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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  • Madison Penzkover:
    21 Dec. 2018
    Honest, thought-provoking, and totally fearless. A daring and unusual look at a woman taking control of her sexuality, which does not let the audience off the hook and leaves difficult and important questions for each audience member to figure out. I would love to see a company get up the courage to produce this powerful work.
  • Kate Schwartz:
    1 Dec. 2018
    Brilliant Works of Art is impeccably structured, contains rich and witty dialogue, and fully -developed, complex characters. Abby and Grant are fiercely unapologetic as they navigate the fascinating world of love, sex, and power. Donna Hoke bravely tells an honest and bold story. In addition to keeping the audience on their toes, Brilliant Works of Art asks important questions that will keep the audience thinking and talking.
  • Charlotte Giles:
    25 Nov. 2018
    Bravo! The complicated dilemmas and complex characters will really keep an audience guessing. The moral question of whether one should do the right thing or what is easiest is posed in an intriguing story. The difference between right and wrong has seldom been hazier. Up until the last few pages Hoke has me wondering Abby decides to do.

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

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