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

  • Tom Erb:
    13 May. 2024
    "Brilliant Works of Art" is a play that explores the complexities of relationships and identity. The dialogue is sharp and witty, revealing the characters' depths through interactions. Donna Hoke's talent shines in crafting scenes that flow seamlessly.
  • Charles Riffenburg:
    29 Aug. 2021
    A tight, intelligent script with compelling and layered characters. There is so much to unpack in this story that cuts to the heart of human interactions around trust, lies, power, and desire. "Brilliant Works of Art" leaves audiences with a lot to discuss on the ride home, which is what theatre should continually strive for. I cannot recommend this play highly enough.
  • Katie Capp:
    22 Aug. 2021
    Donna is truly phenomenal, and her play proves to be just as phenomenal as she is! I am assistant directing a staged reading of BWOA right now, and the amount of depth, honesty, and courage in her script has allowed our cast to have such impactful and thoughtful conversations about relationships, double-standards, male vs. female roles in society, and our views on what love truly means and the many ways we are capable of loving. We know our audience will leave having these meaningful conversations, as well. Her play is bold, truthful, and BRILLIANT...and will leave everyone wanting more.

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