Busy, busy, busy

December 24th, 2011 donnahoke
Busy, busy, busy

December is always busy, so much so that I actually look forward to January, when things settle down. But this month, there was a lot going on in addition to the holidays. I had my reading of SEEDS on December 5th, with a fabulous cast who, in one rehearsal, nailed so much of the nuance of this play. Audience response was very good, and a much respected director said some very kind things. I am going to make one major change, but otherwise, it seems in pretty good shape. I’m still waiting to hear how it fared against the competition in that great opp contest…. If your fingers are cramping from the crossing, just hold on a little longer please. :)

I spoke with the Artistic Director of Hive Theater in New York the other day, and I should have a director for my THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR reading there shortly after the new year. I’m very excited about this, as the Hive has a good reputation for doing quality work. The reading will be some time in February, so stay tuned if you’re in the NYC area.

I also have a reading on the books for my newest play, a one-act two-hander. Not revealing too many details yet, but that will be the spring.

This month, I also got new hardcover and softcover copies of Neko and the Twiggets, which are now available at drastically reduced prices, so if you haven’t checked it out, please do. You can order them directly from my Web site, and I’ll even autograph them for you. I stopped in at a local toystore to give them some hardcovers and found they’d sold out of their previous inventory. The books are also available in the Buffalo Philharmonic gift shop, which is very exciting.

AND… I’ve gotten several orders for custom crosswords that I’ve been working on. These are so fun. I make a puzzle for my partner every year for Christmas, and he always loves it, so it’s satisfying to know that I’m helping the givers present their recipients with gifts they’ll love just as much.

So forgive me for not keeping my news up-to-date… But it’s all for good reason! Hope to hear from you…

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 donnahoke.com.

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