Donna Hoke

Donna Hoke

Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Barrington Stage, Barrow Group, Celebration Theatre, Gulfshore Theatre, Queens Theatre, The Road, Writers Theatre New Jersey, Phoenix Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Purple Rose, Skylight, Pride Films and Plays, New Jersey Rep, Hens and Chickens (London), The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include...
Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Barrington Stage, Barrow Group, Celebration Theatre, Gulfshore Theatre, Queens Theatre, The Road, Writers Theatre New Jersey, Phoenix Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Purple Rose, Skylight, Pride Films and Plays, New Jersey Rep, Hens and Chickens (London), The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (Kilroys List), ELEVATOR GIRL (O’Neill and Princess Grace finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and TEACH (Gulfshore New Works winner). She has been nominated for the Primus, Blackburn, and Laura Pels prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS, ONCE IN MY LIFETIME). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and, in its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo's Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation.

Donna also serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, blogger, moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook, New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; children's and trivia book author; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. Speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017), and at donnahoke.com.

Plays

  • ELEVATOR GIRL
    Finalist, O'Neill National Play Conference
    Finalist, Princess Grace Fellowship

    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.

  • TEACH
    Winner, Gulfshore New Works
    Winner, Guilford Technical Community College Center New Work Initiative Playwriting Contest
    Winner, Athena Plays in Progress
    Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival
    Two-time semifinalist, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference

    Five actors, three characters, one story: Ten years ago, Ken and Chris were teacher and student. Now, as...
    Winner, Gulfshore New Works
    Winner, Guilford Technical Community College Center New Work Initiative Playwriting Contest
    Winner, Athena Plays in Progress
    Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival
    Two-time semifinalist, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference

    Five actors, three characters, one story: Ten years ago, Ken and Chris were teacher and student. Now, as principal and teacher, Ken uses a student's suspiciously high grade as license to grill Chris until the young teacher is forced to confront both past and present. While most plays question the audience, TEACH exposes the biases that make audiences question themselves. Though its production requirements are simple, TEACH is anything but.

  • BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART
    Kilroys List
    Winner, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays
    Nominated for the Susan Blackburn Prize

    Law student Abby Gates has no qualms about becoming a sugar baby to get her tuition bills paid--until it means keeping a secret from the man she loves, an artist exploring confession and thresholds of shame. When Abby's two worlds collide, she discovers her sugar daddy has...
    Kilroys List
    Winner, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays
    Nominated for the Susan Blackburn Prize

    Law student Abby Gates has no qualms about becoming a sugar baby to get her tuition bills paid--until it means keeping a secret from the man she loves, an artist exploring confession and thresholds of shame. When Abby's two worlds collide, she discovers her sugar daddy has taught her about more than good wine.

    Selection, 2016 Kilroys List; Nominated for the Susan Blackburn Prize; Finalist, nuVoices , Actors Theatre Charlotte; Winner, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays; Winner, HRC Showcase ; Finalist, Rising Sage; Finalist, Woodward/Newman Drama Award;
    Finalist, Theatre Conspiracy New Play Contest; Semi-Finalist, Playwrights First; Last Frontier Theatre Conference
  • ON THE ROOF
    It’s 1955—post WWII, amid McCarthyism, years before Stonewall. In this dangerous and difficult era, Mitzi operates a cabaret and gay bar where Cruz, a playboy bartender; Levi, an aspiring Broadway composer; Bob, a WWII vet; Mac, a guy who just wants camaraderie with his Coke find solidarity in relative safety.

    When Andy, an idealistic newcomer with a law degree, discovers their sanctuary, it...
    It’s 1955—post WWII, amid McCarthyism, years before Stonewall. In this dangerous and difficult era, Mitzi operates a cabaret and gay bar where Cruz, a playboy bartender; Levi, an aspiring Broadway composer; Bob, a WWII vet; Mac, a guy who just wants camaraderie with his Coke find solidarity in relative safety.

    When Andy, an idealistic newcomer with a law degree, discovers their sanctuary, it opens his eyes not just to other men like him, but to the oppression they're hiding from. Andy challenges them--particularly Bob, with whom he's found a connection--about their complacency, but the men are unable to do more than fantasize about a different future.

