THE WAY IT IS

After eight years, Cane dumps fiancee Yasmine and is ready to propose to someone else--as soon as he retrieves his mother's engagement ring. Yasmine is ready to give it back, once she gets what she's been promised. In this taut two-hander, Yasmine and Cane face off over what eight years together means and arrive at some hard truth--and life-changing consequences.
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THE WAY IT IS

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  • Ross Tedford Kendall:
    1 May. 2020
    A simple setup hides the startling emotional depth of this play. Two characters with opposing goals and desires, yet still drawn to each other, with no easy way out. Even in their mistakes, you find sympathy in their actions.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    21 Apr. 2019
    I was fortunate to see a staged reading of this piece at the WriteON Festival in Cambridge U.K. Hoke's characters grab you - and don't let go - on this steep ascent and plunge into the unexpected. I so admire the pulsing moments, built to a frenzied accumulation, as if Hoke is tightening a knot and unraveling a relationship, all at once. An absolute arsenal for two actors. Well done!
  • George Sapio:
    4 May. 2017
    An extremely disturbing work. Read it a few days ago and still processing it. Re-read it again. Neither character is all that sympathetic and each shows cruel tendencies; one wonders how they made it through eight years together. Still, a very powerful piece that challenges traditional ideas of dominance, sexual tactics, and violence. This would make a hell of a performance with the right actors.

Character Information

  • Yasmine
    early to late thirties,
    Any
    ,
    Female
  • Cane
    early to late thirties,
    Any
    ,
    Male

Development History

  • Commission
    ,
    Interesting experiment with this play: http://howlround.com/i-wrote-a-play-with-a-male-rape-but-readers-didn-t-want-to-call-it-that
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Eva's Echo, Galway, Ireland
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    Duckface, London
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    5th Wall Productions
    ,
    2016

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Trustus Playwrights Competition
,
Trustus Theatre
,
2016
Semi-Finalist
,
The Road Summer Theater Festival
,
2016
Finalist
,
IATI Theatre Contest
,
IATI Theatre
,
2015