February 22nd, 2013 donnahoke

So this is the biggest news: the world premiere of Seeds begins March 1 at Road Less Traveled Theater. I’m so excited for this and I’m so impressed with the work of director Kristen Tripp Kelly, and cast Todd Benzin, Diane Curley, Kelly Jakiel, Pam Mangus, and Diane DiBernardo. Just amazing. My daughter has been interning as stage manager on the show, and it’s been so fun to be able to share this with her in her last year home before college.

As luck usually has it, when it rains, it pours, and though February is usually a very slow month, this year, it’s crazy. Last weekend, I went to the opening of Barrington Stage’s 10×10 New Play Festival, and had a great time. We stayed in an old Victorian house, and the show was followed by a lovely reception, I was particularly pleased with the production of “You Haven’t Changed A Bit,” which received a top-notch review the next day. It was a fun diversion and a wonderful, friendly, and talented group of people. That same play opened Wednesday in Sydney, Australia—no word yet on how the performances are going.

Back to Buffalo for more rehearsals, and Sunday, I’m headed to NYC for the Dramatists Guild regional rep meeting. Fortunately, there is some spare time for theater, and I’m thrilled to be able to see both Rajiv Joseph’s The North Pool and the world premiere of Annie Baker’s The Flick, and also meet up with some friends for drinks and meals.

The play opens March 1, and March 4, I’m co-hosting a Dramatists Guild meeting in Ithaca with rep Aoise Stratford; we’ll repeat the meeting here on March 23 for WNY playwrights. And after that,  I hope I can relax a little and enjoy the run of Seeds


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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