BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART

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 ,...
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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  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    4 Jan. 2018
    Wonderful play that will inspire many late night discussions! Keeps us guessing! I love the tiny details, how Grant teaches Abby and then Abby teaches James, and the surprises with characters showing up where they are not expected. Satisfying and most worthy of production!
  • Walter Rodriguez:
    4 Dec. 2017
    This is one of those plays that was relevant since the moment of its creation but has become even more important now, as details of the sexual histories of men in positions of power are made common knowledge. Honest conversations about sex and love need to begin happening and long-overdue talks about the double standards that exist between the sexual freedom given to men and women are a part of that conversation; "Brilliant Works of Art" brilliantly tackles that all.
  • Addie Barnhart:
    19 Nov. 2017
    Donna has crafted a really complex and lovely story that deals with a lot of things we might see in life but pass judgment about. Her use of characters and nuance in the relationships make it a delicious piece of theatre and with 3 actors it is very easy to produce on a shoestring budget. It is unexpected and sexy and a pleasure to dive into as a director and artist. I hope to see a fully produced staging of this play very soon.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Reading Parlor
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Writers Theatre New Jersey
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Williamston Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    The Barrow Group
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Core Artist Ensemble, the Barrow Group
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Winner, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays, Richmond, VA
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    HRC Showcase Theatre
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Road Less Traveled Productions
    ,
    2014

Awards

Selection
,
2016 Kilroys List
,
The Kilroys
,
2016
Finalist
,
Playfest Santa Barbara
,
Playfest Santa Barbara
,
2016
Finalist
,
nuVoices
,
Actors Theatre Charlotte
,
2015
Winner
,
Firehouse Festival of New American Plays
,
Firehouse Theatre
,
2015
Winner
,
HRC Showcase
,
HRC Showcase
,
2015
Finalist
,
Rising Sage Visiting Playwrights
,
Rising Sage Theatre
,
2015
Finalist
,
Woodward/Newman Drama Award
,
Bloomington Playwrights Project
,
2015
Finalist
,
Theatre Conspiracy New Play Contest
,
Theatre Conspiracy
,
2015
Semi-Finalist
,
Playwrights First
,
Playwrights First
,
2015
Selection
,
Last Frontier Theatre Conference
,
Last Frontier Theatre Conference
,
2015