ELEVATOR GIRL

Finalist, O'Neill National Play Conference
Finalist, Princess Grace Fellowship
Finalist, Austin Film Festival

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...
Finalist, O'Neill National Play Conference
Finalist, Princess Grace Fellowship
Finalist, Austin Film Festival

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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  • Ashland New Plays Festival:
    11 Jun. 2021
    Donna Hoke is an extraordinarily gifted playwright who comes at her subjects in unexpected ways. We recorded ELEVATOR GIRL at Play4Keeps with three very talented young actors who absolutely killed it. But first they had to talk their way through all the different issues their characters raised for them. Like the big league talent she is, Donna pitches knuckleballs that will have you swinging wildly at your assumptions and thinking long after you've finished this play about all the subtleties and nuances she delivers. We highly recommend it.
  • Chandler Hubbard:
    2 Mar. 2021
    An incisive indictment of rape culture and fantasies, and a graphic take on graphic novels. Hoke is able to vacillate between comic satire and our darkest desires with ease.
  • Daniel Prillaman:
    3 May. 2020
    I am almost rendered speechless at the amount to unpack. Hoke’s play has a brilliant premise that is intimately powerful, immediately addictive, and quite honestly, erotic (for all the good and bad that that entails). Using the world of graphic novels/comics (one filled with far too much sexual objectification itself), she’s penned a complex, layered commentary on rape culture, the glorification of sexual assault, and our obsession with it, all while giving actors/designers an amazing world to create and inhabit. This play deserves productions everywhere.

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