Insight for Playwrights interview

August 11th, 2012 donnahoke

Today, the August 2012 issue of Insight for Playwrights came out, featuring a longer version of this interview:

I was also asked yesterday to participate in a very cool project for the 2013-2014 theater season. In celebration of Road Less Traveled’s 10th season, the theater is compiling an anthology of ten-minute plays by local playwrights under the theme, Buffalo Rises. The parameters are much narrower than I’m used to but at least I have until August 31 to come up with an idea, and until October 1 for a first draft. If I survived the 24-hour musical event (I thought I could link to my Buffalo Spree diary of that here, but it hasn’t been posted yet), I should be able to do this? In the meantime, if you’ve got any ideas for a great Buffalo success story, be sure to share!

Meanwhile, Write This Way is about to get its sixth production and first production at a straight theater, which is kind of exciting. It’s in Philadelphia, so I have some representatives I can send to check it out for me, which is more than I usually get.

And finally, Life Lines won first place at the Driftwood Players Third Annual Festival of Shorts in Edmonds, WA. I did have reps there who reported that the festival did a fine job and had big houses of more than 200 people. Sigh… I wish I had money to travel.

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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