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John Donald O'Shea

John Donald O'SheaJohn Donald O'Shea is the author of three plays published with Brooklyn Publishers, and fifteen other plays, published with the publishers listed below.
He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Law School. He served in the United States Naval Reserve, reaching the rank of Lt. Commander. He served as an Assistant States Attorney for Rock Island County, IL, and as Corporation Counsel for the City of Moline, IL.
In 1974, he was elected as a Circuit Judge for the Fourteen Judicial Circuit of Illinois, he retired in January of 2000 after serving twenty six years on the bench.
Don has been active in community theater since 1967, as an actor, singer, director, producer and playwright.
Since retirement from the bench, he has directed plays at Alleman High School, Edison Jr. High School, and Jordan Junior High in Rock Island, IL, at Seton Jr. High in Moline, IL and at Sherrard High School, in Sherrard, IL.
Don has also directed community theater at the Quad City Music Guild, and for the Riversong Players, and served as Producer for the Music Guild's 2009 spring show, The Producers. He served as Director for the Music Guild's 2009 winter show, Babes in Toyland, which featured his own libretto and lyrics as well as the music of Victor Herbert. In the summer of 2015, Don will direct at Richmond Hill Players, Geneseo, IL
Don is also a paid political op ed writer for the Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus newspapers, where his opinion pieces appear thrice each month.
List of Published Plays: (In addition to the plays published by Brooklyn Publishing)
With Theatrefolk:
Nell and the Mortgage Foreclosure.
The First Herald Angel.
The Revolting Cheerleaders.
With Big Dog Publishing:
Death Warrant for Dracula.
The Stuffed Animal.
The Case of the Music Guild Murders.
The Day Ma's Boys Done Went To Town to Rob the Bank,Again.
Ginzberg's Irish Wake.
The Day that Dangerous Dan McGrew and Black Bart Balderdash Went to Dueling at Miss Kitty's Golden Nugget Saloon.
Rogues Along the River.
Babes in Toyland.
Sherlock Holmes and the Wolf Family Caper.
With Drama Source:
Buyer Beware, Darling?
The Quit Claimed Ghost of the Old Viola Opera House.
The Christmas Reindeer.
With Pioneer Publishing Co.
The Trial of Harry Wolfe.
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