    With or without them, Andy's sense of justice propels him out the door to a Mattachine meeting. En route, he's set up by a cop who beats and arrests him. When Andy sacrifices himself to shield his friends, they and Mitzi are forced to figure out what matters to them most as they take the brave first steps toward revolution.

    (Note: As ON THE ROOF takes place in a cabaret, it is a play with two and a half diagetic songs,but not a musical.)
  • FLOWERS IN THE DESERT
    After 14 years of marriage, Britt and Joe called it quits, so Joe is surprised when three years later, Britt asks him to try again. Cheater Joe still loves his ex and their boys, so he’s willing to go along with dates nights and counseling which seem to be going well—until he realizes that Britt has a very specific agenda.

    This play was a finalist in the inaugural contest of the American...
    After 14 years of marriage, Britt and Joe called it quits, so Joe is surprised when three years later, Britt asks him to try again. Cheater Joe still loves his ex and their boys, so he’s willing to go along with dates nights and counseling which seem to be going well—until he realizes that Britt has a very specific agenda.

    This play was a finalist in the inaugural contest of the American Association of Community Theaters.
  • LITTLE WOMEN...NOW
    SEEKING ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE PARTNERS FOR PRODUCTION BY NOVEMBER 2021: On both screen and stage, you've seen myriad period iterations of LITTLE WOMEN, but you've never seen LITTLE WOMEN... NOW. In this present-day take on the classic novel, the beloved March women manage love, life, and disappointment with heart, humor, and 21st century sensibilities.
  • HEARTS OF STONE
    Doomsday, Lizley, DeGaulle, and Dummy lived at Central State Psychiatric Institute more than fifty years ago. Now, Lydia Stokes is dreaming about them. At first, she and husband Roy are amused, but when the dreams become visions in her waking hours, Lydia believes the deceased patients need her help, while her husband believes she's losing her grip, possibly due to grief over her mother's recent...
    Doomsday, Lizley, DeGaulle, and Dummy lived at Central State Psychiatric Institute more than fifty years ago. Now, Lydia Stokes is dreaming about them. At first, she and husband Roy are amused, but when the dreams become visions in her waking hours, Lydia believes the deceased patients need her help, while her husband believes she's losing her grip, possibly due to grief over her mother's recent suicide.

    As Lydia's attention to the visions increases, Roy fears for her sanity, and enlists psychiatrist co-worker Jack to help. Jack is hard-pressed to explain Lydia's visions, but he's not quite ready to dismiss them or give in to Roy's request to have Lydia admitted for psychiatric evaluation. Pushed to the limits, Lydia determines to prove to Roy that she's not crazy, and the shocking result brings about closure that none of them could have imagined.

    Semi-finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival
    Recipient Individual Artists Grant, New York State Council on the Arts
  • CHRISTMAS 2.0
    All Angela wants is a happy Christmas--or a more exciting life--but her daughter's left for college, her husband's obsessed with fantasy football, the plumbing's a mess, and her cat won't stop peeing where he shouldn't. Mom May thinks she should get a hobby--or a handyman--but a run-in with old friend Kelly leaves Angela aspiring to the thrills her pal gets from social media. Before...
    All Angela wants is a happy Christmas--or a more exciting life--but her daughter's left for college, her husband's obsessed with fantasy football, the plumbing's a mess, and her cat won't stop peeing where he shouldn't. Mom May thinks she should get a hobby--or a handyman--but a run-in with old friend Kelly leaves Angela aspiring to the thrills her pal gets from social media. Before long, Angela's giving Candy Crush lives to high school sweetheart Billy Sweeney, despite Kelly's warnings that Billy's a guy who uses shouty caps and the wrong form of your. Ignoring the danger signs, Angela invites Billy to fix her pipes, and the former prom dates find themselves bonding over flip phones as they color Christmas pictures by the fire. Their nostalgic bliss is interrupted by an ominous phone call from Kelly, but not before Angela's cat and her husband catch them in the act and force everybody, including May, to adopt a healthier relationship with technology.

