BEST LAID PLAN(t)S

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Bennett won't believe what his best friend and sister keep telling him: his girlfriend Nina is maybe a little abusive. Bennett also won't believe what Nina is telling him: that his best friend Jason has feelings for him.
After a jealous Nina maybe accidentally sets fire to Bennett's apartment, Bennett reexamines his feelings and is stunned...
IN DEVELOPMENT: FEEDBACK WELCOME!!

Bennett won't believe what his best friend and sister keep telling him: his girlfriend Nina is maybe a little abusive. Bennett also won't believe what Nina is telling him: that his best friend Jason has feelings for him.
After a jealous Nina maybe accidentally sets fire to Bennett's apartment, Bennett reexamines his feelings and is stunned to discover that labels lose and love wins--if only someone other than his plants will believe him.



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BEST LAID PLAN(t)S

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  • John Mabey:
    7 Jun. 2021
    This delightful play resonates with such romance and longing, complete with insightful plants. In BEST LAID PLAN(t)S, Donna Hoke crafts fascinating characters who commit and collide as they discover what they truly want. And the addition of talking plants makes for a truly unique play about sexuality and love in a world where labels don't always fit.
  • Enid Cokinos:
    9 Mar. 2021
    A well-told story by Donna Hoke about friendship and lessons of love (often learned the hard way). Distinct characters, relatable interactions, and snappy dialogue make for a delightful romantic comedy. I especially enjoyed Xyler and Anthis–houseplants that add an interesting perspective about what is happening around them! This play is sure to be a hit with audiences everywhere.
  • Jacksonville State University Department of Drama:
    18 Oct. 2020
    What a delightful play! We chose this as a Staged Reading to celebrate Gay History Month, and the student actors overwhelmingly loved the work. They were excited to see such real relationships represented in honest ways that were both humorous and heart-felt. And the added element of the plant characters gives the play an insightfulness in the most unexpected ways. It was a great choice! Thank you, DH, for your funny and thoughtful work!

Character Information

  • BENNETT
    mid-thirties,
    Male
  • JASON
    Mid 20s to mid 30s,
    Male
    Bennett's best friend
  • NINA
    Early twenties to early thirties,
    Female
    Bennett's girlfriend
  • WENDY
    fortyish, about six or seven years older than Bennett,
    Female
    Bennett's sister
  • XYLER
    Plants are flexible, i.e. can be played with costumed actors, puppets, or voiced. Ideally, they are cast with queer actors/puppeteers. Actors voices should not be such that would encourage audiences to assign gender.
  • ANTHIS
    Plants are flexible, i.e. can be played with costumed actors, puppets, or voiced. Ideally, they are cast with queer actors/puppeteers. Actors voices should not be such that would encourage audiences to assign gender.

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