate's poem of the same name. The theme of the play is the obstacles an artist must overcome in this society. These include lack of money and support of friends and/or family. The main character in this play is a woman, and sometimes being a female artist brings additional baggage. But the play will end on a positive note as a couple determines that they will pursue their art.
Family, Romance, Thriller, Historical, Adaptations, biography, period, young audiences
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