    This play was workshopped at the 2015 Hormel Festival of New Works at Phoenix Theatre and the third place winner of the Pickering Prize for Playwriting Excellence.
  • THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR
    After ten years of marriage, Sadie and Vance are experiencing the all too familiar trials that arise when lovers become parents, job and home responsibilities become never-ending, and alone time becomes scarce. To Sadie’s further frustration, reticent Vance refuses to acknowledge—or discuss—any of them. Next door, demographic equals Janet and Rich have fared much better; their happy marriage is full of...
    After ten years of marriage, Sadie and Vance are experiencing the all too familiar trials that arise when lovers become parents, job and home responsibilities become never-ending, and alone time becomes scarce. To Sadie’s further frustration, reticent Vance refuses to acknowledge—or discuss—any of them. Next door, demographic equals Janet and Rich have fared much better; their happy marriage is full of passion, love, empathy—and multiple sex partners.

    When the ever-ready Rich overhears Vance and “hot burrito” Sadie having wild sex, he’s intrigued, and determines to invite the couple over to test the waters. Janet is also curious, but hesitant: They live so close, what if it goes bad, and why is Rich so insistent? Through a comedic series of events, Sadie and Vance arrive at the Lewis house one Fun Friday, hoping that—as they’ve read on-line—a “just sex” evening of swinging will open up communication and elevate them to a new level of closeness.

    All appears to go well… until the morning after. At the Nelson house, Janet senses the encounter with their new playmates was a little off, while Rich—dazedly fondling Sadie’s left-behind underwear—feels something is definitely on. At the Lewis’, the experiment has seemingly proved a bust: The couple is barely talking, and it’s clear that Sadie is more pissed at her husband than ever.

    In the ensuing days, Janet’s suspicions grow, and Rich visits Sadie to confess that she made him feel something he never has before. While Sadie insists it was “just sex,” Vance gets a cryptic visit from Janet that makes him realize his marriage is on the line. That night, Vance and Sadie bond after he digs deep to reveal his feelings about what happened last Friday, and the two take tentative steps toward reconciliation, which include a new start. Crushed, Rich nonetheless recognizes the need to recommit to his family, albeit with the unsettling knowledge that there might be more to love—and sex—than he’s ever known.

  • SAFE
    In 1986, Nancy is a sheltered high school girl who lives under the thumb of an overprotective and domineering father, a widower paralyzed by grief. On the first day at her new school, Nancy is befriended by Brett, who, despite being friendly, funny, and charming doesn't seem to have many friends himself. If Nancy suspects the reason, well, she doesn't acknowledge it, at least not until the school...
    In 1986, Nancy is a sheltered high school girl who lives under the thumb of an overprotective and domineering father, a widower paralyzed by grief. On the first day at her new school, Nancy is befriended by Brett, who, despite being friendly, funny, and charming doesn't seem to have many friends himself. If Nancy suspects the reason, well, she doesn't acknowledge it, at least not until the school bullies make it clear that if she thinks Brett's a romantic prospect, she's got another thing coming. Terrified, Nancy runs home, leaving Brett to fend for himself to harmful result.

    Fast forward 25 years when Nancy, married to the controlling Kirk, is confronted by another bully--her son, Rex. When Rex's gay schoolmate hangs himself after being bullied, Nancy is finally forced to examine the fear that has held her hostage or risk repeating history with her infant son

    This play is the winner of the 2014 Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest, the Naatak National Playwriting Contest, and the 2015 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. It was also a finalist in T. Schreiber New Works, and a semi-finalist in the 37th Bay Area Playwrights Festival and nuVoices at Actors Theatre of Charlotte.

    See photos, trailer, and mini-doc here: http://www.donnahoke.com/plays/Safe.html
  • BEST LAID PLAN(t)S
    IN DEVELOPMENT: FEEDBACK WELCOME!!

    Bennett won't believe what his best friend and sister keep telling him: his girlfriend Nina is maybe a little toxic. Bennett also won't believe what Nina is telling him: that his best friend Jason has feelings for him.
    After a jealous Nina maybe accidentally sets fire to Bennett's apartment, Bennett reexamines his feelings and is stunned to...
    IN DEVELOPMENT: FEEDBACK WELCOME!!

    Bennett won't believe what his best friend and sister keep telling him: his girlfriend Nina is maybe a little toxic. Bennett also won't believe what Nina is telling him: that his best friend Jason has feelings for him.
    After a jealous Nina maybe accidentally sets fire to Bennett's apartment, Bennett reexamines his feelings and is stunned to discover that labels lose and love wins--if only someone other than his plants will believe him.



