Donna Hoke

Donna Hoke

Dramatists Guild Council member and resident playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, award-winning playwright Donna Hoke’s work has been seen in 40 states and on five continents. Her full-length plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Princess Grace semi-finalist, currently in its fourth year in rep in Romania), SEEDS (Artie award for Outstanding New Play), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney National...
Dramatists Guild Council member and resident playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, award-winning playwright Donna Hoke’s work has been seen in 40 states and on five continents. Her full-length plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Princess Grace semi-finalist, currently in its fourth year in rep in Romania), SEEDS (Artie award for Outstanding New Play), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney National Playwriting, Naatak National Playwriting, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List), and ELEVATOR GIRL (current O'Neill semi-finalist). Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children's book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo's Best Writer by Artvoice—the only woman to ever receive the designation.

Plays

  • 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; and Andy, a newcomer with a law degree struggle to find solidarity and courage—maybe even love. (Note: As ON THE ROOF takes place in a...
    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; and Andy, a newcomer with a law degree struggle to find solidarity and courage—maybe even love. (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.)
  • ELEVATOR GIRL
    Elevator Girl was never meant to be more than an urban legend, a sexual revenge fantasy cum comic character created by Vanessa and her graphic illustrator boyfriend. But now, a flesh-and-blood Elevator Girl has begun stalking Urbanville, unveiling an uncomfortable intersection between superhero, fantasy, and rape cultures.
  • BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART
    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; Finalist, nuVoices , Actors Theatre Charlotte; Winner,...
    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; 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
  • THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR
    When suburbanites Sadie and Vance try to remedy their marriage by hooking up with the swinging-savvy Janet and Rich, all four find that nothing–even chocolate–is as simple as it seems.
  • THE WAY IT IS
    When Cane dumps fiancee Yasmine after eight years, he's finished. But a trip back to their apartment to collect his things becomes a lesson in truth... and consequences. A brand new two-hander in taut real time.
  • TEACH
    Ten years ago, Ken and Chris were teacher and student with a questionable relationship. Now, as principal and teacher, a suspiciously high grade prompts Ken to grill Chris until the young teacher is forced to confront the past--as well as the present.
  • 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—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.
  • SAFE
    In 1986, Nancy is a sheltered high school girl unable to stand up to her overprotective father, or the bullies who torment her and her best friend. Twenty-five years later, married to the controlling Kirk, Nancy finds she's raised a bully herself. Faced with tragic consequences for her inaction, Nancy struggles to break the cycle of intolerance that haunts her. This play is the winner of the 2014 Todd...
    In 1986, Nancy is a sheltered high school girl unable to stand up to her overprotective father, or the bullies who torment her and her best friend. Twenty-five years later, married to the controlling Kirk, Nancy finds she's raised a bully herself. Faced with tragic consequences for her inaction, Nancy struggles to break the cycle of intolerance that haunts her. 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
  • OPEN & SHUT
    Ellen knows her husband *might* be cheating on her. Son Bill knows she *might* know he's gay. But not even Herculean efforts to neither ask nor tell can stop the worst-kept secrets from forcing mother and son to relationship crossroads, where there's no escaping their real fears and nowhere to get but OUT!
  • 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?
  • SEEDS
    Single mom Josephine has three children from different dads; identical and infertile twin Marjorie is pretty sure she's ready to be childless--until Jo offers to be her egg donor surrogate. This play was the winner of the 2013 Emanuel Fried Award for Oustanding New Play.
  • 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 when the administration steps in and handles the problem in a way that simultaneously targets Marcus and assures the problem won't be solved. Adapted from the novella of the same name by Chris Crutcher (ALAN Award from The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents for...
    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 when the administration steps in and handles the problem in a way that simultaneously targets Marcus and assures the problem won't be solved. 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).
  • CHRISTMAS 2.0
    All Angela wants is a happy Christmas, but her daughter's left for college, her husband's busy with fantasy football, and her cat won't stop peeing where he shouldn't. In desperation, Angela turns to Facebook, where some old friends help her see things in a new light. This play was workshopped at the 2015 Hormel Festival of New Works at Phoenix Theatre.
  • 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, GREATER GOOD, FACE TIME, SURVIVAL STRATEGY, BEST INTERESTS, LIFE LINES, STAGE WHISPERS/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. Several of these plays are multiple award-winners.
  • Cake Top This
    Rhonda and Juliette agree they want to get married, but didn't realize they had different reasons for doing so.
  • 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.
  • A Mother's Privilege
    Jennifer and Kate share their pregnancy news with Kate's parents
  • The Quickie
    Andrew is taken aback by Bob's unusual safe sex request.
  • Life Lines
    When a mother discovers her late son's journal, she fights her conscience over her right to read it.
  • Jack Pork
    Jack's well-endowed anatomy is a distraction on the set of his TV show.
  • Survival Strategy
    Officemates Jerry and Jenny make a deal to get from each other at work what they can't get at home.
  • Face Time
    Two old friends discover that too much connection has driven them apart.
  • 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 OPEN AND SHUT, a full-length play that grew out of it.)
  • Doughnut Hole
    In a dog-eat-doughnut world, the last peanut log can lead to life-changing decisions.