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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  • Sarah Tuft:
    15 Jul. 2019
    Fast-paced and exquisitely crafted, BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART follows an unfettered young woman doing what she must to have it all. Lucky for us, the two men in her life are equally as good at getting what they want. And so, these three lives collide. Best of all, this play is all show and no tell. By allowing her characters to follow their desires to their inevitable ends, Hoke has given us a window into the complex relationship between sex and power, money and agency, barter and bribe. Love to see this staged!!
  • Carol Mullen:
    30 Jun. 2019
    Was lucky enough to see a reading of Donna Hoke's BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART at the 2019 Detroit New Works Festival and thoroughly enjoyed it. Fast-paced, thought-provoking, and witty, BRILLIANT prompted a lively discussion about power, gender roles, and who'd really gained the upper hand at the end of the play. Hoke gives us three well-developed characters who all evolve in surprising ways, and a clever, compelling story that makes a point without ever lapsing into polemic.
  • Todd Fuller:
    15 Apr. 2019
    I was lucky enough to be involved in a reading of this play very early on in its journey. While I enjoyed it then, the play is now crisper, smarter and all around better. Donna is a fantastic editor of her own work and it shows in all she does. Rarely is there a wasted syllable, let alone a line or scene. What a great piece for a producer to bring to a community. Produce this play!

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
    ,
    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

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