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Donald Jolly is originally from inner city D.C. His work has been developed at Horizon Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA), CalArts, Celebration Theatre, USC School of Theatre, Company of Angels, Playwrights' Arena, and The Vagrancy. Donald was a 2008-2009 member of Center Theatre Group’s Writers Workshop. In 2011, Playwrights’ Arena and Latino Theatre Company produced the world premiere of Jolly’s historical drama, bonded, at The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC). That critically acclaimed production was directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera, and was subsequently nominated for a 2011 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Playwriting and a 2012 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LA Theater. Donald is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. and an Associate Artist with Playwrights’ Arena. A first-generation college graduate, Donald holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College, and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California - School of Dramatic Arts.

As a playwright, Donald employs imaginative uses of language to investigate urban identities, and to explore the intersections/interactions between race, class, gender, and sexual orientation through historical and contemporary lenses.

Donald Jolly
Photo courtesy of Center Theatre Group / Ana Rose O' Halloran
BONDED at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, 2011.
Terrence Colby and Eric B. Anthony (background) in BONDED. Photo by Adam Blumenthal


Some the Donald's Writing Influences/Idols (in no particular order) are: Edward Albee, Suzan-Lori Parks, Tony Kushner, William Shakespeare, James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams, Toni Morrison, Lynn Nottage, Christopher Durang, Luis Alfaro, August Wilson, Oliver Mayer, Joe Sutton, Amiri Baraka, Velina Hasu Houston, Dael Orlandersmith, Euripides, ... and many other wordsmiths (living and not) who continue to entertain and cast spells on us with their pens.  

 "I want to be an honest man and a good writer."-- James Baldwin

"To me, the stage is an altar, a soap box, a nut house, whatever, but it's my religion. When I stop believing my work will be dead." -- Robert J. Lowery

“In this world there is a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we left behind and dreaming ahead.” -- Tony Kushner