D. Jolly

Playwright

Writer/Performer/Seeker/Diva Worshipper D. Jolly (Donald Jolly) was born and reared in the District of Columbia. Jolly is the author of the historical dramas BONDED (nominated for Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation, GLAAD Media, and NAACP Theatre Awards, and winner of the Arch and Bruce Brown Playwright Award for LGBT Historical Plays) and BABY EYES (Recommended by Stage Raw) . In association with the Watts Village Theatre Company, Jolly wrote RIOT/REBELLION, an immersive ensemble-driven docudrama that was staged in 2013 and again in 2015 in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the ’65 Watts Uprising (GO! LA Weekly). Jolly’s work has been developed at Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta, CalArts, Celebration Theatre, Company of Angels, The Vagrancy, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles, USC, and Playwrights’ Arena. The playwright is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, an Associate Artist with Playwrights’ Arena, and an alum of Center Theatre Group’s L.A. Writers Workshop. Jolly 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. Although Jolly most often uses “he/him/his,” Jolly is sometimes undecided on pronoun usage. Find out more about this drama queen at d-jolly.net & @jollydramatist. Be on the lookout for more from Jolly’s alter-ego, Donna Mae Bollocks—the long-lost love-child of Tina Turner and Steve Urkel (@LuvDonnaMae). Sing out, Sissies!