  • 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.
  • PAST MIDNIGHT: A Visit with Larry and Viv
    Summoned by Vivien Leigh's final companion, Jack Merivale, Sir Laurence Olivier rushes to the apartment where his one-time love has been recovering from a bout of tuberculosis. Viv hopes he's there for one last fling, but Larry needs something more.

    One-act, 60-minute version under "Script Sample."

  • FOUR DOORS DOWN
    Janelle and Brittany haven't spoken since they were teen besties at summer camp; when they're accidentally reunited years later, they happily pick up where the left off, sharing vacations, the PTA, and their BFF daughters. Brittany wants nothing more than a friend for life, but when Janelle and her daughter's lives are upended, the fragility of their relationship is laid bare. Are female...
    Janelle and Brittany haven't spoken since they were teen besties at summer camp; when they're accidentally reunited years later, they happily pick up where the left off, sharing vacations, the PTA, and their BFF daughters. Brittany wants nothing more than a friend for life, but when Janelle and her daughter's lives are upended, the fragility of their relationship is laid bare. Are female friendships conditional on commonality? And is there a special place in hell for women who won't support other women?



  • FINDING NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
    When frenemy nail techs Cha-Cha and Katie are privileged to hear a favorite customer's bizarre dying wish, they set off to make it come true--and learn that success is relative but friendship doesn't have to be.

    I wrote this play on my blog as a serial during the pandemic, and shared the process over 22 "episodes," though read mostly for process, as the play has gone through...
    When frenemy nail techs Cha-Cha and Katie are privileged to hear a favorite customer's bizarre dying wish, they set off to make it come true--and learn that success is relative but friendship doesn't have to be.

    I wrote this play on my blog as a serial during the pandemic, and shared the process over 22 "episodes," though read mostly for process, as the play has gone through several revision sets since the blog series. If you're still interested, you can start with episode one here: http://blog.donnahoke.com/day-1-finding-neil-patrick-harris-or-creating-in-the-time-of-corona/ It was chosen for a reading with the Bechdel Group before it was even finished.
  • SONS & LOVERS
    Ellen knows the score--her son is gay and her husband is cheating--but it's so much easier to pretend than to talk about it. It takes fantasy, farce, and one fabulous makeover before the truth flies free, mother and son discover just how much they have in common, and Ellen realizes the reality she's been avoiding most is her own.

    Winner, Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play...
    Ellen knows the score--her son is gay and her husband is cheating--but it's so much easier to pretend than to talk about it. It takes fantasy, farce, and one fabulous makeover before the truth flies free, mother and son discover just how much they have in common, and Ellen realizes the reality she's been avoiding most is her own.

    Winner, Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play

    "Hoke's words shine and sparkle."__Buffalo Theatre Guide

    https://www.buffalorising.com/2017/09/sons-lovers-entertains-sold-out-house-at-alleyway-cabaret/

    https://artvoice.com/2017/09/26/review-anthony-chase-donna-hokes-sons-lovers/
  • SEEDS
    Years of infertility treatment have convinced married research scientist that she doesn’t want children, even though her single, identical twin Josephine has three. Too bad Marjorie’s husband, Aidan, isn’t ready to give up his quest for a biological child. When Josephine offers the couple the “ideal” solution—egg donor surrogacy—salesman Aidan gives the pitch of his life and convinces his hesitant wife to...
    Years of infertility treatment have convinced married research scientist that she doesn’t want children, even though her single, identical twin Josephine has three. Too bad Marjorie’s husband, Aidan, isn’t ready to give up his quest for a biological child. When Josephine offers the couple the “ideal” solution—egg donor surrogacy—salesman Aidan gives the pitch of his life and convinces his hesitant wife to inseminate Josephine in their living room.

    Aidan and Jo bond over the resulting pregnancy, but Marjorie’s just not feeling it. When baby Joseph is born early with serious health issues, Aidan embraces his new role as a father, but Marjorie’s inability to bond with the baby is obvious—a situation that doesn’t improve much after his birth.

    As fear over Joseph’s prognosis increases, the insecurities that brought the sisters to this point come to the fore until finally Josephine offers—and insists—that Joseph come home with her. Despite Aidan’s protestations, Marjorie is unable to put up a fight but in relinquishing motherhood, she is at last ready to welcome Joseph.

    Winner, Emanuel Fried Award for Oustanding New Play

    One-act sixty-minute version under "Script Sample."

