The Helen Hayes Awards, Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. (Photo by Bruce Robey.)

Backstage with Donna Blanchard Interview

The Facts





“Having been in readings of two of Paul’s plays, including Memorial Day, I can attest to his commitment and collegiality as well as his talent. As you read Memorial Day, you will see its strengths, including deep heart and a compelling narrative skillfully rendered, quite clearly. The play movingly addresses a difficult period in a community’s history and tries to offer a vision of resilience for the difficult time we currently face. Paul engages with every community in which he finds himself and is deeply supportive of other artists.” – Donna Blanchard, Managing Director, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Honolulu HI

“Paul Donnelly is a passionate playwright with a relevant and distinctive voice. He is unafraid to explore, open up and challenge himself to collaboration and is a wonderful resource for honest, constructive feedback in the development process. I consider Paul an exceptional writer, and I am thrilled to see his work getting traction nationally. He has important and unique stories to tell and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.” – Amber Bradshaw, Managing Artistic Director, Working Title Playwrights, Atlanta GA.

“The true gift and joy of directing undeniably necessitates the selfless and effervescent talent of gifted actors, but neither director nor actor can give life to their talents and art without the gift of life breathed into existence by a playwright who aptly applies his/her talent and vision to create a loving message of life’s meaning to audiences. Paul precisely did that for me with Falling Off the Edge! He gave me an experience that lives on and nurtured my love of directing!” – E.Scott King, Director of Falling Off the Edge, Onion Man Productions (January 2018), Chamblee GA

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