Shuffle off to #newplay

October 22nd, 2011 donnahoke

In lieu of a post today, I’m going to direct you to my guest post on

Shuffle off to #newplay

There’s a great video about the Buffalo theater scene, so even if the post bores you to tears, give that a watch. It’s awesome!

In other news, my short play, Life Lines, won the Best of Fest at the Seoul Players’ Ten-Minute Play Festival last weekend. And this past Monday and Tuesday, I’m told three “very funny” guys performed my short, Black and White, at the n.u.f.a.n. Table and Chairs Festival in Chicago. A good week for productions!

December 5 is the official date for my developmental reading of my newest full-length play, Seeds, so I’m very excited about that. I have an incredible cast and I can’t wait to hear this out loud in their voices. 

I’m one half scene away from finishing my newest full-length one-act.  It’s about sixty pages or so, a new length for me, though it’s very possible when I’m done with it, it’ll end up being longer. I’ve got a big hole in it, though, three scenes from the end. I couldn’t figure out how to get from A to B, so I picked up from the next scene and finished it. I’m still trying to figure out how to fix that problem… Also still toying with some different titles for it, so I won’t be posting anything about it just yet, but I’d love any advice on how to fix that hole!

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Written by donnahoke


Dramatists Guild Council member and ensemble playwright-in-residence at Road Less Traveled Productions, Kilroys List and award-winning playwright Donna Hoke’s work has been seen in 46 states, and on five continents. Her full-length plays include ELEVATOR GIRL (2017 O’Neill finalist), THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Princess Grace semi-finalist, currently in its fourth year in rep in Romania), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List, Winner HRC Showcase, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays); she’s also authored more than three dozen short plays that have had hundreds of productions, and has been nominated for both the Francesca Primus and Susan Blackburn prizes. She’s also a two-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Best New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS).

Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children’s book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever receive the designation.

In addition, Donna is a blogger, advocate, and moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook. Recent speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been read at #2amt, howlround, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, the newly released Workshopping the New Play, and

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