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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  • William Triplett:
    5 Jul. 2020
    A tight, sharp-edged triangle featuring three finely-etched characters, briskly poetic dialogue, and a story that isn't so much a morality tale as a morality maze. Is happiness a transaction? Does love really figure into it any more than symbolically? And what does it mean to be honest? You might find yourself mulling these questions and others as you follow the sure-footed way Donna Hoke lays out this alluring drama.
  • Andrea Markowitz:
    24 Jun. 2020
    "Brilliant Works of Art" daringly explores the extent to which people are willing to part ways with propriety in order to not only survive, but have it all. The dialogue is mesmerizing, the plot riveting and provocative. The story is refreshingly original and beautifully crafted. I saw an online reading. The words and characterizations are so complete I didn’t miss props or scenery one bit. The play’s complex female lead is as bold and memorable as those of Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee and David Mamet. Artistic Directors: next time you consider staging their plays, stage this one instead.
  • Caitlin de Lisser-Ellen:
    11 Jun. 2020
    Really enjoyed the script! It flew by and the conversations and interactions really brought the characters to life and made the script come off the page.

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