Welcome to the official website of Playwright – Donald Tongue
As a playwright, I strive to author works that are best realized on stage. And while I’d rather be making theatre, here you will find me on my virtual stage sharing information about the projects I am currently working on, my most recent productions, and a full listing of my available plays. Thanks for stopping by.
Candid Candidate – web series
Running for president is about to get a whole lot more candid.
This new web series is part of an innovative melding of two storytelling mediums, online videos and live performance. The web series will follow two presidential hopefuls, Bob Roberts and John McCoy, in the early stages of their bid to become president. And the story will continue in a live performance at the Leddy Center, January 21-31, 2016. www.facebook.com/CandidCandidate
Scene Changes at the Leddy Center
Franklin Footlight Theatre
One-Act Play Festival
Hard to believe that I have been working on this play since December of 2006. Through readings, dramaturgical consults with Stuart Spencer , Jeffrey Sweet and John Sefel, and a lot of rewrites, Scene Changes is finally making its world premier at the Leddy Center this January with the help of Deirdre Bridge as Samantha Wheelwright, and John Rodgers as Matthew Simmons. For more info and to buy tickets – Click Here!
The Truth Will Spring Yuh
New Theatre Works is presenting my play, “The Truth Will Spring Yuh”, at this year’s NHCTA Festival at the Concord City Auditorium – Sunday, September 21 @ 1:30pm
Full festival access tickets are $25 and tickets for individual shows is $10. All tickets available at the door.
Artist In Residence
The Olde Orchard Inn, in Moultonborough, NH, has graciously granted me an opportunity to participate in their Artist-In-Residence program. I will be spending a week at this idyllic secluded B&B working on my latest play, which began as a short piece I wrote last fall for Theatre KAPOW’s 24hr Play Festival. I have already written a few rough drafts, and this residency will give me the time I need to complete a more finished script – I can’t wait!
I will be participating as one of the featured playwrights in Theatre KAPOWS’ annual 24hr Play Festival. The challenge is to go from blank page to stage in twenty four hours. It is always fun and interesting to see what this collaborative theatrical pressure cooker will conjure.
KCT Teen Play Writing Workshop
In August I’ll be leading this workshop for Kid’s Coop Theatre. Over the course of four 2hr sessions the participants will learn the ingredients of dramatic writing, write a monologue, and expand it into a short play. The workshop will conclude with a dramatic reading of the works for family and friends.
Genesis – Edgewood College – Madison WI
Little Left of Centerfest – Lowell MA
Two of my plays, VOID and School Portrait Monologues, will be performed at the Little Left of Centerfest on Thursday May 10th and Friday May 11th at 7pm at the MCC Theatre – Merrimack Building, 5 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, MA.
Page 2 Stage – Concord NH.
A newly reworked version of “Scene Changes” will receive a staged reading at the Audi in Concord NH on Saturday, March 10 at 3:30pm. The play will be read by actors Carey Winslow Cahoon and Marc Pelletier. The event starts at 1pm and includes three new plays by NH Playwrights. This event is free and open to the public.
“Scene Changes” – New Works Festival.
Carey Cahoon Wins Best Comic Actor Award.
Congratulations to Carey for her award winning performance of my play, Destined, at the Playwrights’ Platform festival in Boston.
Playwrights’ Platform 39th Annual New Play Festival
My play, Destined, will be performed at this years Platform festival at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. The show is schedule for Series A with performances on June 9th, 10th & 11th @ 8pm. For more information and tickets, visit the Platform festival page –
39th Annual Playwrights’ Platform Festival of New Plays
My Neighbor, the Poet
In 2010, I was commissioned to write a one act play about the New England poet, Robert Frost. The production, by theatre KAPOW, toured New Hampshire with performances at the Claremont Opera House, the Dana Center, Stockbridge Theatre, and the AdamsMemorial Opera House. Click here for play synopsis.
New Play Development
On March 18 & 19, 2011, theatre KAPOW’s Baby Shoes project culminated in producing four new original plays by four New Hampshire playwrights – Donald Tongue, John Michael Sefel, Dana Biscotti Myskowski , and Lowell Williams. The works were based on the Hemingway six word short story – For sale: Baby Shoes, never worn.
A Time Twice Upon – (Baby Shoes play)
While busking for tips in Central Park, Evelyn and Aden are robbed at gun point and Evelyn decides she has had enough of the Big “Freaking” Apple. A loner, “Frank”, who spends his days in the park playing chess, alone, uncharacteristically tries to intervene and they soon discover that Frank is much more than he appears. Eventually, Frank steers Evelyn and Aden toward an unusual solution that, seemingly, will improve their situation.