Military Veteran, award-winning playwright, and radio host, only a couple of ways to describe Donna “Dee Jae” Cox, the whirlwind woman’s activist who moved to Los Angeles, Calif. to chase after love and make a name for herself.
Cox is the radio host of California Women 411 and founder of The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project, using theater and radio to reach out to women and give women a voice.
Born in Ohio, Cox knew she had a passion for writing from the time she was little. She wrote for her high school and college newspapers, and her writing eventually led her to write three successful critically acclaimed plays: “Prove It On Me,” “The Rape of Djuna Barnes,” and “Letters Home.”
“Each of my plays has a special meaning to me,” Cox said. “I enjoy writing historical fiction, and that allows me to combine my love of history, with my love of storytelling.”
Cox said “Letters Home” was her most autobiographical play and it reveals the first and only time she has ever spoken about a true-life experience through writing. The play is about a group of women who are under investigation for alleged lesbian practices while stationed with the US Army in Germany.
In addition to writing the play, Cox had to learn and understand the other roles that came with producing a show. Her first play “The Rape of Djuna Barnes,” was critically acclaimed, but was as she described her “biggest learning curve.”