BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART

2016 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...
2016 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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  • Jordan Rich:
    21 Mar. 2019
    Absolutely timely, with a strong female lead who knows what she wants and allows men to believe they are in charge, while her happiness always comes first. Swell relationships and clever characters. Themes are thrilling and make you challenge lives questions of, "how do we negotiate the lines between happiness, self sabotage, debt and love".
  • Cameron Houg:
    7 Mar. 2019
    It is moving. Original. Maybe a little terrifying.
    How can one have trust and discretion? How does shame factor in?
    Donna explores these questions and more through wildly interesting characters who are complex, imperfect, and don’t always do the “right thing”. As the characters take turns down paths that aren’t often explored, we are challenged to reflect on the choices we make.
    Donna never gives us answers though, instead asking us to think deeper about our feelings and reactions. Brilliant Works of Art is just that: brilliant.
  • Karen Fix Curry:
    11 Feb. 2019
    It's so refreshing for a play to speak truth in such a daring fashion. The characters are unapologetic in their sexuality, and forces the audience to think about what it means to be in a relationship. This play will generate conversations that will last long after the play is over.

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
    ,
    The Reading Parlor
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Williamston Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    The Barrow Group
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Writers Theatre New Jersey
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Winner, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays, Richmond, VA
    ,
    2015

Awards

Finalist
,
Current
,
Detroit New Works Festival
,
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