Sandra Hosking

Sandra Hosking

Sandra Hosking's plays have been performed across the U.S. and internationally, including the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, the American Globe’s 15-minute play festival in New York, Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, Chicago’s Gorilla Tango and more. A champion of new works, she is founder of Play-Makers Spokane and formerly Playwright-in-residence at...
Sandra Hosking's plays have been performed across the U.S. and internationally, including the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, the American Globe’s 15-minute play festival in New York, Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, Chicago’s Gorilla Tango and more. A champion of new works, she is founder of Play-Makers Spokane and formerly Playwright-in-residence at Stage Left Theater and Co-playwright-in-residence at Spokane Civic Theatre in Spokane, WA. A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, she holds an M.F.A. in theatre from the University of Idaho and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Eastern Washington University.

Plays

  • Hickory Dickory
    SAM travels across time and space to cope with the loss of his only son. As he works to finish building the time machine his late son started, his family and friends try to stop him. But the call of his son’s memory is too great, and he embarks on a journey that will show him that even in the face of great sorrow, there is hope.
  • Jigsaw
    The earliest jigsaw puzzles were maps mounted on wood and were used to teach children geography. Cecilia “Sissy” dissects the events and relationships of her life over a period of months via a series of monologues and short scenes—all the while completing puzzles on stage. The puzzle is the one thing in her life that Sissy can completely control. One missing piece sets her on a tirade. Sissy has cared for her...
    The earliest jigsaw puzzles were maps mounted on wood and were used to teach children geography. Cecilia “Sissy” dissects the events and relationships of her life over a period of months via a series of monologues and short scenes—all the while completing puzzles on stage. The puzzle is the one thing in her life that Sissy can completely control. One missing piece sets her on a tirade. Sissy has cared for her younger sister Toni, who is in a wheelchair, since their mother left when they were school-age children. Their father died of cancer several years later. Now, Toni announces she plans to move out on her own and begins dating Mark, a pizza delivery driver. Mark is her first boyfriend, and Sissy questions his motives for wanting a relationship with a handicapped person. Sissy’s longtime boyfriend Alan wants to marry her, but she resists. He expresses his disapproval of her overprotectiveness of Toni. Rather than be caught in the middle of the two sisters, he decides he will go on an extended trip. Meanwhile, Sissy seeks solace from a patient named Mrs. Bitters who is undergoing treatment for cancer. Gail, the girls’ mother, returns after roughly 12 years. Toni wants to bond with her mother who supports her need for independence. Sissy wants her mother to leave because she feels Gail is taking her place as the female role model in her sister’s life. And, she is skeptical as to why her mother comes back after so many years. Violin music, which represents Toni’s unbound soul, sets the tone for the action inside and between certain moments. By the end of the play, the pieces of Sissy’s life fall into place, though the picture they create isn’t necessarily perfect. The question is: Can Sissy accept it?
  • Foxgloves
    Constance spends much time working in the greenhouse. She still lives at home and takes care of an invalid mother. When the mother needs her, a bell rings in the greenhouse, which is often. All the flowers the woman tends to are poisonous. Wren returns home to visit. She is young and beautiful and starting a career in the city. She is glued to her phone. Constance calls the mother “Mother,” while Wren calls her...
    Constance spends much time working in the greenhouse. She still lives at home and takes care of an invalid mother. When the mother needs her, a bell rings in the greenhouse, which is often. All the flowers the woman tends to are poisonous. Wren returns home to visit. She is young and beautiful and starting a career in the city. She is glued to her phone. Constance calls the mother “Mother,” while Wren calls her “Mama.” The younger is obviously the mother’s favorite. Constance seems tied to this greenhouse. She wants to leave it yet feels trapped by it. Wren doesn’t understand this because she doesn’t remember. Through the course of the play something is remembered and something is found and someone is poisoned.
  • Ordinary Time
    When Aleah is bored at work, she makes up stories and games to amuse herself—at her co-workers’ expense. And when rumors swirl that the office is downsizing, she fears for her job, and one disgruntled employee takes matters into her own hands. One harrowing moment sends Aleah on a journey of self-discovery and faith, changing her life forever.
  • Romeo & Juliet: Part II
    What would have happened if Romeo and Juliet had lived? This parody of Shakespeare's classic tragedy tests the strength of the star-crossed lovers' relationship, many years after the tomb. Romeo & Juliet: Part II has been produced at Spokane Civic Theatre, the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival and numerous schools. Excerpts appear in the Best Stage Scenes and Monologues 2000 by...
    What would have happened if Romeo and Juliet had lived? This parody of Shakespeare's classic tragedy tests the strength of the star-crossed lovers' relationship, many years after the tomb. Romeo & Juliet: Part II has been produced at Spokane Civic Theatre, the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival and numerous schools. Excerpts appear in the Best Stage Scenes and Monologues 2000 by Smith & Kraus and Young Women's Monologues and Contemporary Plays.
  • Detours
    Life is a highway. Jules Hamilton, a high-powered businesswoman, is at the top of her game when she loses the big account, gets canned, and gets stranded by the side of the road where she encounters a group of offbeat characters and highway robbery. Fate—in the form of a masculine Glinda the Good Witch—lends a hand and puts up road blocks as Jules tries desperately to climb back up the ladder. Meanwhile, her...
    Life is a highway. Jules Hamilton, a high-powered businesswoman, is at the top of her game when she loses the big account, gets canned, and gets stranded by the side of the road where she encounters a group of offbeat characters and highway robbery. Fate—in the form of a masculine Glinda the Good Witch—lends a hand and puts up road blocks as Jules tries desperately to climb back up the ladder. Meanwhile, her job has been given to a blow up doll and she’s the only one who seems to notice. No one is who they seem—not the flagger thief, the clown businessman, or the alien clerk. After a series of confrontations on the road, detours, and UFO sightings, all the characters end up in Mexico where the livin’ is easy and Jules realizes what’s important.
  • Creeps
    In this contemporary comedy, Sarah, a quirky gamer, and Eve, a dominant scientist, vie for the attention of the men in each other’s lives, their evolutionary—or devolutionary—steps becoming hilariously apparent as they struggle in the jungles of the American coffee shop. Eve gains her power from her egoism, sharp instincts and dominatrix boots, while Sarah lives vicariously through her ruthless warrior avatar...
    In this contemporary comedy, Sarah, a quirky gamer, and Eve, a dominant scientist, vie for the attention of the men in each other’s lives, their evolutionary—or devolutionary—steps becoming hilariously apparent as they struggle in the jungles of the American coffee shop. Eve gains her power from her egoism, sharp instincts and dominatrix boots, while Sarah lives vicariously through her ruthless warrior avatar. Are their evolutionary creeps gaining them any advantages or turning them into…creeps?