FLOWERS IN THE DESERT

After 14 years of marriage, Britt and Joe called it quits, so Joe is surprised when three years later, Britt asks him to try again. Cheater Joe still loves his ex and their boys, so he’s willing to go along with dates nights and counseling—until he realizes that Britt has a very specific agenda.

This play was a finalist in the inaugural contest of the American Association of Community Theaters.
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FLOWERS IN THE DESERT

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  • Emily Hageman:
    22 Oct. 2018
    This is a really fascinating two-hander. It's full of Hoke's fantastic dialogue--and Britt and Joe jump right off the page in all of their wonderful qualities, and all of their horribleness. Their relationship is a strange and complicated one, but there is such beauty and such deep love between them. As always, Hoke excels at writing plays that are so beyond what you might initially expect--and you are so glad they went beyond your expectations when you finish reading. I'd so love to see her work on stage--and I have a feeling I will soon.
  • Sheila Rinear:
    11 Feb. 2018
    Donna Hoke's strong story and endearing characters pulled me right into the world of a couple trying to define their relationship so they can decide what they can live with/put up with in order to have that relationship. The honesty with which they assess themselves is hilarious and at times, heartbreaking. I loved how this play moves along into its tensions, complications and truths so smoothly and powerfully with such nuanced simplicity.
  • And Toto too Theatre Company:
    5 Jan. 2018
    Flowers in the Desert is a beautiful journey of growth and redemption as Britt and Joe discover who they are, as a couple and as individuals, while trying to rebuild their relationship. Hoke has created real, flawed people in this moving and funny two hander.

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    And Toto Too
    ,
    2017
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Midnight Sun
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Elite Theatre
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Western Door
    ,
    2015
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Readers Theatre of Ithaca
    ,
    2014
  • Workshop
    ,
    Open Eye
    ,
    2014

Awards

Finalist
,
The Local
,
Threadbare Theatre Company
,
2017
Semi-Finalist
,
Theatre 503 Playwriting Award
,
Theatre 503
,
2016
Semi-Finalist
,
AACT New Play Contest
,
American Association of Community Theaters
,
2013