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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  • 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.
  • Susan Cinoman:
    3 Dec. 2017
    One of the most admirable aspects of the craft of this play, is its expert ability to weave exposition into the scenes, without ever sacrificing the moment to moment life of the two characters. I love that! The characters are heartfelt and believable, and their mismatch both funny and painful. Writing a two character play is a great and noble feat which this sweet play considerable achieves! Congratulations, Donna Hoke!

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Midnight Sun
    ,
    2017
  • Community Theater
    ,
    And Toto Too
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Elite Theatre
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Western Door
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg
    ,
    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