HEARTS OF STONE

Lydia Stokes is dreaming about dead psych patients--while she’s awake. She believes they need her help; her husband believes she’s out of her mind. Is there any way they can both be right?
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HEARTS OF STONE

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  • Chuck Lipsig:
    6 Jan. 2019
    This is a beautiful, heartbreaking, but likewise heartmending, ghost story.
  • Chelsea Frandsen:
    10 Dec. 2018
    What an amazing journey! I absolutely adored the beautifully written dialogue. The magic of this story kept me hoping, and thinking, and wondering--I was nearly moved to tears more than once. I was grateful for the moments of levity which perfectly balanced out the moments of drama and tragedy. Donna Hoke deals with the subject of mental health in a sweet, open and honest way that reminds us of one of the important conversations we should be having.
  • Rachel Lynett:
    30 Apr. 2018
    Hearts of Stone is a brilliant reminder of what connects each of us beyond the limits of time and space. While exploring how grief affects us as we navigate through tragedy, the play also maintains subtle humor and wonderful dialogue. As the two storylines merged, I found myself wanting to believe in a miracle too and became incredibly moved by the magic of the play and in the honesty of how mental health is approached in modern times.

Character Information

  • Lydia
    50s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Schoolteacher in a rural area
  • Roy
    50s-60s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Lydia's husband, a medical equipment repairman
  • Lizley
    mid-20s,
    Latinx
    ,
    Female
    lesbian, butch, institutionalized for 7 years
  • Doomsday
    30s-40s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    alarmist, depressed
  • Dummy
    40s,
    same as Lydia
    ,
    Female
    deaf, institutionalized since late teens;
    NOTE ON DUMMY’S SIGNING: She was institutionalized at a young age and does not know ASL nor has anybody bothered to teach her; her signs are organic, and should be fairly easy to decipher. She and the other patients have intuitive understanding, as a result of living together for so long.
  • DeGaulle
    30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    likely autistic; NOTE ON DEGAULLE: It can be very easy to forget about him when he doesn’t have active stage directions. Please don’t. He should always be active, either in movement, practicing his RPS moves, or trying to engage someone in a game. He and the actress playing Dummy should be allowed to build nonverbal moments together.
  • Daniel Cosgrove
    same as DeGaulle,
    same as DeGaulle
    ,
    Male
    Principal at Lydia’s school, doubled with
  • Jack Hellum
    same as Doomsday,
    same as Doomsday
    ,
    Male
    mental health professional
  • Armstrong
    teen,
    same as Doomsday
    ,
    Male
    male high school student
  • Alvarez
    teen,
    Latinx
    ,
    Female
    Female high school student
  • Reporter #2
    same as Dummy,
    same as Dummy
    ,
    Female
    reporter
  • Reporter #1
    Same as Doomsday,
    same as Doomsday
    ,
    Male
    reporter
  • Bureaucrat #1
    same as DeGaulle,
    same as DeGaulle
    ,
    Male
    bureaucrat
  • Bureaucrat #2
    30s,
    Latinx
    ,
    Female
    bureaucrat

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Town and Country Signature Series
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Women's Theatre Festival of North Carolina
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Buffalo East
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Western New York Players
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Buffalo Infringement Festival
    ,
    2017

Awards

Finalist
,
season consideration
,
Hive Collaborative
,
2018
Winner
,
Individual Artist Grant
,
New York State Council on the Arts
,
2017
Honorable Mention
,
Panndora
,
Panndora Productions
,
2017