AMERICAN DEAL

IN DEVELOPMENT: FEEDBACK WELCOME: There are actually two versions of this play here. Under the usual download, you'll find the VERSION 4 that is mostly in chronological order, which I'm hoping will aid the clarity that readers of VERSION 3, which is in reverse chronological order and is found under the Supporting Materials SCORE download, seemed to need. Pick your poison and I'd love feedback on...
IN DEVELOPMENT: FEEDBACK WELCOME: There are actually two versions of this play here. Under the usual download, you'll find the VERSION 4 that is mostly in chronological order, which I'm hoping will aid the clarity that readers of VERSION 3, which is in reverse chronological order and is found under the Supporting Materials SCORE download, seemed to need. Pick your poison and I'd love feedback on either.

Clive Jenkins. A husband. A father. A writer with an MFA. An addict. A man who, sixteen years ago, gunned down a stranger, and still can't say why. Clive’s most successful attempts to examine his life come when he puts pen to paper, pouring out his demons in stories. Now, he’s got a chance at parole, and a six-figure book deal that might help him get it—if he can prove he’s a changed man. This play asks: what do we owe those we purport to rehabilitate and what do we owe their victims?
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AMERICAN DEAL

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  • Franky Gonzalez:
    17 Apr. 2018
    A timely play that could not have come at a better time. It forces us to question the debts we owe to society and those those we love and those we hurt. She cuts into the heart of the battle between the ethical and the financial with a clarity and understanding not just of the subject matter, but of American culture at large. Using a beautiful blend of realism, expressionism and so many other styles, Hoke weaves the story of Clive and those around him over 16 years. Stunning. Be on the lookout for when you can read this play.

Character Information

  • Clive Jenkins
    48,
    White
    ,
    Male
    Caucasian, quiet, intellectual, depressed, calm, covered in prison tattoos but only in places where we can't see them, and utterly, utterly charming with a smile that melts anyone and anything
  • EVA/other women
    20-43,
    any but black
    ,
    Female
    Plays EVA, Clive's wife, as well as Ghostly Mona, Martin's Mother, Clive's high school teacher (in V.O.), Clive's mother
  • Warren Monroe/Byron Jackson/other men
    30s,
    Black
    ,
    Male
    Plays WARREN MONROE, Clive's publisher; and BYRON JACKSON, the partner of Clive's victim; as well as Man #2, Clive's roommate (V.O.), Clive's former employer (V.O.), Passing Stranger, Byron Man
  • ACTOR: Murph, Fivey, and others
    30s-50s,
    any but black
    ,
    Male
    Plays MURPH, the prison chaplain, as well as Fivey, Ghostly Derek, Man #1, Clive's Father, Literary Editor (in V.O.), Martin

Development History

  • Commission
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    Looking for development partner, contact me for latest draft