January 13th, 2015 donnahoke


Today, TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY (TAPT) celebrates its one-year anniversary (okay, it’s actually tomorrow, but today is Tuesday, so…). Except for three Tuesdays, it has run every single week, and every single week, playwrights have shown up to trade plays. There have been nearly a thousand traded, and more than a few have gone on to be produced as a result of revisions inspired by the feedback received. (Read six-month update with testimonials here.)


If you don’t know what Trade A Play Tuesday is, please click here to read the guidelines and learn how to participate.


While I understand that TAPT is not for everybody, those who enjoy and use it have good things to say about the camaraderie, the feedback received, and the value of it as a resource in getting feedback for ten-minute plays, which can be difficult to do. In fact, my only complaint is that—even though I tweet about it and put it up on Official Playwrights of Facebook every Tuesday—not enough playwrights know about it, and this is where I ask for your help. Here’s how you might do that:


1) If you see the post on Official Playwrights of Facebook, share it. Or like it or comment on it, which will keep it near the top where it’s more likely to be seen. I was surprised last week when a regular OPFB poster asked what it was; in a year, she had never seen the weekly reminder.


2) Follow me on Twitter @donnahoke and, when you see the weekly reminders, don’t just Favorite them, Retweet them. Favoriting does nothing to get the word out to other playwrights and/or theaters who follow you. Theaters in particular—you are followed by TONS of playwrights; a retweet from you can reach thousands.


3) If you have a blog, please run a piece on TAPT’s anniversary. I can get testimonials for you, or do a short interview. The more it’s being mentioned out there, the better.


4) Mention it in your playwriting groups. TAPT also takes ten-page scenes, as well as ten-minute plays.


I have enjoyed running TAPT and some Tuesdays have indeed been very busy, but not all of them. Please know that I get nothing out of this personally (other than feedback when I need it), but if I am going to continue to be home all day on Tuesday to run this service, I want it to be reaching more people. A year is a long time for it to continue with little to no promotion; this tells me that it’s needed. Please help it to continue. Thank 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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  1. 1 JT NICHOLS said at 5:13 pm on January 13th, 2015:

    where and how do I submit? I am a technical idiot, so….do I attach a play to your personal email? or what?

  2. 2 donnahoke said at 5:19 pm on January 13th, 2015:

    Click on the link in the first paragraph that says “Trade A Play Tuesday,” or on the one in the second paragraph that says, “If you don’t know what Trade A Play Tuesday is, click here…”

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