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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  • Asher Wyndham:
    13 Jul. 2019
    Hoke's play isn't your perfect reconcilation story, and that's what makes it so perfect.
    Anyone who has tried to make up for lost time, struggled to find happiness and redemption with someone from the past, like a former lover or partner, will be able to identify with these complicated characters.
    Their journey to trust again, to communicate better, to confide, to care for reach other is so entertaining. And funny.
    These characters are so well-developed, it's a marvel.
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  • Greg Burdick:
    14 Apr. 2019
    After their marriage is no longer a marriage, Britt and Joe want to try again. Britt can’t help but look back, while Joe wants to move forward. Hoke finely crafts seven progressive scenes which allow us to do both. It’s a strong lesson in negotiation, concession, playing the angles, and covering your bases. Neither of these people are perfect, but they’re struggling to be- for themselves, and for each other. And when we see that in our partners, even at their lowest moments, sometimes that’s enough. A smart, poignant two-hander that will make you laugh too.
  • Michael G. Hilton:
    8 Feb. 2019
    The play riffs like a Springsteen song, exuberant yet charged by a driving melancholy; and it expands like an O'Keeffe painting, pressing outward against the audience's expectations. Joe and Britt are alive in ways that some of the greatest onstage couples are - George and Martha, Brick and Maggie - passionate and contradicting. Their love is at once daring and endangered, and their story is deeply affecting.

Character Information

  • Joe
    41,
    Any
    ,
    Male
  • Britt
    39,
    Any
    ,
    Female

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Road Less Traveled Productions
    ,
    2012
  • Reading
    ,
    Alt Theatre
    ,
    2012
  • Reading
    ,
    Atlantic Theatre
    ,
    2012
  • Reading
    ,
    Humble Festival of New Plays, Athens, OH
    ,
    2012

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Cotuit Center for the Arts
    ,
    2019
  • Community Theater
    ,
    The Anglian Players, UK
    ,
    2019
  • High School
    ,
    Grayslake High School
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    And Toto Too
    ,
    2017
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Midnight Sun
    ,
    2017
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Western Door Playhouse
    ,
    2015
  • Professional
    ,
    Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg
    ,
    2015
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Elite Theatre
    ,
    2015
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Open Eye
    ,
    2014
  • Professional
    ,
    Open Eye Theater
    ,
    2014
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Readers Theater of Ithaca
    ,
    2014

Awards

Finalist
,
The Local
,
Threadbare Theatre Company
,
2017
Semi-Finalist
,
Theatre 503 Playwriting Award
,
Theatre 503
,
2016
Semi-Finalist
,
Silverthorne New Play Competition
,
Silverthorne Theatre
,
2015
Finalist
,
AACT New Play Contest
,
American Association of Community Theaters
,
2013