    One-act sixty-minute audio version under "Score."
  • MEET ME AT THE GATES, MARCUS JAMES
    When a black, gay high school student finds a pink noose hanging in his locker, he puts it on and all hell breaks loose, especially after the administration steps in and "handles" the problem in a way that makes Marcus an even bigger target.

    Adapted from the novella of the same name by Chris Crutcher (ALAN Award from The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents for Significant...
    When a black, gay high school student finds a pink noose hanging in his locker, he puts it on and all hell breaks loose, especially after the administration steps in and "handles" the problem in a way that makes Marcus an even bigger target.

    Adapted from the novella of the same name by Chris Crutcher (ALAN Award from The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents for Significant Contribution to Adolescent Literature, ALA Edwards Award, The Writer magazine Writers Who Make a Difference Award, Intellectual Freedom Award from the National Coalition Against Censorship).
  • ONCE IN MY LIFETIME: A FOOTBALL FANTASY
    For one night, fans at the downtrodden Miracle Bar discover that the impossible happens when you believe it can.
  • AMERICAN DEAL
    Clive Jenkins. A husband. A father. A writer with an MFA. An addict. A man who, sixteen years ago, gunned down a stranger, and still can't say why. Clive’s most successful attempts to examine his life come when he puts pen to paper, pouring out his demons in stories. Now, he’s got a chance at parole, and a six-figure book deal that might help him get it—if he can prove he’s a changed man. This play asks:...
    Clive Jenkins. A husband. A father. A writer with an MFA. An addict. A man who, sixteen years ago, gunned down a stranger, and still can't say why. Clive’s most successful attempts to examine his life come when he puts pen to paper, pouring out his demons in stories. Now, he’s got a chance at parole, and a six-figure book deal that might help him get it—if he can prove he’s a changed man. This play asks: what do we owe those we purport to rehabilitate and what do we owe their victims?
  • COCKEYED TODAY
    All Soaps Magazine editor Maureen Stanton barely realizes that her life has become a soap opera itself. Caught between her solid long-time mate and the sexy, if perennially late, editor at the office, she grapples with living in the moment as both the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the 25th anniversary of the magazine approach.
  • ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
    When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to take in orphan Anne instead of the boy they requested, it's with the hope that they can do her some good. As Anne comes of age, her curiosity, imagination, and capacity for love teaches all three of them what it means to create family and the importance of commitment to it. Adapted freely and timelessly from the classic by L.M. Montgomery.
  • LOST AT SEA
    A family gathers at its long abandoned beach house to celebrate the vow renewal of a returning Iraqi soldier and the bride he left behind--an event that forces all who attend to confront what living means in the face of loss.
  • SLICE OF LIFE
    This collection of ten-minute plays comprises THE PEE TEST, PAY IT BACKWARD, FACE TIME, SURVIVAL STRATEGY, THIS YEAR'S MODEL, LIFE LINES, DOUGHNUT HOLE, and YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED A BIT. Beginning with teens and ending with octogenarians, the eight plays present contemporary scenarios for each decade of life. Collectively, these plays have had more than 100 productions, and won several Best in Show and...
    This collection of ten-minute plays comprises THE PEE TEST, PAY IT BACKWARD, FACE TIME, SURVIVAL STRATEGY, THIS YEAR'S MODEL, LIFE LINES, DOUGHNUT HOLE, and YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED A BIT. Beginning with teens and ending with octogenarians, the eight plays present contemporary scenarios for each decade of life. Collectively, these plays have had more than 100 productions, and won several Best in Show and Judges Awards.

    You can reach of these individual plays at my NPX profile.
  • ESMERANDA'S GIFT (OR HOW TO MAKE A CROSSWORD PUZZLE AND SOLVE YOUR LIFE)
    BRAND NEW: SEEKING FEEDBACK AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS: She's been hired to make a crossword puzzle--by her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend. Does she use her puzzlemaking powers for good--or evil?
  • LONGHORNS
    IN DEVELOPMENT: 1982. TEXAS. Frat boy Kevin has always thought a little "physical bonding" among buddies is par for the straight course, but when he meets openly gay Cesar his freshman year at UT Austin, he has trouble writing him off as just another guy. Adapted with permission from David Lewis's movie of the same name.



