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 the truth of eight years together and arrive at life-changing consequences.
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THE WAY IT IS

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  • Doug DeVita:
    28 Dec. 2020
    With typical Hokian aplomb and precision, THE WAY IT IS upends pre-conceived notions of sexual assault and gender conformity; what’s shocking is how vicious Hoke gets, and how quickly; this tight, tense little piece packs a lot into its 55 pages, leaving one breathless and more than a bit unsettled.
  • Reinette LeJeune:
    22 Dec. 2020
    A disturbing piece that I hope to one day see in production! The characters are flawed humans, who could maybe find their better selves in other circumstances, but like many toxic relationships - it can be a hurricane swirling from two directions to create extremely dangerous conditions. I commend Donna Hoke's handling of the subject matter with an empathy and emotional depth that is sure to lead audience and readers alike to question where they may have equally succumbed to patriarchal conditioning.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    17 Dec. 2020
    An unsettling and effective piece that challenges the viewers' assumptions about sexual assault, violence, gender roles, and relationships. Beneath the urgent and at times shocking unfolding narrative and denouement is also a complex exploration of the ways that toxic patriarchy informs our ideas of power and distorts the agency of folks who don't identity as cis-men. Yasmine is an endlessly interesting character because of this exploration--yes, we cringe and gasp at what she does, but it is clear how her twisted sense of what should happen is informed by years of such conditioned/ingrained societal messaging.

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