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,...
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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  • Larry Herold:
    12 Jul. 2018
    It's not easy being the significant other of an artist. What do you owe the artist and their art? And what do they owe you? This play explores all that and more in a fun, thought-provoking way. Recommend.
  • Emily Hageman:
    12 May. 2018
    A fascinating play that is sensual, empowering, engaging, funny, and thought-provoking. Abby is an endearing protagonist, James is an adorably messed-up boy, and Grant... well, Grant is Grant and I think everyone who appreciates the male gender will leave the theater craving a Grant. But more than the well-developed and effortless characters, Brilliant Works of Art is unapologetic. It doesn't state what people "think it should"--and that's what makes it such a unique show. Hoke has painted the show not in shades of gray, but in glorious colors--and never in black and white. Highly recommended.
  • Michelle Bergamo:
    1 May. 2018
    Compelling story. Really well-developed characters with distinct voices. Very smart. Side note: I had to laugh at the edamame because my husband's friend did that at a restaurant once and I was so freaked out. I even questioned him about it but he continued to eat the whole thing - including the outer shells! I bet his stomach hurt later...

Development History

  • 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
,
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