Irene cancels War Horse

August 29th, 2011 donnahoke

After much deliberation, I’d bitten the bullet and bought six War Horse tickets. Even though I was pretty sure I’d be at least moderately turned off by the blatant sentimental manipulation, I wanted to see the only Tony nominee (and the winner) for Best Play that I hadn’t seen this year just to confirm that I would have awarded the Tony as a tie to Jerusalem and Motherf**ker with the Hat. I also thought it would be a great first Broadway experience for two ten-year-old boys. Alas, it was not to be. Nor were we meant to see the Harry Potter Exhibition before it moves across the sea. Hurricane Irene saw to that.

The good news is that before the storm hit, we had an absolutely picture perfect vacation in the Boston/Cape Cod area. Every day, our plans were executed seamlessly in absolutely perfect weather. And the good news is that because of the unprecedented shutdown of the city, I’m actually getting my money back for all the canceled events. And even more good news is that the city didn’t really suffer the effects as expected. The bad news? We’ll probably never see War Horse and we definnitely won’t see the Harry Potter Exhibition. My friends in New Jersey are reliving the devastating effects of 2000’s Hurricane Floyd far, far too soon. And, of course, there were still fatalities from this hurricane along the coast. Storms are frightening, but mostly they are humbling reminders of our general helplessness in the face of Mother Nature. There may have been much hype about nothing, but we know that it can happen. Does it really hurt if we’re prepared, or even over-prepared?

On the play front, Write This Way closed at Theatre Out in Santa Ana to a sold-out audience yesterday. I saw two brief reviews, both of which singled out Write This Way for mention; one called it “highly amusing.” Sometime today, I’ll probably get the last update, which will include the winners of the Audience Award and the Producers Award. (Fingers crossed!) All the playwrights have been promised a DVD of the performances; I can’t wait to see it!

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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