Private Project

That Theatre on Lower Abbey Street

The story of the remarkable men and women who set out at the turn of the century in 1900 to create a National Theatre in Ireland. The tale is told with love and humor by a first-generation Irish American actor and documentary filmmaker. It’s the story of the early years of Ireland's Abbey Theatre and how it earned its place in world theatre.

  • Daniel J. O'Donnell
    Our Donegal Roots, Six Dublin Stories You Probably Never Heard
  • Daniel J. O'Donnell
    Several plays that have had readings at The Actors Studio in NYC
  • Randy Dandy Productions
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Daniel J. O'Donnell

Daniel J. O’Donnell is a Documentary Filmmaker, Playwright and Actor. He is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. He is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a current Member of The Actors Studio Playwright/Director’s Workshop. As a Documentary Filmmaker, he produced and directed Our Donegal Roots, which to date has had over 55,000 views worldwide on YouTube. He is currently directing and writing the script for a documentary film about Ireland’s Abbey Theatre. As a Playwright, Mr. O’Donnell has written several one-act plays, including The Irish Play, The Family Riches and The Nicaraguans Are Ready. Time to Go, his first full-length play, has had well received Readings at HB Playwrights Theater in NYC and at The Actors Studio. His film and television work includes Homicide, opposite Robin Williams (NBC), and Major League II with Charlie Sheen (Warner Brothers). On stage, he has played lead roles in New York and regionally, including Jack Clitheroe in The Plough and the Stars (NJSF), Bri in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Liberty Stage), Iago in Othello (Staten Island Shakespearean Theater), Teddy Lloyd in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (AADA). Most recently, Mr. O’Donnell played the cantankerous father, Tony Reilly, in Cape May Stage’s production of John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar.

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