ELEVATOR GIRL

Finalist, O'Neill National Play Conference
Finalist, Princess Grace Fellowship

Elevator Girl was never meant to be more than an urban legend, a sexual revenge fantasy created by Vanessa and her graphic illustrator boyfriend. But when the comic superhero unleashes her boyfriend’s darkest fantasies, as well as a flesh-and-blood copycat, Vanessa must stop EG in her tracks—with the truth.

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ELEVATOR GIRL

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  • Thomas Clark:
    11 Dec. 2019
    Hoke is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors to get to read from! "Elevator Girl" is another one of her works that brings in such interesting concepts and production ideas. Hoke is once again able to use a small cast to tell an incredibly relevant story about the strange side of rape culture today, and the focus on graphic illustration with projections and scene/costume design makes this play all the more fun to read, and I would love to see this on stage! Loved getting to use Hoke's work for one of my projects too!
  • Kamran Sheriff:
    9 Dec. 2019
    Hoke perfectly weaves together the ongoing struggle of rape and sexual objectification in today's society into a thought provoking performance piece. The villains in this story go way beyond the ones in the comic books. The subject of comic books would also make for amazing design elements and how it would translate to the stage. I used this piece for a group project and it was incredible to be able to talk about it and the messages it projects.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    3 Dec. 2019
    In "Elevator Girl," Donna Hoke explores rape culture, gender roles, heroism, trauma recovery, and identity reclamation--obviously huge social topics--by cleverly examining a small story comprised of multi-dimensional and unique characters. This piece moves along at a brisk pace and uses strategic filling in of exposition as a potent way of furthering both character and plot. As a director, the images and tropes of the world of comic books also provides potential for some amazing design elements! I sincerely hope this highly recommended play is produced soon!

Character Information

  • Vanessa
    24-26,
    Female
    Peter’s girlfriend, an editorial assistant
  • Peter
    20s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Vanessa’s boyfriend, Richard’s roommate, an animation artist
  • Richard
    24-26,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Peter's roommate, an editorial assistant

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    InProximity Project W Festival, New York
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    The Road Theatre Company Summer Play Festival, Los Angeles
    ,
    2017
  • Residency
    ,
    Road Less Traveled Productions
    ,
    2016

Awards

Finalist
,
Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship
,
Princess Grace Foundation
,
2018
Finalist
,
O'Neill
,
O'Neill Center
,
2017
Finalist
,
First Flight Festival
,
Boomerang
,
2017