BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART

Kilroys List
Winner, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays
Nominated for the Susan Blackburn Prize

Law student Abby Gates has no qualms about becoming a sugar baby to get her tuition bills paid--until it means keeping a secret from the man she loves, an artist exploring confession and thresholds of shame. When Abby's two worlds collide, she discovers her sugar daddy has...
Kilroys List
Winner, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays
Nominated for the Susan Blackburn Prize

Law student Abby Gates has no qualms about becoming a sugar baby to get her tuition bills paid--until it means keeping a secret from the man she loves, an artist exploring confession and thresholds of shame. When Abby's two worlds collide, she discovers her sugar daddy has taught her about more than good wine.

Selection, 2016 Kilroys List; Nominated for the Susan Blackburn Prize; Finalist, nuVoices , Actors Theatre Charlotte; Winner, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays; Winner, HRC Showcase ; Finalist, Rising Sage; Finalist, Woodward/Newman Drama Award;
Finalist, Theatre Conspiracy New Play Contest; Semi-Finalist, Playwrights First; Last Frontier Theatre Conference
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BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART

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  • Madeline Cook:
    11 Dec. 2019
    This has been one of my favorite plays here to read on NPX. Hoke writes a powerful, and most would also say controversial, piece that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would definitely say that this a female empowerment play and was amazingly written. I have not read to many plays like this but it has impacted the context I look for in plays now.
  • Thomas Clark:
    11 Dec. 2019
    The first of Hoke's works I got to read, I must say I enjoyed it very much! "Brilliant Works of Art" changed my perception on the limitations of a small cast, as Hoke was able to do so much with so little! You jump right into the story and are immediately gripped, and you don't know what to expect, even at the end! The characters are interesting and drastically different, which makes it all the better. One of my favorite reads this year.
  • Molly Ross:
    11 Dec. 2019
    Donna Hoke's characters immediately pull you into their lives in the most enticing way, you can't help but to keep reading and find out how each of them develops and interact around each other. Abby is a brilliantly fleshed out character with goals, motivation, and quite a few flaws of her own. This drama gets right into the action and keeps you in it, wondering each time what Abby will do between her sugar daddy and her roommate, and leaves you in profound thought, wondering what you would do in her place.

Character Information

  • Abby
    21,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • Grant Parrish
    late 40s-early 50,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    businessman, impeccably dressed, self-aware
  • James Gould
    29,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    artsy, sexy, dramatic, nerdy-manic, focused, innocent
  • Waiter
    any,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Briefly needed in scene one. Can be played by stage manager, or a very disguised James actor.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Outvisible Theatre, Detroit New Works
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Kennedy Center Page to Stage
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    The Reading Parlor
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    The Barrow Group
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Writers Theatre New Jersey
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Williamston Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Winner, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays, Richmond, VA
    ,
    2015

Awards

Selection
,
Detroit New Works Festival
,
Outvisible Theatre
,
2019
Selection
,
2016 Kilroys List
,
The Kilroys
,
2016
Winner
,
Firehouse Festival of New American Plays
,
Firehouse Theatre
,
2015
Winner
,
HRC Showcase
,
HRC Showcase
,
2015
Selection
,
Last Frontier Theatre Conference
,
Last Frontier Theatre Conference
,
2015