October 31st, 2013 donnahoke


If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.




“We did not have any prior relationship with the Hawaii-based playwright, Lee Tonouchi, but he took advantage of our open submission policy and we found his play about the real life story of Coach Soichi Sakamoto—who trained swimmers in the irrigation ditches of Maui in the 1930s, some of whom went on to Olympic glory—so compelling that we asked him to expand it from theater for youth to full-length, and produced Three Year Swim Club in February 2012. In this case, a playwright found a piece of neglected, inspiring history from his own community and brought it to life. And that’s the advice: look for neglected stories that deserve to be remembered.”


My nutshell takeaway: This one is short, but sweet and successful. I definitely applaud and agree with Mr. Liu’s advice to find neglected stories that deserve to be remembered; it ensures you’re not telling a story that’s been told countless times before. But as my SO always says when I say “What do you think of this idea?”—“It’s all in the execution.”


I have some great stuff coming up in future posts, but the interviews were long, and it’s going to take some time to wrangle them into something cohesive. I’m going to shoot for one next week.


Until then,




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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