Lots to catch up on…

August 8th, 2011 donnahoke

The biggest news, obviously, is my brand new Web site, conceived and designed by The Rodi Company and Michael Naylor. I think it looks gorgeous, and hope that you’ll find it easy to navigate as well.

In the time that it took to get the site up and running, I’ve had quite a bit happening. This Friday, my LGBT short, Write This Way, makes it debut at Orange County’s largest LGBT theater, Theatre Out, as part of its second annual Briefs short play festival. The festival runs ten nights and I’m told it sells out for all of them, so I’m excited about the opportunity to be a part of it.

I also got notice that my play, Lifelines, will receive its world premiere as part of Seoul Players 10-Minute Play Festival. This will be my first international production, so I’m kind of excited about this one as well. Auditions were held last month and the selected plays run in October. I wish I could go!

The Couple Next Door, the box-office hit that opened the 2010-2011 season at The Road Less Traveled Theatre, has been made the Featured Comedy at Proplay, so I hope that it gets some attention from that.

This past weekend, I and fellow playwrights, Melody Von Smith and Gary Earl Ross, finished a successful Infringement Festival run with three short works. Mine, Hard Cell, was the first of the three, and starred Hasheen DeBerry and Gary Earl Ross as the atheist convict and the chaplain, respectively. They did a great job, so much so that the play will be remounted as part of the Subversive Theatre Collective’s Subversive Shorts next season. The three of us, plus playwright Michael Fanelli, had done something similar last year, but this year seemed to run smoother, attract more attention, and present a more polished product. And the giving actors—Hasheen, Barry Williams, Tamara Hopersberger, Stephanie Bax, and Gary, as well as directors Virginia Brannon and Victoria Perez—who so generously give their time for this grass roots effort can’t be thanked enough.

And finally, Seeds, my work in development, has been through peer review and I’ve just completed revisions that I’m pretty happy about. There will be information about a reading of that to come. Also, on this site, click on the button on my playwright page to become part of an informal feedback workshop for your plays. I’ve got a great system worked out, so by all means, if you want other playwrights to read your plays, come and be part of it.

I wish every month that I was unable to post had so much great news to present. But I’m excited that this month, with everything that’s going on, I actually feel like a playwright.

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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