  • BUA TAKES 10: STONEWALL EDITION
    By Coleman, Lawrence Dukore, Lee Lawing, Gary Jaffe, Scot Walker, Donna Hoke, Ken Levine, j. Snodgrass, Doric Wilson, Dan Berkowitz, J. Julian Christopher, and Paul Donnelly.

    In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, BUA Takes 10 presents a cohesive collection of short works that tell the story of before, during, and after.

  • Accommodations
    [short one-act]
  • You Haven't Changed A Bit
    Lottie has never been to a high school reunion; Len has been to them all. Their 70th is a first for them both.
  • Survival Strategy
    Officemates make a deal to get from each other at work what they can't get at home.
  • Jack Pork
    Jack's well-endowed anatomy is a distraction on the set of his TV show.
  • Black & White/Two Puzzles Walk Into A Bar
    Two puzzles argue over which of them should be solved. (This play has also been performed in modified version as "Two Puzzles Walk Into A Bar." This script, which requires only two actors, is uploaded under Script Sample.)
  • The Quickie
    Andrew is taken aback by Bob's unusual safe sex request.
  • Never Again
    Shirley Jackson writes "The Lottery," and experiences unexpected backlash.
  • Pay It Backward
    In a world where no good indeed goes unnoticed, altruism is in danger.
  • I Lived, In Rancho Tehama
    On November 14, 2017, Rancho Tehama Elementary School was part of a two-day shooting spree. No children died, but a six-year-old was shot.
  • Cake Top This
    Rhonda and Juliette agree they want to get married, but didn't realize they had different reasons for doing so.
  • Vincent's Ear
    Vincent Van Gogh cuts off his ear and gives it to a prostitute.
  • This Year's Model
    Amana's unhappy when planned obsolescence doesn't go as planned.
  • Face Time
    Two old friends discover that too much connection has driven them apart.
  • Life Lines
    When a mother discovers her late son's journal, she fights her conscience over her right to read it.
  • Don't Go Breakin' My Heart
    After six months, Karey risks telling Adrien the truth.
  • For A Loop
    Jonathan's teacher calls in his mother to discuss her son's "lack of ambition."
  • Sharp Corner
    Straight Ellie and her gay best friend Vincent sleep together out of curiosity, then face the morning after.
  • Are You Happy Here?
    In this analogous tale, Paolo has everything he needs to be happy in his contained existence--so why isn't he?
  • A Mother's Privilege
    Jennifer and Kate share their pregnancy news with Kate's parents
  • Buffalo Baby
    Medical history is made in Buffalo in 1850 but how much of history has been lost?
  • Best Interests
    A mutual attraction to a waiter helps mother and son come to terms with their relationships and each other. (If you like this play, please read the award-winning SONS & LOVERS, a full-length comedy that grew out of it.)
  • Write This Way
    A writer allows characters to take the lead and, in doing so, breaks through writer's block as well as stereotypes to create a love story.
  • The Pee Test
    Darla takes Matt's rideshare with an agenda but to carry it out, she must pass Matt's strange test.
  • Greater Good
    A young military girlfriend's plan to use pregnancy to get her boyfriend to desert backfires.
  • Hard Cell
    An atheist convict spends his final hours with the prison chaplain determined to make him believe.
  • Doughnut Hole
    In a dog-eat-doughnut world, the last peanut log can lead to life-changing decisions.
  • Rudolph Really
    Sam the Snowman tells the real story behind the famous reindeer.
  • Stage Whispers
    Amanda helps her grandma pack up to move to a patio home.
  • Gift Horse
    A woman and a young man bond after she asks him to help her select a gift for her estranged son and his new wife, but he ends up taking as much as he gives.
  • Anyone Can Be Santa
    Four SantaCon santas seek the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Make It Last
    When Avery bucks her mother-in-law's favorite Christmas tradition, she finds tradition can either die hard--or continue.
  • Runner's High
    Visiting American coach Jared offers Agymah the opportunity of a lifetime--training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  • Sold!
    When Thomas can't decide whether to buy for love or money, Mary helps him out.
  • Last Call
    A has-been musician and a career bartender vie for a dubious prize: a former homecoming queen.
  • COVID CHRONICLES
    Documentary-style play written by students at D'Youville College as a final project once their Introduction to Theatre Production class went online. Available royalty-free with permission.