Ian Donley

Ian Donley

Ian Donley is an actor/playwright based in Southern California. He is an alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is currently pursuing his BA in English and Theater at the University of California, Riverside. He is also a freelance writer who specializes in sexuality and identity. He has been published in publications like BuzzFeed, Craft Beer, and Business Insider to name a few.

Plays

  • a seussified grindr date
    10 MINUTE PLAY. A newly out of the closet gay man, Sam, decides to open his horizons and make a Grindr account. Little does he know that some guys are on for all the wrong reasons.
  • coming out
    10 MINUTE PLAY. Mickey, a closeted teenager, is sitting at the dinner table with his family like normal. Tonight, he's going to come out to them. But, as secrets begin to come out, Mickey may have to learn the hard way that some secrets are left unsaid.
  • goddammit i miss you
    ONE ACT. We all have that person from our past who we miss. That moment we long to relive again (or forget completely). In a series of vignettes, people go back to those moments which made them who they are and how they see the world with the help of a shadowy presence.
  • is my sun shining?
    10 MINUTE PLAY: A man in grief over his husband's suicide must come to terms with their relationship when a ghost from the past comes knocking on his door.
  • mrs. reynolds
    ONE ACT. Jane Reynolds is a single mother of an eight-year-old boy and is doing her best to make sure he turns out well (in spite of the rest of the family). But, after an embarrassing incident at a school event, she must turn to her son's therapist known for her unorthodox practices in order to save his life (and her own).
  • my brother's keeper
    SHORT PLAY. A young missionary is eager to follow the path laid out for him. His friend could care less. When it comes down to testing their loyalty to the church, they will have to discover just how much they're willing to pledge their allegiance to it.
  • playground
    ONE ACT. It's little Kevin's birthday party and all his friends and family are invited (well... those who can make it). As the party goes on, parenting is called into question as the parents try to protect their children from growing up to fast.
  • space fanatics
    FULL LENGTH PLAY: Teddy is afraid of space. Damon is an astrophysicist who doesn't understand his husband's fear. When an astrologist asserts herself in their lives, they become a part of a space revolution that will take them beyond more than just the New Frontier.
  • trauma dumping
    FULL LENGTH PLAY. Caroline, like many, is a woman who has built a better life for herself after a traumatic childhood experience in the church. When her sister has a heart attack and goes into the ICU, she will have to come to terms with her past (with the help of her boy toy fitness instructor and a narrator who seems to follow them everywhere they go) and make peace with what has haunted her.
  • 12:34am
    ONE ACT. It's Maddie's wedding day, but it's her military ex that sweeps her away. As they drive off into the distance, she has to decide if she wants to become the perfect housewife, or throw it all away for her ex who may or may not be working with Russia. Like Scrooge on Christmas Eve, she is visited by familiar faces that push her to make a drastic decision.