Playwright

Bill DonnellyBill Donnelly - (Playwright)

This is a first New York production for playwright Bill Donnelly, whose plays have unfolded over many years while he maintained a career in international law. As a young playwright, he was encouraged by the young Ellen Stewart, founding director of La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, although his plays were not produced by La MaMa. While he worked and lived in Belgium, his plays were championed by the prominent director Andre Ernotte. Donnelly's body of work includes three conventional plays, a full-length musical and a trilogy named "La Valse: Night, Candles, Dawn" that is a new art form called Baloperama®--a synchronous fusion of ballet, opera and drama--and will possibly be mounted in the near future. "The Tenant" is a play that had been gestating for a while but burst from Donnelly's mind in 1994, encouraged and facilitated by Bonnie J. Monte, Artistic Director of Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, who directed the play's first reading. There have been three subsequent developmental readings, all directed by Vincent J. Balzano. Balzano helmed developmental readings of "The Tenant" in Manhattan at The Dramatists Guild and The Sage Theater and in New Jersey at the Bickford Theater, Morris Museum, Morristown.

Bill lives in Tyler Hill, PA but was a long time resident of Morristown, NJ, where he was president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce for ten years, following a long career as an attorney with Warner-Lambert Company. During his legal and business career, Donnelly wrote avidly and has been recently energized, thanks partly to "The Tenant" being chosen as one of eight plays by the Dramatists Guild of America to participate in a Self-Production Boot Camp.