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

Recommended by

  • Angels Theatre Company:
    26 Apr. 2021
    Brilliant Works of Art was chosen for inclusion in the Angels Theatre Company's Salon Reading Series 2020-21. May 2021

    There is something of Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things on the surface of Donna Hoke's Brilliant Works of Art. Art, sex, intention, and meaning all intertwine to enrich and complicate the tenuous (but thrilling) connection between the artist and the work of art (on multiple levels). However, Hoke does not twist her plot by redefining a character's motives. Instead, she delves deeper into all three characters to reveal the internal twisting among themselves. Deeply disturbing, and deeply satisfying.
  • Marcia Eppich-Harris:
    24 Apr. 2021
    Brilliant Works of Art gives us a glimpse into a world in which relationships are complicated. Who controls whom is always up in the air, and we learn through Abby's compromises that what we're willing to do for love -- and money -- might surprise us. But what will be the real cost? I'd love to see this on stage! It has great, complex roles for actors, and will keep the audience talking for a long time after the curtain falls. Fascinating!
  • Kim E. Ruyle:
    4 Jan. 2021
    Donna Hoke’s Brilliant Works of Art is… brilliant. Clever, sensuous dialogue that explores deceit, adultery, ambition, talent, disappointment, and shame. A fiercely independent sugar baby, the complex sugar daddy, and the insecure nerd of an artist form a triangle that slaps, punches, and surprises us right up to the final curtain. Can we have it all? If so, what price are we willing to pay? And what are we risking? Bravo!

Character Information

  • Abby
    24,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    first year law student, sexually at ease girl next door
  • 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